Have you been praying about joining a Bible college to deepen your relationship with God? Are you looking to grow in your faith in a cross-cultural setting? At Calvary Chapel Bible College Ireland (CCBCI), we aim to disciple believers into a deeper relationship with Jesus, while equipping them for ministry.
Our heart for the school is summarized well by Ephesians 3:17-19, “So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”
As a smaller campus, the pastors and Bible college staff are able to get to know the students in a way that really captures the heart of this verse.
We get the privilege of discipling, praying, teaching, serving, laughing and walking alongside each student. Each term we see God move and work in unique and specific ways within each student as they experience the love of Christ at work.
It’s our sincere hope that those who spend time at our campus will go on to use the discipleship and training they have received to fulfill the call of Christ in their lives to serve Him and His people, and to reach the world with the good news of Jesus Christ in whatever form or capacity He desires.
In Ireland attending Bible college is not a common thing to do, and for this reason, we open our classes for the local believers to come, attend and audit classes, free of charge. This means that many local people come and take a class or two alongside our full-time students, creating a fantastic mix of students of all ages and people at all different stages of life.
Waterford itself is the oldest city in Ireland with a lot of history attached to it, a country historically steeped in Christianity, but today, only 0.05% of the population profess to be evangelical Christians.
Our anchoring church, Calvary Waterford, is an extremely diverse church with over 20 nationalities represented. One of the unique aspects of CCBCI is our “adopt-a-student” program. Each student is assigned to a Calvary Waterford family who will be a point of contact for the student for their whole semester. Host families will be actively involved in students’ lives in a variety of ways – praying for them, bringing students to their homes for dinner, going out for coffee or bringing students out on adventures. This helps battle any feelings of homesickness, and many students keep in touch with their host families long after they’ve left Ireland.
Discipleship is an important and central part of what we do here at CCBC Ireland.
So much so that we shape our courses each term around what each student might need. With our term capacity set around 10 students, we are able to spend more time pouring into and praying for the needs of each individual student. Our staff is honored to be a part our students’ spiritual development.
Whether through our weekly prayer and worship nights, serving in the church, sitting under incredible teaching in the classes or meeting up for coffee and a chat, our hope is that each student would be filled with the fullness of God’s love, and from that place, would seek to share the gospel with the world.
We would love to have you join us this or any term.