Frequently Asked Questions
What denominational view does your school take?
Our goal is NOT to promote any denominational view as we believe that denominations are not helpful to the body of Christ and of course will not exist in heaven. We take the position that the Bible is our final authority in all matters of faith and practice and attempt to allow Scripture to speak for itself as much as possible – literally, at face value, in its context. The NZCSB is a ministry of the Marlborough Bible Baptist Church. For a detailed doctrinal statement of what we believe the Bible teaches, please see the MBBC Statement of Faith.
Is the course NZQA approved? Will I earn credits with this course?
No. Due to the size of the school and cost of becoming an NZQA approved institution, it is not practical for us to pursue accreditation. Furthermore, we believe that doing so would open us up to challenges and pressures to become more politically correct rather than Biblically correct. Still yet furthermore, the cost of pursuing NZQA approval would make it impossible to continue to offer our programme tuition free. However, this is not to say that our course is of poor quality! Many students have testified that our course is top notch. One student from Wellington who completed the NZCSB back in 2007 said that he had paid much money to take Bible courses from the five or six major Bible colleges, schools and denominations that offer such programmes in New Zealand. Don told us that we were by far the most comprehensive and practical course of the lot and he personally sent over 100 new students our way!
Why don't you accept overseas students?
Cost. All that we ask you to pay is postage. Foreign students cannot easily obtain New Zealand postage and thus our pre-payment, self-addressed envelope system does not work for non-New Zealand addresses. For just a fraction of the cost of postage, you can immediately download all of our lessons as PDF files – please see our DOWNLOADS tab on the menu bar above. Here anyone can purchase to course in English as well as in several foreign languages.
What costs are involved with the NZCSB?
Postage – full stop. For students with a NZ mailing address, there are no tuition fees, no membership fees and no processing fees. Postage for lessons back and forth, the occasional certificate (which requires a larger envelope) and the one off postage necessary to obtain your free Bible are the only fees you will pay.
Do you accept donations?
Gladly! As a faith-based ministry, we are dependent upon volunteer help and the generosity of those who find the NZCSB a blessing for our continuation. As we have many prisoners as students who are unable to pay their postage, any help is a tremendous encouragement. Donations of stamps are appreciated. Financial donations of $5 or more can be issued a receipt in order for you to receive your charitable giving rebate at the end of the year. Please simply request such a receipt if the Lord so leads you to help us.
What do I do if I want to cancel my course?
We would be sorry to see you go, but simply dropping us a note to this end will remove you from our system. Remember that you can study at your own pace and there is no pressure to complete your lessons in any artificial time frame. We have had hundreds of students drop out for several months or even several years and then pick their lessons back up again. The record is a lady in Whangaparaoa who started her lessons back up after a gap of fourteen years and a month!
I have a Bible question. How do I find the answer?
If searching on your own does not produce an answer, feel free to visit our Facebook page and ask. General questions are always fun to ask and see what answers you receive from other students. If your question is of a more personal nature or one that you would like to specifically ask us, you can message us on Facebook or jot your question down and include it with your next lesson – one of our staff will attempt to give you an answer.
Can I get a student loan or allowance?
Because we are not NZQA approved, and also because we charge no fees other than postage, it is not possible for students of the NZCSB to get government student loans or allowances.
How long will the course take to complete?
This course will eventually take you through every verse of the Bible. As you can imagine, studying through the entire word of God is very rewarding, but quite a monumental feat! How fast you progress will come down to how much time you have and how motivated you are. The average time needed to do all the lessons is three to four years. We have had one student complete the entire programme in just under 18 months – several have taken more than ten years.
Can I do this course online? Why are you still using snail mail?
Over the past 20 years we have experimented with a number of online versions of this course. In every case we found significant disadvantages to studying God's word from a computer screen. Despite some of the limitations and costs associated with snail mail, it is simply impossible to beat pen, paper and a physical copy of the written word of God when it comes to learning. Other courses may present simple video or digital lessons, but because we emphasize digging into the word and comparing Scripture with Scripture, we will stick with our proven programme that thousands of Kiwis have found works!
Is it possible to study the books in an order different to what you have in your curriculum? Or is it possible to study only one particular book?
Yes and No. No, if you want the free version that we offer to NZ residents on this website. We designed this course with the books of the Bible in the strange order that we offer them so that we could progress from the easy and simple things of the word of God to the more difficult and complex. Essentially our ten levels of lessons lay down the foundational doctrines of the word of God first and then build upon them so that the challenging things of Scripture are more easily understood. Think of it as learning to add and subtract before attempting to do algebra. We strongly recommend that our students study the programme as laid out. But there is a Yes as well. If you are intensely interested in one book of the Bible in particular, its study notes and lessons can be purchased for a very nominal fee. Please visit our DOWNLOADS page (tab on the menu bar above) for a complete listing of all lessons.
Is there a timetable for submitting my lessons?
There is no official timetable for submitting lessons – this course is truly study at your own pace. However, we do recommend that students get into a regular pattern of study and aim to submit assignments on a regular basis. The first few levels are fairly short - one per week would be a good goal. Later levels are more comprehensive and require more time.
I love these lessons and would like to use them in a Bible study or care cell group! Is it possible to photocopy them or to get multiple copies of these lessons?
Yes. Simply contact our office for permission to photocopy. Alternatively, feel free to encourage your friends and contacts to sign up as new students!
Is the course available to students who speak a different language?
Yes, but in a somewhat limited fashion. We currently offer access to some or all of our lessons in Portuguese, French, Vietnamese and Chinese. With a NZ address you can receive them free and have them corrected as a normal, English lesson would be. Alternatively, they can be purchased for a small fee and downloaded as pdf files. Please visit our DOWNLOADS page for a complete list of foreign language resources.
I love this course! How can I be a blessing back to you folks?
Great! We are glad that the course has been a blessing to you! Here are some ways you can help the ministry.
Pray for us and your fellow students, especially those students currently in prison;
Direct people to our website so they can sign up themselves;
Request some advertising flyers to pass on to your family and friends or post on your church noticeboard with your pastor or minister’s permission;
Donate to the ministry to help offset our costs. You can safely donate online by requesting our bank payment details or send us a cheque made payable to "The New Zealand Correspondence School of the Bible". Literally 100% of your donation will go to helping New Zealanders learn the Bible. Our parent church is a registered charitable organisation in New Zealand. Donations of $5 or more qualify for a tax rebate receipt which will be sent to you if you include a return address.
Like our Facebook page. Point others to our Facebook page. Engage with other students on our Facebook page. All of this helps draw others towards studying God's precious word!