Historical Synopsis

The concept of a training course for the local church was conceived in the heart of Pastor Tony Wegerle in 1981 while he was at Bible College. As the concept grew through the years, Tony and his wife Priscilla, with the help of input from Paul Daniels from Word of Faith – Welkom, began to write, compile, illustrate and type the lecture notes for a two year course in their own church. This took years of intensive work. By the end of 1988 a two year curriculum had been completed and they implemented this course in their own local church.

In 1988, Pastor David Griffiths ministered in their church and prophesied that this concept is from the Lord, and not conceived by man. It would be for the growth and extension of the Church, His Body.

Calvary Life Tutors

In 1989, their material came to the attention of Paul Banting. Paul (at 16) started writing theological articles in 1968, which were published by Prof MSB Kritzinger and lectured on by Prof Murray Janson at TUKS. He published Ministry material from 1982 onwards. The concept grew in reality and it was decided to published it as a training programme under the name Calvary Life Tutors (CLT) to enable local churches country-wide to operate a Bible School. Apart from editing the books, Paul also contributed to the writing of the course since 1990. A third and fourth year were planned to expand the course to about 5600 pages 9 years later. In 1992 publication in Afrikaans was started.

Pastor David Griffiths, as well as various other institutions including several Pentecostal denominations, Calvary University and a team of 54 CLT advisers have scrutinized the material and have found it to be thoroughly evangelical and doctrinally sound. An overwhelming acceptance by various churches and denominations was experienced when 275 Bible Schools (with over 7,000 students) were started in the first 42 months of introduction. More than 540 Bible Schools have operated with over 67,000 qualified students who are now equipped for ministry by the CLT programme world-wide.

Calvary Life Tutors has helped to train Pastors in 18 African countries as part of an African mission project funded by Hope-builders - Africa, which is headed up by Dr. Johan Gous. Bibles and material for evangelism and follow-up are also printed (in India), subsidized, brought in by container, and distributed in Africa.

In the year 1997, CLT registered for recognition as a Private Higher Educational Institute which meant that it would be allowed to offer training programs for after Grade 12 learners. A requirement was to apply to SAQA as well in order to accredit the programs and the quality assurance of the institute (the operating methods, materials, tests & lecturers). This was granted in February 2000 until CLT's withdrawal in order to offer affordable short courses, and focus on accreditation for Calvary University.

Five Tracks Structure

In late 1998 the course was structured into 5 tracks according to the Five-fold ministry of Eph 4:11-16 to form the credit-basis of a B.Min degree offered by some internationally based universities such as Calvary University and by nine other Pentecostal Seminaries in South Africa. The programmes from Bachelor up to Doctorate were accredited during 2000 to 2003 by SAQA and from then on by CQA, an international standards body.

During 2000, training started on the academic (short course) modules, the Diploma in Shepherding and the Diploma in Church Management which are transfered to a Bachelor of Ministry through the process of RPL by any accredited institution. This allows the pastoral student to offer his/her prior learning completed at CLT, to an institution of choice (such as Calvary University) for qualification recognition. The process called RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) is implemented to give credits to students who have studied before or have years of experience.
The CLT Bible Schools act as a Mentoring Centres for such students, using an e-Learning platform. The DoE privately regards CLT as on the forefront of mentoring in South Africa.

In April 2004 CLT announced that would facilitate mentoring students for Master of Ministry and Doctor of Ministry for Calvary University students. A postgraduate study-group gathered regularly for studies in any one of ten specific field emphases.

New Developments — 2012 to 2017

In 2013 the first colour cover textbooks were published with a stronger binding. The CLT textbooks started to be published under the imprint of Calvary Academics. A large colourful photograph makes out the larger part of the front cover. It also displays the Phase number, Module number and order code of the academic textbook. The slogan indicates our technology. At this stage we already have the MBC reading lecture books in colour. Every module has a certain background colour that is the same for the seven module numbers in all 30 Phases we have planned.

Resources on DVD for e-Learning

In 2015 we started distributing the resource data on DVD, which is more affordable than the UFD (Stick) It is also readable by Apple computers. Now every student can have 1 243 books sorted in 79 folders on a DVD disk. All sorts of study support in 3 021 files in 724 folders, 4 704 images sorted in 167 topic folders; the whole of e-Sword and 34 other free software packages which are useful for study activity.

New Modules Published

In 2016 to 2019 CLT will add other fields by offering 30 modules instead of 7! These fields are counselling, education, business leadership and administration as well as theology. This is to enable people who do not have the privilege of being able to attend College or University to study to improve their knowledge and build up a record of having life-long learning and experience. Business employ people.

Community Colleges

Our organisation will establish Support Centres in 8 regions to decentralise our organisation on a country-wide basis. These will strategically plan the establishment of "Community Colleges" all over the country between 2017 and 2029. Thus 550 Colleges and Bible Schools will offer 80-credit short courses as part of qualifications which students wish to acquire through RPL.

Calvary Academic Platform

From 2017 every student will register on the Calvary Academic Platform CAP. Every student's whole academic history will be on it. Students may update their own address details as things change. On the data base will be student marks, on-line Web-tests and intensive study activity. With the CAP in place, Deans, lecturers and Tutors will be able to see their student's progress.