School of Biblical Studies

online / Cape Town, South Africa

This school is designed to make biblical studies accessible to the spheres of society in the African continent and beyond. If you have a hunger to discover God's Truth for yourself and experience him in a deeper level and share it with others, this is great opportunity.

Experiencing the Word, School of Biblical Studies

The Online SBS is designed to make the School of Biblical Studies available to those from all walks of life. If you have a hunger for God’s Word and want to engage with it at a deeper level consider the online SBS.

Each module of the Online SBS is accredited with Youth With A Mission’s University of the Nations Extension Studies programme and on completion the student will receive the appropriate credit for the module.

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What is the Online SBS?

The Online SBS is designed to make Youth With A Mission’s (YWAM) nine-month School of Biblical Studies available to YWAMers and those from all other walks of life who have a hunger for God’s Word and want to engage with it at a deeper level.

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Study at home

All of the study is at your own location. Staff and your student cohort are connected via email, chat and video conferencing.

The Online SBS is designed to integrate into your life, work and ministry situation. It takes time and effort but the learning outcomes are very rewarding and designed to assist you in living an enriched Christian life

How does a online sbs look like?

The nine-month SBS is one of the most exciting schools in YWAM’s University of the Nations. This school is now accessible to many more people through this online e-learning format.

On completion of all of the modules, you will not only be proficient in using the tools and skills of effective Bible study, but will have applied those skills to every book of the Bible. Understanding the significance of the various kinds of biblical literature and the original setting and culture of each book are an integral part of the inductive approach.

The application of scripture, both into your personal life and ministry, and into the wider spheres of society is the purpose and specific goal of all of our study. Studying the course while engaged with life responsibilities brings the added dynamic for immediate application of the study into your life and ministry situations.

  • First, you will be taught the dynamic skills of insightful observation, enabling you to see more clearly what is in the text.
  • Then you will be taught the principles of interpretation, considering historical and linguistic background information, helping you to discern what the text meant to the original readers.
  • From this you will glean application, what the text means to us today, both individually and corporately.

Using these three steps, the Bible will be read up to five times, outlined and charted. These charts, which are paragraph-by-paragraph breakdowns of each book, are a record of your own discoveries, and become valuable aids in future study as well as possible Bible study or teaching and preaching situations.

Modules 1-3 lay the foundation for the course, teaching the principle of the inductive approach, and the particular method of study employed in this course.

These modules use the letters of Philemon, Galatians, Titus and Thessalonians, Mark and Luke’s Gospels, and Acts. When these 3 modules have been completed, other modules can be completed in any order -although some modules do have prerequisites.

As an Online SBS student, you will be part of a cohort of other students and staff who are close to your time zone.

You will have the opportunity to meet with staff and fellow students via both online meetings and a forum. The purpose of these platforms is for you to meet other students and your staff for support and fellowship, to ask any questions you might have, and to be accountable in your studies. Your cohort leader will let you know more details when you begin your studies.

You are required to meet online at least once every three weeks, but we encourage you to take the opportunity to meet more if you are able.

Should you not attend at least one meeting every three weeks you will receive a reduction in your final module grade of 2% for every three weeks you missed.

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We have three starting dates every year:

You will be registered with UofN ES and a certificate will be sent to you upon module completion. Each of the modules earns 2 credits with the University of the Nations Extension Studies.


YWAM Muizenberg has a category system which aims to enable all students, regardless of social or economic background, to attend our training programmes. The fees below are according to category. You can find out more about our fees, which category you fall in to and financial policies here.

*Lecture Fees:
Category A:
R1,978 per module.
Category B:
R1,154 per module
Category C:
R490 per module
There are 18 modules
Registration Fees:
(Although this fee is part of the application process, these fees will be added to your school fee to avoid expensive bank charges for depositing small amounts of money)
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Each of the Online SBS modules are registered with the University of the Nations (UofN) Extensions Studies (ES) program, with credit awarded upon the successful completion of each module.

Meet The School Leaders!

Thomas Zulu

My name is Thomas and I am from Zambia. I love watching detective movies and nature. I am married to my lovely wife Butshwa, we met in Malawi while doing a leadership school. I did my DTS in Zambia and while on my outreach, I saw the need and was called into Bible Training and distribution. This calling led me to Muizenberg, to do my SBS here. Over the many years that I’ve been with YWAM, I’ve been involved with a variety of things. My first ministry was teaching, then I’ve been staffing and leading DTS’s, working with underprivileged school drop-out’s, among other things. Currently, I am co-leading the SBS and online SBS with my wife. We are also part of the Eldership of YWAM Muizenberg, and leading the Biblical Transformation Circle and Biblical Department. I am also involved with Bible teaching and training with the local churches. My passion is to equip the body of Christ in Africa and beyond, to inspire people to study the Bible for themselves, so that their lives can be transformed.

Butshwa Zulu

My name is Butshwa and I am from Zimbabwe, married to Thomas. Taking a walk in nature refreshes my heart. From a young age I have had a heart for teaching, and I am so thankful to get to teach the word of God and see people grow in their understanding of the Bible and experience God through His word. I believe that the word of God brings freedom, restoration and healing to his precious people. I did my DTS 2001 in Zimbabwe and a leadership school 2002 in Malawi where I was challenged to believe that despite all the problems we see, THERE IS HOPE FOR AFRICA. The way I can be part of bringing hope is through Biblical training and discipleship. I did my SBS 2004 in Muizenberg -and have been serving with the Biblical Department here ever since! I am currently co-leading the SBS and online SBS, as well as part of the Eldership and leadership of the Biblical Department and Biblical Transformation Circle with my husband, here in YWAM Muizenberg. I also have a heart for hospitality. I have been Blessed to be a Blessing!

test it out


  • The four units of Module 1 are available for you to see what the course looks like and how it works.
  • The first unit explains what Inductive Bible Study is and how it works, and the second unit applies this approach using the letter of Paul to Philemon.
  • The third unit is a study of Titus, and explains the method often used to record our discoveries in the SBS, and why this method is used.
  • Unit four applies this method to the letter to the Galatians.

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