Sokhanya Bible School

Mr Sesoko, programme co-ordinator at Nehemiah Bible Institute for the Sokhanya Bible and Ministry Programme explains how this empowering correspondence course, aimed at church leaders without a National Senior Certificate, works. 


The Sokhanya Bible School was, in collaboration with a group of leaders of various churches, established in the Cape Peninsula in 1992. They have their own curriculum based on developing the content of the Bible. The course serves leaders and members of the full spectrum of churches (of all the mainstream churches, including Catholic, a variety of Pentecostal groups and especially African independent churches). The course was originally developed and presented in isiXhosa and is now fully available in English.

It has specifically been designed on an NQF Level 2, with 3 modules and 5 workbooks per module, for church leaders who have not achieved a matric certificate, yet are hungry to learn the word of God. We are in the process of applying for NQF Level 2 accreditation for the Sokhanya course. For this purpose some ministry-oriented components, as determined by the qualification, are added.

Please click on the pamphlets tags for more information on the topics covered in the course.


  • To support people who lead on different levels in congregations, to gain a deeper knowledge of the Bible, and to use it contextually responsibly;
  • To promote personal growth in the student’s faith and through them, to serve the spiritual growth of other members;
  • To establish basic ministering skills.


After 25 years in which classes were offered at different places in the Cape Peninsula (with a concurrent correspondence course for isiXhosa-speaking leaders nationwide) our ministering pattern has changed. From 2016 the Sokhanya course became part of the Nehemiah Bible Institute, under the umbrella of Bible-Media, in Wellington.

The course is known as the Sokhanya Bible Program. Tuition is offered nationwide via correspondence, as well as learning centres in various parts of South Africa and some outside its borders. Students are encouraged to form study groups to work through the course together. Integration with the Nehemiah Bible Institute provides strategic infrastructure and open new areas of access that were not possible before.

The Sokhanya office is manned by Mr. Jerry Sesoko who can be contacted by the information mentioned below for registrations.


Costs are kept as low as possible because the course is specifically aimed at leaders of disadvantaged backgrounds, the segment of society that cannot afford courses such as these. The programme coordinator’s salary has to be funded from donors from outside Bible-Media. For this purpose there is a partnership between Witness Ministry, Bible-Media and church congregations to shoulder the responsibility of raising funds for his salary.

 Get involved

  • Congregations and church members are challenged to take the initiative to start study groups for Christians from the isiXhosa and seSotho communities in their area. Materials to assist facilitators are available. There are many congregations where this ministry is implemented and run successfully with volunteer facilitators.
  • Congregations can join the Sokhanya Partnership and members can get involved as donors by calling the Witness Ministry’s office at +27 21 957 7204.
  • Contributions can also be specifically made for the cost of translations or the printing of the books.
  • Facilitate a group for us at your local church.
  • All contributions are welcome.


NBI Sokhanya Office:

Mr Jerry Sesoko
021 864 8232

Ferguson Building
69 Church Street
Western Cape