Christian Leaders'

Training college



Christian Leaders’ Training College is an interdenominational Bible College that provides training to young men and women of Papua New Guinea and the Pacific to be successful Christian leaders in their societies and countries. CLTC is an approved institution of higher education with accreditation from the Department of Higher Education, Science and Technology.

Interdenominational Character

CLTC staff and students represent many denominations throughout Papua New Guinea and the Pacific. Staff and students are encouraged to support their own denomination during their time at the College, through regular fellowship groups. It is expected that students will gain an appreciation of the different denominational traditions represented, and will also understand more clearly the great evangelical truths of the Bible which the different churches hold in common.


CLTC has achieved institutional accreditation as an institute of Higher Education by the PNG National Higher Education and Technical Education Board through the Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (DHERST).

The College is also a founding member of the Melanesian Association of Theological Schools (MATS). Previously, MATS accredited the courses offered by CLTC. Further professional validation of curriculum, programs and courses occurs through CLTC’s relationship with Laidlaw College (New Zealand) and Melbourne College of Theology (Australia).

Our Vision & Mission

The vision of the College is to develop churches and communities by equipping and enabling Christian leaders spiritually, intellectually, relationally and professionally for today's world, by:

1. Integrating spiritual growth, scholarship, ministry and interpersonal skills in an environment of discipleship through the teaching of the Scriptures;
2. Equipping students in mind and heart;
3. Based on a Christian world view to live and work as mature servants of Christ in their community, church and mission.

CLTC aims to produce mature disciples of Christ who are equipped for ministry and able to equip others for God's service. This means producing Christian leaders in the sense that they (i) provide a godly example, (ii) have influence over a ministry team or church, and (iii) equip others in those ministries.
Each year the College trains about two hundred students at its three campuses by providing Biblical and theological instructions.

We will endeavour to ensure spiritual and character formation in the theological training program we offer, and ensure there is a balance between academic excellence and the spirituality of individual students; one aspect must not be emphasised at the expense of the other. We must always maintain the balance, in order to produce quality graduates for the churches in the Pacific. Our contributions to the global church of Jesus Christ are the graduates CLTC produces.

Dr. Maxon Mani | Principal

Our Doctrinal Statement

We Believe in:

The divine inspiration and sufficiency of Holy Scripture, and its supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.

One God, eternally existent in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

The universal sinfulness and guilt of human nature since the Fall, rendering man subject to God's wrath and condemnation.

Redemption from the guilt, penalty and power of sin, only through the atoning death of Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God.

The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and His present work of intercession.

The necessity of the work of the Holy Spirit to make the death of Christ effective to the individual sinner, granting him or her repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

The indwelling and work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer.

The expectation of the personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The immortality of the soul, the resurrection of the body, the judgement of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ, with the eternal blessedness of the righteous and the eternal punishment of the wicked.

The one holy universal Church, which is the body of Christ, and to which all true believers belong.

Our History

CLTC was established in 1964 at its main residential campus, situated in the Waghi Valley 8 km west of Banz.

It first began as an extension of the work of the Melbourne Bible Institute (now Melbourne School of Theology). The first intake of students was in February 1965. In August 1973, the College was incorporated in PNG under the Papua New Guinea Associations Incorporation Ordinance. At that time, the control of the College was transferred from the Council of Australia to a new Council based in PNG. J. Oswald Sanders recorded the history of the College in his book, Planting Men in Melanesia which is available in the College library.

During the 1970s and 80s, the towns and cities of PNG grew rapidly. This brought a new challenge to the Church- that of reaching towns and cities with the gospel and of establishing strong churches which are able to minister effectively in the changing urban situation. CLTC saw the need for developing effective leadership for these tasks and thus the college established a centre at Lae in 1984 and at Port Moresby in 1986.

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Founding Principal, Dr Gilbert McArthur, and George Hall with the first few buildings at CLTC

CLTC's theological programs have continued to develop to meet the growing demands of strong Christian leadership within PNG and the Pacific region, together with academic excellence. In 2010 the College was granted accreditation by the Commission for Higher Education.

The Master of Theology program was introduced and the first students graduated in 2012. This became a full-time program at the Banz campus in 2013.

Contact Info

Papua New Guinea
PO Box 45 Banz, Jiwaka Province
Phone: 675 546 1001
Mobile: Digicel (+675) 7456 6529
Bmobile (+675) 7637 0309
5 Burwood Hwy, Wantirna, VIC 3152
Phone: (03) 9881 7800
New Zealand
PO Box 68208, Victoria St West, Auckland 1142 Russel Thorp
Mobile: +6421 481 088