On October 1st 1992, the first School of Christ was born in Russia with its Continental Bible School. One hundred and two students from all across the former Soviet Union came to be trained. Three months later, in December 1992, one hundred students graduated and were sent forth into cities and villages where the Gospel was not being preached in order to plant new churches. Five years later, there were 2,000 native missionaries who had graduated the School of Christ and had gone forth to plant over 3,000 new churches.
Since then it has naturally spread with a life of its own out across the world. Students have been trained in, or sent into, at least 130 nations of the world. It is now found functioning in every continent stirring the church to press forward with the great commission. It has spread strongly in the Chinese underground church where it was used to train up leaders in the 'Back to Jerusalem' movement. Across the Middle East Schools are being run in Iraq, Iran and Egypt. No culture, threat or danger is a barrier. Schools are run in Cuba, Indonesia, India, Zambia, Albania, Ireland, Japan, North Korea and a host of other nations. From the North Pole to the Amazon jungles God has indeed blessed this work.
The School of Christ is comprised of 155 lessons divided up into 19 series. These series cover many aspects that are not covered in a seminary. The School of Christ is not meant to replace long term Bible schools or seminaries. The School of Christ is designed to equip men and women to plant new churches, and to carry the Gospel intelligently to those regions beyond. We believe that the church comes out of life, not doctrine or orthodoxy or by human effort and resource. If the student can become full of the life of God, then wherever he or she goes in the will of God, a church will be born.
B.H. Clendennen in Europe
Below is a very short snippet of B.H. Clendennen ministering in Belgium in September 2009. We spent several days with him there during which he preached a convention to a group of leaders and believers as well as a quick visit into France. This was his last International ministry trip.
During these days he poured himself out as much as ever i had seen him in preaching the person of Christ in all His fullness. Little did we realise that this would be the last time of fellowship and ministry with our Brother. He went to be with the Lord at the age of 87 in December of that year. As you can see his zeal, freshness, simplicity, purity and stamina remained to the end.