“REFRESH” 3-Week Torchbearers International Bible School 2017

Our 3-Week English-speaking Bible School is a unique concept within Torchbearers International. The reason being, we offer four modules over four years, with each module lasting three weeks. We consider this offering to be of particular interest to those aged 25 or over, who are unable to take periods of more than three weeks off work, for example. Naturally we welcome all applicants, regardless of age and background and would love you to come and discover (or re-discover) the transforming presence of Jesus Christ! “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27).

The forth and next module will take place from February 26 to March 17, 2017. It is not a requirement to have attended previous modules and as each module is distinct from others, students can join our Bible School at any stage.

It is also possible to come for only one or two weeks.

We also provide child care (age 3 and older) during the lessons.



Bible Teachers

We have 3 Bible Teachers from various Torchbearers Centers around the globe:


First Week: Stuart Briscoe

Stuart Briscoe is an international speaker and former senior pastor of Elmbrook Church in Wisconsin with about 7’000 in attendance per week.

Stuart was called as senior pastor to Elmbrook in 1970, after a banking career in England and an international ministry under the auspices of Capernwray Missionary Fellowship of Torchbearers. During his pastorate, Elmbrook grew tremendously and planted a number of “daughter” churches in the Greater Milwaukee area, while Briscoe also continued his international teaching ministry.

In 2000, after serving for 30 years as Elmbrook’s senior pastor, Stuart and his wife Jill embarked on new ministries as Elmbrook’s Ministers-at-Large, concentrating on reaching out to pastors, missionaries and church leaders around the world.

Stuart has written more than 40 books and the media ministry ‘Telling the Truth’, which he founded in 1971, continues to operate.

He will teach 2 Corinthians.

“We know much about the remarkable ministry of the Apostle Paul, but we are not always as well versed in the inner dynamics of Paul’s life that drove his life and ministry. 2 Corinthians takes us into Paul’s heart and we find there much that will motivate, encourage and empower us in our lives in the 21st Century.”


Bild S.Briscoe










Second Week: Chris Thomas

Chris Thomas is the director of Torchbearers International.

He will speak about Peter’s First Letter.

“The times were tough, uncertain, and troubling. Persecution was imminent and God’s people were to face the challenge. Peter, who was uniquely equipped by virtue of his past was lead by the Holy Spirit to write to these scattered believers so that they would know the secret of what it takes to stand strong in the faith, serve one another in the community of believers and to develop relationships that would enable them to weather the storm.”


Chris Thomas










Third Week: Johan Schep

Johan is a gifted evangelist with enthusiasm that is truly contagious. He has spent much of his life as an evangelist in Israel. He has also taught in various Bible Schools around the world and regularly travels to Israel, Europe and Africa to share the gospel.

He will speak about ‘the School of Faith from Abraham and Sarah’.

“It is an adventure to follow an elderly couple called Abraham and Sarah without children. They teach us so much about life on earth. Let me share a few lessons that I learned: Never stop living. The best is yet to come. Live by Grace and learn to be a receiver. Do continually believe all Gods promises. Walk and wait in faith before the Lord. Let us decide to end as friends of God. The blessings of Abraham for the whole world have also come to us (Gal. 3:14).”


Johan Schep








Mission Statement of Torchbearers International

“Our Mission is to proclaim the transforming presence of Jesus Christ, through biblical teaching and practical training, equipping men and women for service in His Church worldwide.”


Purpose of the Bible School

The objective of this relatively intensive and concentrated course is to provide training for Christians, in order:

  1. to facilitate the deepening of relationship with, faith in, and commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ, i.e. to come to personally
  2. experience the reality of His indwelling life – “Christ in you”;
  3. to increase our knowledge of God’s Word;
  4. to provide opportunities for practical application of spiritual and mental learning;
  5. to promote the development of the Christian as a whole person, i.e. spiritually, mentally and physically; and
  6. to give students the advantages of cross-cultural and multi-cultural Christian exposure, also by providing a community environment which encourages Christian fellowship, maturity, responsibility, participation, and cooperation.


Typical Schedule

A typical day will include three lectures in the morning and one lecture in the evening. The afternoons will provide an opportunity for personal study or reflection and/or exploring the wonderful mountainous setting, by going skiing, ski touring or snowshoe walking, or strolling around Interlaken for example. When appropriate, these activities will be led by a guide.



Feedbacks from previous years

“I have been overwhelmed by God’s grace, love and faithfulness that He showed through the staff at Credo in the past few weeks. The bible classes have been very refreshing and I am so grateful for this amazing opportunity. God has spoken to me in amazing ways and I am excited for the new journey ahead of me knowing that God is already there. I am forever grateful!” 

“I got inspiration and depth for my prayer life: God sees, is there and rewards. I enjoyed the great nature and talking to other christians.”

“In these 3 weeks I was reminded how amazing our gracious God is in forgiving and living in us, how wonderful and refreshing is His Word and His creation, and how sweet is fellowship with other believers.”

“My time at Credo was a time of spiritual growth and refreshment. In addition to this it was also a time to share with others from around the world. It was exciting to make new friends and connect with believers from a wide variety of countries, cultures and backgrounds. All ot this in the middle of a beautiful and majestic setting.”

“During this 3 weeks I came to understand what it truly means to be ‘in Christ’. I have been a ‘new creature’ for a long time but did not really understand what that meant.”

 “It was a blessing to come to Credo. I got spiritually strength and refreshement. Bless you.”

“It was a great experience for me to visit a bible school with mature people over 25 years. I also loved to share my experiences with Jesus. The time here was another blessing for my life and a really great time with my Heavenly Father.”

“I have been reminded of many things which I have learnt years ago but never lived or stopped living it. It was refreshing and encouraging to transform things into my life and understand them with my heart.”



Torchbearers Switzerland is based in Wilderswil, a charming village near Interlaken and in the center of the world famous Jungfrau Region with its renowned mountains and breathtaking scenery. Please see http://www.credo.ch/anfahrt/?lang=en for the exact location.

Situated overlooking the wide valley is our house, Credo (Latin for ‘I believe’). Its charming castle-like architecture is evident throughout the house, which offers a distinctive, regal and warm atmosphere for up to 120 guests (most rooms have en-suite showers and toilets). The kitchen staff prepare excellent Swiss meals, and there is a snack bar on site




More pictures of the house and the surroundings you find on our main page





How to get there

The nearest airport is Zurich, Switzerland. International flights also fly into Geneva, Basel or Bern. Both Zurich and Geneva Airports are directly connected to the excellent Swiss public transportation network. Hourly trains take you from Zurich Airport to Interlaken in 2h30min and from Geneva Airport in 3h. At the train station Interlaken West we will pick you up with the Credo van. Please let us know your arrival time.

For more Information about travelling, feel free to check out the Swiss railway website: http://www.sbb.ch/en/home.html, or if you have enquiries, please feel free to Email us at: info@credo.ch or phone us on: +41 33 822 32 06.


Course fees

CHF 1’250.- per person (including full board, room, tuition, student fees, free wireless internet and Credo facilities)

You may also bring your children (costs below). During the lessons we will provide child care for those of age 3 and older.

0-3 years free; 4-12 years CHF 650.-; 12-15 years CHF 800.-

You can either wire the money (bank information) or pay in cash (Swiss Francs or Euro) or with credit card when you are here.

Not included within the course fees: Books, ski passes

Price for one week:  CHF 450.-

Price for two weeks:  CHF 900.-



Packing list


How to apply

To apply please click on the button below.

We would be delighted to welcome you to our center and enjoy fellowship and getting to know the Lord Jesus better together!

Torchbearers Switzerland
Unspunnenstrasse 11
CH-3812 Wilderswil