Originally titled the Deep End School, Naioth College was founded in 2003 as a ministry of New Earth Tribe. The ‘Tribe’ began as a missional community that sought to engage areas of western culture that were neglected by traditional churches. Founded in 1998 by Phil and Maria Mason, New Earth Tribe – now Tribe Byron Bay – endeavours to embrace the values, the vision and the lifestyle of the first century disciples who built their community on the cornerstone of the revelation of the kingdom ministry of Christ as outlined in Luke 4:18-19;
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
As this school has evolved, it has moved from a three-month intensive, to a seven-month course to its present nine-month program. We have graduated over 180 students and each year we thrilled to go on a transformative journey with the new students.
While initially this school sought to primarily train and equip students to effectively minister cross-culturally in a post-modern context, the focus has shifted towards raising up revivalists that carry the culture of heaven. We believe that personal transformation through the grace of God is an essential component to begin to transform the earth. Heaven on earth begins in the heart of the believer.
So, necessarily, our focus has shifted towards creating a culture that reflects the culture of heaven and towards adopting values that help students embrace this transformational paradigm. While we aren’t there yet, we are committed to the journey of creating a culture that is progressively more and more Christ-filled, Christ-focused and Christ-empowered; a culture that reflects the reality of heaven on earth.
Since 2015, the school has been renamed Naioth College and now offers accredited courses. We are tremendously excited about this transition and invite the support of Australian churches as we provide a season of training to their members that will enable deeper personal transformation and equipping to shape the course of our nation.