Chin Christian Institute of Theology (formerly known as Zomi Theological College) is the oldest Theological Institution in Chin State and is the only Theological Institution constitutionally owned by the Chin Baptist Convention, which belongs to Myanmar Baptist Convention.
The history of CCIT begins in Hakha, Chin State, Myanmar, where it was founded by missionary Chester Strait in 1928. During the World War II, the school was closed. To meet the need of the growing churches in the Chin Hills, Bible Schools were opened again in Hakha by the Johnsons, 1948, and in Tidim by the Nelsons, 1947. The said missionaries went home on furlough in 1952.
In Tedim, a Bible School was started again in 1953 under the name Zomi Baptist Convention Bible School. In 1954, the school was relocated to Hakha, and the Zomi Baptist Convention Executive Committee officially changed the name to Zomi Baptist Bible School in December 1956. In 1959, the school was relocated from Hakha to Falam. The school’s name was changed to Zomi Baptist Theological School in 1960. In 1974, the school was renamed Zomi Baptist Theological Seminary, and in 1983, it became Zomi Theological College. In March 2013, the school was renamed Chin Christian Institute of Theology.
The CCIT have had a B.Th joint-program with five sister schools: Chin Christian University (formerly known as Chin Christian College) in Hakha; Tedim Theological College, Tedim; and Bethel Theological Seminary, Tahan; Union Theological Seminary, Matupi; and All Nations Theological Seminary, Yangon.
Providing men and women quality theological education for engaging in Church ministry and Christian service that fulfil the great commission and glorify God.
The Chin Christian Institute of Theology is committed to the preparation of men and women in the ministry and mission of church in Myanmar by proclaiming the Gospel and witnessing the acts of God. Programs of studies in CCIT are designed to strengthen and support the ministers of the church to meet the needs of the people and the challenges of the society through offering the students a foundation of theological education with its historical and theological contexts. Though the School is rooted in the traditions of mainline Protestant Christianity, denominationally Baptist, her educational function is ecumenical to the cultural and religious heritage of people in Myanmar and CCIT envisions training students for Church ministry and Christian service, helping students for the build-up of authentic humanity, supporting students for having mission spirit and experiencing mission work, and having networking and fellowship with other seminaries in Myanmar.
Toward the fulfillment of the statement of vision and mission, an academic program has been designed to strengthen and support the ministers of the church to meet the needs of the people and the challenges of the society through offering the students a foundation of theological education with its historical and theological contexts. The institutional goal of this academic program is to promote serious intellectual inquiry into and mastery of essential aspects of the Christian tradition and ways of living the Christian faith in daily life.
Goal 1: to acquaint seminarians with the work of the Church as it affects pastoral ministry and to assist them in their recognition and development of ministerial skills (e.g., pastoral counseling, preaching, and organizing).
Goal 2: to provide opportunities for seminarians’ own discovery and enhancement of ministerial skills.
Goal 3: to support the development and continuing integration of ecclesial faith, pastoral ministry, and personal maturity.
CCIT was accepted as a member institute of the Association for Theological Education for Theological Education in South East Asia, ATESEA, in 1982. Degrees offered by CCIT are accredited by the Association for Theological Education for Theological Education in South East Asia (ATESEA).
CCIT also is a member school of Theological Education Department (TED) of Myanmar Baptist Convention, and in the Association for Theological Education of Myanmar (ATEM) of 34 seminaries and universities across Myanmar.