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  • Vice President; Chief Financial OfficerBen Chelladurai

     

    • Certificate of Membership (Institute of Chartered Accountants of India)
    • M.A. Biblical Studies (Moody Bible Institute)
    • P.G.D. Business Administration (Loyola Institute of Business Administration- Madras)
    • B.A. Commerce (University of Madras)

     

    Ben Chelladurai serves as the vice president and chief financial officer at the College of Biblical Studies.

    Prior to coming to CBS, Mr. Chelladurai served as Director of Finance in Education at Moody Bible Institute; Manager of Accounts and Internal Controls at T&N International Group Company; and Chief Accountant for Big Five Group of Companies. He has also served as Regional Manager in Finance and Administration, Manager of Marketing Finance, and Financial Analyst.

    Mr. Chelladurai has been married for 38 years to Jayanthi, and they have 2 adult daughters and three grandchildren. He was ordained by CMA church in Chicago in 2004. Mr. Chelladurai and his wife enjoy equipping and empowering couples in their community with hope and healing in marriages and families through Christ.

  • The family invites everyone who knew and loved Bob to gather with us at Fairfield Baptist Church (27240 Highway 290, Cypress, TX 77433) for a Celebration of Life Service on Wednesday, July 29 at 10 am. In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged to In the Word Ministries (itwministries.com) and the College of Biblical Studies (cbshouston.edu/give-to-cbs).

     

    Obituary of Mr. Robert S. Simmons

  • Executive Director, Grace Relations and Special Asst. to the President 

    Dr. Charles Ware

     

    • D.D., Baptist Bible Seminary, Carks Summit, PA.
    • M.Div., Capital Bible Seminary
    • B.R.E., Baptist Bible College of Pennsylvania 

     

    Dr. A. Charles Ware serves as executive director of Grace Relations and special assistant to the president. He is founder of Grace Relations Network, an international speaker, and serves as a consultant on racial reconciliation and leadership. His ministry is well received by audiences of all ethnic groups.

    Prior to coming to CBS, Dr. Ware served as president and president emeritus of Crossroads Bible College, a biblically conservative evangelical institution dedicated to training Christian leaders to a reach multiethnic urban world for Christ. Dr. Ware also served as founder and senior pastor of Crossroads Bible Church in Indianapolis, IN from 2001-2006; founder and pastor of Bethel Bible Church in Camp Spring, MD from 1978-1991; and founder and senior pastor of Scranton Revival Baptist Church in Scranton, PA from 1971-1978.

    Dr. Ware and his wife Sharon reside in Indianapolis and have six children, four daughters-in-law, one son-in-law, and four grandchildren.

    Publications and Conference Presentations 

    One Race One Blood (Master Books, 2007). Co-authored with Ken Ham, Answers in Genesis founder and president.

    Prejudice and the People of God, (Kregel, 2001). 

    Edited & Contributed to Volumes 

    Another Kind of Courage: God's Design for Fathers of Families Affected by Disability (Joni and Friends Christian Institute on Disability, 2014).  

    Launching and Leading a Biblical Counseling Ministry in a Multiethnic Church; Biblical Counseling and the Church (Zondervan, 2015).  

    Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling; The Importance of Multiculturalism in Biblical Counseling (Harvest House, 2013).    

    Reuniting the Family of God (Baptist Bible College, 2000). 

    Called to Lead: Wisdom for the Next Generation of African Americans Leaders (Moody Press, 1995).   

    Understanding Interracial Families: Can the Church Welcome Mixed-Race Couples? Building Unity in the Church of the New Millennium (Moody Press, 2002).   

    Pastoral Counseling of Multiracial Families; Just Don’t Marry One (Judson Press, 2002).   

    Journal Publications 

    How Should the Church Respond; The Journal of Ministry and Theology (Baptist Bible Seminary, 2015).

  • Vice President of DiscipleshipDr. Paul Nyquist

     

    • Ph.D., Dallas Theological Seminary (Systematic Theology)
    • Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary (Systematic Theology)
    • B.S., University of Nebraska (Architectural Studies)

      

    Dr. Nyquist serves as the vice president of discipleship.

    Prior to coming to CBS, Dr. Nyquist served as president of Moody Bible Institute, president of Avant Ministries, Graduate Program dean and professor at The Bible Seminary, adjunct professor at Phoenix Seminary and Grace University, and senior pastor at two different churches in the Midwest.

    Dr. Nyquist and his wife Cheryl have been blessed with four children (Natalie, Taylor, Carson, and Sawyer) and eight grandchildren.

    Publications and Conference Presentations 

    • Is Justice Possible? The Elusive Pursuit of What is Right (Moody, 2017).
    • Prepare: Living your Faith in an Increasingly Hostile Culture (Moody, 2015).
    • The Post-Church Christian: Dealing with the Generational Baggage of our Faith (Moody, 2013). Co-authored with his son, Carson.
    • There is No Time: A Missionary Fable (Avant, 2007).
  • FULL VIDEO

    Discussion 1     Discussion 2     Discussion 3

     

    Discussion 1: Panelists describe their personal experiences with racial injustice.

    Dr. Bill Blocker's Response

    Dr. Bill Blocker

     

    Dr. Paul Nyquist Response

    Dr. Paul Nyquist

     

     Dr. Charles Ware's Response

    Dr. Charles Ware

     

     Dr. Phil Sinitiere's Response

    Dr. Sinitiere

     

     

    Discussion 2: A biblical view of racial injustice and prejudice.

    Dr. Bill Blocker's Response

    Dr. Bill Blocker
     

     Dr. Paul Nyquist Response

    Dr. Paul Nyquist
     
    Dr. Charles Ware's Response
    Dr. Charles Ware
     

    Dr. Phil Sinitiere's Response

    Dr. Sinitiere

     
     
      
    Discussion 3: Creative ways we can engage in transformation and take initiative.

    Dr. Bill Blocker's Response

    Dr. Bill Blocker
     
    Dr. Paul Nyquist Response
    Dr. Paul Nyquist
     

    Dr. Charles Ware's Response

    Dr. Charles Ware
      

     Dr. Phil Sinitiere's Response

    Dr. Sinitiere
     
     
  • Association of Christian Librarians (ACL) LibGuides

    Biblical and Theological Studies LibGuide from the Bible Core Section (BCS) of the Association of Christian Librarians (ACL). This guide is an on-going project of BCS and will introduce you to resources and research skills related to Biblical and Theological Studies. Includes Facts Checker Links on this page. The guide focuses on facilitating access to resources that are completely and freely available.

     

    Biblical & Theological Studies: General Resources – Databases and Search Engines, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, Bible Background and History, Apologetics, Archaeology

     

    Biblical & Theological Studies: New Testament – New Testament Commentaries, Dictionaries and Lexicons, New Testament Texts, Bible Translations, Images, Open Access Journals, Early Church and Patristics, Comparative Tools, Ancient World, Archaeology

     

    Biblical & Theological Studies: Old Testament – Old Testament Text, Bible Translations, Web Resources, Dictionaries, Lexicons and Encyclopedias, Archaeology, Commentaries, Images, Open Access Journals, Ancient World, Ancient Near East, Comparative Tools, Open Access Journals

     

  • Video "What Color is Love" Panel Discussion

      

    The College of Biblical Studies was founded in 1979 in response to systemic racism. Today, we stand in solidarity with the hundreds of thousands of others in denouncing this oppressive systemic evil. Any assault against God’s creative image is an assault against Him. In fact, in our traditional bachelor’s degree programs, students are required to take a class on Culture, Race and the Church, a curriculum designed by Dr. Charles Ware, founder of Grace Relations and CBS staff member.

    Genesis 1:27 says, “God created man in his own image.” Imago Dei is Latin for “image of God,” and the basic understanding of this phrase is that humans are created in God’s own image. Because of that, humans are different from any other creature on earth. Humans reflect God’s divine nature in our ability to achieve the unique characteristics with which we have been heavenly endowed.

    In our selfish pursuit of greed, power, or pleasure, humanity blindly attempts to usurp divine authority by ignoring or oppressing the Imago Dei in others. The moral implications of Imago Dei are apparent in God’s greatest commandment, quoted by Jesus in Matthew 22:38-40:

    “And he said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind,’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments depend the whole law and the prophets.”

    As Christians, we find our highest purpose fulfilled when we love God our Creator and love each other as ourselves. Because of God’s grace, and because we are made in the image of God, we are all His creation through whom His divine plans and purposes are made known to the world.

     

    More resources:

    Statement on Biblical and Theological Rationale for Cultural Diversity

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  • The College of Biblical Studies maintains an unwavering commitment to see God glorified, the Gospel proclaimed, the Bible affirmed, and the church unified in an environment that welcomes ethnic and cultural diversity. Our dedication to teaching and practicing truth in love, discipling multiethnic Christian servant leaders, and providing transformative instruction for God’s glory is undergirded and fueled by our obedience to both the Great Commandments and the Great Commission (Matt 22:36-40; 28:18-20). As we seek to love God and our neighbors well and to make Christian disciples of all nations, the College prayerfully and actively pursues ethnic unity and reconciliation with humility, gentleness, patience, grace, biblical truth, and love (Eph 4:1-4, 15, 32; Col 3:12-15; 4:6).

    The College’s mission to glorify God by educating and equipping multi-ethnic Christian leaders to impact the world for Christ grounds itself on a biblical and theological worldview in which the Triune God glorifies Himself through unity and diversity. The pursuit of Christian unity in the midst of diversity has its roots within the Triune nature of God. The Scripture declares that there is only one God (Deut 4:35; 6:4; 1 Kings 8:60; Neh 9:6; Is 45:21-22), and He exists from eternity in three Persons: Father (Gen 1:1; Gen 17:1; Ex 3:14; Jer 32:17; Eph 1:3; Phil 1:2), Son (John 1:1, 14; 8:58; 20:28; Rom 9:5; Col 2:9; Heb 1:1-4), and Holy Spirit (Gen 1:2; John 6:63; Acts 5:1-10; 2 Cor 3:17; Ps 139:7-10). Each person of the Trinity is fully God and therefore equal in power, glory, and honor (Is 42:8; Matt 3:13-17; 28:18-20; John 17:1-5; 2 Cor 13:14; Eph 1:20-22; 2 Thess 2:13-14; Rev 1:8). Thus, the Father is God; the Son is God; the Holy Spirit is God, yet there are not three gods, but one God.[i] Likewise, the distinction of persons is always maintained within the Godhead. The Father is, from eternity, the Father, never the Son or the Spirit (Is 63:16; Ps 2:7; Matt 3:13-17; John 3:16; 12:28; Eph 1:17; 2 Thess 1:2); likewise, the Son is, from eternity, the Son, never the Father or the Spirit (John 1:18; 5:19-23; 20:17; Eph 1:7; 2:18); finally, the Spirit is, from eternity, the Spirit, never the Father or Son (John 16:13-15; Rom 8:9; Gal 4:6; 1 Cor 2:10-11; Eph 1:13-14). This unity of divine essence coupled with the diversity of divine personhood is foundational within the Trinitarian life. Thus, when God chose to create man in His image (Gen 1:26-27) and for His glory (Is 43:6-7; 1 Cor 10:31; Ps 24:1; 100:2-3), the Lord ensured that His creation reflected both the unity and diversity that characterizes His own divine nature.

    The Scripture declares that the Lord is a God of peace, not disorder (Rom 15:33; 1 Cor 14:33; Phil 4:9). Therefore, unity and diversity can coexist in harmony because it is exemplified within the Triune God (Matt 3:16-17; John 14:26-27; 16:5-15; 17:10, 21-22). For example, when the Lord created those who would bear His image (the imago dei), He created one human race comprised of two genders: male and female (Gen 1:26-27), and this the Lord deemed very good (Gen 1:31).  An “image” should reflect the character and qualities of that which it represents. Thus, the oneness of humanity and the distinction of the two genders ensured that human beings properly “imaged” the unity and diversity within God.[ii]

    God created human beings with material bodies and immaterial spirits, thereby giving them the ability to relate both to God and man (Gen 2:7, 16, 22). As God reigns over creation, He gave man authority to serve as His vice-regents over the earth, and He commands them to “be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, subdue it, and rule over His creation” (Gen 1:1-2:25, Isaiah 45:18). Having this kind of authority aligns with the likeness of our creator, God. Moreover, the Scripture states that God breathed the breath of life into Adam, thereby establishing a unique connection between God and His image bearer (Gen 2:7). Thus, “to be human is to image God.”[iii] As our Creator, the Lord also remains intimately involved in the formation of every subsequent human life (Ps 139:1-3, 13-16). God gives human beings unique worth and sets them apart from all other creatures (Ps 8:4-8).

    Given the fact that Adam and Eve are the parents of all humans (Gen 1:26-28; 2:7, 21-25; 3:20; Rom 5:12-17, 1 Cor 15:45), it makes sense that all human beings are also a part of the same species, Homo Sapiens, and today, even scientists agree that there is only one biological “race” of humans.[iv] While the term “race” is often used as a social construct to denote a person’s cultural background coupled with other physiological characteristics (such as skin color), the Bible consistently employs the term ethnos(Gr.  ἔθνος; cf. “ethnic” and “ethnicity”) to describe such distinctives.[v] This understanding is often reflected by missionaries who use the term "people groups" to define “a cluster of human beings that are set apart from others because of their language, culture, geography, or religion.”[vi] Genesis states that from creation to the time of the Flood, humanity“stood in unbroken genetic relation with the first [human] pair, so that the human race constitutes not only a specific unity, a unity in the sense that all men share the same human nature, but also a genetic or genealogical unity.”[vii] Thus, Adam and Eve, along with Noah and his descendants (who repopulated the post-diluvian earth, per Gen 9:1-7, 19; 10:32) possessed the same genetic coding for all subsequent human ethnē or “ethnicities.” Just as God displayed His unity and diversity by creating one human race with two genders, He also reveals the same unity and diversity by creating one human race with various ethnicities. Paul also affirms this in Acts 17:26, when he notes that “God made of one [italics mine] every nation [ethnos] of man to dwell on all the face of the earth.”[viii] Despite the fact that “contemporary notion of ‘races’ is foreign to Scripture, ‘ethnicity’ more accurately describes the real, observable distinctions of nationality, language, culture, and sometimes religion.”[ix] Given its alignment with the biblically-used “ethnos” rather than the culturally-defined term “race,” the word “ethnicity” will be used throughout this statement.

    Despite the aforementioned, God-ordained, human unity in the midst of ethnic diversity, the intrusion of sin fractured the God-human (Gen 3:8-11, 22-24; 6:5-6; Is 59:2), man-woman (Gen 3:12, 16), human-world (Gen 3:17-19), human-human relationship (Gen 4:1-16). Sin manifests itself with both a nature (Eph 2:1-3) and behavior that is hostile toward God and others (Rom 1:18-32). With our rebellion, humans traded our once upright, holy nature for a nature that is characterized by death, disorder, and destruction (Gen 6:5-6; Rom 5:12-21). While the imago dei is still present within all human beings, it is gravely marred, perverted, and tarnished by sin (Rom 3:23; James 3:9-10).  Sin is defined as any word, action, and/or desire that violates the word of God and/or conscience and alienates us from the Lord. We sin by actively breaking God’s Word or by not performing what is commanded of us in God’s Word. Rather than reflecting divine beauty and peace, our God-given distinctions in personhood, gender, and ethnicity have been sinfully twisted to serve as instruments of division and hostility. This human failure to reflect God’s glory rightly and to represent His image accurately assaults the very character of God. Because of His goodness, God simply cannot let false imagers abide (Ps 100:5; 107:1; Hab 1:13; Nahum 1:2; Rom 1:18; 1 Pet 1:14-16).

    After sin entered the world (Gen 3:1-24), human beings now have the tendency to affirm either unity or diversity to the exclusion of the other and to use their own preferences for sinful means. For example, at the Tower of Babel, human beings stood united in the common purpose of making a tower that reached to heaven, thereby attempting to make themselves god-like (Gen 11:1-4). For this rebellion, the Lord scattered humanity across the earth and also divided the earth into different languages (Gen 11:5-9). Thus, humans exploited “unity” for idolatrous means. Likewise, Scripture also notes that man will not hesitate to renounce diversity in an attempt to elevate self. For instance, when Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses’s Cushite wife (Numb 12:1), the Lord viewed their ethnic hostility as a rejection of His authority and Moses’s leadership, and He judged their rebellion by giving Miriam a skin disease (Numb 12:4-13). Thus, Miriam’s attempt to draw “separation” between a man and his Cushite wife directly led to her “separation” from her own people (Numb 12:14-15).[x] In both cases, God judged the exploitation of unity and diversity. Both must be maintained, and both must be used to glorify the Creator, not the created.

    Unfortunately, within the modern history of the church, the Bible has been used as a basis for ethnic prejudice. For example, Dutch Reformed Christians used the Bible to sanction apartheid in South Africa during the modern era.[xi] Throughout World War II, Hitler and the Third Reich wielded the scriptures in the philosophy and practice of Nazism.[xii] Finally, as one of the most blatant historical instances when the Bible has been used in this way, some have used the “curse of Ham” as a biblical justification for slavery and mistreatment of blacks in the American South. However, the text declares that it was Canaan, Ham’s son, who was cursed, not Ham himself (Gen 9:24-27). Later, the text states that Ham fathered “Cush, Mizraim, Put, and Canaan” (Gen 10:6). While Cush, Mizraim, and Put likely correspond to modern Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Egypt, and Libya, which are in Africa, Canaan became the father of nations that were in the vicinity of the current Middle East (Gen 10:15-20).[xiii] While the “curse of Ham” has often been leveled against blacks, nothing in the text of Scripture states that the Canaanites were dark-skinned. True to Noah’s prophecy, God drove the Canaanites out of the land due to their wickedness (Deut 9:4-5). Therefore, the “curse of Canaan” has nothing to do with those of African descent, and its use to justify the African slave trade not only serves as a prime example of poor exegesis, but it also functions as a blatant misuse of Scripture.

    In an attempt to press for unity, many within society and the church have tried to function as if they are “color blind” when it comes to engaging those of different ethnicities. While their efforts may be well-intentioned, they are also misguided. Unity and diversity should not be viewed as an “either-or” but as a “both-and.” The Lord created people of different colors, complexions, and ethnicities. We should see and honor His creative work and give glory to the Creator for what He has done. We should see the distinctions and honor them as reflections of divine glory: He creates one human race (thereby establishing the unity of His image bearers) with different ethnicities (thereby cementing the diversity of His creative order). The Lord commanded that His people be one as the Triune God is one (John 17:11, 20). As each member of Godhead retains His individual personhood while sharing full deity, different groups maintain their ethnic distinctiveness while sharing full humanity. Therefore, unity does not equal uniformity. In fact, the Scripture does not shy away from ethnic diversity but recognizes it openly (Jer 13:23; John 4:9; Mark 7:24-29; Acts 8:26-40; Acts 16:1). If the Scripture, the very Word of God, recognizes such ethnic distinctions, then the people of God should follow suit. At the same time, solidarity of purpose does not mandate unanimity of action. Brothers and sisters who fully agree on the need for ethnic unity can, and often will, disagree on how to accomplish that unity. Believers must rely upon wisdom, prayer, and love in order to achieve diversity in a way that honors God and promotes peace (Eph 4:1-7; James 1:5; Rom 12:9-12; 1 John 4:11). Since God creates all people in His image, He therefore gives all “ethnic groups the same status and unique value that comes from being His image bearer.”[xiv]

    Christ, the Great reconciler, is the light of the world (John 1:9; 8:12), and He has called a people unto Himself, the church, who reflect His image by serving as lights in the world (Matt 5:14-16).[xv] Now, every person can be reconciled to God through the lifesaving blood of Jesus Christ (Gal 3:26-29; Col 1:19-20; 1 John 2:1-2). As the Lamb of God, Jesus takes away the sins of the world and gave Himself as a ransom for all men and women, regardless of ethnicity (John 1:29; 1 Pet 1:19; 1 Tim 2:5-6). The Lord lauded the faith and righteous acts of Gentiles (Luke 4:24-30; Luke 10:25-37), and he calls His people to proclaim His Gospel message to all nations for His glory (Matt 28:18-20). Just as He began the proclamation of the Gospel to Gentiles, Samaritans, and people from various nationalities (Matt 4:14-17; John 4:1-42), He calls His church to take the Gospel to Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8). At Pentecost, the Holy Spirit fell on people of many different ethnicities so that all could hear the Gospel in their own distinctive languages and take that good news to their countries of origin (Acts 2:1-13). The same Holy Spirit who was present at creation (Gen 1:2), the same Holy Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead (Rom 8:11), is the same Holy Spirit who indwells believers, regardless of ethnicity (1 Cor 3:16; 6:19; Acts 10:1-48). Empowered by the Holy Spirit whom the Father has sent through Jesus (John 14:26), true disciples commit themselves to obeying the Lord and fulfilling His Great Commission. Therefore, it comes as no surprise to see Peter and the apostles proclaiming the good news in Jerusalem (Acts 1-7), Philip preaching the word in Samaria (Acts 8), other leaders announcing the message to Judea (Acts 9-12), and Paul taking the Gospel to the ends of the earth (Acts 13-28). 

    A central aspect of the aforementioned Gospel message lies in the fact that salvation is of the Jews (John 4:22).[xvi] While the Lord first took the Gospel to the nation of Israel (Matt 10:6; 15:24), it has always been the sovereign plan of God to extend salvation to the Gentiles (Is 49:6; Rom 11:1-36). Because of Jesus Christ’s perfect salvific work, anyone who receives His message and ministry through faith is no longer an estranged enemy of God (Rom 10:9-13; Col 1:21-23). Even though Gentiles have been engrafted into the people of God, this does not allow anyone to overlook the importance of the Jewish nation throughout creative and redemptive history (Gen 12:1-3; Rom 9:1-5; 11:17-24). In His own flesh, Jesus tore down the barrier of the dividing wall between Jew and Gentile and created a new body, from the two, in Himself, thereby establishing peace (Eph 2:11-21). Therefore, the church of God denounces and decries any attempt to rebuild that wall through inclinations towards and acts of anti-Semitism. The head of the Church, Jesus Christ, was born a Jew, lived as a Jew, died as a Jew, and was raised from the dead as a Jew.[xvii] He intercedes for His people, and He will come again, as a Jew, to reign over the millennial kingdom and ultimately, the new heavens and the new earth. Since anti-Semitism, at its core, blasphemes God the Son, it remains wholly rejected by the Son’s church.

    In the clearest terms, the College of Biblical Studies emphatically and unequivocally denounces all forms of ethnic supremacy, racism/racialization, ethnic division, and ethnic prejudice (i.e. what James 2:1-13 describes as personal favoritism, making distinctions, and partiality) because it portrays a false image of God’s Tri-unity, violates the two Great Commandments (Matt 22:36-40), and denigrates His good work of creation. The Christian[xviii] cannot and must not be silent in the face of ethnic prejudice. As she proclaims the Gospel to all nations (Mark 13:10; Rev 14:6), the church must perform her duty and call sin for what it is: sin. While the Lord has given us ethnic distinctions by His own sovereign choice, He also affirms that our heavenly citizenship dwarfs any other allegiance to country, tribe, or nationality (Phil 1:27; 3:20; Mark 11:17). Ethnic supremacy is a moral evil that runs counter to and remains incompatible with biblical Christianity. The Gospel serves as the antidote for this evil. Excusing, ignoring, dismissing, or engaging in ethnic prejudice constitutes a break in our adherence to Christ (Gal 3:26-29). Therefore, the sin of ethnic bias and/or economic exploitation/discrimination must be actively addressed, not passively engaged (Acts 6:1-7; Gal 2:11-21). Whether we battle ethnic superiority within our own hearts (the flesh), with the larger culture and societal structures (the world), or against our old foe (the devil) who brings disunity and hatred toward others (Eph 2:1-3), we wage war against sin in a way that brings honor to Christ (Rom 6:6; 11-14; 7:23; 8:12-13; James 4:4-10). Like any earthly institution, CBS has missed the mark in its past and continues to grow in its present regarding ethnic reconciliation; nevertheless, we strive toward and labor for a future that is marked by Christian love, peace, unity, and diversity across all ethnicities.

    As ambassadors for Christ, we must represent Him faithfully as ministers of reconciliation and press toward godly unity and fellowship with brothers and sisters from all backgrounds (1 Cor 1:10; 2 Cor 5:18-21; Eph 4:1-6; Gal 3:28; Col 3:11). The pursuit of reconciliation is not easy; it requires sacrifice, suffering, prayer, and toil (Luke 9:23-26; Col 1:24-29; Eph 6:18). It consists in viewing others as more important than ourselves (Phil 2:3), serving as a slave to all because we are slaves to Jesus Christ (Rom 6:15-23; 1 Cor 9:19-23), forgiving one another as Christ has forgiven us (Mark 11:25; Col 3:13), and embracing fellow brothers and sisters of different ethnic or social standings (Phm 1:10-20). Standing united against ethnic animus means submitting to God, recognizing and resisting the devil’s scheme to sow disunity by dividing people along ethnic lines (Gal 3:28; Col 3:11; James 4:7), confessing individual and corporate sins (James 5:16; 1 John 1:9), purifying our hearts (James 4:8), bearing one another’s burdens (Gal 6:2), humbling ourselves (James 4:10), outdoing one another in honor (Rom 12:10), and showing affection to each other with brotherly love (Matt 5:23-24; Rom 12:10; 1 John 2:9; 1 John 4:7-8, 20). Though we have unity in Christ, this does not necessarily mean that members of God’s household will have the same opinions or arrive at the same conclusions. Nevertheless, as brothers and sisters in the Lord, we must be “quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry” (James 1:19), particularly as we engage each other on issues regarding ethnic harmony and diversity. Believers are aliens and sojourners in this world, and our witness should proclaim us as such (1 Peter 2:11). Consequently, the unbelieving world should see Christians incarnating the Gospel message by loving one another without holding grudges or seeking its own at the expense of others (1 Cor 13:5). Despite the fact that reconciliation and unity across ethnic lines may be met with hostility (Gal 2:11-14), Christian disciples follow the mandate of the Lord to love one another sacrificially (John 15:12-17; 1 John 4:7-21).

    At the final consummation, God will display the beauty and grandeur of His creative and redemptive work. According to Rev. 7:9, the Apostle John sees “a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.” In addition, that multitude cries out with a loud voice, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!’” This multitude stands together as one, and the different members openly praise the Lord with “a” loud voice. “When [different ethnic groups] unite in worship to God, the beauty of their praise will echo the depth and greatness of God’s beauty far more than if the redeemed were from only a few different people groups.”[xix] God has therefore sovereignly ordained that unity and diversity typifies heavenly worship.  Moreover, the fact that all nations will worship God underscores the fact that He is universally praiseworthy.[xx] “The fame, greatness, and worth of an object of beauty increases in proportion to the diversity of those who recognize its beauty. … Thus the diversity of the source of human admiration will testify to [God’s] incomparable glory.”[xxi] Finally, the new Jerusalem boasts the tree of life, the leaves of which serve for the healing of the nations (Rev 22:2). Since Christians serve the Triune Lord and pray for His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matt 6:9-13), both the local and the universal church must strive to value and embrace the unity and diversity of the One whose image we bear (Col 3:10-11).

    As Christ adherents, the members of the CBS community strive to live out our heavenly citizenship (Phil 1:27; 3:20) by remaining rooted in God’s word, focused on God the Son, led by God the Spirit, and committed to God the Father. We seek to value all that Christ values (Matt 6:19-21, 33). God’s glory is demonstrated through the proclamation of the Gospel among the nations; therefore, CBS remains resolute in its commitment to the pursuit of God’s glory by being discipled and making disciples (including faculty, staff, students, and board members) who recognize the value of and work toward ethnic reconciliation and unity.

    A Prayer to God

    O Triune God, You are the sovereign author and giver of life, and Your very nature reflects perfect unity and diversity. Thank You for creating human beings of different ethnicities, backgrounds, and cultures in Your image, according to Your likeness, and for Your glory.

    Father, help us to be honest with You, ourselves, and one another about areas in which we need to grow in our love for You and our neighbors. For the sake of Christian fellowship (koinonia), may our commitment to the pursuit of ethnic reconciliation and unity far outweigh any misplaced allegiance to our own comfort and convenience. When we fail to love You and others rightly, convict Your people, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to recognize our error and to call it for what it is: sin. Forgive us, Lord, when we disparage, belittle, or dismiss others on the basis of their ethnicity or race. We repent of this, and we ask for Your forgiveness. Help Your Church to be one, as You are one. Give Your sons and daughters sacrificial, other-centered, Spirit-driven agape love for people of every tribe, language, people, and nation. May the world know that we are Yours by a love that is demonstrated as we listen humbly to one another, intercede faithfully for one another, and engage intentionally with one another, across all ethnic lines, for the advancement of the Gospel.

    Lord, we present this document to You, and we thank You for allowing us to participate in the work of Your ministry. May this work glorify You and strengthen Your church. As ministers of reconciliation and ambassadors for Your Son, use us, in any way that You see fit, as instruments of Your love, justice, truth, righteousness, and peace. Father, bring us shalom and be our shalom through the Prince of Shalom, Jesus Christ. In His name and by Your Spirit we pray. Amen.

     


    [i] “The Athanasian Creed” from John H. Louth, ed., Creeds of the Churches: A Reader in Christian Doctrine from the Bible to the Present, 3rd Edition (Louisville, KY: John Knox Press, 1982), 705. See also “The Definition of Chalcedon” from Louth, Creeds of the Churches, 34-36.

    [ii] While men and women are image bearers, the Lord intentionally created both men and women with God-given, complementary distinctions that not only highlight His unity and diversity but also bring Him great glory. For additional information on the College’s position on biblical gender roles, see http://www.cbshouston.edu/gender-roles.

    [iii] Michael S. Heiser, The Unseen Realm: Recovering the Supernatural Worldview of the Bible, First Edition. (Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2015), 42–43. Even though God made human beings in His image, an image is never greater than that which it represents. Therefore, image bearers must worship God, and God alone, as their sovereign Lord and Creator (Ex 20:3-6; Deut 6:13-15; Luke 4:8; Rom 1:18-23).

    [iv] Ken Ham and Charles Ware, One Race One Blood: A Biblical Answer to Racism (Green Forest, AZ: Master Books, 2007), 112. Kindle Edition. For additional scholarly statements regarding the opposition to separate “races,” see “AAPA Statement on the Biological Aspects of Race,” from the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, http://physanth.org/about/position-statements/biological-aspects-race/. Accessed on November 4, 2018. See also the “AAA Statement on Race” from the American Anthropological Association, https://www.americananthro.org/ConnectWithAAA/Content.aspx?ItemNumber=2583. Accessed on November 4, 2018.

    [v]Τόἔθνος(ethnos)is defined as a body of persons united by kinship, culture, and common traditions, nation, people, (cf. Acts 8:9; Matt 24:14; 28:19; Mark 11:17; 13:10). The term is also used to denote “people groups foreign to a specific people group, specifically, those who do not belong to groups professing faith in the God of Israel, such as the nations, Gentiles, unbelievers” (Acts 11:1, 18; 14:5; 21:21; 26:17; Rom 3:29; 9:24; 15:10). Finally, the word describes non-Israelite Christians, Gentiles of Christian congregations composed of more than one nationality and not limited to people of Israel (Rom 16:4; Eph 3:1).” See William Arndt et al., A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature (BDAG) (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000), 276-277.

    In addition, the Scripture also uses the term ἡ φυλή(phylē) to describe different subgroups within a distinct nation, such as the12 tribes of Israel (Luke 2:36; Phil 3:5; Heb 7:13; Rev 7:4).For example, the tribe (phylē) of Reuben is a subgroup of the ethnos or “nation” of Israel. SeeWilliam Arndt, BDAG, 1069.

    The New Testament also uses the word ό γένος (genos) todescribe a “relativelylargepeoplegroupornation.” William Arndt, BDAG, 194. It should be noted, however, that the term can have several different connotations in the NT, including “family” (e.g., Acts 7:13), “descent or origin” (e.g., Rev 22:16), “race of people or nation” (e.g., Acts 7:19, 2 Cor 11:26, Phil 3:5), “nationality” (e.g., Mark 7:26; Acts 4:36) or “kind” (e.g., Matt 13:47; Mark 9:29). See Moisés Silva, ed., New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology and Exegesis(Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2014), 556–557. 

    Of the terms used, τόἔθνοςoccurs with the most frequency (162 times). See John Kohlenberger III, Edward W. Goodrick, James A. Swanson, The Exhaustive Concordance of the Greek New Testament (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1995), 250-252. 

    [vi] Ham and Ware, One Race, One Blood, 115.

    [vii] Louis Berkhof, Systematic Theology (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1938), 188.

    [viii] Ibid.

    [ix] Thabiti Anyabwile, “Many Ethnicities, One Race,” from the 9Marks Journal, https://www.9marks.org/article/many-ethnicities-one-race/. Accessed on November 4, 2018.

    [x] While some have sought to use Scripture to argue against interracial marriage, the Bible issues no such prohibition. The Lord has consistently commanded His people to marry those who worship Him and Him alone (Ex 34:11-16, Deut 7:1-6; Josh 23:11-13; 1 Kings 11:1-8; Ezra 9:1-3; 1 Cor 7:39; 2 Cor 6:14); therefore, inter-faith marriage, not interracial/interethnic marriage, violates divine law. See also John Piper, Did Moses Marry a Black Woman?” https://www.9marks.org/article/did-moses-marry-black-woman/. Accessed on November 5, 2018.

    [xi] Several essay collections feature historical and theological analysis related to South Africa, Christianity, and apartheid. See R. Drew Smith, et. al., Contesting Post-Racialism: Conflicted Churches in the United States and South Africa (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2015); R. Drew Smith, ed., Freedom’s Distant Shores: American Protestants and Post-Colonial Alliances with Africa (Waco: Baylor University Press, 2006); William E. Van Vugt and G. Daan Cloete, Race and Reconciliation in South Africa (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2000).

    [xii] Important studies of this topic include Susannah Heschel, The Aryan Jesus: Christian Theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2010); Richard Steigman-Gall, The Holy Reich: Nazi Conceptions of Christianity, 1919-1945 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004); Doris L. Bergen, Twisted Cross: The German Christian Movement in the Third Reich (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1996).

    [xiii] John Piper, Racial Reconciliation: Unfolding Bethlehem’s Fresh Initiative #3, Racial Harmony Sunday. Sermon Delivered January 14, 1996. https://www.desiringgod.org/messages/racial-reconciliation. Accessed on October 30, 2018. See also Gordon J. Wenham, Genesis 1–15, vol. 1, Word Biblical Commentary (Dallas: Word Incorporated, 1998), 221. In addition, see J. Daniel Hays, From Every People and Nation: A Biblical Theology of Race, ed. D. A. Carson, vol. 14, New Studies in Biblical Theology (Downers Grove, IL; England: InterVarsity Press; Apollos, 2003), 34. See also Stephen R. Haynes, Noah's Curse: The Biblical Justification of American Slavery. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2002. Sylvester A. Johnson, The Myth of Ham in Nineteenth-Century American Christianity: Race, Heathens, and the People of God. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan Publishers, 2004).

    [xiv] Hays, From Every People and Nation: A Biblical Theology of Race, 202.

    [xv] The one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church of Jesus Christ is also comprised of different members with distinctive Spirit-given gifts (1 Cor 12:1-31). Thus, by divine ordination, the bride of Christ also reflects the unity and diversity of the Triune God. Therefore, in His creative work, the Triune God intentionally displays His unity in the creation of one human race and one church; at the same time, He deliberately shows His diversity in the creation of two different, complementary genders; various people groups and ethnicities; and distinctive, edifying gifts among the saints. 

    [xvi] Throughout the Scripture, the Lord describes Israel as His treasured possession out of all the other peoples on the earth (Deut 7:6; 14:2; 26:18; Ps 135:4). However, the text also declares that Israel’s special status had nothing to do with her own inherent worth; on the contrary, Israel’s election depended solely upon the sovereign grace and love of the Lord who wills as He chooses (Deut 7:7-8). The Scripture also declares that all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory, regardless of ethnicity (Rom 2:12-29; 3:10, 23; Eph 2:1-3). In Christ, the Father elects and adopts believers of all ethnicities to the praise of His glorious grace (Eph 1:1-6; 2:4-22).

    [xvii] Russell Moore, If You Hate Jews, You Hate Jesus, https://www.russellmoore.com/2018/10/28/if-you-hate-jews-you-hate-jesus/. Accessed on November 4, 2018.

    [xviii] The Christian (Χριστιανός) can best be described as “a Christ partisan, one who associates or identifies with Christ” (See BDAG, 1090).  Therefore, the Christian’s primary allegiance belongs to Christ. As His ambassadors, we represent Jesus and His interests, not ourselves or our own interests (2 Cor 5:20). Therefore, our adherence to Christ must reign supreme and supersede all other relationships, loyalties, or cultural identifiers, including ethnicity and/or land of origin or residence. Christ’s commitments must be the Christian’s commitments, for we are His (Matt 10:24-25; Luke 6:40; 1 Cor 3:23; Eph 5:1-2). In His flesh and by His blood, Jesus has created one new body, the Church, which is composed of saints from all ethnicities (Eph 2:11-22; Rev 5:9-10; 7:9). The nations are the Messiah’s inheritance (Ps 2:7-8), and since evangelizing and making disciples of those nations remained a clear priority of Jesus Christ (Matt 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; 9:15-16; 22:21; 26:14-18), it should be of the utmost importance to His followers, who only have access to God as a result of Christ’s perfect work and by the power of the eternal Spirit (Rom 5:2; Eph 2:18; 3:12; Heb 9:13-14).

    [xix]  John Piper, Let the Nations Be Glad: The Supremacy of God in Missions, Third Edition (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic Publishers, 2010), 222.

    [xx] Ibid.

    [xxi] Ibid., 222-223.

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    A student has experienced discrimination, they may file with the Indiana Commission for Higher Education using the following secure link: https://secure.in.gov/apps/icrc/discrimination

     

      

    OTHER COMPLAINTS:

    Within two years of the incident about which the student is complaining, he/she must contact the Commission for Higher Education using our complaint form.

    Please note that the Commission cannot, by law, review complaints related to course grades, academic sanctions or discipline/conduct matters. In other areas, such as transferring credits between public institutions, the Commission has greater statutory authority.

    Please follow the steps outlined below to submit a complaint:

    STEP 1

    If a student has concerns related to classroom situations or administrative actions, he/she should contact the faculty or staff member(s) with whom he/she has a conflict. It may be possible to resolve the concerns without the need for formal institutional action. However, if the student’s complaint is not resolved satisfactorily, or if the complaint cannot be resolved by contacting the faculty or staff member(s), the student should proceed to STEP 2.

    STEP 2

    The student should file a complaint through his/her institution of higher education’s established complaint process. Information on the process can usually be found in the institution’s academic catalog, student handbook or website. If the student is unable to resolve the complaint in this manner, he/she should proceed to STEP 3.

    STEP 3

    After receiving a complaint through our complaint form, Commission staff will review the submitted materials and contact the submitter for any required additional information or clarifications. The Commission will then send a copy of the complaint to the institution against which the complaint has been filed and ask for a response within three weeks. After receiving the college or university’s response, Commission staff will determine whether the institution’s student complaint process has been followed and exhausted and what additional steps or follow-up may be taken. The Commission will inform both parties involved in the complaint.

    If you have additional questions about the complaint process, or want to clarify that your individual complaint is reviewable by the Commission, please feel free to contact [email protected]. 

     

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  • Institutional Policy Manual

    In line with its mission to maintain high quality standards, the Office of Institutional Effectiveness oversees the writing, review, and publication of Institutional Policies. The institution has identified key decision-makers as Policy Owners to oversee the quality of their respective policy sections in the policy manual. 

    CBS’s policy approval process aligns with the SACSCOC Best Practices for Policy Development.

    All official, signed copies of policies are archived in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness digital files. For questions related to the Policy Manual (or e-Manual), please email [email protected]

    If you are an employee of CBS and would like a link to the e-Manual (the College’s online Policy Manual), please email [email protected]

    To initiate a policy, please use the following Policy Template with Signature Page.

     

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    What is the pass/fail grading option, and what do I do if I want to take this option?

    • As of April 2, 2020, students may choose a “pass” or “fail” grading structure or continue with a letter grade with grade points that correlate with the grade.
    • Pass/fail can be applied to one class, or as many as you would like.
    • You do not have to apply it to all your classes.
    • You must notify your professor before the last date of the class on the syllabus.
    • To earn a grade of “Pass,” you must do enough work possible to earn at least a 60 in a face-to-face class or a 600 in an online class.
    • This pass/fail option only applies to the Spring 2020 classes that end after April 2, 2020 and Summer 2020 semester classes. 
    • To learn more about this option, please watch the above video "Pass/Fail Option Explained" by CBS Provost Dr. Joe Parle.
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    Dear CBS students,
     
    The CBS Discipleship Department is pleased to announce our “Care & Comfort Team” to provide pastoral care and prayer for our students.
     
    As a student of CBS, you have a team of staff and faculty ready to assist you any way we can. College can be a daunting experience, but add to that the stress and challenges brought on by the coronavirus, and it can feel overwhelming.
     
    We would be honored to come alongside you to provide prayer, care, and comfort as you cope with health concerns, family needs, economic upheaval, spiritual anxiety, or any other concerns you may have.  
     
    CBS Care & Comfort Team
    Hours: Monday – Thursdays from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm CST
    Phone #: 832.252.0734
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  • COVID-19 UPDATES

    Updates and further information will be sent via Watchman Emergency Alert System and on our website. Updates are also available on this page.

      

    March 23-28, 2020

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    March 16-21, 2020

    On-campus classes for all CBS locations canceled March 16-21.

    On-campus classes to transition to off-campus beginning March 23.

    With the increasing concern over coronavirus spread, we have made the decision to begin preparing to move the on-campus classes and operations at all locations to an off-campus format. In order to facilitate the upcoming transition, all on-campus class sessions, for all locations, Monday, March 16 -- Saturday, March 21 are canceled. The campuses will remain open but on-campus classes will be canceled.
     
    Week of March 16 - March 21
    • Students
      • Online classes will continue as usual, with no change.
      • On-campus class sessions are canceled.
    • Staff
      • Campus operations will continue. Please come to work as usual.
    Beginning the week of March 23, on-campus classes will transition to an off-campus format. More detailed instructions will be coming via email from your professor and our Watchman Emergency Alert System. There will be no change to online classes. This will continue until further notice.
  • COVID-19: STUDENT FAQ

    Updated April 20, 2020

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    Table of Contents

    1. What is the best way to reach the crisis team or to ask general questions?

    2. Who is making decisions on campus crises and health issues?

    3. What is the current CDC guidance for colleges and universities?

    4. Am I at risk of contracting COVID-19 by coming to work or to class?

    5. Is CBS suspending campus visitors at this time?

    6. Is there someone at CBS we can contact for prayer or spiritual guidance?

    7. Where can I find more information about COVID-19 (coronavirus)?

    8. I don’t feel well. What should I do?

    9. Can I request a test for COVID-19?

    10. How do I self-quarantine?

    11. What if I encounter someone who is showing signs of illness?

    12. When can I return to work or classes if I have COVID-19 or any contagious illness?

    13. Will CBS cancel classes?

    14. How will you notify students of any changes?

    15. Will the CBS campuses be open even though on-ground classes are cancelled?

    16. What resources are available to help students prepare for online classes?

    17.What is the pass/fail grading option, and what do I do if I want to take this option?

    18. What if I need to contact student services, such as academic advising, financial aid, or other services?

    19. Is commencement cancelled?

    20. What do we do if we’ve ordered our cap, gown, or announcements?

    21.Can we still order class rings?

    22.What events are canceled or postponed?

     

    Have a question that’s not answered here? Contact us at [email protected]

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    All others: [email protected]

     

    General Questions

    1. What is the best way to reach the crisis team or to ask general questions?

    CBS has assigned the following email for all questions and comments related to the coronavirus event:  [email protected].

    2. Who is making decisions on campus crises and health issues?

    The CBS crisis management team includes the president’s cabinet and other functional leadership. For the COVID-19 crisis, the crisis team follows the recommendations of the CDC, health officials, and local government officials.

    3. What is the current CDC guidance for colleges and universities?

    The CDC’s Resources for Institutes of Higher Education provides guidance for institutes of higher education regarding administration, cleaning, and attendance.

    4. Am I at risk of contracting COVID-19 by coming to work or to class?

    The main priority of CBS is the health and safety of students, staff, and faculty. We are monitoring the situation around the clock to ensure we are acting in the best interest of our CBS community. Updates are provided through email, our website, and through our Watchman Emergency Alert System.

    5. Is CBS suspending campus visitors at this time?

    CBS has cancelled all campus events until further notice to limit the number of visitors to our campuses. Information regarding any changes will be provided through email, our website, and through our Watchman Emergency Alert System as appropriate.

    6. Is there someone at CBS we can contact for prayer or spiritual guidance?

    The CBS Discipleship Department’s “Care & Comfort Team” is available to provide pastoral care and prayer for our students.

    We would be honored to come alongside you to provide prayer, care, and comfort as you cope with health concerns, family needs, economic upheaval, spiritual anxiety, or any other concerns you may have. Here’s how you can reach the Care & Comfort Team:

    CBS Care & Comfort Team

    Hours: Monday – Thursdays from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm CST

    Phone #: 832.252.0734

    COVID-19 Spread, Symptoms, and Quarantine

    7. Where can I find more information about COVID-19 (coronavirus)?

    Everyone is encouraged to follow information on preventing COVID-19 by visiting the CDC website.

    8. I don’t feel well. What should I do?

    If you are ill, contact a doctor and stay home until you have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing or other symptom altering medicine. Also, if you have been exposed to the virus, please contact CBS immediately. 

    Please call a medical professional if, in the last 14 days, you:

    • Have traveled to an affected geographic area, as defined by CDC
    • Have a fever (100.4F / 38C or higher) and signs or symptoms of a lower respiratory illness (cough, shortness of breath), or
    • Were in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 and have a fever or signs or symptoms of a lower respiratory illness (cough, shortness of breath)
    • When you call, inform them of your symptoms and recent travel or potential exposure before going to the health facility.

    As with all contagious illnesses, limit the potential for exposure to other people and do not come to school. Take the following actions:

    • Notify your professor that you are ill and will not be able to come to the campus
    • Isolate yourself to keep from potentially exposing other people
    • Seek medical advice from a medical professional by calling ahead before visiting a health facility.

    9. Can I request a test for COVID-19?

    Medical personnel, in consultation with the state health department, will determine if an individual should be tested for COVID-19. This test requires a doctor’s order.  

    10. How do I self-quarantine?

    Anyone undergoing a self-quarantine should follow the CDC's self-quarantine guidelines:

    Stay home for 14 days from the time you left an area with widespread, ongoing community spread, and practice social distancing.

    Take these steps to monitor your health and practice social distancing:

    • Take your temperature with a thermometer twice a day and monitor for fever. Also, watch for cough or trouble breathing.
    • Stay home and avoid contact with others.  Do not go to work or school for this 14-day period.
    • Do not take public transportation, taxis or ride shares during the time you are practicing social distancing.
    • Avoid crowded places such as shopping centers and movie theaters and limit your activities in public.
    • Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters).
    • If you get sick with a fever of (100.4F / 38C or higher) cough, or have trouble breathing:
    • Seek medical care. Call ahead before you go a doctor’s office or emergency room.
    • Tell your doctor about your recent travel and symptoms.
    • Avoid contact with others.

    For additional questions on monitoring your health, contact your health care provider. 

    11. What if I encounter someone who is showing signs of illness?

    As with Influenza or contagious illnesses such as colds, maintaining a distance of 3 to 6 feet from the person is a starting point. Do not shake hands or make other physical contact. Offer the individual a tissue and ask the person to cover their mouth and nose if they should need to cough or sneeze. Use an antiviral wipe or spray after the person has left to wipe those areas that the person has touched. 

    12. When can I return to work or classes if I have COVID-19 or any contagious illness?

    The current message from health care providers and the CDC is to stay home and do not return to work or school until you have not had a fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications. Always follow the instruction of a medical professional.

     

    Classes and Academics

    13. Will CBS cancel classes?  

    On-campus class sessions are canceled March 16-21. Online classes will continue as usual. In order to protect our staff and students, all on-campus classes and operations will begin an off-campus format beginning the week of March 23 until further notice. 

    14. How will you notify students of any changes? 

    Updates will be communicated through email, our website, and Watchman Emergency Alert System. Students will be contacted as early as possible and will be given further instructions.  Students should communicate with their instructor as they receive updates from the instructor for course completion requirements.

    15. Will the CBS campuses be open even though on-ground classes are cancelled?

    CBS operations will continue. However, if it becomes necessary, all CBS campus operations will transition to an off-campus format. Staff and students will be alerted as early as possible.

    16. What resources are available to help students prepare for online classes?

    Resources are available at CBS Learn student portal. For help with Blackboard or if you would like tutoring, email the Learn Helpdesk at [email protected].

    17. What is the pass/fail grading option, and what do I do if I want to take this option?

    To offer greater support and lessen the negative impact on you, we have instituted a new policy regarding course grades. As of April 2, 2020, students may choose a “pass” or “fail” grading structure or continue with a letter grade with grade points that correlate with the grade.  

    Pass/fail can be applied to one class, or as many as you would like. You do not have to apply it to all your classes. However, you must notify your professor before the last date of the class on the syllabus, and make sure you do enough work possible to earn at least a 60 in a face-to-face class or a 600 in an online class.

    Please note: This pass/fail option only applies to the Spring 2020 classes that end after April 2, 2020 and Summer 2020 semester classes.

    To learn more about this option, please visit our Pass/Fail Grading Option on our website

    18. What if I need to contact student services, such as academic advising, financial aid, or other services? 

    CBS plans to maintain campus administrative operations as long as possible and will then transition to remote services support throughout this event until campus operations can be resumed. 

    19. Is commencement cancelled?

    At this point, we hope to be able to hold commencement exercises. A final decision will be made at a later date.

    20.What do we do if we’ve ordered our cap, gown, or announcements?

    Representatives for Balfour have informed us that once the caps, gowns, and announcements are ordered and delivered to the student, there are no refunds. However, if graduates have ordered their caps, gowns, and announcements, but the order has not been received, the order can be canceled, and a refund will be issued.

    We recommend that graduates who have not purchased their caps, gowns, and announcements, do not order them until further notice.

    21.Can we still order class rings?

    Graduates interested in ordering their class rings may still do so. Rings can be ordered anytime and will be shipped directly to the students within 6 – 8 weeks.

    22.What events are canceled or postponed? 

    All CBS events, including campus tours and visits, are canceled until further notice.

     

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  • COVID-19 UPDATE

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    Spring 2020 Commencement

    Due to the restrictions related to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we must postpone the Houston commencement on May 9, and the Indiana commencement on June 20.

    Our goal is to reschedule both commencements and contact you as soon as we have more information.

    There are few events more anticipated and memorable for graduates, their families, and our staff. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience, and I look forward to the time when we can come together once again.

    Update from Balfour: Caps, Gowns, and Announcements

    Representatives for Balfour have informed us that once the caps, gowns, and announcements are ordered and delivered to the student, there are no refunds. However, if graduates have ordered their caps, gowns, and announcements, but the order has not been received, the order can be cancelled and a refund will be issued.

    We recommend that graduates who have not purchased their caps, gowns, and announcements, do not order them until further notice.

    Class rings

    Graduates interested in ordering their class rings may still do so. Rings can be ordered anytime and will be shipped directly to the students within 6 – 8 weeks.

     

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    All others: [email protected]

    Pass/Fail Option Explained: http://cbshouston.edu/pass-fail-explained

       

    On-Campus Classes and Operations Move to an Off-Campus Format March 23, 2020

    As of 6 pm (Central Time), Tuesday, March 17, all CBS locations will end on-campus operations and begin remote operations until further notice.

     
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    CBS and COVID-19: Keeping you informed 

    CBS leadership and the crisis management team are keeping informed and staying updated with current information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Office of Emergency Management-Houston, the Indiana State Department of Health, and our government officials.

    The health and safety of our students and staff is our first priority. While health officials around the world are still learning about this novel virus, communities, schools, and organizations are being asked to take the same precautions to stop the spread of COVID-19 as we would other viral illnesses (such as the flu).

    • CBS will continue to monitor the situation via the CDC and local government officials and will follow their protocol regarding next steps.
    • At this time, we are operating in a “business as usual” manner. If protocol changes, we will alert you via the CBS Watchman Emergency Alert system and our website.
    • We strongly encourage families to read the CDC recommendations as outlined here: CDC Recommendations.

     

    Prevention is Key:

    The Center for Disease Control always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of all respiratory diseases, including:

    • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
    • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Staying home when you are sick.
    • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

     

    Following CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask

    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
    • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Grace Relations

     

    HEART, MIND & SOUL: LGBTQ Seminar

    A seminar about building grace and truth relationships with unbelieving LGBTQ individuals.

    Date: April 18th, 2020 (Saturday)

    Time: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

    Location: The College of Biblical Studies-Indianapolis3500 DePauw Blvd., Indianapolis, IN 46268

    Registration Fee: $25 per person (non-refundable)

    Registration Deadline: April 5th, 2020

    Register NOW to HEART, MIND & SOUL: LGBTQ Seminar

     

    What is the purpose of the seminar?

    Christians often feel a sense of confusion, anger, or even a reluctance to engage LGBTQ individuals in relationship — choosing instead to simply avoid or condemn. Believers’ own attitudes may keep us from sharing the love of Jesus with people from within the LGBTQ community. Yet, that is exactly what God calls each of us to do. The Heart, Mind & Soul: LGBTQ Seminar will help you and your church be better equipped to engage others the same way Jesus did. This is an interactive seminar where attendees learn how to build grace and truth relationships with unbelieving LGBTQ individuals.

     

    What will we be discussing at the seminar?

    The seminar is divided into three sections: Heart, Mind and Soul. 


     

      

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    Questions or need more information?

    Contact [email protected] or 317.789.8247. We look forward to seeing you in the seminar at CBS-Indianapolis!

     

    Grace Relations

  • IMAGINE GALA 2020 -- Indianapolis

    CBS-Indianapolis students and alumni receive special pricing of $125 per ticket

     

    Please share the exiciting news about the event with special guest Tony Dungy and honoring Dr. Charles Ware, with your friends and families! 

    For more information, please visit cbsgala.com, contact Advancement at 832-252-0759 or email [email protected]. 

  • Register for Group Tour to visit Houston campus

    Open House |  Individual Tour

    Thank you for your interest of attending the Group Tour to visit our Houston campus! The tour features an opportunity to visit our beautiful building and loving staff, sit in on a CBS class, enjoy refreshments, and hear a presentation on our academic programs.


     

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    You are invited to come to a free informational meeting about CBS-Houston. We look forward to meeting you through the individual tour! The tour features an opportunity to visit our beautiful building and loving staff, sit in on a CBS class, enjoy refreshments, and hear a presentation on our academic programs. 


     

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  • Dean of College of Biblical Studies, Indianapolis Campus; Professor

    Marcus Schrader

    • B.A., Baptist Bible College (Pastoral Studies)
    • M.A.B.S., Baptist Bible Graduate School of Theology (Biblical Studies)
    • M.DIV. Baptist Bible Graduate School of Theology (Biblical Studies)

    Bio

    Marcus Schrader serves as the Dean of the College of Biblical Studies in Indianapolis, Indianapolis. 

    Prior to coming to CBS, Rev. Schrader served for 12 years as the Vice President of Administration and Academics at Crossroads Bible College in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Marcus Schrader has been with CBS from the start of the CBS/CBC merger and has been involved in local church ministries for the past 24 years.

    Rev. Schrader earned his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Pastoral Studies from Baptist Bible College (1999) and a Masters in Biblical Studies (2002) and a Master of Divinity from Baptist Bible Graduate School of Theology in May 2004.  He also became a certified corporate Chaplain in 2015 with Marketplace Chaplains and provides chaplains services to organizations in the Indianapolis area.

    Marcus Schrader and his wife Jennifer reside in New Palestine, Indiana and have 5 daughters, Jenna, Lily, Emma, Bethany and Isabelle and 2 sons, Andrew and Noah. They are members of New Palestine Bible Church where he serves as an Elder.  Marcus also does pulpit supply and helps churches in times of transitions.

    Marcus serves on different mission, chaplain and ministry boards and loves to enjoy life in a way that honors the Lord, His word and His ways.

  • Sr. Enrollment Couselor, Assistant Professor 

    A.B.S., College of Biblical Studies (Biblical Studies)

    B.S., College of Biblical Studies (Biblical Studies)

    M.S., Kansas State University (Academic Advising)

    Bio

    Current Role: Sr. Enrollment Advisor. Assisting students in their journey from admission to graduation. Enjoy encouraging students to complete what they've started.  Interest: Co-leading (with my husband for 17 years Marriage Ministry at my church (Baptist). Passion: Traveling. Enjoy experiencing different cultures and learning new things. Ministry Passion: Includes working with Youth.   Past experience: Worked with pastors throughout the Houston area in completing their degree at CBS via scholarships, dinners, retreats, etc.

    Publications and Awards

    • Ranked from Honors to Highest Honors in all 3 degrees.
    • Published: B.A. Research Paper (Christian Service Program).
    • M.S. Research Paper (A Multicultural Advising Portfolio).

     

  • Last updated: January 15, 2020

    This Privacy Policy describes Our policies and procedures on the collection, use and disclosure of Your information when You use the Service and tells You about Your privacy rights and how the law protects You.

    We use Your Personal data to provide and improve the Service. By using the Service, You agree to the collection and use of information in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

    Interpretation and Definitions

    Interpretation

    The words of which the initial letter is capitalized have meanings defined under the following conditions.

    The following definitions shall have the same meaning regardless of whether they appear in singular or in plural.

    Definitions

    For the purposes of this Privacy Policy:

    • You means the individual accessing or using the Service, or the company, or other legal entity on behalf of which such individual is accessing or using the Service, as applicable.

      Under GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), You can be referred to as the Data Subject or as the User as you are the individual using the Service.

    • Company (referred to as either "the Company", "We", "Us" or "Our" in this Agreement) refers to College of Biblical Studies, 7000 Regency Square Blvd., Houston, Texas 77036.

      For the purpose of the GDPR, the Company is the Data Controller.

    • Affiliate means an entity that controls, is controlled by or is under common control with a party, where "control" means ownership of 50% or more of the shares, equity interest or other securities entitled to vote for election of directors or other managing authority.
    • Account means a unique account created for You to access our Service or parts of our Service.
    • Website refers to College of Biblical Studies, accessible from http://www.cbshouston.edu
    • Service refers to the Website.
    • Country refers to: Texas, United States
    • Service Provider means any natural or legal person who processes the data on behalf of the Company. It refers to third-party companies or individuals employed by the Company to facilitate the Service, to provide the Service on behalf of the Company, to perform services related to the Service or to assist the Company in analyzing how the Service is used.

      For the purpose of the GDPR, Service Providers are considered Data Processors.

    • Third-party Social Media Service refers to any website or any social network website through which a User can log in or create an account to use the Service.
    • Facebook Fan Page is a public profile named College of Biblical Studies specifically created by the Company on the Facebook social network, accessible from https://www.facebook.com/BiblicalStudies
    • Personal Data is any information that relates to an identified or identifiable individual.

      For the purposes for GDPR, Personal Data means any information relating to You such as a name, an identification number, location data, online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity.

      For the purposes of the CCPA, Personal Data means any information that identifies, relates to, describes or is capable of being associated with, or could reasonably be linked, directly or indirectly, with You.

    • Cookies are small files that are placed on Your computer, mobile device or any other device by a website, containing the details of Your browsing history on that website among its many uses.
    • Usage Data refers to data collected automatically, either generated by the use of the Service or from the Service infrastructure itself (for example, the duration of a page visit).
    • Data Controller, for the purposes of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), refers to the Company as the legal person which alone or jointly with others determines the purposes and means of the processing of Personal Data.
    • Do Not Track (DNT) is a concept that has been promoted by US regulatory authorities, in particular the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), for the Internet industry to develop and implement a mechanism for allowing internet users to control the tracking of their online activities across websites.
    • Business, for the purpose of the CCPA (California Consumer Privacy Act), refers to the Company as the legal entity that collects Consumers' personal information and determines the purposes and means of the processing of Consumers' personal information, or on behalf of which such information is collected and that alone, or jointly with others, determines the purposes and means of the processing of consumers' personal information, that does business in the State of California.
    • Consumer, for the purpose of the CCPA (California Consumer Privacy Act), means a natural person who is a California resident. A resident, as defined in the law, includes (1) every individual who is in the USA for other than a temporary or transitory purpose, and (2) every individual who is domiciled in the USA who is outside the USA for a temporary or transitory purpose.
    • Sale, for the purpose of the CCPA (California Consumer Privacy Act), means selling, renting, releasing, disclosing, disseminating, making available, transferring, or otherwise communicating orally, in writing, or by electronic or other means, a Consumer’s Personal information to another business or a third party for monetary or other valuable consideration.

    Collecting and Using Your Personal Data

    Types of Data Collected

    Personal Data

    While using Our Service, We may ask You to provide Us with certain personally identifiable information that can be used to contact or identify You. Personally identifiable information may include, but is not limited to:

    • Email address
    • First name and last name
    • Phone number
    • Address, State, Province, ZIP/Postal code, City
    • Bank account information in order to pay for products and/or services within the Service
    • Usage Data

    When You pay for a product and/or a service via bank transfer, We may ask You to provide information to facilitate this transaction and to verify Your identity. Such information may include, without limitation:

    • Date of birth
    • Passport or National ID card
    • Bank card statement
    • Other information linking You to an address

    Usage Data

    Usage Data is collected automatically when using the Service.

    Usage Data may include information such as Your Device's Internet Protocol address (e.g. IP address), browser type, browser version, the pages of our Service that You visit, the time and date of Your visit, the time spent on those pages, unique device identifiers and other diagnostic data.

    When You access the Service by or through a mobile device, We may collect certain information automatically, including, but not limited to, the type of mobile device You use, Your mobile device unique ID, the IP address of Your mobile device, Your mobile operating system, the type of mobile Internet browser You use, unique device identifiers and other diagnostic data.

    We may also collect information that Your browser sends whenever You visit our Service or when You access the Service by or through a mobile device.

    Tracking Technologies and Cookies

    We use Cookies and similar tracking technologies to track the activity on Our Service and store certain information. Tracking technologies used are beacons, tags, and scripts to collect and track information and to improve and analyze Our Service.

    You can instruct Your browser to refuse all Cookies or to indicate when a Cookie is being sent. However, if You do not accept Cookies, You may not be able to use some parts of our Service.

    Cookies can be "Persistent" or "Session" Cookies. Persistent Cookies remain on your personal computer or mobile device when You go offline, while Session Cookies are deleted as soon as You close your web browser.

    We use both session and persistent Cookies for the purposes set out below:

    • Necessary / Essential Cookies

      Type: Session Cookies

      Administered by: Us

      Purpose: These Cookies are essential to provide You with services available through the Website and to enable You to use some of its features. They help to authenticate users and prevent fraudulent use of user accounts. Without these Cookies, the services that You have asked for cannot be provided, and We only use these Cookies to provide You with those services.

    • Cookies Policy / Notice Acceptance Cookies

      Type: Persistent Cookies

      Administered by: Us

      Purpose: These Cookies identify if users have accepted the use of cookies on the Website.

    • Functionality Cookies

      Type: Persistent Cookies

      Administered by: Us

      Purpose: These Cookies allow us to remember choices You make when You use the Website, such as remembering your login details or language preference. The purpose of these Cookies is to provide You with a more personal experience and to avoid You having to re-enter your preferences every time You use the Website.

    • Tracking and Performance Cookies

      Type: Persistent Cookies

      Administered by: Third-Parties

      Purpose: These Cookies are used to track information about traffic to the Website and how users use the Website. The information gathered via these Cookies may directly or indirectly identify you as an individual visitor. This is because the information collected is typically linked to a pseudonymous identifier associated with the device you use to access the Website. We may also use these Cookies to test new advertisements, pages, features or new functionality of the Website to see how our users react to them.

    For more information about the cookies we use and your choices regarding cookies, please visit our Cookies Policy.

    Use of Your Personal Data

    The Company may use Personal Data for the following purposes:

    • To provide and maintain our Service, including to monitor the usage of our Service.
    • To manage Your Account: to manage Your registration as a user of the Service. The Personal Data You provide can give You access to different functionalities of the Service that are available to You as a registered user.
    • For the performance of a contract: the development, compliance and undertaking of the purchase contract for the products, items or services You have purchased or of any other contract with Us through the Service.
    • To contact You: To contact You by email, telephone calls, SMS, or other equivalent forms of electronic communication, such as a mobile application's push notifications regarding updates or informative communications related to the functionalities, products or contracted services, including the security updates, when necessary or reasonable for their implementation.
    • To provide You with news, special offers and general information about other goods, services and events which we offer that are similar to those that you have already purchased or enquired about unless You have opted not to receive such information.
    • To manage Your requests: To attend and manage Your requests to Us.

    We may share your personal information in the following situations:

    • With Service Providers: We may share Your personal information with Service Providers to monitor and analyze the use of our Service, to show advertisements to You to help support and maintain Our Service, to contact You, to advertise on third party websites to You after You visited our Service or for payment processing.
    • For Business transfers: We may share or transfer Your personal information in connection with, or during negotiations of, any merger, sale of Company assets, financing, or acquisition of all or a portion of our business to another company.
    • With Affiliates: We may share Your information with Our affiliates, in which case we will require those affiliates to honor this Privacy Policy. Affiliates include Our parent company and any other subsidiaries, joint venture partners or other companies that We control or that are under common control with Us.
    • With Business partners: We may share Your information with Our business partners to offer You certain products, services or promotions.
    • With other users: when You share personal information or otherwise interact in the public areas with other users, such information may be viewed by all users and may be publicly distributed outside. If You interact with other users or register through a Third-Party Social Media Service, Your contacts on the Third-Party Social Media Service may see You name, profile, pictures and description of Your activity. Similarly, other users will be able to view descriptions of Your activity, communicate with You and view Your profile.

    Retention of Your Personal Data

    The Company will retain Your Personal Data only for as long as is necessary for the purposes set out in this Privacy Policy. We will retain and use Your Personal Data to the extent necessary to comply with our legal obligations (for example, if we are required to retain your data to comply with applicable laws), resolve disputes, and enforce our legal agreements and policies.

    The Company will also retain Usage Data for internal analysis purposes. Usage Data is generally retained for a shorter period of time, except when this data is used to strengthen the security or to improve the functionality of Our Service, or We are legally obligated to retain this data for longer time periods.

    Transfer of Your Personal Data

    Your information, including Personal Data, is processed at the Company's operating offices and in any other places where the parties involved in the processing are located. It means that this information may be transferred to — and maintained on — computers located outside of Your state, province, country or other governmental jurisdiction where the data protection laws may differ than those from Your jurisdiction.

    Your consent to this Privacy Policy followed by Your submission of such information represents Your agreement to that transfer.

    The Company will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that Your data is treated securely and in accordance with this Privacy Policy and no transfer of Your Personal Data will take place to an organization or a country unless there are adequate controls in place including the security of Your data and other personal information.

    Disclosure of Your Personal Data

    Business Transactions

    If the Company is involved in a merger, acquisition or asset sale, Your Personal Data may be transferred. We will provide notice before Your Personal Data is transferred and becomes subject to a different Privacy Policy.

    Law enforcement

    Under certain circumstances, the Company may be required to disclose Your Personal Data if required to do so by law or in response to valid requests by public authorities (e.g. a court or a government agency).

    Other legal requirements

    The Company may disclose Your Personal Data in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to:

    • Comply with a legal obligation
    • Protect and defend the rights or property of the Company
    • Prevent or investigate possible wrongdoing in connection with the Service
    • Protect the personal safety of Users of the Service or the public
    • Protect against legal liability

    Security of Your Personal Data

    The security of Your Personal Data is important to Us, but remember that no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage is 100% secure. While We strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect Your Personal Data, We cannot guarantee its absolute security.

    Detailed Information on the Processing of Your Personal Data

    Service Providers have access to Your Personal Data only to perform their tasks on Our behalf and are obligated not to disclose or use it for any other purpose.

    Analytics

    We may use third-party Service providers to monitor and analyze the use of our Service.

    • Google Analytics

      Google Analytics is a web analytics service offered by Google that tracks and reports website traffic. Google uses the data collected to track and monitor the use of our Service. This data is shared with other Google services. Google may use the collected data to contextualise and personalise the ads of its own advertising network.

      You can opt-out of having made your activity on the Service available to Google Analytics by installing the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on. The add-on prevents the Google Analytics JavaScript (ga.js, analytics.js and dc.js) from sharing information with Google Analytics about visits activity.

      For more information on the privacy practices of Google, please visit the Google Privacy & Terms web page: https://policies.google.com/privacy?hl=en

    Email Marketing

    We may use Your Personal Data to contact You with newsletters, marketing or promotional materials and other information that may be of interest to You. You may opt-out of receiving any, or all, of these communications from Us by following the unsubscribe link or instructions provided in any email We send or by contacting Us.

    We may use Email Marketing Service Providers to manage and send emails to You.

    • Mailchimp

      Mailchimp is an email marketing sending service provided by The Rocket Science Group LLC.

      For more information on the privacy practices of Mailchimp, please visit their Privacy policy: https://mailchimp.com/legal/privacy/

    • Constant Contact

      Constant Contact is an email marketing sending service provided by Constant Contact, Inc.

      For more information on the privacy practices of Constant Contact, please visit their Privacy policy: https://www.constantcontact.com/forward/privacy-center

    Behavioral Remarketing

    The Company uses remarketing services to advertise on third party websites to You after You visited our Service. We and Our third-party vendors use cookies to inform, optimize and serve ads based on Your past visits to our Service.

    Payments

    We may provide paid products and/or services within the Service. In that case, we may use third-party services for payment processing (e.g. payment processors).

    We will not store or collect Your payment card details. That information is provided directly to Our third-party payment processors whose use of Your personal information is governed by their Privacy Policy. These payment processors adhere to the standards set by PCI-DSS as managed by the PCI Security Standards Council, which is a joint effort of brands like Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover. PCI-DSS requirements help ensure the secure handling of payment information.

    When You use Our Service to pay a product and/or service via bank transfer, We may ask You to provide information to facilitate this transaction and to verify Your identity.

    Usage, Performance and Miscellaneous

    We may use third-party Service Providers to provide better improvement of our Service.

    • Invisible reCAPTCHA

      We use an invisible captcha service named reCAPTCHA. reCAPTCHA is operated by Google.

      The reCAPTCHA service may collect information from You and from Your Device for security purposes.

      The information gathered by reCAPTCHA is held in accordance with the Privacy Policy of Google: https://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/

    GDPR Privacy

    Legal Basis for Processing Personal Data under GDPR

    We may process Personal Data under the following conditions:

    • Consent: You have given Your consent for processing Personal Data for one or more specific purposes.
    • Performance of a contract: Provision of Personal Data is necessary for the performance of an agreement with You and/or for any pre-contractual obligations thereof.
    • Legal obligations: Processing Personal Data is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which the Company is subject.
    • Vital interests: Processing Personal Data is necessary in order to protect Your vital interests or of another natural person.
    • Public interests: Processing Personal Data is related to a task that is carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the Company.
    • Legitimate interests: Processing Personal Data is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by the Company.

    In any case, the Company will gladly help to clarify the specific legal basis that applies to the processing, and in particular whether the provision of Personal Data is a statutory or contractual requirement, or a requirement necessary to enter into a contract.

    Your Rights under the GDPR

    The Company undertakes to respect the confidentiality of Your Personal Data and to guarantee You can exercise Your rights.

    You have the right under this Privacy Policy, and by law if You are within the EU, to:

    • Request access to Your Personal Data. The right to access, update or delete the information We have on You. Whenever made possible, you can access, update or request deletion of Your Personal Data directly within Your account settings section. If you are unable to perform these actions yourself, please contact Us to assist You. This also enables You to receive a copy of the Personal Data We hold about You.
    • Request correction of the Personal Data that We hold about You. You have the right to to have any incomplete or inaccurate information We hold about You corrected.
    • Object to processing of Your Personal Data. This right exists where We are relying on a legitimate interest as the legal basis for Our processing and there is something about Your particular situation, which makes You want to object to our processing of Your Personal Data on this ground. You also have the right to object where We are processing Your Personal Data for direct marketing purposes.
    • Request erasure of Your Personal Data. You have the right to ask Us to delete or remove Personal Data when there is no good reason for Us to continue processing it.
    • Request the transfer of Your Personal Data. We will provide to You, or to a third-party You have chosen, Your Personal Data in a structured, commonly used, machine-readable format. Please note that this right only applies to automated information which You initially provided consent for Us to use or where We used the information to perform a contract with You.
    • Withdraw Your consent. You have the right to withdraw Your consent on using your Personal Data. If You withdraw Your consent, We may not be able to provide You with access to certain specific functionalities of the Service.

    Exercising of Your GDPR Data Protection Rights

    You may exercise Your rights of access, rectification, cancellation and opposition by contacting Us. Please note that we may ask You to verify Your identity before responding to such requests. If You make a request, We will try our best to respond to You as soon as possible.

    You have the right to complain to a Data Protection Authority about Our collection and use of Your Personal Data. For more information, if You are in the European Economic Area (EEA), please contact Your local data protection authority in the EEA.

    Facebook Fan Page

    Data Controller for the Facebook Fan Page

    The Company is the Data Controller of Your Personal Data collected while using the Service. As operator of the Facebook Fan Page (https://www.facebook.com/BiblicalStudies, the Company and the operator of the social network Facebook are Joint Controllers.

    The Company has entered into agreements with Facebook that define the terms for use of the Facebook Fan Page, among other things. These terms are mostly based on the Facebook Terms of Service: https://www.facebook.com/terms.php

    Visit the Facebook Privacy Policy https://www.facebook.com/policy.php for more information about how Facebook manages Personal data or contact Facebook online, or by mail: Facebook, Inc. ATTN, Privacy Operations, 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025, United States.

    Facebook Insights

    We use the Facebook Insights function in connection with the operation of the Facebook Fan Page and on the basis of the GDPR, in order to obtain anonymized statistical data about Our users.

    For this purpose, Facebook places a Cookie on the device of the user visiting Our Facebook Fan Page. Each Cookie contains a unique identifier code and remains active for a period of two years, except when it is deleted before the end of this period.

    Facebook receives, records and processes the information stored in the Cookie, especially when the user visits the Facebook services, services that are provided by other members of the Facebook Fan Page and services by other companies that use Facebook services.

    For more information on the privacy practices of Facebook, please visit Facebook Privacy Policy here: https://www.facebook.com/full_data_use_policy

    CCPA Privacy

    Your Rights under the CCPA

    Under this Privacy Policy, and by law if You are a resident of California, You have the following rights:

    • The right to notice. You must be properly notified which categories of Personal Data are being collected and the purposes for which the Personal Data is being used.
    • The right to access / the right to request. The CCPA permits You to request and obtain from the Company information regarding the disclosure of Your Personal Data that has been collected in the past 12 months by the Company or its subsidiaries to a third-party for the third party’s direct marketing purposes.
    • The right to say no to the sale of Personal Data. You also have the right to ask the Company not to sell Your Personal Data to third parties. You can submit such a request by visiting our "Do Not Sell My Personal Information" section or web page.
    • The right to know about Your Personal Data. You have the right to request and obtain from the Company information regarding the disclosure of the following:

      The right to delete Personal Data. You also have the right to request the deletion of Your Personal Data that have been collected in the past 12 months.

      • The categories of Personal Data collected
      • The sources from which the Personal Data was collected
      • The business or commercial purpose for collecting or selling the Personal Data
      • Categories of third parties with whom We share Personal Data
      • The specific pieces of Personal Data we collected about You
    • The right not to be discriminated against. You have the right not to be discriminated against for exercising any of Your Consumer's rights, including by:

      • Denying goods or services to You
      • Charging different prices or rates for goods or services, including the use of discounts or other benefits or imposing penalties
      • Providing a different level or quality of goods or services to You
      • Suggesting that You will receive a different price or rate for goods or services or a different level or quality of goods or services.

    Exercising Your CCPA Data Protection Rights

    In order to exercise any of Your rights under the CCPA, and if you are a California resident, You can email or call us or visit our "Do Not Sell My Personal Information" section or web page.

    The Company will disclose and deliver the required information free of charge within 45 days of receiving Your verifiable request. The time period to provide the required information may be extended once by an additional 45 days when reasonable necessary and with prior notice.

    Do Not Sell My Personal Information

    We do not sell personal information. However, the Service Providers we partner with (for example, our advertising partners) may use technology on the Service that "sells" personal information as defined by the CCPA law.

    If you wish to opt out of the use of your personal information for interest-based advertising purposes and these potential sales as defined under CCPA law, you may do so by following the instructions below.

    Please note that any opt out is specific to the browser You use. You may need to opt out on every browser that you use.

    Website

    You can opt out of receiving ads that are personalized as served by our Service Providers by following our instructions presented on the Service:

    • From Our "Cookie Consent" notice banner
    • Or from Our "CCPA Opt-out" notice banner
    • Or from Our "Do Not Sell My Personal Information" notice banner
    • Or from Our "Do Not Sell My Personal Information" link

    The opt out will place a cookie on Your computer that is unique to the browser You use to opt out. If you change browsers or delete the cookies saved by your browser, you will need to opt out again.

    Mobile Devices

    Your mobile device may give you the ability to opt out of the use of information about the apps you use in order to serve you ads that are targeted to your interests:

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  • Credits for Demonstrated Competency

    CBS awards college credit to students for life experience and other certifications.

    Students should present to their academic advisors any military, work, and ministry as well as any licenses or certifications and begin the process to verify whether these experiences can count for college credit. The college automatically recognizes a selection of business certifications and licenses or other life experiences, such as: 

    Business or Professional Certificates (not a comprehensive list; academic advisors have full list of options)

    • American Management Association Certificate of General Management
    • State of Texas Licenses (e.g., cosmetology and barber, esthetician, and manicurist licenses)
    • Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO)
    • Contractor, Real Estate, and Insurance Licenses
    • Peace Officer and Fireman Licenses
    • Computer Certifications
    • H&R Block Tax Preparation Training
    • ACBC Training (formerly known as NANC), different credit hours for different tracks

    Military Experience

    • Official licenses through military trainings
    • Coursework associated with objectives and outcomes

    Ministry Experience (students are recommended to take the 3-credit hour course GNED 2301 Credit for Demonstrated Competency to ensure you are able to maximize your life experience through full portfolio submission)

    • Church Licenses
    • Church Ordination Certificate
    • Church and Ministry Certificate

    Earn up to 30 hours of college credit toward a degree. To obtain a full review of ministry, work and life experience, students should sign up for GNED 2301 Credits for Demonstrated Competency (3 credits) class. In this class, a faculty member reviews prior learning assessment according to best practices and in consultation with the registrar, department chairs, and/or the Academic Dean in order to determine the appropriate number of credits for which the student may qualify. A transfer credit evaluation of a student’s portfolio will be completed upon successful completion of the class.

    Students appealing a PLA decision should submit a completed General Petition Form (obtained electronically upon inquiry from a student’s Academic Advisor) for review by the Registrar. Students may be asked to obtain more information for decision under appeal.

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  • Joel Badal

    Dean of Institutional Effectiveness, Professor of Leadership Studies

    • B.A., Moody Bible Institute (Bible & Pastoral Studies); 
    • MDiv., Moody Bible Institute (Pastoral & Spiritual Formation); 
    • PhD, Lancaster Bible College (Leadership Studies)

    Bio 

    • Dean Responsibilities:  Coordinates the college’s institutional research activities including collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and reporting information on the characteristics of the college for use in decision making and strategic planning; research institutional data and interpret data analytics for the President and other offices. Track trends and report those trends in Institutional Fact Books, Strategic plan and other assessment planning documents. Prepare Institutional Reporting Documents: IPEDS, Self-Study Reports, Progress Reports, and Substantive Changes for Regional and National Accreditors: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and Association for Biblical Higher Education 
    • Professor Responsibilities:  Teach on ground and online courses in the fields of Leadership, Spiritual Formation, Pastoral Ministry, Christian Education, Bible, Theology.   Interests:  Leadership Studies, Education, Assessment Planning, Spiritual Formation, Christian Education, Biblical Theology

    Publications and Awards

    • A Qualitative Study of Pastors' Devotional Practices Across Two Generations and Three Denominations (Wipf & Stock, Under Contract); 
    • Pivot Leader: Ten Decisions Every Leader Makes (Wipf & Stock,  Under Contract)
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    Professor of Biblical Studies

    • B. A., Arizona Bible College (Bible/Pastoral Studies); 
    • M.Div., Talbot Seminary (New Testament); 
    • D. Min, Western Conservative Baptist Seminary (New Testament)

    Bio

    John Bechtle serves as Professor of Biblical Studies at the Indianapolis campus of the College of Biblical Studies. He has taught Greek and related subjects as an adjunct instructor for Crossroads Bible College since 2009.  He also helped the college develop its online degrees in Urban Ministry and Biblical Counseling. John was deeply involved in the local church as a young person in Phoenix, Arizona, and his passion for the Word of God was deepened by his Bible college training at Arizona Bible College.  He went on to earn a Master of Divinity degree in New Testament from Talbot Seminary, followed by a Doctor of Ministry degree from Western Conservative Baptist Seminary, with an emphasis in New Testament Greek Pedagogy. He began his teaching career at Arizona College of the Bible, where he served for 27 years as professor, registrar, and Vice President of Academic Affairs.  He specialized in teaching Greek, using a self-instructional workbook that he developed during his doctoral program.  He also taught a wide range of courses in Bible, theology, and church history.  He also served for a number of years as director of a distance learning program for home school students.  He and his wife Peggy have three children and five grandchildren.  He has always been involved in church music as pianist, organist, choir member, and keyboardist, and has taught adult Sunday School classes for over 45 years.  He has had opportunities to teach in a variety of settings:  as an Old Testament Walk Thru the Bible instructor, host of a daily radio Bible teaching program, as a traveling Bible teacher in Austria, and as a visiting teacher in Japan. 

    Publications and Awards

    • Greek Behind the Prof’s Back, self-published
    • Contributor to The Complete Biblical Library – Greek and Hebrew word studies, commentary of I John to Jude Researcher for the Proverbs volume in the Holman Bible Commentary (Max Anders, editor)
    • Contributor to Barron’s CLEP, 10th, 11th, 12th editions
    • Dr. Bechtle’s Web site (www.ezraproject.com) contains a variety of resources to help students get started on studying the original language of the New Testament.  He produces “Word of the Week,” a blog/email study of one Greek word in each article.  Free subscriptions are available on request.
  • Melissa Mosely picture

    Assistant Professor 

    • B.A., Cedarville University (Business Communication Technology) 
    • M.A.T., Aquinas College (Elementary Education) 
    • M.A., Indiana University (English)

    Bio

    Besides her credentials, Melissa brings to her position the skills and experience obtained over the years from various office positions before successfully educating her son and daughter at home. Melissa has experience teaching traditional-age college students and adult learners in courses such as writing, literature, communication, psychology, and technology in both face-to-face and online formats. She has taught for Grace College, Indiana Wesleyan University, Purdue University, and University of Indianapolis. One of Melissa’s Purdue University COM 114 student groups won first runner up in the Purdue University Spring 2019 Fraser Speech Competition.

    Throughout the year, as a way to bring Christ’s love to hurting families with sick children, Melissa provides card-making supplies to her writing students and delivers the finished cards to the Indianapolis Ronald McDonald House, across the street from Riley Hospital for Children, where Melissa’s infant daughter received chemotherapy treatments for her leukemia in 2007. 

    Melissa’s passion for people, travel, and God’s word motivates her within the classroom to connect with students and move them closer to their career, personal, and spiritual goals. In addition to ministering to students in her college classroom, Melissa substitute teaches at her church for both children and adult ladies. What brings Melissa joy is seeing God working in her life and hearing how God is working in other people’s lives, too.

    Current Publications

    • “Homeschooling During a Crisis.” The Informer. (Stilesville, IN: Indiana Association of Home Educators, Winter 2014)

    Future Scholarly Presentations and Publications

    • “Who has the Power in The Cherry Orchard?” Indiana College English Association Annual Conference: Author/ity: Questions of Power in and Beyond English, Indianapolis, Indiana (October 2019) 
    • “Relationships in Personality, Motivation, and Engagement in College Students after Using Kahoot!” Grand Canyon University (Dissertation)
  • Director of Spiritual Formation, Instructor

    • B.F.A., University of Houston (Graphic Communications); 
    • M.A., Dallas Theological Studies (Biblical & Theological Studies)

    Bio

    Lee Bouldin serves as Director of Spiritual Formation for the College of Biblical Studies-Houston. He administers the spiritual formation programs  and helps create a spiritual environment that reflects the CBS mission and contributes to personal and organizational transformation. Lee has been on staff with CBS since 2000, having previously served as Manager of Enrollment Marketing, Director of Communications and, initially, Director of Development.  Attending CBS strengthened Lee’s passion for God’s Word and discipleship. Having enjoyed the privilege of being discipled by a CBS professor, he was inspired to enroll at Dallas Theological Seminary to hone his skills and better prepare himself for service to the body of Christ (M.A., Biblical and Theological Studies, 2017). Since 2005, Lee has led a weekly Bible study at Covenant House Texas, a homeless shelter for at-risk young adults. This experience has provided opportunities to disciple and mentor young men toward a biblical worldview and a greater capacity for leading independent lives as socially and economically responsible citizens of their community.   Lee has been a member of BridgePoint Bible Church since 2008, where his service to the body includes Bible teacher, spiritual encourager and prayer shepherd. Lee is a native of Houston, Texas. He studied graphic design at the University of Houston (B.F.A., 1989), where he qualified for the Yale University summer design program in Brissago, Switzerland. He worked for a branding and design firm for 12 years before being called to CBS.

  • Kirk Barger

    Associate Professor

    • B.A., Grace College (Biblical Studies) 
    • M.A.M., Grace Theological Seminary (Pastoral Ministries) 
    • D.Min., Baptist Bible Seminary (Biblical Counseling) 

    Bio

    Dr. Barger’s primary focus will be teaching in the areas of Biblical counseling and theology. He has also taught the courses Building a Biblical Lifestyle, Small Group Ministry Leadership, Developing a Biblical Perspective of Theology and Psychology, The Life of Christ, Marriage & Family Counseling, and Expository Preaching.

    He enjoys reading articles, books, blogs, etc. about current issues in counseling. He has always had an interest in the synergy of the body, the brain, and the mind, especially with regards to how cognition and behavior operate under the umbrella of sanctification. He also takes pleasure in studying the original languages of the Bible.

    Before coming to the College of Biblical Studies, Dr. Barger was the Equipping Pastor at Wawasee Community Bible Church in Milford, Indiana. He also served as the Senior Pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Oswego, Indiana.  He received his Doctor of Ministry degree in biblical counseling in 2014 from Baptist Bible Seminary in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania.  Before that Kirk served as a missionary pastor in Norway for 8 years with the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism (ABWE).  He was also a Youth & Music Pastor at First Baptist Church of Goshen, Indiana early in his ministry years.  Dr. Barger has been a certified counselor with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC, formerly NANC) since 2002.  He was ordained in 1998.

    Kirk and Annette have been married for thirty-six years. They have four married children, JoyLynn (Matt) Nesbitt, Ryan (Alejandra) Barger, Melinda (Abe) Kline, and Landon (Brianna) Barger. They also have three grandchildren—Jade, Elliott and Amelia. Kirk has spent most of his life in ministry. His ministry in Norway has further fueled in him a real passion for inter-cultural and multi-ethnic ministry.

    Kirk’s hobbies include bike riding, walking, hiking, camping, running, and watching sports. He also loves to read.

    Publications and Presentations

    • An Examination of the Inner Man and the Biblical Procedures Necessary for Radical Transformation. 2014.  Baptist Bible Seminary, DMin dissertation.
    • Review of the book Between One Faith and Another: Engaging Conversations on the World’s Great Religions, by P. Kreeft. The Journal of Ministry and Theology, 22(1), 224-227 (2018). Retrieved from https://www.clarkssummitu.edu/seminary/journal-ministry-theology/archive/
    • “Understanding Why We Do What We Do & Learning How to Change” (Fall 2010) at Calvary Baptist Church, Oswego, Indiana.
    • “Love for a Lifetime” Marriage Conference (Fall 2012) at Calvary Baptist Church, Oswego, Indiana and (March 2018) at Wawasee Bible Church, Milford, Indiana.
  • Assistant Campus Store Manager, and Adjunct Professor 

    • A.B.S., College of Biblical Studies (Biblical Studies) 
    • B.S., College of Biblical Studies (Leadership)
    • M.A.C.E., Dallas Theological Seminary (Christian Education, Educational Leadership)
    • Ed. D., University of Mary-Hardin Baylor (Educational Administration)

    Bio

    Tracy L Winkler attended Houston Bible Institution or (HBI) in the early 1990’s when (CBS) was meeting at a local radio station for some of its classes. His goal was to learn Biblical literacy and find where God wanted him to serve in the Body of Christ. After being away for more than a decade, he came back to the College of Biblical Studies in 2005 to finish and pursue an Associates in Bible. He graduated in 2008  and then completed a Bachelor in Leadership from CBS in 2010. Since then, he completed a Master’s in Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary with a concentrate in Educational Leadership and a Doctorate in Educational Administration with a concentrate in Higher Education from the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor. He married his lovely wife, Cathy, in 2000. They have four teenage children which is among his interests in serving the Lord. His other interests are Special Needs ministry, (where he serves on a board of a local special needs organization,) Church history, with a specific focus on The Reformation, and revival/ spiritual awakening in the past. He has taught in the church in various capacities from Bible study, preaching as a pulpit supply and a missions coordinator for local para-church organizations. Dr. Winkler has recently joined the faculty of CBS with an appreciation of what he considers a “full circle” of educational endeavor. From being a student at CBS and now teaching as an instructor. One of his instructors, though many have inspired him, has stood out in his mind. Roy Ledgerwood, from the (HBI) days of CBS taught Church history, for example. Roy’s passion for church history has influenced and sparked his desire to continue a lifelong interests in Church history along with his other educational endeavors. It is with this same passion that Dr. Winkler wants his students to be inspired and explore their biblical interests as they serve the Lord and it is his hope to influence the next generation of CBS students to pursue a lifelong endeavor to learn. Some of his prior learning experiences in life has also uniquely prepared him to teach a class on Prior Learning Assessment or PLA. With this in mind, Dr. Winkler is teaching an elective class to help students benefit from their prior learning experiences. Students can receive credit for life experience through the PLA elective courses offered at CBS. 

    Publications and Awards

    • Evangelical America: An Encyclopedia of Contemporary American Religious Culture (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO Publishers, 2017. Articles written for the encyclopedia on: Dr. Tony Evans Dr. Charles Swindoll)
    • Dissertation:  “Faculty Perceptions of Training and Support for Providing Effective Instruction for Students with Disabilities in Higher Education”
  • The College of Biblical Studies is committed to the safety of our students and staff. Our priority is to create a campus environment in which people are safe from physical harm and property is secure, in a manner that meets or exceeds federal, state and local laws, as well as CBS policies that regulate these matters. It is the intent of CBS to provide a safe and secure environment for students, visitors, and others with whom we serve. Most of the specific threat procedures are listed on the General safety page. CBS rents space from the Summit and therefore is subordinate to some of the emergency policies set forth by the building which includes fire drill activity and other general safety procedures related to the building. 

    In the event of an emergency take the following steps: 

    • Call Fort Wayne’s emergency number - 911. 
    • Call the property management office at 260-446-3200 so they can assist EMS in the process.

    Security

    In the event of a security threat the Fort Wayne Police Department (FWPD) should be notified immediately by calling 911. Local police are the primary response agency for all crimes and incidents on campus, including emergency assistance, investigating, and documenting incidents.

    CBS Watchman Alert System 

    The CBS Watchman Alert System uses text, e-mail, and voice messages to alert CBS students and employees in the event of an emergency or urgent situation. Alert messages are sent to registered mobile phones, home phones, and e-mail addresses. 

    Crisis Management App

    The Crisis Manager mobile application for the College of Biblical Studies (CBS) makes our emergency information more readily accessible. The average smartphone/tablet user has their mobile device close to them most of the time. During an emergency, it is often intuitive to pick up your mobile device. This customized app places CBS emergency information onto a single platform designed to help guide our staff and students through an emergency event.

    This free app provides preparedness/response procedures and emergency contacts behind easily identifiable icons that are categorized by the type of event or emergency situation. This app will provide the CBS family easy access to our Emergency Guide (tiles), which, once downloaded to the device, is not dependent on internet access. 

    Some of the features included in the app are simple formatted instructions, intuitive graphics, direct dial emergency contacts (smartphones only), a flashlight tool for mobile devices that support it, an audio alarm to alert others of your location if you are in danger or trapped, and a space to input your personalized emergency information such as evacuation routes and meeting locations. 

    crisis manager app icon 

    Here are the official instructions for download:

    1. Go to your mobile Apps store,  search and download "schooldude crisismanager"
    2. Once downloaded, click “Open
    3. Select “OK” to receive “Crisis Manager Notifications
    4. Select “Continue without logging in
    5. Select “Client Plans
    6. Scroll down and select “College of Biblical Studies” 
    7. Select “CBS Crisis Management Plan – Fort Wayne
    8. The Crisis Manager Apps should now appear on your phone. 

    crisis manager app pic

     Give us feedback! We would like to know about your experience with the Crisis Management App. Contact us with any comments or questions by emailing us at [email protected] or calling 832-252-4676.

    Active Shooter Training and Drills

    Training videos are offered on our website to be viewed anytime. CBS conducts scheduled drills to simulate an on-campus active shooter. These drills will not only prepare CBS staff and faculty, but will also allow the Fort Wayne Police Department (FWPD) to familiarize themselves with the layout of the building should they ever need to answer such a call.

     

     Useful External Emergency Local Numbers

    Contact

    Number

    VIA Properties Maintenance, Management, and Security  

    (260) 446-3200

    Police & Fire Emergency        

    911

    Fire Department Administration    

    (260) 427-1170

    Indiana State Police - Administration     

    (260) 432-8661

    Police Department - Administration     

    (260) 427-1222

    Sheriff Emergency       

    911

    Sheriff’s Department - Administration     

    (260) 449-7535

    Medical Emergency       

    911

    Hazardous Chemical Spill/Biological Terrorism  

    (800) 424-8802

    Poison Information Center     

    (800) 222-1222

     

    Campus Map

    Fort Wayne Campus Map

     

    Safe Environment Home

  • The College of Biblical Studies (CBS) is committed to the safety of our students and staff. Our priority is to create a campus environment in which people are safe from physical harm, and property is secure, in a manner that meets or exceeds federal, state, and local laws, as well as CBS policies that regulate these matters. It is the intent of CBS to provide a safe and secure environment for students, visitors, and others with whom we serve. Most of the specific threat procedures are listed on the General safety page. CBS rents space in the Pyramids. Therefore, we are subordinate to some of the emergency policies set forth by the building, which includes fire drill activity and other general safety procedures related to the building. 

    Security

    The Pyramids employs Protection Plus  security service  for the security needs of the building. They are trained to face any threat, and employ many off-duty police officers who have extensive experience in security and are prepared for any situation that may arise. Protection Plus Security has protected clients in the central Indiana area since 1988. Protection Plus  and local police are the primary response agencies for all crimes and incidents on campus, including emergency assistance, investigating, and documenting incidents. Protection Plus utilizes Electronic surveillance to monitor the building and parking lots. 

    CBS Watchman Alert System & AMG Alerts

    The CBS Watchman Alert System  uses text, e-mail, and voice messages to alert CBS students and employees in the event of an emergency or urgent situation. Alert messages are sent to registered mobile phones, home phones, and e-mail addresses. CBS Watchman Alert System is fully supported by CBS. 

    The Pyramids utilizes AMG Alerts as their emergency alert system that can be used to rapidly communicate with tenants, staff and students in case of emergency. Click on the attached link below and fill out the information requested. AMG Alerts is strictly a Pyramids supported system. You can select how you want to be contacted, either by telephone, text or email by clicking on the link below. 

    AMG Alerts

    Parking & Security Escort

    Students should park in designated parking spaces listed on the diagram in red. 

    Parking at the Pyramids

    Students can call Protection Plus for an escort to their vehicles at 317-244-7569.  After hours, it will connect with a dispatcher.  Once on site, the guard will monitor the area and follow them to their cars in the patrol car. 

    Crisis Management App

    The Crisis Manager mobile application for the College of Biblical Studies (CBS) makes our emergency information more readily accessible. The average smartphone/tablet user has their mobile device close to them most of the time. During an emergency, it is often intuitive to pick up your mobile device. This customized app places CBS emergency information onto a single platform designed to help guide our staff and students through an emergency event. 

    This free app provides preparedness/response procedures and emergency contacts behind easily identifiable icons that are categorized by the type of event or emergency situation. This app will provide the CBS family easy access to our Emergency Guide (tiles), which, once downloaded to the device, is not dependent on internet access.

    Some of the features included in the app are; simple formatted instructions, intuitive graphics, direct dial emergency contacts (smartphones only), a flashlight tool for mobile devices that support it, an audio alarm to alert others of your location if you are in danger or trapped, and a space to input your personalized emergency information such as evacuation routes and meeting locations.

    crisis manager app icon

    Here are the official instructions for download:

    1. Go to your mobile Apps store,  search and download "schooldude crisismanager"
    2. Once downloaded, click “Open
    3. Select “OK” to receive “Crisis Manager Notifications
    4. Select “Continue without logging in
    5. Select “Client Plans
    6. Scroll down and select “College of Biblical Studies” 
    7. Select “CBS Crisis Management Plan - Indianapolis
    8. The Crisis Manager Apps should now appear on your phone.

    crisis manager app pic

    Give us feedback! We would like to know about your experience with the Crisis Management App. Contact us with any comments or questions by emailing us at [email protected] or calling 832-252-4676.

    Active Shooter Training and Drills

    Training videos are offered on our website to be viewed anytime. CBS conducts scheduled drills to simulate an on-campus active shooter. These drills will not only prepare CBS staff and faculty, but will also allow the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) to familiarize themselves with the layout of our campus should they ever need to answer such a call. 

      

    Useful Internal/External Emergency Local Numbers

    Contact

    Number

    Pyramids After Hours Emergency Number

    1-866-336-9409

    Pyramids Management Office: Non-Emergency

    317-875-5055

    Police & Fire Emergency        

    911

    Fire Department/Haz Mat: Non-Emergency    

    317-327-6041

    Police Department :  Non-Emergency   

    317-327-3811

    Medical Emergency       

    911

    St. Vincent Hospital: Non-Emergency

    317-238-2345

    Poison Control Center     

    1-800-222-1222

     

    Safe Environment Home

  • The College of Biblical Studies is committed to the safety of our students and staff. Our priority is to create a campus environment in which people are safe from physical harm and property is secure, in a manner that meets or exceeds federal, state and local laws, as well as CBS policies that regulate these matters. It is the intent of CBS to provide a safe and secure environment for students, visitors, and others with whom we serve. 

    Security

    To support the CBS security department, the College employs Professional Guard Patrol Security. This department accomplishes its mission through excellence in policing, safety, and security. Professional Guard Patrol and local police are the primary response agencies for all crimes and incidents on campus, including emergency assistance, investigating, and documenting incidents. CBS security is the liaison with local police, fire, and medical response agencies. CBS security may be reached during normal business hours at 281-448-4900 or 713-545-8602.

    Parking & Security Escort to Vehicles

    Students should park in designated parking spaces on the main campus parking lots where the lighting is the most efficient. Security escorts are provided during hours of operation for any reason by calling 713-545-8602.

    CBS Watchman Alert System

    The CBS Watchman Alert System uses text, e-mail, and voice messages to alert CBS students and employees in the event of an emergency or urgent situation. Alert messages are sent to registered mobile phones, home phones, and e-mail addresses. 

     Crisis Management App

    The Crisis Manager mobile application for the College of Biblical Studies (CBS) makes our emergency information more readily accessible. The average smartphone/tablet user has their mobile device close to them most of the time. During an emergency, it is often intuitive to pick up your mobile device. This customized app places CBS emergency information onto a single platform designed to help guide our staff and students through an emergency event.

    This free app provides preparedness/response procedures and emergency contacts behind easily identifiable icons that are categorized by the type of event or emergency situation. This app will provide the CBS family easy access to our Emergency Guide (tiles), which, once downloaded to the device, is not dependent on internet access. 

    Some of the features included in the app are; simple formatted instructions, intuitive graphics, direct dial emergency contacts (smartphones only), a flashlight tool for mobile devices that support it, an audio alarm to alert others of your location if you are in danger or trapped and a space to input your personalized emergency information such as evacuation routes and meeting locations.

     

    crisis manager app icon

     

    Here are the official instructions for download:

    1. Go to your mobile Apps store,  search and download "schooldude crisismanager"
    2. Once downloaded, click “Open”
    3. Select “OK” to receive “Crisis Manager Notifications
    4. Select “Continue without logging in”
    5. Select “Client Plans
    6. Scroll down and select “College of Biblical Studies” 
    7. Select “CBS Crisis Management Plan Houston”
    8. The Crisis Manager Apps should now appear on your phone.

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    Give us feedback! We would like to know about your experience with the Crisis Management App. Contact us with any comments or questions by emailing us at [email protected] or calling 832-252-4676. 

    Active Shooter Training and Drills

    Training videos are offered on our website to be viewed anytime. CBS conducts scheduled drills to simulate an on-campus active shooter. These drills will not only prepare CBS staff and faculty, but will also allow the Houston Police Department (HPD) to familiarize themselves with the layout of our campus should they ever need to answer such a call. 

     

    CBS Campus Numbers

    CBS Campus Security

    Dispatch 281-448-4900 
    Cell 713-545-8602

    CBS Facilities #1

    713-545-8543

    CBS Facilities #2

    713-545-4906


    Useful External Emergency Local Numbers:

    Name of Agency

    Contact Number

    Ambulance/Fire/Police/Sheriff

    911

    Ambulance Non-Emergency

    713-222-3434

    American Red Cross

    713-526-8300

    Ben Taub Hospital

    713-793-2000

    Boxer Management Company

    713-777-7368

    City of Houston

    713-247-1000

    Electric - Reliant

    713-207-7777

    Fire Non-Emergency

    713-227-2323

    Gas – CenterPoint Energy

    713-659-2111

    Harris County

    713-755-5000

    Hazardous Materials

    911

    Health Department

    713-439-6000

    HPD Non-Emergency

    713-884-3131

    Memorial Hospital Southwest

    713-776-5151

    Poison Control

    1-800-764-7661

    Water

    713-754-0600

     

    General Resource Links

    Center for Disease Control Prevention
    Regional Disaster Preparedness
    FEMA
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
    World Health Organization
    Texas Department of State Health Services
    American Red Cross
    Harris County Homeland Security & Emergency Management

     

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  • Welcome to the Online Campus

    Click For Registration Details

    Fall Registration is Now Open

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    The College of Biblical Studies has an Online campus in additon to physical campuses in Houston, Indianapolis, and Fort Wayne. Leveraging its academic rigor and biblical worldview training, CBS offers a nationally and regionally accredited college education on-ground and online. CBS Houston has provided biblically based education to more than 26,000 students since 1976 and is ranked as one of the lowest tuitions in Texas. 

    Our online campus offers a wide selection of courses that fit your schedule. Your education is only a click away, anwhere, anytime!

     

    CBS Online 

     

     

    Pastor David Harrison Interview   Juan Carlos Heredia Testimonial   Chanelle Coleman Testimonial 

     

     Houston  Indianapolis    Fort Wayne 

     

  • Welcome to the CBS Indianapolis Campus

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    Fall Registration is Now Open 

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    The College of Biblical Studies is located in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, and Houston. Leveraging its academic rigor and biblical worldview training, CBS offers a nationally and regionally accredited college education on-ground and online. CBS Indianapolis prepares students intellectually, spiritually, and relationally for a lifetime of Christian service.

    Classes at CBS Indianapolis are offered in 15-week, 5-week, and 1-week formats. We are located in Building One of the Pyramids, 3500 DePauw Blvd., Indianapolis.

    In addition to the Pyramids, CBS Indianapolis has offered courses at College Park Churchconveniently located at 2606 W. 96th St., Indianapolis. CBS offers one of the lowest tuitions in Indiana.

     

    Indianapolis Campus

     

     

     

    Pastor David Harrison Interview   Juan Carlos Heredia Testimonial   Chanelle Coleman Testimonial 
     

    Houston     Fort Wayne      Online

     

  • Welcome to the CBS Fort Wayne Campus

    Click For Registration Details

    Fall Registration is Now Open

    Admissions | Student Services | Apply | Contact Us

     

    The College of Biblical Studies is located in Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, and Houston. Leveraging its academic rigor and biblical worldview training, CBS offers a nationally and regionally accredited college education on-ground and online. CBS Fort Wayne offers one of the lowest tuitions in Indiana.

    To meet the challenges of busy working adults, CBS Fort Wayne offers classes ONE night a week, ONE class at a time for 5 weeks. Our campus is located at 1025 W. Rudisill Blvd., Fort Wayne.

    Fort Wayne Campus

      

     

    Pastor David Harrison Interview   Juan Carlos Heredia Testimonial   Chanelle Coleman Testimonial 

     

    Houston     Indianapolis     Online

     

  • Welcome to the CBS Houston Campus

    Click For Registration Details

    Fall Registration is Now OPEN 

    Admissions | Student Services | Apply |Contact Us

      

    The College of Biblical Studies is located in Houston, Indianapolis, and Fort Wayne. Leveraging its academic rigor and biblical worldview training, CBS offers a nationally and regionally accredited college education on-ground and online. CBS Houston has provided biblically based education to more than 26,000 students since 1976 and is ranked as one of the lowest tuitions in Texas. 

    Our Houston campus offers day, evening, and weekend classes. We are centrally located at 7000 Regency Square Blvd., Houston, TX 77036. 

     

     

     

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    Indianapolis    Fort Wayne     Online

     

  • Bachelor of Science with Split Majors in Biblical Studies and Christian Leadership (BSCL) - Accelerated Degree Completion

    Program Coordinator: (English) Michale R. Ayers, Ph.D.; (Spanish) Sergio Estrada, Ph.D.

    The purpose of the 120 credit hour program with split majors in Biblical Studies and Christian Leadership culminating in a Bachelor of Science degree is designed to provide Christian leaders with biblical and theological education in order to equip them for a life of vocational or lay service as a leader in the church, parachurch, and/or business. Upon completion of the program, successful students will:

    1. Understand and apply the servant leader model for leadership.

    2. Develop functional frameworks for effective leadership skills.

    Students take only one course at a time in the CBS core curriculum, attending one 4-hour class session, with breakout for small-group collaborative and independent work each week. The courses are accelerated and are five weeks in length. The program is 24 months of six consecutive semesters, requiring 9 credits each semester from the CBS core curriculum. Students are members of a continuing class, a cohort group, among whom an atmosphere of shared learning; personal, family, ministry, and career interests develops. Upon successful completion of the program, students receive a Bachelor of Science Degree with major in Biblical Studies and Christian Leadership.

    The Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies and Christian Leadership degree is composed of upper division college-level courses totaling 54 credit hours offered in an accelerated form as follows:

    1. The 54 hours consist of eighteen courses.

    2. Students’ focus will be on one course at a time.

    3. The same group of students will progress through the entire program together.

    4. At graduation, successful students will have cumulative college-level credits as follows:

    • 54-hours CBS baccalaureate core curriculum–all earned at CBS
    • 36-hours general education courses–transferred-in and/or earned at CBS
    • 30-hours free elective courses–transferred-in and/or earned at CBS

    DEGREE AND GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

    Bachelor students are expected to complete all degree and graduation requirements pursuant to their degree program no later than one year following the successful completion of the research project course. Failure to comply will result in the student being withdrawn from the Bachelor’s program and subjected to re-enrollment procedures and fees.

    1. Successful completion of all admissions requirements including completion of high school diploma or GED

    2. 54 credit hours of BSCL curriculum

    3. 36 credit hours of approved general education

    4. 30 credit hours of approved free electives

    5. Cumulative 2.0 grade point average

    6. Satisfactory completion of 2 units in Christian Service Learning Program and 2 Spiritual Formation units

    7. Intent to Graduate Form filed by submitted date

    8. Academic advising sessions including all post testing and measurements

    9. Graduation/Diploma fee

    10. No unresolved disciplinary matter, including but not limited to, student code of conduct violations, library, and/or financial obligation.

    11. Completion of exit counseling for students with Stafford or PLUS loans

    12. Approval by CBS faculty

    13. See Graduation Requirements for additional requirement(s) for all academic programs

    DEGREE PLAN FOR BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP (ADCP) 

    English Curriculum

    This cohort program is a lockstep program and the MAJOR COURSES are designed to be taken in order as shown by this table:

    MAJOR COURSES

    HRS

    MAJOR COURSES

    HRS

    ENGLISH 9 hours

     

    GENERAL EDUCATION 3 hours

     

    English Composition 1

    3

    ENGL 3330 Advanced Research and Writing

    3

    English Composition 2

    3

    BIBLE and THEOLOGY 27 hours

     

    Literature

    3

    BIBL 3301 Biblical Interpretation

    3

    SOCIAL SCIENCE 3 hours

     

    THEO 3330 Major Bible Themes

    3

    Western Civilization or US History

    3

    BIBL 3311 Special Issues in the Pentateuch

    3

    PHILOSOPHY/SOCIAL SCIENCES/RELIGIOUS STUDIES 6 hours

     

    BIBL 3312 Special Issues in the Historical and Wisdom Literature

    3

    Social Science/Religious Studies1

    6

    BIBL 3313 Special Issues in the Prophetic Literature.

    3

    FINE ARTS/HUMANITIES 3 hours

     

    BIBL 3321 Special Issues in the Gospels

    3

    Fine Arts/Humanities2

    3

    BIBL 3322 Special Issues in Acts and Pauline Epistles

    3

    MATH/SCIENCES 6 hours

     

    BIBL 3323 Special Issues in the General Epistles

    3

    Computer Science or Math

    3

    THEO 3331 Theological Method

    3

    Natural Science3

    3

    LEADERSHIP STUDIES 24 hours

     

    COMMUNICATIONS 3 hours

     

    LSCL 4340 Introduction to Christian Leadership and Leader Development

    3

    Speech4

    3

    GENERAL EDUCATION ELECTIVE 6 hours

     

    LSCL 4341 Personal Pilgrimage and Character in Leadership

    3

    Any courses from the categories above

    6

    FREE ELECTIVES 30 hours

     

    LSCL 4342 Relationships and Visioneering in Leadership

    3

     

    30

    LSCL 4343 Interpersonal Skills for Leadership

    3

    ORIENTATION non-credit

     

    LSCL 4344 Organizational Skills for Leadership

    3

    ORIE 1013 Orientation

    n/a

    LSCL 4345 Case Studies in Leadership and Ethics

    3

    CHRISTIAN SERVICE 2 units

     

    LSCL 4346 Applied Leadership Research Project I

    3

    MCSP 2011 Christian Service, 1

    1u

    LSCL 4347 Applied Leadership Research Project II

    3

    MCSP 2011 Christian Service, 2

    1u

     

     

    SPIRITUAL FORMATION 2 units

     

     

     

    MSSF 3011 Spiritual Formation, 1

    1u

     

     

    MSSF 3012 Spiritual Formation, 2

    1u

     

     

    1 History, Philosophy, Logic, Economics, Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, Public Policy, Counseling, Bible, Theology, Foundations of Spiritual Life or Apologetics.

    2 Foreign Language, Music Theory, Philosophy or Art Appreciation.

    3 Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, Geology or Anatomy and Physiology.

    4 Expository Preaching classes, MSPM 3301-3305, may substitute for Speech. These classes are for men only. MSCE 3323 Women Teaching Women may substitute for Speech. This class is for women only.

     

    DEGREE PLAN FOR BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP (ADCP) IN ENGLISH

    Suggested Sequence

    Year

    Fall

    Spring

    Summer

    1

    ENGL 3330 Advanced Research and Writing

    BIBL 3301 Biblical Interpretation

    THEO 3330 Major Bible Themes

    BIBL 3311 Special Issues in the Pentateuch

    BIBL 3312 Special Issues in the Historical and Wisdom Literature

    BIBL 3313 Special Issues in the Prophetic Literature

    MSSF 3011 Spiritual Formation, 1

    BIBL 3321 Special Issues in the Gospels

    BIBL 3322 Special Issues in Acts and Pauline Epistles

    BIBL 3323 Special Issues in General Epistles

    MCSP 2011 Christian Service, 1

    2

    THEO 3331 Theological Method

    LSCL 4340 Introduction to Christian Leadership and Leader Development

    LSCL 4341 Personal Pilgrimage and Character in Leadership

    LSCL 4342 Relationships and Visioneering in Leadership

    LSCL 4343 Interpersonal Skills for Leadership

    LSCL 4344 Organizational Skills for Leadership

    MCSP 2011 Christian Service, 2

    LSCL 4345 Case Studies in Leadership and Ethics

    LSCL 4346 Applied Leadership Research Project I

    LSCL 4347 Applied Leadership Research Project II

    MSSF 3012 Spiritual Formation, 2

  • Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership - Accelerated Degree Completion

    Program Coordinator: Michale Ayers, Ph.D.

    Purpose and Objectives: The 120 credit hour Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership at CBS is designed for those pursuing exemplary organizational leadership in business, management, entrepreneurship, church, or parachurch organizations. The curriculum supports a unique philosophy that affirms the business and organizational competencies necessary for success, while challenging students to see organizations as strategic stewardships of Christian leaders. The degree program seeks to develop traits of character and competence in students and prepare them to face the challenges of leadership in an ever-changing world. Upon completion of the program successful students will be able to:

    1. Understand biblical leadership and appreciate the value of that leadership in a business environment

    2. Develop analytical expertise and functional frameworks drawn from a broad range of managerial skills

    Students take only one to two online courses at a time in the CBS core curriculum. The courses are accelerated and are five to seven weeks in length. The program is 24 months of six consecutive semesters, requiring 9 credits each semester from the CBS core curriculum. Students are members of a continuing class, a cohort group, among whom an atmosphere of shared learning; personal, family, ministry and career interests develops. Upon successful completion of the program, students receive a Bachelor of Science Degree with major in Biblical Studies and Organizational Leadership.

    The Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies and Organizational Leadership degree is composed of upper division college- level courses totaling 54 credit hours offered in an accelerated form as follows:

    1. The 54 hours consist of eighteen courses.

    2. At graduation, successful students will have cumulative college-level credits as follows:

    • 54-hours CBS baccalaureate core curriculum–all earned at CBS
    • 36-hours general education courses–transferred-in and/or earned at CBS
    • 30-hours free elective courses–transferred-in and/or earned at CBS

    DEGREE AND GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

    Bachelor students are expected to complete all degree and graduation requirements pursuant to their degree program no later than one year following the successful completion of the research project course. Failure to comply will result in the student being withdrawn from the Bachelor’s program and subjected to re-enrollment procedures and fees.

    1. Successful completion of all admissions requirements including completion of high school diploma or GED

    2. 54 credit hours of BSOL curriculum

    3. 36 credit hours of approved general education

    4. 30 credit hours of approved free electives

    5. Cumulative 2.0 grade point average

    6. Satisfactory completion of 2 units in Christian Service Learning Program and 2 Spiritual Formation units

    7. Intent to Graduate Form filed by submitted date

    8. Academic advising sessions including all post testing and measurements

    9. Graduation/Diploma fee

    10. No unresolved disciplinary matter, including but not limited to, student code of conduct violations, library, and/or financial obligation.

    11. Completion of exit counseling for students with Stafford or PLUS loans

    12. Approval by CBS faculty

    13. See Graduation Requirements for additional requirement(s) for all academic programs

    DEGREE PLAN FOR BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP (ADCP)

    This cohort program is a lockstep program and the MAJOR COURSES are designed to be taken in order as shown by this table:

    GENERAL STUDIES

    HRS

    MAJOR COURSES

    HRS

    ENGLISH 9 hours

     

    GENERAL EDUCATION 3 hours

     

    English Composition 1

    3

    ENGL 3330 Advanced Research and Writing

    3

    English Composition 2

    3

    BIBLE and THEOLOGY 27 hours

     

    Literature

    3

    BIBL 3301 Biblical Interpretation

    3

    SOCIAL SCIENCE 3 hours

     

    THEO 3330 Major Bible Themes

    3

    Western Civilization or US History

    3

    BIBL 3311 Special Issues in the Pentateuch

    3

    PHILOSOPHY/SOCIAL SCIENCES/RELIGIOUS STUDIES 6 hours

     

    BIBL 3312 Special Issues in the Historical and Wisdom Literature

    3

    Social Science/Religious Studies1

    6

    BIBL 3313 Special Issues in the Prophetic Literature

    3

    FINE ARTS/HUMANITIES 3 hours

     

    BIBL 3321 Special Issues in the Gospels

    3

    Fine Arts/Humanities2

    3

    BIBL 3322 Special Issues in Acts and Pauline Epistles

    3

    MATH/SCIENCES 6 hours

     

    BIBL 3323 Special Issues in the General Epistles

    3

    Computer Science or Math

    3

    THEO 3331 Theological Method

    3

    Natural Science3

    3

    ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP STUDIES 24 hours

     

    COMMUNICATIONS 3 hours

     

    LSOL 3301 Introduction to Christian Leadership

    3

    Speech4

    3

    LSOL 3306 Organizational Stewardship and Ethics

    3

    GENERAL EDUCATION ELECTIVE 6 hours

     

    LSOL 3308 Organizational Purpose and the Visioning Process

    3

    Any courses from the categories above

    6

    FREE ELECTIVES 30 hours

     

    LSOL 4301 Human Resource Management

    3

     

    30

    LSOL 4302 Financial Management for Organizations

    3

    ORIENTATION non-credit

     

    LSOL 4303 Principles of Marketing

    3

    ORIE 1013 Orientation

    n/a

    LSOL 4304 Project Planning and Management

    3

    CHRISTIAN SERVICE 2 units

     

    LSOL 4306 Applied Organizational Leadership Research

    3

    MCSP 2011 Christian Service, 1

    1u

     

     

    MCSP 2011 Christian Service, 2

    1u

     

     

    SPIRITUAL FORMATION 2 units

     

     

     

    MSSF 3011 Spiritual Formation 1

    1u

     

     

    MSSF 3012 Spiritual Formation 2

    1u

     

     

    1 History, Philosophy, Logic, Economics, Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, Public Policy, Counseling, Bible, Theology, Foundations of Spiritual Life or Apologetics.

    2 Foreign Language, Music Theory, Philosophy or Art Appreciation.

    3 Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, Geology or Anatomy and Physiology.

    4 Expository Preaching classes, MSPM 3301-3305, may substitute for Speech. These classes are for men only. MSCE 3323 Women Teaching Women may substitute for Speech. This class is for women only. 

    DEGREE PLAN FOR BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP (ADCP)

    Suggested Sequence 

    Year

    Fall

    Spring

    Summer

    1

    ENGL 3330 Advanced Research and Writing

    BIBL 3301 Biblical Interpretation

    THEO 3330 Major Bible Themes

    BIBL 3311 Special Issues in the Pentateuch

    BIBL 3312 Special Issues in the Historical and Wisdom Literature

    BIBL 3313 Special Issues in the Prophetic Literature

    MSSF 3011 Spiritual Formation, 1

    BIBL 3321 Special Issues in the Gospels

    BIBL 3322 Special Issues in Acts and Pauline Epistles

    BIBL 3323 Special Issues in General Epistles

    MCSP 2011 Christian Service, 1

    2

    THEO 3331 Theological Method

    LSOL 3301 Introduction to Christian Leadership

    LSOL 3306 Organizational Stewardship and Ethics

    LSOL 3308 Organizational Purpose and the Visioning Process

    LSOL 4301 Human Resource Management

    LSOL 4302 Financial Management for Organizations

    MCSP 2011 Christian Service, 2

    LSOL 4303 Principles of Marketing

    LSOL 4304 Project Planning and Management

    LSCL 4306 Applied Organizational Leadership Research

    MSSF 3012 Spiritual Formation, 2

  • Bachelor of Science with Split Majors in Biblical Studies and Biblical Counselling (BSBC) - Accelerated Degree Completion

    Program Coordinator: Rich Cozart, Ph.D.

    The purpose of the 120 credit hour program with split majors in Biblical Studies and Biblical Counseling culminating in a Bachelor of Science degree is to provide a biblical model for biblical counseling. The training will prepare men and women to engage in church, parachurch, or private biblical counseling, and provide a base for seminary or other graduate training. The courses offered in the curriculum are not designed to meet academic or other requirements of the State of Texas for licensure as a professional counselor. Upon completion of the program, successful students will:

    1.Demonstrate an understanding of the Biblical Framework model for biblical counseling.

    2.Apply principles of biblical counseling to specific counseling situations.

    On ground students take only one course at a time in the CBS core curriculum, attending one 4-hour class session, with breakout for small-group collaborative and independent work each week. The on ground courses are accelerated courses that are five weeks in length. Online students take classes that are five to seven weeks in length, and the classes occasionally overlap. The program is 24 months of six consecutive semesters, requiring 9 credits each semester from the CBS core curriculum. Students are members of a continuing class, a cohort group, among whom an atmosphere of shared learning; personal, family, ministry, and career interests develops. Upon successful completion of the program, students receive a Bachelor of Science Degree with split majors in Biblical Studies and Biblical Counseling.

    The Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies and Biblical Counseling degree completion program is composed of upper division college-level courses totaling 54-credit hours offered in an accelerated form as follows:

    1. The 54 hours consist of eighteen courses.

    2. Students’ focus will be on one course at a time.

    3. The same group of students will progress through the entire program together.

    4. At graduation, successful students will have cumulative college-level credits as follows:

    • 54 hours CBS baccalaureate core curriculum–all earned at CBS
    • 36 hours general education courses–transferred-in and/or earned at CBS
    • 30 hours free elective courses–transferred-in and/or earned at CBS

    DEGREE AND GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

    Bachelor students are expected to complete all degree and graduation requirements pursuant to their degree program no later than one year following the successful completion of the research project course. Failure to comply will result in the student being withdrawn from the Bachelor’s program and subjected to re-enrollment procedures and fees.

    1. Successful completion of all admissions requirements including completion of high school diploma or GED

    2. 54 credit hours of BSBC curriculum

    3. 36 credit hours of approved general education

    4. 30 credit hours of approved free electives

    5. Cumulative 2.0 grade point average

    6. Satisfactory completion of 2 units in Christian Service Learning Program and 2 Spiritual Formation units

    7. Intent to Graduate Form filed by submitted date

    8. Academic advising sessions including all post testing and measurements

    9. Graduation/Diploma fee

    10. No unresolved disciplinary matter, including but not limited to, student code of conduct violations, library, and/or financial obligation

    11. Completion of exit counseling for students with Stafford or PLUS loans

    12. Approval by CBS faculty

    13. See Graduation Requirements for additional requirement(s) for all academic programs 

    DEGREE PLAN FOR BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BIBLICAL COUNSELING (ADCP)

    This cohort program is a lockstep program and the MAJOR COURSES are designed to be taken in order as shown by this table:

    GENERAL STUDIES

    HRS

     MAJOR COURSES

    HRS

    ENGLISH 9 hours

     

    GENERAL EDUCATION 3 hours

     

    English Composition 1

    3

    ENGL 3330 Advanced Research and Writing

    3

    English Composition 2

    3

    BIBLE and THEOLOGY 27 hours

     

    Literature

    3

    BIBL 3301 Biblical Interpretation

    3

    SOCIAL SCIENCE 3 hours

     

    THEO 3330 Major Bible Themes

    3

    Western Civilization or US History

    3

    BIBL 3311 Special Issues in the Pentateuch

    3

    PHILOSOPHY/SOCIAL SCIENCES/RELIGIOUS STUDIES 6 hours

     

    BIBL 3312 Special Issues in the Historical and Wisdom Literature

    3

    Social Science/Religious Studies1

    6

    BIBL 3313 Special Issues in the Prophetic Literature

    3

    FINE ARTS/HUMANITIES 3 hours

     

    BIBL 3321 Special Issues in the Gospels

    3

    Fine Arts/Humanities2

    3

    BIBL 3322 Special Issues in Acts and Pauline Epistles

    3

    MATH/SCIENCES 6 hours

     

    BIBL 3323 Special Issues in General Epistles

    3

    Computer Science or Math

    3

    THEO 3331 Theological Method

    3

    Natural Science3

    3

    COUNSELING STUDIES 24 hours

     

    COMMUNICATIONS 3 hours

     

    MSBC 3311 Theological Foundations for Biblical

    Counseling

    3

    Speech4

    3

    GENERAL EDUCATION ELECTIVE 6 hours

     

    MSBC 3312 Comparative Analysis of Psychological

    Counseling, Christian Integrative Counseling, and Biblical

    Counseling

    3

    Any courses from the categories above

    6

    FREE ELECTIVES 30 hours

     

     

    30

    MSBC 3313 Introduction to Biblical Framework

    Counseling

    3

    ORIENTATION non-credit

     

    ORIE 1013 Orientation

    n/a

    MSBC 3314 Analysis of Common Problems Through

    Biblical Framework Counseling

    3

    CHRISTIAN SERVICE 2 units

     

    MCSP 2011 Christian Service, 1

    1u

    MSBC 3315 Marriage and Family

    3

    MCSP 2011 Christian Service, 2

    1u

    MSBC 4301 Advanced Concepts in Biblical

    Framework Counseling 1

    3

    SPIRITUAL FORMATION 2 units

     

    MSSF 3011 Spiritual Formation, 1

    1u

    MSBC 4302 Advanced Concepts in Biblical

    Framework Counseling 2

    3

    MSSF 3012 Spiritual Formation, 2

    1u

     

     

    MSBC 4303 Biblical Counseling Process and

    Methodologies

    3

     

     

    1 History, Philosophy, Logic, Economics, Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, Public Policy, Counseling, Bible, Theology, Foundations of Spiritual Life or Apologetics.

    2 Foreign Language, Music Theory, Philosophy or Art Appreciation.

    3 Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, Geology or Anatomy and Physiology.

    4 Expository Preaching classes, MSPM 3301-3305, may substitute for Speech. These classes are for men only. MSCE 3323 Women Teaching Women may substitute for Speech. This class is for women only.

     

    DEGREE PLAN FOR BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BIBLICAL COUNSELING (ADCP)

    Suggested Sequence 

    Year

    Fall

    Spring

    Summer

    1

    ENGL 3330 Advanced Research and Writing

    BIBL 3301 Biblical Interpretation THEO 3330 Major Bible Themes

    BIBL 3311 Special Issues in the Pentateuch

    BIBL 3312 Special Issues in the Historical and Wisdom Literature

    BIBL 3313 Special Issues in the Prophetic Literature

    MSSF 3011 Spiritual Formation 1

    BIBL 3321 Special Issues in the Gospels

    BIBL 3322 Special Issues in Acts and Pauline Epistles

    BIBL 3323 Special Issues in General Epistles

    MCSP 2011 Christian Service, 1

    2

    THEO 3331 Theological Method

    MSBC 3311 Theological Foundations for Biblical Counseling

    MSBC 3312 Comparative Analysis of Psychological Counseling, Christian Integrative Counseling, and Biblical Counseling

    MSBC 3313 Introduction to Biblical Framework Counseling

    MSBC 3314 Analysis of Common Problems Through Biblical Framework Counseling

    MSBC 3315 Marriage and Family

    MCSP 2011 Christian Service, 2

    MSBC 4301 Advanced Concepts in Biblical Framework Counseling 1

    MSBC 4302 Advanced Concepts in Biblical Framework Counseling 2

    MSBC 4303 Biblical Counseling Process and Methodologies

    MSSF 3012 Spiritual Formation 2

  • Associate Dean of Women’s Discipleship; InstructorDean Zelda Blocker Photo

    • M.A., Dallas Theological Seminary (Biblical and Theological Studies)
    • B.S., Troy University (Computer Science)

    Bio

    Dean Blocker supports her husband – the president of CBS – Dr. William Blocker and serves as Associate Dean of Women’s Discipleship and Instructor in the Discipleship Department. Her leadership experience spans over thirty years as pastor’s wife, speaker, teacher, counselor, and mentor to women in ministry.

    She also serves with the President Wives ministry during the Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) annual meetings and encourages women while traveling worldwide.

    At the Moody Bible Institute, Dean Blocker served with a leadership team, leading students to tour and study in Israel, in addition to working as a Technology Consultant.

    Dean Blocker is blessed and thankful to her high school sweetheart for over three decades of marriage, five adult children and two precious grandchildren.

  • Assistant Librarian, Instructor          Luzmar Cobos Picture

    M.L.S., Sam Houston State University

    B.S., College of Biblical Studies-Houston

    A.A., Lone Star College

    Bio

    Professor Cobos has been serving at the College of Biblical Studies in various capacities for almost 20 years. She has a Master of Library Science degree from Sam Houston State University. Prior to graduating with a Master’s degree, she obtained her undergraduate degree in Christian Leadership at the College of Biblical Studies-Houston. Professor Cobos also has some postgraduate course work from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

    She brings over 15 years of experience working with adult learners teaching library literacy and research skills. Apart from co-teaching research and writing, she is currently also the Assistant Librarian at the College of Biblical Studies.

    She is a current member of the American Library Association (ALA), the Texas Library Association, and the Association of Christian Librarians (ACL).

    Professor Cobos has also served in various ministry areas throughout her life. She has served in children and youth ministries, prayer ministries, short-term missions, and worship ministries. 

    She and her husband Marlon enjoy traveling abroad, learning about other cultures and languages, and spending time with their precious nieces and nephews.

    Professor Cobos has created a vimeo channel for students to address some of the most frequently asked questions at the library. Click the following link to view https://vimeo.com/librarytutorials, OR if you would like to request a video tutorial on a particular topic or need reference help, please contact the College of Biblical Studies Library through the following link http://www.cbshouston.edu/ask-a-librarian.

  • Associate Academic Dean; Professor

    •B.A., Mississippi College

    •M.A., North Carolina State University

    •Ed.D. Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

    Bio

    In his role as Associate Academic Dean at the College of Biblical Studies-Houston, Dr. Hantla manages library services, strategizes for academic programming, helps with partnerships, and oversees academic excellence as well as faculty development. Dr. Hantla primarily teaching English and Writing at the College.

     

    Dr. Hantla's current research interests range from researching best practices for implementing the flipped classroom design to working with accrediting bodies to accomplish the goals of institutions of higher education and applying effective methods for leading and managing student assessment efforts. His expertise is in effective pedagogical approaches in higher educational settings, educational technology, and higher educational assessment. Dr. Hantla also works with faith-based institutions to help students in discipleship and spiritual formation. He has led numerous conference workshops on these topics and continues to seek out partnerships, speaking engagements, and consulting relationships to impact the educational community using his expertise.

     

    Dr. Hantla combined his work on critical thinking in a quasi-experimental study researching the effects of flipping the classroom on critical thinking variables measured by a critical thinking rubric. He successfully defended his dissertation with the highest score awarded by SEBTS and is working on turning his dissertation into journal publications.

    Publications and Presentations

    •Hantla, B. (2018). Setting Up for Success: Qualtrics Surveying Design and Functionality. Presented at the Technology Learning Conference in Houston, TX, October 2018, (see conference proceedings). Available at: https://uhdtlc.wordpress.com/2018/09/25/setting-up-for-success-qualtrics...

    •Hantla, B. (2018). Set up for Success: Qualtrics Surveying Design and Functionality. Presented at the Texas Association of Institutional Research Summer Workshop in Austin, TX, July 2018, (see conference proceedings). Available at: https://texas-air.org/assets/pdf/TAIR-Summer-Workshops-2017-Official-Fly...

    •Hantla, B., Keith, P. (2017). The Heart of Compliance: Students and Your Policy Manual. Presented at the SACSCOC Annual Meeting in Dallas, TX, December 2017, (see conference proceedings). Available at: https://www.slideshare.net/BryceHantla/the-heart-of-compliance-instituti....

    •Hantla, B. (2017). Flipped Classrooms in the Humanities: Findings from a Quasi-Experimental Study. Christian Perspectives in Education, 10(1), 1-21. Available at: http://digitalcommons.liberty.edu/cpe/vol10/iss1/1/ 

    •Whitfield, K., Burkett, J., Hantla, B. (2015). Energizing your CASE: A Liberal Arts College’s QEP on Critical Thinking through Writing. Presented at the SACSCOC Annual Meeting in Houston, TX, December 2015 (see conference proceedings). Available at: https://www.slideshare.net/BryceHantla/energizing-your-case-qep-on-criti....

    •Hantla, B. (2015). Engaging Students with the Community through the Flipped Teaching Model: Findings from an Experimental Study. Presented at the 3rd International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Conference in Orem, UT, January 2015 (see conference proceedings https://www.hetl.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/HETL-SoTE-Conference-Pro...)  

    •Hantla, B. (2014). The effects of flipping the classroom on specific aspects of critical thinking in a humanities college: A quasi-experimental, mixed-methods study. A doctoral dissertation for Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, pp. 264. http://eric.ed.gov/?id=ED556925 

    •Hantla, B. (2014). Noetic Sanctification: Using Critical Thinking to Facilitate Sanctification of the Mind. Christian Perspectives in Education, 7(1), 1-22. Available at: http://digitalcommons.liberty.edu/cpe/vol7/iss1/3/ 

    •McGee, D., & Hantla, B. (2013). The Portrayal of Fathers in Popular Media. The Journal of Discipleship and Family Ministry, 3(2), 36-46. http://www.sbts.edu/family/files/2013/09/JDFM-3.2-Spring-2013-vFinal-2.pdf

    •McGee, D., & Hantla, B. (2012) An intelligent critique of multiple intelligences: a Christian review for leaders. Journal of Biblical Perspectives in Leadership, 4(1), 3-16. http://www.regent.edu/acad/global/publications/jbpl/vol4no1/jbpl-vol4no1...

    •Coley, K., Hantla, B., Cobb, C. (2013). Best Practices for Beginning a Flipped Classroom in the Humanities. Presented at the NAPCE Annual Conference in Chicago, IL, October 2013 (see conference proceedings). Available at: https://kencoley.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/manuscript-best-practices-f....

    Contributions to Academic Encyclopedias

    •George Thomas Kurian and Mark A. Lamport (Eds.). (2018). Encyclopedia of the Global South. New York, NY: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. Editorial Consultant.

    •Mark A. Lamport (Ed.). (2017). The Encyclopedia of Martin Luther and the Reformation. New York, NY: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. Editorial Consultant.

    •Timothy Demy and Paul Shockley (Eds.). (2017). Evangelical America: An Encyclopedia of Contemporary American Religious Culture. Denver, CO: ABC-CLIO, LLC. 10 Article Contributions: Association of Christian Schools International; Graham, Billy; Evangelicalism; Family Research Council; Fellowship of Christian Athletes; InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA; Dobson, James; MacArthur, John; Neo-Evangelicalism; Reformed Tradition, Evangelicalism.

    •George Thomas Kurian and Mark A. Lamport (Eds.). (2016). The Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States. New York, NY: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. Editorial Consultant and 10 Article Contributions: Boardus, Everardus; Gailor, Frank T.; Hammet, William; Hillenbrand, Reynold Henry; Lowrie, Walter; Maxwell, Leslie E.; Onderdonk, Henry U.; Peck, Edmund J.; Slocum, John; Whitfield, James M.

    •George Thomas Kurian and Mark A. Lamport (Eds.). (2015). The Encyclopedia of Christian Education. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. 1 Article Contribution: Dykstra, Craig.

     

  • Paul_KeithDistance Education Associate Dean of Operations; Assistant Professor

    • B.S., College of Biblical Studies (Christian Leadership)
    • M.A.C.E., Dallas Theological Seminary (Christian Education)

    Bio

    Shane Boothe serves as the Distance Education Associate Dean of Operations and Assistant Professor at the College of Biblical Studies in Houston, Texas.

    Prior to coming to CBS, Shane served in a variety of roles in the Information Technology field. Shane's first association with CBS was in 1992 when the school was known as the Houston Bible Institute. From that first Bible Study Methods course he fell in love with biblical higher education in general and the College in particular. Shane has been with CBS full-time since 2003, initially serving as the Director of Information Technology and later as the Distance Education Associate Dean of Operations.

    Shane earned his Bachelor of Science in Christian Leadership from the College of Biblical Studies (2006) and a Masters of Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary in January 2012.

    Shane and his wife Connie reside in Humble, Texas and have two daughters (Katelyn and Gracelyn) and a son (Nathan). They are members of Humble First Baptist Church where Shane serves as a Bible teacher.

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    CBS demonstrates a strong commitment to the institution's educational mission through faculty who demonstrate scholarship and a heart for ministry. CBS full-time faculty members have significant ministry experience as well as academic qualifications. For instance, the majority of full-time faculty members and adjunct faculty members serve or have served in a staff position at a local church. Some of these ministries include: Missionary, Church Pastor, Associate Pastor, Director of Church Counseling, Coordinator of Pre-Marital Counseling, Student Ministry Pastor, Pastor of Leadership Development, Evangelism Minister, Christian Education Director, Discipleship Pastor, Worship Leader, Church Planting Pastor, Hispanic Pastor, Pastor of Assimilation, Director of Membership and Maturity, Church Consultant, Consultant for Children's Homes, School Principal, Minister of Missions, Camp Director, Chaplain and Minister to Prisons.

    The College of Biblical Studies is located in Houston, Texas. Leveraging its academic rigor and biblical worldview training, CBS offers a nationally and regionally accredited college education on campus and online, with several programs offered in the Spanish language. Students receive transformational education and training for service to families, ministries, businesses, and communities around the world. CBS has provided biblically based education to more than 26,000 students since 1976


     Dr. Mike Ayers, Professor 

    Dr. Joel Badal, Dean of Institutional Effectiveness; Professor

    Dr. Kirk Barger, Associate Professor

    Dr. John Bechtle, Professor of Biblical Studies

    Esmeralda Barrera, Senior Academic Advisor; Instructor

    Dr. William "Bill" Blocker, President, Professor

    Zelda Blocker, Associate Dean of Women’s Discipleship, Instructor

    Shane Boothe, Distance Education Associate Dean of Operations; Assistant Professor

    Lee Bouldin, Director of Spiritual Formation, Instructor

    Dr. Douglas Brooks, Assistant Director of Enrollment Services, Assistant Professor

    France Brown, Jr., Ernest L. Mays Assistant Professor of Expository Preaching and Biblical Teaching

    Dr. Brittany Burnette, Distance Education Associate Dean of Faculty and Curriculum Development; Professor

    Luzmar Cobos, Assistant Librarian; Instructor

    Dr. Richard M. Cozart, Professor

    Dr. Nicolas Ellen, Senior Professor

    Dr. Venessa Ellen, Chair of Women's Ministry Department

    Dr. Sergio Estrada, Professor

    Dr. Harold Fisher, Professor

    Dr. Bryce HantlaAcademic Dean; Professor

    Debbie Harper, Sr. Enrollment SErvices Advisor; Assistant Professor

    Alex Hernandez, Assistant Professor

    Paul Keith, Vice President Administration and Chief Operating Officer; Assistant Professor

    Dr. Leonette Lewis, Associate Dean of Stduent, Associate Professor  

    Dr. Israel Loken, Chair, Bible and Theology Departments; Professor

    Artis Lovelady, III, Director of Library Services; Assistant Professor

    Dr. Marvin R. McNeese Jr., Chair, General Education Department; Professor

    Melissa Mosley, Assistant Professor

    Dr. Joseph Parle, Provost; Academic Dean; Professor

    Marcus Schrader, Dean of College of Biblical Studies, Indianapolis Campus; Professor

    Dr. Phillip Luke Sinitiere, Professor

    Dr. Paul R. Shockley, Professor

    Dr. Lisa Stewart, Registrar and Dean of Students; Professor

    Dr. Steve Sullivan, Chair, Ministry Skills Department; Senior Professor

    Dr. Debra D. Watkins, Professor  

    Dr. Tracy WinklerAssistant Campus Store Manager; Instructor

     


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    Contact: Melinda Merillat
    Public Relations & Corporate Communications
    [email protected]832.252.0745

     

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     We've merged! Now what? Indianapolis Dean Marcus Schrader gives an insider's view of life after merging

     


     

    July 1, 2019

    Merger Press Release

    Crossroads Bible College and College of Biblical Studies have merged           

    CBS-Houston Campus

    Houston, TX – The College of Biblical Studies in Houston, TX and Crossroads Bible College in Indianapolis, IN have officially merged. This announcement comes at the end of more than 18 months of preparation by boards and leadership teams of both schools to merge the two institutions. With this merger, CBS has relocated the Indianapolis campus from 601 N. Shortridge to the Indianapolis landmark, Pyramids at College Park.

    CBS has worked extensively to expand the opportunities for Crossroads’ students: More degree programs to choose from, lower tuition, expanded scholarships and financial aid, updated technology, modern campus, and most importantly, regional and national accreditation.

    “The College of Biblical Studies and Crossroads Bible College have long shared a common goal of bringing quality biblical higher education to a multiethnic population,” said Dr. Bill Blocker, president of the College of Biblical Studies. “This merger equips us to accomplish this mission in new and greater ways, and it establishes a richer foundation for Indiana communities.”

    The merging of the two schools expands the reach of CBS with the addition of the Indianapolis and Fort Wayne campuses, as well as broadening the on-campus and online programs. “This merger provides our students with exciting opportunities that were not available before. Regional accreditation and new degree programs will prepare them for the future in ways we could not have done on our own." said Dr. Charles Ware, president emeritus of Crossroads Bible College.

    With the completion of the merger, the colleges will operate as the College of Biblical Studies and will offer classes in Houston, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, and online.

    About the College of Biblical Studies

    The College of Biblical Studies is located in Houston, Indianapolis, and Fort Wayne. Leveraging its academic rigor and biblical worldview training, CBS offers a nationally and regionally accredited college education onground and online with several programs offered in the Spanish language. Students receive transformational education and training for service to families, ministries, businesses, and communities around the world. CBS has provided biblically based education to more than 26,000 students since 1976 and is ranked as one of the lowest tuitions in Texas.

    Please click here for a PDF version of this press release.

     


     

    April 10, 2019

    Crossroads Bible College Leases Space at Iconic Indy Pyramids 
    Commercial Pyramids Indianapolis

    Houston, TX – The College of Biblical Studies in Houston, Texas has just announced the lease of 21,000 square feet in the Indy Pyramids at College Park, Indianapolis. This lease space will be the new  Indianapolis location of Crossroads Bible College. Crossroads Bible College and the College of Biblical Studies signed an agreement in early 2018 to pursue a merger of the two schools.

     “For CBS-Houston, this merger will expand its reach through the addition of an Indianapolis campus, several regional locations, and online offerings. For Crossroads, this merger will protect its rich heritage while securing a promising future and greater opportunities for students – including regional accreditation,” stated Dr. Bill Blocker, president of the College of Biblical Studies.

    In March, Crossroads sold its current property at 601 N. Shortridge to Indiana Black Expo. “One of the most important factors in this merger is providing the best educational experience we can for our students. In selling the current property and relocating to a more modern facility, we can give our students advantages that we are unable to offer at Shortridge,” stated Dr. Charles Ware, president emeritus of Crossroads Bible College.

    The decision to lease space at this Indy landmark was based on student and staff needs, such as modern conveniences, 24/7 onsite security, fitness center, onsite café, and proximity to the bus line. Classes will continue to be held at the Shortridge location until June 14, and classes will begin at the new location on June 17. The merger is expected to be finalized by June 30 at which time Crossroads will officially become the College of Biblical Studies. 

    Please click here for a PDF version of this press release.

    About the College of Biblical Studies                                                              CBS-Houston Campus
    The College of Biblical Studies-Houston Board of Trustees are pursuing the merger of Crossroads Bible College in Indianapolis, Indiana, subject to the approval of ABHE and SACSCOC accreditation agencies. Leveraging its academic rigor and biblical worldview training, CBS offers a nationally and regionally accredited college education on campus and online, with several programs offered in the Spanish language. Students receive transformational education and training for service to families, ministries, businesses, and communities around the world. CBS has provided biblically based education to more than 26,000 students since 1976, and is ranked as one of the lowest tuitions in Texas. For more information on the pursuit of merger, visit http://www.cbshouston.edu/merger.

     


     

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    The College of Biblical Studies-Houston officially enters into an agreement to pursue merger with Crossroads Bible College 

     
    After months of evaluation and due diligence, the CBS-Houston Board of Trustees has agreed to begin pursuing the merger of Crossroads Bible College in Indianapolis, Indiana, subject to the approval of ABHE and SACSCOC accreditation agencies. We believe Crossroads will be a great addition to the CBS-Houston family.

     

    This merger will accomplish the following:

    • Expand the CBS-Houston reach through the addition of an Indianapolis campus, several regional locations, and online offerings; 
    • Protect the rich heritage of Crossroads while securing a promising future filled with greater opportunities for students. 

    This is an exciting time! God has graciously provided an opportunity that will help expand the reach of CBS-Houston and Crossroads Bible College. Our combined resources and strengths will result in a stronger, more efficient, more effective collaborative ministry. 

     

    About the College of Biblical Studies

     

    The College of Biblical Studies is located in Houston, Texas. Leveraging its academic rigor and biblical worldview training, CBS offers a nationally and regionally accredited college education on campus and online, with several programs offered in the Spanish language. Students receive transformational education and training for service to families, ministries, businesses, and communities around the world. CBS has provided biblically based education to more than 26,000 students since 1976, and is ranked as one of the lowest tuitions in Texas. 

     

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  • College of Biblical Studies (CBS) is committed to protecting the privacy of all students, regardless of modality. As a condition of retaining its regional SACSCOC accreditation, CBS is publishing its written procedure for protecting the privacy of students enrolled in distance and correspondence education courses and programs.

    Approach and Procedure
    To protect the privacy of all students, including distance learning students, CBS supports and complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974. CBS makes the text of the FERPA act available to all constituents via the CBS website and publications such as the Student Handbook and Academic Catalog.

    At enrollment, all CBS students are issued a unique student identification number. This student ID becomes the unique identifier for the student throughout his/her academic career at the College. CBS does not allow the use of the student's Social Security number as a means of systems access. The College also issues each student a unique CBS email address.

    Through the unique student identification number or the student email address, along with a password, the student is able to access systems such as SonisWeb (student information system), GMail (student email system), Blackboard (learning management system), GlobalVFS (financial aid system), etc.

    In a similar fashion, college personnel are also issues unique login credentials for all CBS systems. In the event of CBS personnel no longer being employed by the school, the former employee's accounts are disabled to prevent access.

    To further help ensure the privacy of all students, all system account permissions follow the principle of least privilege. This approach ensures that a given individual only has permissions to perform system functions and access data that is appropriate for their needs. All systems also employ encryption so that the data cannot be intercepted and read by 3rd parties. And finally, all systems are hosted and maintained by the vendor, ensuring that the systems stay updated and are housed in world-class data centers.

  • BACHELOR OF SCIENCE -- FOUR YEAR DEGREE PROGRAM

    Major: Women's Ministry

    Minor: Ministry of the Pastor’s Wife

    GENERAL STUDIES

    HRS

    ADDITIONAL COURSES

    HRS

    ENGLISH 9 hours

     

    BIBLE 21 hours

     

    ENGL 1301 English Composition 1

    3

    BIBL 1311 Pentateuch

    3

    ENGL 1302 English Composition 2

    3

    BIBL 1312 Historical Literature

    3

    ENGL 2312 Research and Writing

    3

    BIBL 1213 Wisdom Literature

    2

    College Preparedness 3 hours

     

    BIBL 1414 Prophets

    4

    GNED 1301 Steward Your College Experience

    3

    BIBL 1321 Gospels

    3

    SOCIAL SCIENCES 3 hours

     

    BIBL 1322 Acts and Pauline Epistles

    3

    HIST 2321 Western Civilization 1OR

    HIST 2322 Western Civilization 2

    3

    BIBL 1323 General Epistles and Revelation

    3

    THEOLOGY 15 hours

     

    NATURAL SCIENCE/COMPUTER 6 hours

     

    THEO 1311 Introduction to Theological Method

    3

    BIOL 2301 Anatomy and Physiology1

    3

    THEO 1312 God, Christ, and Holy Spirit

    3

    COSC 1317 Introduction to Computing

    3

    THEO 1313 Man, Sin, and Salvation

    3

    FINE ARTS/HUMANITIES 9 hours

     

    THEO 1314 Angels, Church, and Prophecy

    3

    ENGL 1311 Fundamentals of Speech2

    3

    THEO 3341 Apologetics

    3

    PHIL 2304 Introduction to Philosophy

    3

    MINISTRY SKILLS 6 hours

     

    PHIL 3305 Christian Ethics

    3

    MSMN 1301 Bible Study Methods

    3

    CHRISTIAN SERVICE 2 units

     

    MSMN 2302 Foundations of Spiritual Life

    3

    MCSP 2011 Christian Service, 1

    1u

    GENERAL EDUCATION ELECTIVES 12 hours

     

    MCSP 2011 Christian Service, 2

    1u

    General Education Electives

    12

    SPIRITUAL FORMATION 2 units

     

    FREE ELECTIVES 0 hours

     

    MSSF 3011 Spiritual Formation, 1

    1u

    No free electives

    0

    MSSF 3012 Spiritual Formation, 2

    1u

     

     

     

    MAJOR COURSES 36 hours

    HRS

    WMIN 3302 The Role of Women in Life and Ministry3

    3

    MSBC 3313 Introduction to Biblical Framework Counseling

    3

    WMIN 3301 Women’s Spiritual Formation

    3

    MSBC 3315 Marriage and Family

    3

    WMIN 4303 Hospitality and Home Governance3

    3

    WMIN 4301 The Role of Women in Church Administration3 

    3

    WMIN 4302 Women Counseling Women3

    3

    WMIN 4331 Women’s Ministry Development and Design3

    3

    WMIN 4321 Women Shepherding Women3

    3

    WMIN 4322 Developing Leadership Teams for Women3

    3

    WMIN 4323 Survey of the Ministry of the Pastor’s Wife3, 4

    3

    WMIN 4324 Spiritual Health of the Pastor’s Wife3, 4

    3

    1 ASTR 2301 Astronomy may substitute for BIOL 2301 Anatomy and Physiology.

    2 MSMN 1303 Principles of Biblical Teaching and MSWM 3323 Women Teaching Women may substitute for ENGL 1311 Fundamentals of Speech. MSWM 3323 Women Teaching Women is for women only.

    3 These classes are for women only.

    4 WMIN 4323 and WMIN 4324 are taken in lieu of Free Electives above.

     

    Minor: Ministry of the Pastor's Wife

    Purpose: The Bachelor of Science Degree in Women’s Ministry with a minor in the Ministry of the Pastor’s Wife is designed to equip pastors’ wives with a vast array of knowledge and skill in understanding and ministering to women. Students in the Ministry of the Pastor’s Wife program will learn how to develop a philosophy for women’s ministry as well as practical skills to minister and care for other women. Additionally, this program is carefully designed to encourage the pastor’s wife in her personal life as a woman of God and further equip her to sojourn with her husband in ministry. The students will receive biblically based education with practical life applications so that they can study the Word, apply it to their lives and then teach other women how to do the same. Upon completion of the program, the student will be a stronger asset to her pastor/husband and her local church.

    Suggested Sequence

    Year

    Fall

    Spring

    Summer

    1

    MSMN 1301 Bible Study Methods

    ENGL 1301 English Composition 1

    COSC 1317 Introduction to Computing

    GNED 1301 Steward Your College Experience

    WMIN 3312 The Role of Women in Life and Ministry

    BIBL 1311 Pentateuch

    THEO 1311 Introduction to Theological Method

    ENGL 1302 English Composition 2

    BIBL 1312 Historical Literature

    THEO 1312 God, Christ, and Holy Spirit

    ENGL 2312 Research and Writing

    MSSF 3011 Spiritual Formation

    2

    BIBL 1213 Wisdom Literature

    THEO 1313 Man, Sin, and Salvation

    MSBC 3313 Introduction to Biblical Framework Counseling

    BIBL 1414 Prophets

    General Education Elective

    WMIN 4303 Hospitality and Home Governance

    MSMN 2302 Foundations of Spiritual Life

    THEO 1314 Angels, Church, and Prophecy

    General Education Elective

    WMIN 3301 Women’s Spiritual Formation

    BIBL 1321 Gospels

    THEO 3341 Apologetics

    MCSP 2011 Christian Service Learning Program

    3

    WMIN 4302 Women Counseling Women

    BIBL 1322 Acts and Pauline Epistles

    PHIL 2304 Introduction to Philosophy

    MSCE 4325 Special Issues in Ministering to Women

    MSBC 3315 Marriage and Family

    BIBL 1323 General Epistles and Revelation

    PHIL 3305 Christian Ethics

    General Education Elective

    WMIN 4312 Stages of Women’s Development

    BIOL 2301 Anatomy and Physiology

    HIST 2321 Western Civilization 1 or 2

    MCSP 2011 Christian Service Learning Program

    4

    WMIN 4301 The Role of Women in Church Administration

    WMIN 4321 Women Shepherding Women

    MSBC 4322 Developing Leadership Teams for Women

    General Education Elective

    WMIN 4323 Survey of the Ministry of the Pastor's Wife

    WMIN 4324 Spiritual Health of the Pastor’s Wife

    WMIN 4331 Women's Ministry Planning and Program Design

    MSSF 3012 Spiritual Formation

     

  • BACHELOR OF SCIENCE -- FOUR YEAR DEGREE PROGRAM

    MAJOR: BIBLICAL STUDIES

    Minor: Women's Ministry

    GENERAL STUDIES

    HRS

    ADDITIONAL COURSES

    HRS

    ENGLISH 9 hours

     

    BIBLE 21 hours

     

    ENGL 1301 English Composition 1

    3

    BIBL 1311 Pentateuch

    3

    ENGL 1302 English Composition 2

    3

    BIBL 1312 Historical Literature

    3

    ENGL 2312 Research and Writing

    3

    BIBL 1213 Wisdom Literature

    2

    College Preparedness 3 hours

     

    BIBL 1414 Prophets

    4

    GNED 1301 Steward Your College Experience

    3

    BIBL 1321 Gospels

    3

    SOCIAL SCIENCES 3 hours

     

    BIBL 1322 Acts and Pauline Epistles

    3

    HIST 2321 Western Civilization 1OR

    HIST 2322 Western Civilization 2

    3

    BIBL 1323 General Epistles and Revelation

    3

    THEOLOGY 12 hours

     

    NATURAL SCIENCE/COMPUTER 6 hours

     

    THEO 1311 Introduction to Theological Method

    3

    BIOL 2301 Anatomy and Physiology1

    3

    THEO 1312 God, Christ, and Holy Spirit

    3

    COSC 1317 Introduction to Computing

    3

    THEO 1313 Man, Sin, and Salvation

    3

    FINE ARTS/HUMANITIES 9 hours

     

    THEO 1314 Angels, Church, and Prophecy

    3

    ENGL 1311 Fundamentals of Speech2

    3

    MINISTRY SKILLS 9 hours

     

    PHIL 2304 Introduction to Philosophy

    3

    MSMN 1301 Bible Study Methods

    3

    PHIL 3305 Christian Ethics

    3

    MSMN 1302 Principles of Biblical Teaching

    3

    CHRISTIAN SERVICE 2 units

     

    MSMN 2302 Foundations of Spiritual Life

    3

    MCSP 2011 Christian Service, 1

    1u

    GENERAL EDUCATION ELECTIVES 12 hours

     

    MCSP 2011 Christian Service, 2

    1u

    General Education Electives

    12

    SPIRITUAL FORMATION 2 units

     

    FREE ELECTIVES 6 hours

     

    MSSF 3011 Spiritual Formation, 1

    1u

    Free Electives

    6

    MSSF 3012 Spiritual Formation, 2

    1u

     

     

     

    MAJOR COURSES 30 hours

     

    ETHICS, LEADERSHIP AND COUNSELING COURSES 9 hours

    LSOL 3301 Introduction to Christian Leadership

    3

    MSBC 3313 Introduction to Biblical Framework Counseling

    3

    BIBLE AND THEOLOGY ELECTIVES 3 hours

     

    BIBL 4331 Advanced Hermeneutics

    3

    THEO 3341 Apologetics

    3

    Women’s Ministry - MINOR COURSES 18 hours

     

    MSBC 3315 Marriage and Family

    3

    WMIN 3301 Spiritual Formation3

    3

    WMIN 3302 The Role of Women in Life and Ministry3

    3

    WMIN 4321 Women Shepherding Women3

    3

    WMIN 4322 Developing Leadership Teams for Women3

    3

    WMIN 4323 Survey of the Ministry of the Pastor’s Wife3

    3

    G

    1 ASTR 2301 Astronomy may substitute for BIOL 2301 Anatomy and Physiology

    2 MSMN 1303 Principles of Biblical Teaching and MSWM 3323 Women Teaching Women may substitute for ENGL 1311 Fundamentals of Speech. MSWM 3323 Women Teaching Women is for women only.

    3 These classes are for women only.

    Minor: Women’s Ministry

    Purpose: The Bachelor of Science Degree in Biblical Studies with a minor in Women’s Ministry is designed to equip women with in-depth knowledge of the word of God and the skill to practically apply it to all of life’s many situations. Students in the Women’s Ministry minor will have an opportunity to explore various issues that women face and examine biblical truths that are applicable to those issues. Upon completion of the program the student will be thoroughly equipped to minister to women in their local churches, communities, and families.

    Suggested Sequence

    Year

    Fall

    Spring

    Summer

    1

    MSMN 1301 Bible Study Methods

    GNED 1301 Steward Your College Experience

    ENGL 1301 English Composition 1

    COSC 1317 Introduction to Computing

    BIBL 1311 Pentateuch

    ENGL 1302 English Composition 2

    THEO 1311 Introduction to Theological Method

    BIBL 1321 Gospels

    THEO 1312 God, Christ, and Holy Spirit

    BIBL 1312 Historical Literature

    ENGL 2312 Research and Writing

    MSSF 3011 Spiritual Formation

    2

    THEO 1313 Man, Sin, and Salvation

    BIBL 1213 Wisdom Literature

    BIBL 1414 Prophets

    ENGL 1311 Fundamentals of Speech

    MSMN 1302 Principles of Biblical Teaching

    General Education Elective

    THEO 1314 Angels, Church, and Prophecy

    BIBL 1322 Acts and Pauline Epistles

    BIBL 1323 General Epistles and Revelation

    HIST 2321 Western Civilization 1 or 2.

    BIOL 2301 Anatomy and Physiology

    MCSP 2011 Christian Service Learning Program

    3

    General Education Elective

    MSMN 2302 Foundations of Spiritual Life

    MSBC 3313 Introduction to Biblical Framework Counseling

    General Education Elective

    THEO 3341 Apologetics

    LSOL 3301 Introduction to Christian Leadership

    BIBL 4331 Advanced Hermeneutics

    WMIN 3301 Women’s Spiritual Formation

    BIOL 2301 Anatomy and Physiology

    MSBC 3315 Marriage and Family

    WMIN 3302 The Role of Women in Life and Ministry

    MCSP 2011 Christian Service Learning Program

    4

    WMIN 4321 Women Shepherding Women

    WMIN 4322 Developing Leadership Teams for Women

    PHIL 2304 Introduction to Philosophy

    Elective

    PHIL 3305 Christian Ethics

    WMIN 4323 Survey of the Ministry of Pastor’s Wife

    MSSF 3012 Spiritual Formation

    Elective

     

  • BACHELOR OF SCIENCE – FOUR YEAR DEGREE PROGRAM

    MAJOR: BIBLICAL STUDIES

    Minor: Biblical Preaching 

    GENERAL STUDIES

    HRS

    ADDITIONAL COURSES

    HRS

    ENGLISH 9 hours

     

    BIBLE 21 hours

     

    ENGL 1301 English Composition 1

    3

    BIBL 1311 Pentateuch

    3

    ENGL 1302 English Composition 2

    3

    BIBL 1312 Historical Literature

    3

    ENGL 2312 Research and Writing

    3

    BIBL 1213 Wisdom Literature

    2

    College Preparedness 3 hours

     

    BIBL 1414 Prophets

    4

    GNED 1301 Steward Your College Experience

    3

    BIBL 1321 Gospels

    3

    SOCIAL SCIENCES 3 hours

     

    BIBL 1322 Acts and Pauline Epistles

    3

    HIST 2321 Western Civilization 1OR

    HIST 2322 Western Civilization 2

    3

    BIBL 1323 General Epistles and Revelation

    3

    THEOLOGY 12 hours

     

    NATURAL SCIENCE/COMPUTER 6 hours

     

    THEO 1311 Introduction to Theological Method

    3

    BIOL 2301 Anatomy and Physiology1

    3

    THEO 1312 God, Christ, and Holy Spirit

    3

    COSC 1317 Introduction to Computing

    3

    THEO 1313 Man, Sin, and Salvation

    3

    FINE ARTS/HUMANITIES 9 hours

     

    THEO 1314 Angels, Church, and Prophecy

    3

    ENGL 1311 Fundamentals of Speech2

    3

    MINISTRY SKILLS 9 hours

     

    PHIL 2304 Introduction to Philosophy

    3

    MSMN 1301 Bible Study Methods

    3

    PHIL 3305 Christian Ethics

    3

    MSMN 1302 Principles of Biblical Teaching

    3

    CHRISTIAN SERVICE 2 units

     

    MSMN 2302 Foundations of Spiritual Life

    3

    MCSP 2011 Christian Service, 1

    1u

    GENERAL EDUCATION ELECTIVES 12 hours

     

    MCSP 2011 Christian Service, 2

    1u

    General Education Electives

    12

    SPIRITUAL FORMATION 2 units

     

    FREE ELECTIVES 6 hours

     

    MSSF 3011 Spiritual Formation, 1

    1u

    Free Electives

    6

    MSSF 3012 Spiritual Formation, 2

    1u

     

     

     

    MAJOR COURSES 30 hours

     

    LEADERSHIP AND COUNSELING COURSES 6 hours

     

    LSOL 3301 Introduction to Christian Leadership

    3

    MSBC 3313 Introduction to Biblical Framework Counseling

    3

    BIBLE AND THEOLOGY 6 hours

     

    BIBL 4331 Advanced Hermeneutics

    3

    THEO 3341 Apologetics

    3

    PASTORAL MINISTRIES - MINOR COURSES 18 hours

     

    MSPM 3300 Introduction to Expository Preaching: Epistolary Literature

    3

    Upper Level Preaching Electives

    15

    1 ASTR 2301 Astronomy may substitute for BIOL 2301 Anatomy and Physiology

    2 MSPM 3300 Introduction to Expository Preaching: Epistolary Literature or MSMN 1303 Principles of Biblical Teaching Lab may substitute for ENGL 1311 Fundamentals of Speech. Students declaring the Biblical Preaching minor, who substitute MSPM 3300 Introduction to Expository Preaching: Epistolary Literature for ENGL 1311 Fundamentals of Speech will complete 18 additional hours of preaching courses to satisfy their Biblical Preaching minor requirements. Alternatively, students declaring the Biblical Preaching minor who do not substitute MSPM 3300 Introduction to Expository Preaching: Epistolary Literature for ENGL 1311 Fundamentals of Speech will complete MSPM 3300 Introduction to Expository Preaching: Epistolary Literature and 15 additional hours of preaching courses to satisfy their Biblical Preaching minor requirements.

    Minor: Biblical Preaching

    Purpose: The purpose of the Biblical Preaching minor is to equip students with the core competencies central to developing and delivering sermons that are Bible-centered, clear, interesting, relevant and life-changing. It is comprised of 18 hours of required and elective preaching courses.

    Students learn to develop messages from multiple emphases and genres of biblical literature and to deliver them using a variety of homiletical expressions to the greater glory of God.

    Suggested Sequence

    Year

    Fall

    Spring

    Summer

    1

    MSMN 1301 Bible Study Methods

    GNED 1301 Stewarding Your College Experience

    ENGL 1301 English Composition 1

    COSC 1317 Introduction to Computing

    BIBL 1311 Pentateuch

    BIBL 1321 Gospels

    ENGL 1302 English Composition 2

    THEO 1311 Introduction to Theological Method

    THEO 1312 God, Christ, and Holy Spirit

    BIBL 1312 Historical Literature

    ENGL 2312 Research and Writing

    MSSF 3011 Spiritual Formation

    2

    THEO 1313 Man, Sin, and Salvation

    ENGL 1311 Fundamentals of Speech

    BIBL 1213 Wisdom Literature

    General Education Elective

    MSMN 1302 Principles of Biblical Teaching

    THEO 1314 Angels, Church, and Prophecy

    BIBL 1322 Acts and Pauline Epistles

    General Education Elective

    BIBL 1323 General Epistles and Revelation

    BIOL 2301 Anatomy and Physiology

    HIST 1322 Western Civilization 1 or 2

    MCSP 2011 Christian Service Learning Program

    3

    MSBC 3313 Introduction to Biblical Framework Counseling

    MSMN 2302 Foundations of Spiritual Life

    BIBL 1414 Prophets

    General Education Elective

    THEO 3341 Apologetics

    MSPM 3300 Introduction to Expository Preaching: Epistolary Literature

    LSOL 3301 Introduction to Christian Leadership

    General Education Elective

    Upper Level Preaching Elective

    BIBL 4331 Advanced Hermeneutics

    Upper Level Preaching Elective

    MCSP 2011 Christian Service Learning Program

    4

    PHIL 2304 Introduction to Philosophy

    Upper Level Preaching Elective

    Upper Level Preaching Elective

    Free Elective

    PHIL 3305 Christian Ethics

    Upper Level Preaching Elective

    MSSF 3012 Spiritual Formation

    Free Elective

     

     

  • Bachelor of Science - Four Year Degree Program

    Major: Biblical Studies

    Program Coordinator: Israel Loken, Ph.D. 

    Purpose and Objectives: The Biblical Studies major is designed to equip men and women with the skills necessary for ministry in a variety of contexts. Built on the foundation of inductive Bible interpretation, the program includes training in Christian Leadership and Biblical Counseling. Upon completion of the  program, successful students will be able to:

    1. Defend biblically one’s position on major biblical interpretiveissues.
    2. Learn and apply principles for Christianministry.
    3. Categorize major doctrines of the Bible.