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  • Associate Dean of Women’s Discipleship; Instructor

    • 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

    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

    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 

    Dr. Douglas Brooks, Academic Advisor, 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 HantlaAssociate Academic Dean; Professor

    Debbie HarperAcademic Advisor; Instructor

    Alex Hernandez, Assistant Professor

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

    Dr. Leonette Lewis, Student Service Coordinator, Assistant 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

    Dr. Joseph Parle, Provost; Academic Dean; Professor

    Dr. Phillip Luke Sinitiere, Professor

    Dr. Paul R. Shockley, Professor

    Dr. Lisa Stewart, Associate Vice President of Enrollment and Student Services; Dean of Students; Professor

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

    Dr. Debra D. Watkins, Professor  

    Dr. Tracy WinklerAssistant Bookstore Manager; Instructor


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  • Contact

    If you would like more information about the merger, please contact: 

    Melinda Merillat, Public Relations and Corporate Communications 

    Emai: [email protected]Phone: 832.252.0745 or 936.520.1852.


    Merger Update

  • Urban Bible College Initiative

    Crossroads Bible College and College of Biblical Studies-Houston Pursuit of Merger

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Student Update 12.11.2018 


     

    Table of Contents

    INTRODUCTION 

    Crossroads Merger – General Information 

    1. Is Crossroads closing?
    2. Why is Crossroads pursuing a merger with CBS-Houston?
    3. Has Crossroads considered other mergers? 
    4. Will Crossroads Bible College’s name change?
    5. Will Crossroads close or relocate? 
    6. Will Crossroads be lost in the identity of CBS-Houston? 
    7. What are the key phases for project planning and integration? 
    8. How quickly will changes take place? 

    Accreditation and Course Offerings 

    9. How will this pursuit of merger impact the accreditation with ABHE and SACSCOC? 
    10. How will regional accreditation affect those degrees issued before the merger? Will our degrees be considered "Accredited"? 
    11. Will credits from Crossroads’ courses transfer to CBS-Houston after the merger? 
    12. Will all Crossroads’ course programs continue after the merger?
    13. Will Crossroads students graduating after the pending July 2019 merger with the College of Biblical Studies receive their diploma/transcript with the institution reflected as Crossroads Bible College or College of Biblical Studies?

    14. How will student headcount be affected?
    15. How will tuition be affected? 
    16. How will Crossroads scholarships be affected? 

    17. How will degree programs be affected?


     

     

     INTRODUCTION

    We have created this document to answer frequently asked questions to the degree that we are currently able. This document will be updated on a regular basis to provide the most current information available.

    In 2015, Inside Higher Education shared a Moody’s prediction that closure rates of small colleges and universities (under $100 million in operating revenues for private colleges) would triple in the coming years, and mergers would double. In 2018, Inside Higher Education reported that tuition revenuecontinues to decline and that 25% of private nonprofit colleges and universities spent more than they earned in 2017.

    At a fall 2017 meeting of presidents of Christian colleges and universities, the keynote speaker suggested that schools with shrinking enrollments and growing financial challenges need to consider all their options – including merging with stronger, more stable institutions, creating new partnerships, dramatically changing their programs or focus, selling off facilities and sharing space, becoming online only, or even closing their doors.

    So where does this challenging environment leave Crossroads Bible College? We face today’s realities, understanding that we cannot continue the way things are and we cannot go back to the way things were. We can only determine the best ways to move forward – recognizing God’s faithfulness and Hiscalling for our institution.

    The board of trustees of Crossroads Bible College, recognize the necessity of change to survive. They understand that we can accomplish more by working with other like-minded institutions in partnership than we can working alone. Therefore, the Crossroads Board and administration engaged in conversations with the College of Biblical Studies in Houston, Texas, over a period of several months to discuss the possibility of a merger of the two colleges.

    CBS-Houston has invested significant resources in visits to Indianapolis and has conducted a feasibility study in cooperation with Crossroads administration. The goal was to explore if such a merger might be beneficial to both institutions and might be permitted by our respective accrediting agencies. It has taken many months of collaborative work to get to the place where we are today. The rest of the process will take an extended period in order for us to fulfill all the requirements necessary for a successful merger.

    The pursuit of this merger provides a strategic opportunity for both Crossroads and CBS-Houston to address the challenges facing biblical higher education and to create the Urban Bible College Initiative (UBCI) through which Crossroads and CBS-Houston can collaborate to provide the greatest potential for missional achievement.   [TOC]

     

    Crossroads Merger – General Information

     

    1. Is Crossroads closing?

    Crossroads is not closing. We are exploring strategic options with CBS-Houston that will enable us to continue with our mission of equipping Christian leaders to reach a multiethnic, urban world for Christ. CBS-Houston and Crossroads are liked-minded in mission and focus.

    2. Why is Crossroads pursuing a merger with CBS-Houston?

    The missions of Crossroads and CBS-Houston align.

    Crossroads and CBS-Houston are both called to serve multiethnic minorities and urban centers.

    Crossroads and CBS-Houston have similar academic programs offering traditional, nontraditional, and distance education.

    Both Crossroads and CBS-Houston are pursuing high-quality higher education programs to a diverse student body based on biblical worldview and teaching, as reflected by the accreditations of SACSCOC and ABHE.

    CBS-Houston brings some things to the table that are valuable to Crossroads such as regional accreditation, a developed online platform, and a strong team of professionals with a history of success. It also allows us to combine some resources, such as software licensing and information systems.

    Crossroads and CBS-Houston leadership believe combining resources and strengths will result in a stronger, more efficient, more effective collaborative ministry.

    Perhaps the biggest advantage was stated by Solomon in Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up.

    Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone? And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart

     

    3. Has Crossroads considered other mergers?

    In the last few years, Crossroads has been approached by at least two other Bible colleges to discuss potential partnerships/mergers. However, those conversations were abandoned before making the discussions public. In July 2018, the board of directors of Crossroads officially entered into an agreement to formerly proceed with the pursuit of merger with CBS-Houston, subject to the approval of the national accreditation board, Association of Biblical Higher Education and the regional accreditation board, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.    [TOC]

    4. Will Crossroads Bible College’s name change?

    In conjunction with the branding and communications implementation planning effort, the renaming of Crossroads will be considered and a recommendation(s) made to the governing board.

    5. Will Crossroads close or relocate?

    There are no plans to close any Crossroads sites. However, Crossroads-Indianapolis currently owns more property than it needs to fulfill its mission. Therefore, the Crossroads leadership and Board are working on various approaches to address debt reduction and reduction of operational overhead, including sale of the building/property. A purchase agreement for the Indianapolis campus is in place and expected closing date is January 2019. Plans are being developed to identify a new location. In the meantime, we will continue to keep the Indianapolis campus open through June 30, 2019. Selling the current property allows Crossroads to move to a more modern facility with lower operating costs.

    6. Will Crossroads be lost in the identity of CBS-Houston?

    CBS-Houston will work collectively with Crossroads to preserve and foster the CBGC mission, heritage, and legacy. CBS-Houston values Crossroads leadership and staff, their contributions to the pursuit of merger, and will be engaging appropriate leadership in the merger implementation planning and management process.

    7. What are the key phases for project planning and integration?

    The major phases include initial Exploration, which covers due diligence and Feasibility Study Report, Board Decisions to approve and commit to the overall project resources, Collaboration to form project task forces with joint efforts to develop integration plans for key functional areas (e.g., Accreditation, Academic/DE, HR, Finance, IT, etc.), Implementation or Integration Execution, followed by Evaluation or lessons learned for future improvement. We are in the collaboration phase.

    8. How quickly will changes take place?

    During the pursuit of merger process, most changes will be gradual. Crossroads will continue to be governed by its current board of trustees, and CBS-Houston will be involved in major decisions. The pursuit of merger process is a lengthy one that requires approval of the accrediting agencies for both institutions. The timeline below provides a summary of the key implementation steps and actions.    [TOC]

    Accreditation and Course Offerings

    9. How will this pursuit of merger impact the accreditation with ABHE and SACSCOC?

    There is nothing in the Feasibility Study Report (FSR) indicating a risk to the accreditation status of the institutions if we follow their standards and policies. Our team will work diligently to protect the accreditation of both institutions.

    10. How will regional accreditation affect those degrees issued before the merger? Will our degrees be considered "Accredited"?

    The regional accreditation agency, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, stipulates that accreditation status is given to degrees by students who are currently in a degree program at the time accreditation is achieved. SACSCOC does not allow accreditation status to be retroactive. 

    11. Will credits from Crossroads’ courses transfer to CBS-Houston after the merger?

    Yes, credits from Crossroads courses will transfer to CBS-Houston.

    12. Will all Crossroads’ course programs continue after the merger?

    Yes, current course programs will be initially available after the merger. An assessment is being conducted and a plan developed to assist students through any program transitions that are determined to be appropriate. This plan will include communications and interactions with students to assist them with program completion.

    13. Will Crossroads students graduating after the pending July 2019 merger with the College of Biblical Studies receive their diploma/transcript with the institution reflected as Crossroads Bible College or College of Biblical Studies?

    Crossroads students graduating after the pending July 2019 merger with the College of Biblical Studies will receive a diploma and transcript with the College of Biblical Studies as the degree granting institution.

    Sept.-Dec. Prepare SACSCOC compliance certification document

    Nov. Substantive Change Prospectus approved by ABHE Commission on Accreditation

    Dec. Substantive Change Prospectus approved by SACSCOC Board

    Jan. 10, 2019 SACSCOC compliance certification submission

    Feb. 11-14, 2019 SACSCOC site visit-Houston

    June 2019 SACSCOC Commission approves/denies merger

    July 1, 2019 Merger effective date - College of Biblical Studies with Crossroads

    July-Dec. 2019 ABHE site visit-Indianapolis 

    14. How will student headcount be affected?

    CBS-Houston intentions are to retain, and grow, the current Crossroads student enrollment. However, there may be changes in enrollment patterns as decisions are made related to additional locations and online enrollment, etc.

    15. How will tuition be affected?

    Crossroads’ per credit hour tuition of $395 is currently higher than CBS-Houston’s tuition of $274, and it is feasible, pending final assessment, that the tuition could be reduced or adjusted, as early as 2019-20, to be more consistent with the tuition of CBS-Houston.

    16. How will Crossroads scholarships be affected?

    Students should continue to receive scholarships consistent with Crossroads’ current student financial aid offerings. Additional scholarships/aid could be implemented as appropriate to affordability strategies and resources.

    17. How will degree programs be affected?

    A major initiative is to align the current Crossroads and CBS-Houston degree program offerings. It is anticipated that several of the programs will merge into current programs, while a select few will be new offerings. An appropriate plan will be developed to support students pursing degree programs.    [TOC]

    Questions?

    We will work diligently to answer any questions or concerns. Please send questions to [email protected].


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

     

    FOR IMMEDIATE 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. 

    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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    Dear Friends of Crossroads,

    The merger pursuit between the College of Biblical Studies in Houston, Texas, and Crossroads Bible College is progressing as expected, and we wanted to share with you more about the next phases of this merger and what to expect.

     Pivotal Milestone Achieved March 21, 2019 - Click To Learn

     

    1. Why merge with CBS-Houston?

    The reason we chose to merge with CBS-Houston is because of the many benefits to our students and our community, such as:

    • CBS-Houston is a college that honors Crossroads’ heritage and mission.
    • The CBS-Houston mission and commitment to biblical education is identical to ours.
    • As part of CBS-Houston, Crossroads will become regionally accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. This regional accreditation is similar to the accreditation found at Notre Dame, University of Indiana, Purdue University, and many more. Degrees will be nationally and regionally accredited!
    • Crossroads will still hold our national accreditation through the Association of Biblical Higher Education.
    • CBS-Houston’s degree programs include organizational leadership, biblical counseling, women’s ministry, and Christian leadership.
    • Several of their degree programs are offered entirely in the Spanish language.
    • Several degree programs are offered completely online.
    • Additional staff and faculty will be available to support our students in their educational and ministry pursuits.
    • CBS-Houston is committed to our students. And, they have committed to making this transition as seamless aspossible. 

    2. What are the steps necessary to complete the merger?

    The merger pursuit is complex and includes a lengthy approval process from SACSCOC and ABHE. We must be diligent to ensure each phase is accomplished with excellence. Below is a timeline that outlines the different phases to be carried out before the merger is complete.

    Merger Timeline

     3. Will the Indianapolis campus close?

    Crossroads-Indianapolis currently owns more property than it needs to fulfill its mission. Therefore, the Crossroads leadership and board are working on various approaches to address debt reduction and reduction of operational overhead, including sale of the building/property.

    A purchase agreement for the Indianapolis campus is in place, with an expected closing date in early 2019. Plans are being developed to identify a new location. In the meantime, we will continue to keep the Indianapolis campus open through June 30, 2019. Selling the current property allows Crossroads to move to a more modern facility with lower operating costs.

    4. Where will the new building be located?

    The location has not been determined. However, CBS-Houston and Crossroads are working to find an optimal location for students and staff based on surveys and focus groups recently implemented.

    5. How can I stay updated on the progress of the merger?

    Our main channels of communication will be email, the Crossroads website, and CBS-Houston's website.  If you would like to send us your email address to receive future emails, please do so at [email protected]. 

    We will also update our websites as new updates are available. You can find these updates at https://www.crossroads.edu or http://www.cbshouston.edu/.

    Look for our next update soon.

    This is a historic time for Crossroads and CBS-Houston. God is moving in a mighty way and we praise Him for His faithfulness!  

     Because of Christ,

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    Dr. Bill Blocker

    President, College of Biblical Studies-Houston 

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    Dr. A. Charles Ware

    PresidentEmeritus, Crossroads BibleCollege

    Founder/CEO, Grace Relations Network

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    Dr. Bill Blocker

    DR. WILLIAM “BILL” BLOCKER

    President, College of Biblical Studies

    Since July 2012, William "Bill" Blocker has served as president of the College of Biblical Studies in Houston, a leading biblically-based college with a committed focus on diversity. “CBS-Houston and Crossroads are known for equipping students from the African American, Hispanic, Chin, Asian, and other ethnically diverse communities. Together we will be a nationally acclaimed model of multicultural ministry equipping students from all walks of life.”

    Under Dr. Blocker’s leadership, CBS-Houston has become one of only four Bible colleges with dual accreditation through the Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) and the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). With classes offered online and on-campus, a bold strategic plan is in place to ensure the College is equipped to change the world by transforming every student.

    Dr. Blocker came to CBS-Houston from Moody Bible Institute of Chicago where he managed the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Educational Technology Services, Moody Distance Learning, and Library Services. He also led a number of strategic initiatives including marketing, global impact, technology, the school’s media ministry, and many others. Before Moody, Dr. Blocker spent a total of 15 years as chief information office at TMI Consulting in Chicago, and Robinson & Cole Law Firm in Hartford, CT.

    Dr. Blocker earned a Master of Divinity from Chicago Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry in Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary. In the mid-1990s, while serving as an adjunct faculty member for Chicago Theological Seminary, he created, developed, and taught the first technology and theology course transmitted synchronously outside the contiguous United States that met stringent Association of Theological Schools’ accrediting association standards. 

    His recent professional involvement includes Association of Higher Biblical Education Flagship Presidents Group, Overseas Council Advisory Board, and United World Missionary Board of Directors.

    Dr. Blocker regularly leads tours to Israel. In 2009, he wrote an article focused on his journeys: Making the Most of Your Trip to Israel: A Spiritual Formation Guide. In 2016, he published a daily devotional book entitled Word to the Wise, and in 2018, Transformational Discipleship: A Guide Toward Spiritual Maturity. His radio program (also called Word to the Wise) is heard daily on over 500 stations in 45 states. 


    Dr. A. Charles Ware

    DR. A. CHARLES WARE

    President Emeritus, Crossroads Bible College

    Dr. A. Charles Ware, president of Crossroads Bible College from 1991-2018, and now president emeritus, is providing his experience and expertise through the merger process. "Regularly, I see evidence of the hand of God in our pursuit of merger! It is not only exciting to see the similar mission between CBS-Houston and Crossroads, but also to see how our future initiatives are very much aligned. Together, we will be more useful to the kingdom of God through our collaborative efforts in humble dependence upon God. I believe 2019 will prove to be a significant milestone in the history of our institutions!"

    Dr. Ware is an international authority and life coach on race/ethnic reconciliation matters. Founder and CEO of the Grace Relations Network, he is a recognized leader in multicultural ministry and biblical racial reconciliation. Dr. Ware continues to deepen his understanding of reconciliation issues as he seeks solutions to develop and maintain a loving, diverse environment on a moral foundation. He has founded and collaborated in forming numerous reconciliation organizations and spearheaded seven national multiracial ministry conferences.

    He is also the founding pastor of Crossroads Bible Church. 

    Dr. Ware received his Bachelor of Religious Education from Baptist Bible College of Pennsylvania in 1972, Master of Divinity from Capital Bible Seminary in 1992, and honorary Doctor of Divinity from Baptist Bible Seminary in 1993. He has been widely recognized with honors including the John M. Perkins Visionary Leadership Award (2003) and the Cross-Cultural Initiative of the Year Award (2002) for excellence in the facilitation of cross-cultural initiatives that promote Christian cooperation and service.

    Dr. Ware is a featured presenter, conference speaker,and author. His appearances include Answers in Genesis Library, Moody Radio Network,and the International Generation of Reconciliation course (AnchorsAway). Dr. Ware co-authored One Race One Blood with Ken Ham, CEO and founder of Answers in Genesis, the Creation Museum, and the ARK.Committed to continued development, Dr. Ware serves on the boards of the Association of Biblical Higher Education, AnchorsAway, and as advisory council member of the Biblical Counseling Coalition.  


    Michael Gentry

    MICHAEL E. GENTRY

    Interim President, Crossroads Bible College

    Michael Edward Gentry serves as interim president of Crossroads Bible College. Before accepting the position of interim president, he served faithfully on the Crossroads Board of Trustees for 18 years and served as board chairperson in 2015-2018. 

    Mr. Gentry sites Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 in his support of this pursuit of merger. Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow. “God's timing to ensure the success of both His instituions demonstrates His faithfullness to His mission."

    Before joining Crossroads, Mr. Gentry had a long and distinguished career with Marathon Pipeline in the areas of pipeline operations, operation center supervisor, operations specialist, pipeline inspector, auditing, budget forecaster, area manager, and department manager. 

    Mr. Gentry earned a degree in nursing from Lubbock School of Nursing in 1977, attended the University of Findlay Business, and achieved the National Association Corrosion Engineers’ Senior Corrosion Certification. In 2015, he co-authored Every Beat of My Heart. Upon retiring from Marathon, Mr. Gentry began Gentry Consulting specializing in post incident investigations. 


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    If you would like more information about the merger, please contact: Melinda Merillat, Public Relations and Corporate Communications. [email protected]; P. 832.252.0745 or 936.520.1852.

     

    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. 

     

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    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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    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.

    Graduation Requirements:

    1. Successful completion of all admissions requirements including completion of high school diploma or GED
    2. Minimum of 24 hours in major completed at CBS
    3. Minimum of 120 hours tograduate
    4. Satisfactory completion of all requirements on Official DegreePlan
    5. Satisfactory completion of 2 units in Christian Service LearningProgram and 2 Spiritual Formation units
    6. Cumulative 2.0 grade pointaverage
    7. Academic advising sessions including pre and posttesting/measurements
    8. Intent to Graduate Form filed by submitteddeadline
    9. Graduation/Diplomafee
    10. No unresolved disciplinary matter, including but not limited to, student code of conduct violations, library, or financialobligation
    11. Completion of exit counseling for students with Stafford or PLUSloans
    12. Approval by CBS faculty
    13. See Graduation Requirements for additional requirement(s) for all academicprograms

    MAJOR: BIBLICAL STUDIES

    Minor: None

    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 1ORHIST 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 HRS
    LEADERSHIP COURSES 3 hours  
    LSOL 3301 Introduction to Christian Leadership 3
    BIBLE/THEOLOGY 6 hours  
    BIBL 4331 Advanced Hermeneutics 3
    THEO 3341 Apologetics 3
    BIBLICAL COUNSELING COURSE 3 hours  
    MSBC 3313 Introduction to Biblical Framework Counseling 3
    Upper Level Bible or Theology or Women's Ministry or Ministry Skills or Language Department Electives 18 hours  
    Upper Level Bible or Theology or Women's Ministry or Ministry Skills or Language Department Electives      18

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

    2 MSMN 1303 Principles of Biblical Teaching, Expository Preaching classes, MSPM 3300-3305, and MSWM 3323 Women Teaching Women may substitute for ENGL 1311 Fundamentals of Speech. Expository Preaching classes, MSPM 3300-3305, are for men only. MSWM 3323 Women Teaching Women is for women only.

    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

    Upper Level Bible or Theology or Women's Ministry or Ministry Skills or Language Department Elective

    LSOL 3301 Introduction to Christian Leadership

    General Education Elective

    Upper Level Bible or Theology or Women's Ministry or Ministry Skills or Language Department Elective

    BIBL 4331 Advanced Hermeneutics

    Upper Level Bible or Theology or Women's Ministry or Ministry Skills or Language Department Elective

    MCSP 2011 Christian Service Learning Program

    4

    PHIL 2304 Intro to Philosophy

    Upper Level Bible or Theology or Women's Ministry or Ministry Skills or Language Department Elective

    Upper Level Bible or Theology or Women's Ministry or Ministry Skills or Language Department Elective

    Free Elective

    PHIL 3305 Christian Ethics

    Upper Level Bible or Theology or Women's Ministry or Ministry Skills or Language Department Elective

    MSSF 3012 Spiritual Formation

    Free Elective

     

      

  • BACHELOR OF SCIENCE – FOUR YEAR DEGREE PROGRAM

    Major: Biblical Counseling

    Program Coordinator: Nicolas Ellen, D.Min.

    Purpose and Objectives: The purpose of the 120-hour program with major in Biblical Counseling culminating in a Bachelor of Science degree is to provide a thoroughly 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 biblicalcounseling.
    2. Apply principles of biblical counseling to specific counselingsituations.

     Graduation Requirements:

    1. Successful completion of all admissions requirements including completion of high school diploma orGED
    2. Minimum of 24 hours in major completed atCBS
    3. Minimum of 120 hours tograduate
    4. Satisfactory completion of all requirements on Official DegreePlan
    5. Satisfactory completion of 2 units in Christian Service LearningProgram and 2 Spiritual Formation units
    6. Cumulative 2.0 grade pointaverage
    7. Academic advising sessions including pre and posttesting/measurements
    8. Intent to Graduate Form filed by submitteddeadline
    9. Graduation/Diplomafee
    10. No unresolved disciplinary matter, including but not limited to, student code of conduct violations, library, or financialobligation
    11. Completion of exit counseling for students with Stafford or PLUSloans
    12. Approval by CBSfaculty
    13. See Graduation Requirements for additional requirement(s) for all academicprograms

    Major Biblical Counseling

    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 6 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

    HRS

    THEO 3341 Apologetics

    3

    LSOL 3301 Introduction to Christian Leadership

    3

    BIBL 4331 Advanced Hermeneutics

    3

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

    3

    MSBC 3313 Introduction to Biblical Framework Counseling

    3

    MSBC 3314 Analysis of Common Problems Through Biblical Framework Counseling

    3

    MSBC 4303 Biblical Counseling Process and Methodologies

    3

    Upper Level Biblical Counseling Electives

    9

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

    2 MSMN 1303 Principles of Biblical Teaching, Expository Preaching classes, MSPM 3300-3305, and MSWM 3323 Women Teaching Women may substitute for ENGL 1311 Fundamentals of Speech. Expository Preaching classes, MSPM 3300-3305, are for men only. MSWM 3323 Women Teaching Women is for women only.

    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

    LSOL 3301 Introduction to Christian Leadership

    General Education Elective

    THEO 1314 Angels, Church, and Prophecy

    BIBL 1322 Acts and Pauline Epistles

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

    BIBL 1323 General Epistles and Revelation

    BIOL 2301 Anatomy and Physiology

    MSBC 3313 Introduction to Biblical Framework Counseling

    MCSP 2011 Christian Service Learning Program

    3

    MSBC 3314 Analysis of Common Problems Through Biblical Framework Counseling

    MSMN 2302 Foundations of Spiritual Life

    BIBL 1414 Prophets

    HIST 1322 Western Civ 1 or 2

    THEO 3341 Apologetics

    MSMN 1302 Principles of Biblical Teaching

    BIBL 4331 Advanced Hermeneutics

    Upper Level Biblical Counseling Elective

    General Education Elective

    General Education Elective

    Upper Level Biblical Counseling Elective

    MCSP 2011 Christian Service Learning Program

    4

    PHIL 2304 Intro to Philosophy

    Upper Level Biblical Counseling Elective

    General Education Elective

    Free Elective

    PHIL 3305 Christian Ethics

    MSBC 4303 Biblical Counseling Process and Methodologies

    MSSF 3012 Spiritual Formation

    Free Elective

     

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    CBS offers the lowest net price in Texas among four-year private non-profits. Whether you seek on-campus or online programs (or a blend of both), our Admissions Counselors are here to listen and then prayerfully consider how CBS can prepare you for a life and career founded upon God’s word. Please fill out the form below and hit “submit” or click Request Information:

     


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    The Difference

    Our biblically-based, accredited college degree means that Bible and theology is at least 25% of your accredited coursework. Moreover, your general studies courses (history, science, etc.) and electives have God’s word as the basis for your classroom or online experience, your assignments, and your interaction with classmates and professors. Equipping you with a biblical worldview prepares you to impact the world around you for Jesus Christ! (2 Corinthians 5:20)

     

     

    Your Opportunity

    A biblically-based degree is right for you whether you are a:

    • Busy professional with an ambitious career plan
    • Pastor of a biblically-based, discipleship-centered church
    • Community leader called to make a difference to thousands
    • Parent wanting to build a biblical foundation into your family’s livelihood
    • High school student wanting a spiritually sound and encouraging learning environment

     

    “I am becoming a lover of Truth who lives to see the Word change me and challenge me. Whether teaching the Bible at church, offering counsel to a friend, or making a difficult business decision, my CBS education is laying a biblical foundation I will rely upon always.”

    – Chanelle, Business Professional and Single Mother

     

    “It is vital that I handle the Word of God accurately, in order to apply it to the many needs of our growing community… The Lord called me to church leadership, but He also blessed me with a wife and children. The more I apply what I learned at CBS, the more I see how God’s word influences every aspect of our lives.”

    – Pablo, Church Pastor of Spanish-speaking Congregation

     

    “I am serving the Lord in a way that is impacting the next generation of leaders, citizens, our neighbors!... Whether serving my students, their parents, or my teachers, the biblical foundation I received from CBS is the driving force behind all of my decision-making and communication.”

    – Alfred, Public High School Assistant Principal

  • Whether you are engaging in a personal conversation with a student, emailing the CBS stakeholders, posting on social media, or creating a mass email campaign, confidentiality is critical. Any communication should adhere to policies HR-302 and HR 303 regarding confidentiality and student privacy.

     

    Confidentiality

    As stated in the CBS corporate policy, HR-302 Confidentiality, “Employees may have access to confidential information. Confidential information includes, but is not limited to, all data, documents, systems, improvements, architectural drawings, equipment, software, programs and student/contributor/employee list and information. This information, no matter how it is summarized, reproduced, or stored, is proprietary and confidential and should not be converted or used for personal benefit or advantage. Any misappropriation or unauthorized disclosure of such information is illegal (Privacy Act of 1990 Revised), prohibited and cause for immediate disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment.”

     

    Student Information

    Understanding policy regarding student information is also required of CBS staff. Per HR-303 Privacy of Records, “Employees should become familiar with procedural requirements for managing student information to avoid giving students or third parties wrong information. If you have any questions regarding what information is to be kept private, contact the Office of the Registrar at [email protected].

     

    Personal Responsibility and Liability

    All communication follows PR-003 Intellectual Property guidelines to provide overarching guidance in the protection and use of intellectual property.

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  • College without Compromise

    The College of Biblical Studies applauds home school families for their years of dedication and hard work to among the noblest of causes. We share your stand that a “higher education” involves more than obtaining knowledge toward a vocation and that the college experience should result in raising one’s standard of moral and ethical integrity, not lowering it.

    Character and Competence

    At the heart of the CBS mission is a commitment to build upon the solid foundation you’ve laid for your life in Christ as well as your educational goals. This involves providing an environment that stresses character as well as competence.

    Truth. Training. Transformation.

    Our dedication to “training in truth that leads to transformation” finds no better outlet than in the mind and heart of a home school graduate. The attributes below reflect our interest in serving you and serving you well. We look forward to providing you a transformational college experience!

    Equitable Admission Process

    College of Biblical Studies recognizes the value of a home school education and places no extra burdens upon a home school applicant. An official transcript of courses completed toward high school equivalency is the only document required.

    Individual Attention

    We appreciate the (very) individual attention to which you have become accustomed throughout your educational experience. Our class sizes average 13:1 and our ministry-minded faculty welcome the opportunity to learn about you and your specific goals and objectives.

    Dual Credit

    CBS offers a fully regionally accredited, dual-enrollment degree program that not only allows home school students to complete their first two years of collegiate-level work, but also teaches all courses from a distinctively biblical worldview. Dual credit options decrease the cost of tuition and fees for students by accelerating their pursuit of a college degree.

    Pay no tuition for up to TWO dual credit courses per year!

     

    Online Program

    CBS students can complete a bachelor’s degree FULLY ONLINE by first completing an associate degree and then signing up for one of our accelerated degree completion programs (see below). Courses are also available online each semester to supplement on-campus programs.

    • ACCESS: attending class is simply a matter of logging in – from anywhere
    • FLEXIBILITY: go to school any hour day or night
    • SUPPORT: instructors are an email away, and eager to help you succeed

    On-Campus Programs

    Bachelor of Science Four-Year Degree Program

    Bachelor of Science Accelerated Degree Completion Program

    Associate of Biblical Studies Degree (also available in Spanish)

    Bible Certificate (also available in Spanish)

    Online Programs

    Bachelor of Science Accelerated Degree Completion Program

    • Biblical Counseling
    • Organizational Leadership

    Associate of Biblical Studies Degree

    Associate of Arts Degree

    Bible Certificate

    Ready to Learn More?

    Email Admissions Office or Call 844-CBS-WORD (1-844.227.9673 – toll free) 713-77-BIBLE (713.772.4253 – Houston area)

  • Completing your educational journey is one of great accomplishment and celebration.  The CBS family joins you in praising God and commending your efforts of a job well done!  Please review the following information to ensure the most positive experience possible during this very special time.

     

    Graduate Fair Information

    Graduate Fair Info & Accessories Document

     

    Degree Conferral Checklist

    • Meet ALL academic degree requirements by the end of the semester you are applying for graduation eligibility
      • The Office of the Registrar must confirm satisfaction of academic requirements per the catalog and CBS faculty must approve petitioning graduates
    • Submit an Intent to Graduate Form
    • Pay the required $60 Graduation Fee
    • Complete all graduation assessment and exist survey requirements
    • Ensure no financial, academic, or library holds are in place
    • Decide if you plan to participate in the annual graduation ceremony each spring
    • If needed, review the CBS Graduation FAQ page
    • If you need assistance at any time or have questions, please contact the Office of the Registrar at [email protected]

    Degree Conferral AND Graduation Ceremony Participation Checklist

    • Meet ALL academic degree requirements by the end of the semester you are applying for graduation eligibility
      • Graduating students must have completed all academic requirements by the end of the spring semester to participate in the graduation ceremony.  If extenuating circumstances are in place and a student is within six credit hours of degree completion, an appeal to participate in the graduation ceremony early can be submitted to the Office of the Registrar at [email protected]
      • The Office of the Registrar must confirm satisfaction of academic requirements per the catalog and CBS faculty must approve petitioning graduates
    • Submit an Intent to Graduate Form
    • Pay the required $60 Graduation Fee
    • Complete all graduation assessment and exist survey requirements
    • Ensure no financial, academic, or library holds are in place
    • Complete the Graduation RSVP Form
    • CBS has selected Balfour as our preferred vendor for graduation packages for commencement announcements, diploma frames, and class rings! All graduating seniors can click on the link below to order online! (graduates must purchase or rent regalia to participate in the ceremony) Order online at: balfour.com/cbs
      • Bible Certificate graduates will not need to purchase regalia
      • Associate level graduates will wear blue robes and red tassels
      • Bachelor level graduates will wear black robes and gold tassels
      • For those graduates who have earned academic honors, CBS will purchase and supply honor cords for associate level graduates and medals for bachelor level graduates
      • If desired, order and send out invitations, order a class ring, diploma frame, etc.
    • Regularly review your CBS email and the CBS website for important graduation information
      • Look for any communications regarding pre-ceremony recognition events
      • Ensure you know the exact location of the graduation ceremony; CBS recommends driving to the location ahead of time if needed
      • Ensure you know the exact time you need to arrive on the day of the ceremony; plan on arriving at least 15 minutes early to allow for unforeseen events that may delay arrival
      • Be aware of what clothing items to wear beneath your regalia
    • Review the CBS Graduation FAQ page
    • If you need assistance at any time or have questions, please contact the Office of the Registrar at [email protected]
  • Attendance / Course Structure

    Students are expected to attend all class sessions for which they are registered. Instructors are required to take weekly attendance. For on-ground students, tardiness are early departure are considered in reporting absences. For online students, class log in activity serves as “attendance”. Students are allowed to miss 20% of class time without penalty. Absences in excess of 20% of class time may result in an automatic “F”. Appeals for extenuating situations should be discussed with the course instructor. If the student is not satisfied with the instructor’s decision, the student can follow the academic complaint process in the Academic Catalog.

  • April 2018

    Job Description

    Job Title: Director of Marketing & Communications

    Department: Marketing and Communications

    Job Category/ FLSA Status: Communications / Exempt

    Accountability: President

    Authority: Assigned Staff

    Position Description:

    The Director, Marketing and Communications is responsible for stewarding the institutional branding and communications to achieve mission clarity with our students and prospective students and our donor and church community. This stewardship includes partnering with operational areas in the creation and production of marketing and communication materials to achieve one voice for the college, including the College website.

    Major/Essential Functions:

    • This position will be responsible for planning, coordinating and carrying out the College’s marketing, communications, public relations, and public information activities. Maximizing public and community awareness and support of the College’s Biblically based education and mission.
    • Develop and manage annual departmental program review including integration of units’ plans and assessments with institutional planning and assessment initiatives.
    • Monitor operational activities to meet goals, ethics and guidelines, and to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations, and accreditation standards.
    • Assumes leadership in the development, implementation of plans, goals and objectives to facilitate the changes in policies, procedures and processes for continual quality improvement.
    • Monitor operational activities to meet goals, ethics and guidelines, and to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations, and accreditation standards.

    Duties/Responsibilities:

    • Provides leadership in developing and coordinating the public relations, public information and marketing efforts to enhance the image and community awareness and support of the College.
    • Enhances the College’s image expands public awareness and support of the College.
    • Develops and implements written annual marketing, communication and public relations plan that promotes the College’s Mission and Vision, and strategic pillars
    • Develops CBS institutional distinctive priorities for universal use in all marketing and communications for both English and Spanish speaking audiences.
    • Develops brand and standards metrics to assess results of strategies, penetration, capture and success rates.
    • Plans and executes a comprehensive, pro-active program of promotion, publicity and media relations, reflecting the College’s distinctive institutional priorities, through broadcast, print media, internet and social media.
    • Coordinates with the VP’s of Development and Student Services, or their designated representatives, to reach students and donors with marketing and communications support consistent with the prioritized institutional distinctives.
    • Ensures that the CBS distinctives are consistent in all publications and online communications.
    • Develops and manages a dynamic budget that supports the College’s marketing, communications and public relations program.
    • Managers the College website and works with content contributors to effectively present the CBS brand and to accomplish the implementation of innovative online marketing concepts.
    • Manages the CBS Media.
    • Manages the writing, editing and distribution of news releases and public service announcements.
    • Manages the design and composing of brochures, press kits and other promotional materials at both the College level as well as for specific student and donor campaigns.
    • Serves as coordinator of CBS personnel in interfacing with the media to provide the timely release of information that reflects the “personality” of the College.
    • Manages the use of the College’s logo in internal and external communications.
    • Assists faculty and staff with marketing of special events.
    • Provides technical expertise in Marketing Communications including developing and implementing prospect inquiry (lead tracking) systems.
    • Prepares reports on the successes and failures of individual campaigns upon completion of each undertaking.
    • Performs related duties as required. 

    Qualifications:

    Required:

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education in journalism, marketing, mass communications, public relations and 3-5 years of progressive professional experience in marketing and communications or the equivalent.
    • A demonstrated history of managing personnel and to working independently as well as within collaborative environments.
    • Experience with web development, publications, e-communications, branding and marketing research and outcomes techniques and practices.
    • Be a committed Christian and in good standing with a local church.
    • Be in complete agreement with the doctrinal position of the college and able to sign its doctrinal statement without reservation.

    Preferred:

    • Master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education in journalism, marketing, public relations, mass communications and 3-5 years of progressive professional experience in
    • College/University/ Postsecondary education Marketing, Communications and/or Public Relations.
    • Bilingual in English and Spanish (speak, read, and write) 

    Equipment/Skills/Knowledge needed to perform job (i.e., vehicle, MS Word, License, etc.):

    • Ability to collect, analyze and effectively use qualitative and quantitative marketing data.
    • Ability to provide information in a variety of formats and media to promote the College to various individuals and entities from diverse backgrounds.
    • Ability to lead, manage and work alongside staff and volunteers from diverse backgrounds in a team oriented environment.
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including an ability to develop and make presentations to potential donors.
    • Ability to work with and influence others to achieve operational requirements.
    • Ability to work cooperatively as a member of a team.
    • Ability to manage information system solutions and expansions to support the delivery of high quality and cost efficient services and communications.
    • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously while achieving goals and objectives.
    • Ability to work effectively under pressure and meet deadlines.
    • Ability to assess problems, identify appropriate actions and communicate solutions to management, staff and student customers.
    • Ability to present information in individual, group and public settings.
    • Excellent writing, speaking and interpersonal skills.
    • Proficiency using Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook.
    • Positive attitude and cooperative spirit.
    • Diplomacy, poise, discretion and strong leadership and interpersonal skills.

    Measurable Expectations/Fiscal Responsibilities (i.e., quarterly reports, annual events, etc.):

    • Develop annual and long-range Communications, Marketing and Public Relations written plans.
    • Develop and manage operation fiscal budgets within approved parameters.
    • Develop measurable outcomes and produce associated results. 

    Mobility/Physical Demands:

    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    • Employee must sit, stand and walk.
    • Employee must talk and listen via face-to-face contact and telephone.
    • Employee may be required to lift and/or move up to 35 pounds.

    Working Conditions/Environment (i.e., necessary travel, unusual hours, etc.):

    • Typical office environment.
    • Flexible work hours are required. 
    Security Sensitive:

    Statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. Furthermore, this job description does not establish a contract for employment and is subject to change at the discretion of CBS.

    Believing that God values and calls men and women from every language, people and nation into His kingdom, CBS is committed to cultivating and maintaining an ethnically diverse educational and work environment that motivates and retains God’s chosen individuals. CBS does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, age, national or ethnic origin, veteran, marital status, or physical or mental disability in the administration of its employment policies except as such conditions may constitute bona fide occupational or assignment limitation. 

    Applicants please visit CBS Job Opportunities website and follow the instructions to complete your applications. Thank you.

  • The College of Biblical Studies understands that minimizing debt is both biblical and a healthy way to ensure CBS students and graduates are able to focus on doing God’s work.  For those students who do not want to apply and/or do not qualify for need-based aid, but want to pursue their educational goals through CBS, a convenient payment plan process is provided as an alternative.  CBS students who have completed the admissions process and earned acceptance status can progress through the easy payment plan steps as follows:

    Payment Plan Process

    • Go to myrecords.cbshouston.edu
    • Enter student ID and Pin to Log In (this is the information you were sent when your CBS student email account was set up)
    • Go to the “Billing” tab
    • Click on “Make a Payment/Payment Plan” and complete these final steps

    If you have any questions please contact Maggie Rodriguez at 832-252-4623 or [email protected] 

    Please note: there is a $25 per semester nonrefundable enrollment fee.

  • What Do the Students and Alumni Say about College of Biblical Studies (CBS)?  

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    “I have always loved God’s word and seen myself as a minister to the secular world, so the Bible college connection was obvious… CBS showed me how to deal effectively with people – to be a servant leader. I always looked forward to getting to class – the comradery was a blessing, and the [accelerated degree completion] format suited my busy adult lifestyle… I am very hard-working, goal-oriented, and competitive, and I loved that you could contract for grades that were project-based as opposed to exam-based… CBS laid the foundation for me to get both my teaching certificate and my master’s degree!” (Mark M., Assistant Director of Human Resources, Aldine I.S.D.)


    “CBS equipped me with more than a bachelor’s degree – I walked away with a far deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. And God is using this transformation in me to help others toward their transformation...The counsel I provide to combat veterans struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder requires more than an education – it demands that I have a profound understanding of God’s word and how it can heal the sense of brokenness these heroes wrestle with. Consequently, I am applying what I learned at CBS on a daily basis – to impact the world and change lives. And to God be the glory!"  (Zoeieann T)


     “As a youth leader I’m living out what I’m learning at CBS. No more having to decide between ‘competing voices’ as to the way forward in ministry; and no more ‘piggy-backing’ off of another’s faith. CBS has given me ownership of my faith through the study of the Word. The depth of learning and relationships I’m building, with passionate professors as well as mission-driven students, is preparing me to fulfill God’s call to ministry, not just respond to it.”  (Andrew)

     

     
    “I had the desire to honor God with my life but lacked direction. CBS is backing my passion and purpose with substance from God’s word. The knowledge and wisdom I receive from these professors does more than fill in the head, it fashions the heart. And their belief in me constantly fortifies my ability to minister effectively. I’m learning how to endure with excellence. Glory to God!”  (Caleb
     

     “Every day I see value in the biblical worldview I’m developing at CBS. As a dad, teacher of kids at church, and respiratory therapist at a children’s hospital, my basis for decision-making impacts the lives and minds of our next generation, as well as my own. Given the direction our society is heading and my increasing sphere of influence, I soon realized it was time for me to draw a line in the sand and cross it. CBS has brought me over that line and into a place of transformational service to the church and the world!”  (Chris

     
    “My CBS experience transformed me, quite literally, from the inside out. Training in the truth of Scripture helped me to greatly enhance my understanding of God’s will. The biblical counseling and worldview courses also equipped me to serve more effectively at the pregnancy center I now direct. Each day I can provide clarity from God’s word to young women confused by their circumstances – and desperate for hope!”  (Daisy)
     

     
    “This isn’t ‘second high school’. I like the strong presence of adults; mature students who are here to work, to build on their passion for God’s word -- and get things done! In my first class I received so much more of an understanding of God’s word than I ever had in years of attending church. I’m being equipped to disciple others effectively, which includes addressing any issue from a biblical worldview. CBS definitely exceeded my expectations!” (Daniel)

     
    “I’ve developed amazing friendships here – a shared hunger for truth. Moreover, CBS has transformed my ministry to the homeless. Before it was simply about ‘helping’ them; now I know that truly caring for them requires DISCIPLESHIP – seeing to it that both body and soul are fed, LONG term in Christ. CBS keeps me focused on the Word of God, staying fed so that I may feed others!”  (Greg
     

     
    “The teachers here—all of them – love what they do, demonstrating both passion and compassion. This helped me overcome the intimidation of returning to school after 20 years. CBS has provided me the confidence of who I am in Christ, helping me to always be ready to give an answer for the hope that is in me. I knew God had called me, but I was not equipped to do what I needed to do. CBS has helped me to not only understand and articulate God’s word, but to take ownership of its study for myself – and become a more effective disciple maker!” (Jesse R)


     
    CBS not only provided me the tools for a contextual study of God’s Word, but a spiritual growth has taken place that only God’s Word can produce. My work with prison inmates comes from a desire to see men’s lives changed by the living Word of God and to share the love of God with them. God has prepared and equipped these CBS instructors to properly handle God’s Word and to teach us the truth so that we can be the next leaders in our community. There is no secret here at CBS, God is simply with us, teaching us, and growing us up, to be the men and women He has destined us to be.”  (Jesus M)
     

     
    “The professors at CBS are ministers. They took me by the hand and led me through the process of understanding the character of God. This gave me the unction to serve God’s will and to be obedient to His calling to preparation as well as service. I’ve come to realize that the one place, the ONLY place of peace and purpose is at the center of God’s will!”  (Jonathan)
     
    “Getting to know how good God is – that’s the basis of my CBS experience! I had a scholarship toward another college, but God led me here. I’m so excited about the Biblical Counseling program and, as a bilingual, am passionate about applying God’s word to issues facing members of the culture I grew up in. CBS was not my first choice, but it was my best choice!” (Natalie M)
     

     
    “It would be difficult to minister to birth moms at the adoption agency without the Women’s Ministry program at CBS. I am gaining insight on how to handle situations and listen effectively – versus simply giving my opinion. The agency currently has me training pregnancy center volunteers all over Houston and other cities. These life changing opportunities have grown from the impact of CBS teachers who insist I develop a biblical worldview."  (Samantha)

     
    “In preparing me to pastor, CBS first had to “repair” my theology. Gaining a biblical understanding of grace has changed my ministry – and my life! I now see the reality of Ephesians 2:8-9, that our salvation is truly a gift – one that the Giver never takes away. CBS has taught me that we must always approach God’s Word ready for correction!” (Sammy P)
     

     
    “CBS shows you how authoritative the Word of God is; how spiritual discipline brings order and meaning to all of life. Whatever we study, it’s an opportunity to glorify God as we’re being equipped to help transform others. At CBS, we’re worshipping God in the COMPUTER class! My passion for the youth I teach is for them to be biblically sound and mission minded – reflecting God’s glory in everyday living.”  (Steven)

     
    “When you present yourself in devotion to Christ He presents opportunities for that devotion to be used for others as well. He has to minister to me first. And that’s the impact of CBS – it introduces you to Christ’s true character; to learn of His character. Sitting with these experienced professors allows me to receive wise counsel, applicable insight, not just knowledge. CBS is ‘Bible’ – straight up – that prompts my devotion, allowing me to build doctrinal understanding from the Word itself and not be led astray.” (Tyvon S)
     

     
    “Experiencing the care and compassion the CBS teachers have for their students has inspired me; it’s challenged my own motivation for teaching and given me a passion for discipleship. I want to help young adults develop a meaningful devotional life, one that transforms their ability to honor God and His calling. A biblical worldview impacts everything; CBS provides the skills needed for ministry and needed for LIFE!”  (Zach)
     
     
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  • Admission Requirements of College of Biblical Studies

    The CBS Admission staff will consider the following criteria when making a determination regarding admission:

    1. Applicants should be Christians who believe salvation is received by faith alone in Jesus Christ, who died in a substitutionary sacrifice for our sins and rose again (Acts 14:12; 13:38, 39; 1 Cor 15:1-4: Rom 4:4, 5; 5:1).
    2. Applicants should be eager to grow in their Christian faith and be actively involved in Christian service.
    3. Applicants must be in full agreement with the Code of Conduct described in the Student Life section and must comply with those standards from the point of their admission to CBS and throughout their matriculation.
    4. Applicants should submit the documentation mentioned under “Admission Requirements.”

    Vaccination Requirement

    Effective for the Spring 2014 semester and every semester thereafter, all new CBS students are required to receive a vaccination against bacterial meningitis or to meet certain criteria for requesting a waiver from such a vaccination prior to registration for classes.  This is a state requirement in accordance with Texas Senate Bill 1107 (SB1107), as amended by SB 62. Students who are age 22-years-old or older are exempt from this vaccination requirement, per SB62, which will become effective on January 1, 2014. Entering students are required to submit a completed Bacterial Meningitis Vaccine Form. For more information regarding the CBS vaccination requirement, including permissible waivers, please visit our Health Services Page.

    Additional Admission Requirements

    First-time applicants are defined as those students who have not taken any previous college courses. First-time applicants are required to submit the following documentation:

    • A fully completed CBS application for admission.
    • A non-refundable $40 application fee. Please note that the application fee may be paid in the following ways:
      • Online with a credit card or electronic check
      • In person at the CBS Bookstore (cash, check or money order)
      • By mail with a check or money order. Please mail the application fee to the following address:

    Student Accounts
    College of Biblical Studies
    7000 Regency Square Blvd.
    Houston, TX 77036 

    • An approved, unexpired form of photo identification, which may include an unexpired state driver’s license, unexpired passport, unexpired permanent residency card (Green Card), consulate ID, official federal/state identification, etc.
    • Official high school transcript, diploma or GED. Please note that official transcripts must show date of graduation, include the official school stamp and/or appropriate administrator signature and arrive in a sealed, unopened envelope that bears the logo of the school.

    Please have all official transcripts forwarded to the following address:

    Office of Admission and Advising
    College of Biblical Studies
    7000 Regency Square Blvd.
    Houston, Texas 77036

    Official transcripts can also be submitted electronically to [email protected].

    Military veterans can obtain transcripts from their particular branch of service through one of the following links:

    Begin the process for financial aid. Apply here.

    Submission of appropriate placement testing scores. An acceptable score from ONE of the following examinations will satisfy this requirement: ACT, SAT, TAAS/TAKS, THEA/TASP/TSI, ASSET, COMPASS or ACCUPLACER.

    Exemptions to Entrance Testing

    All applicants must be evaluated as to their reading and writing skills by completing entrance testing. This testing isscheduled through the Office of Admissions. All entering students must show proficiency in both reading and writing in order to gain admission to the college.

    Applicants who meet one or more of the following conditions may be exempt from entrance testing:

    1. Applicants with an earned associate or higher degree from an accredited college or university.

    • Applicants seeking this exemption must provide an official transcript from all post-secondary schools previously attended including the transcript reflecting the degree.

    2. Applicants with twelve or more transferable credit hours from an accredited college or university and who have successfully completed 6 credit hours of English Composition.

    3. Students who have performed at or above the level set by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board on the American College Test (ACT), Wonderlic, CPT, Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT), Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) Exit-Level Exam, Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) or other measurements such as ASSET, COMPASS, ACCUPLACER, State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR). Applicants must submit official documentation of their test scores before exemption is granted. Acceptable scores are shown in the “Placement Tests” table.

    4. Applicants who on or after August 1, 1990, was honorably discharged, retired, or released from active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States or the Texas National Guard or service as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States.

    5. Applicants who are serving on active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States, the Texas National Guard, or as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States and has been serving for at least three years preceding enrollment.

    6. Non-Degree Seeking Students are not subject to placement testing. It is not possible to achieve a degree at the College of Biblical Studies-Houston without proper documentation of qualifying exemptions.

     

    Please feel free to review your application status by visiting MyApp.

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    Dr. Lisa Stewart

    Associate Vice President of Enrollment & Student Services; Dean of Students

    832-252-0758   [email protected]

      

    Admissions and Recruitment - Suite 114

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    Iris Davidson

    Admissions Associate

    832-252-0702

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    Dr. Doug Brooks

    Sr. Admissions Counselor

    832-252-0727

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    Joshua Cardoso

    Admissions Counselor

    832-252-0735

    [email protected]

    Kathy Perkins

    Assistant Director of Admissions

    832-252-4625

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    Alumni Services- Suite 114

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    Prima McFalls

    Volunteer Alumni Services Coordinator

    832-252-0738

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    Career and Student Services - Suite 114

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    Dr. Leonette Lewis

    Coordinator of Student Services

    832-252-0729

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    Dean of Students - Suite 114

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    Dr. Lisa Stewart

    AVP, Enrollment & Student Services and Dean of Students

    832-252-0758

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    Education Marketing - Suite 114

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    Lee Bouldin

    Enrollment Marketing Manager

    832-252-4635

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    Office of the Registrar; Advising; Financial Aid; and Student Accounts (Enrollment Services) - Suite 112

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    Chris Fontaine

    Registrar & Director of Enrollment Services and Education Marketing

    832-252-0712

    [email protected]

    Natalie Menjivar

    Records Analyst

    832-252-0733

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    Esmeralda Barrera

    Sr. Academic Advisor

    832-252-4640

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    Debbie Harper

    Academic Advisor

    832-252-4632

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    ShaToi Newell

    Sr. Financial Aid Advisor & VA Certifying Official

    832-252-0710

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    Maggie Rodriguez

    Asst. Director of Financial Aid & Student Account Representative

    832-252-4623

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  • V.A. Students

    Qualified veterans and the dependents of deceased or disabled veterans whose death or disability is a direct result of their military service may be eligible for VA educational benefits under one of the following programs while attending the CBS:

    • Chapter 30: Montgomery G.I. Bill®- Active/ Duty Discharged
    • Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation
    • Chapter 33: Post 9/11 G.I Bill®                        
    • Chapter 35: Dependents Education Assistance

    Chapter 30

    1. Veterans who wish to use their VA educational benefits for the first time should apply online at www.vets.gov/education and complete a Form 22-1990, Application for Educational Benefits, to receive a Certificate of Eligibility.
    2. If educational benefits have previously been used, complete a Form 22-1995, Change of Program or Place of Training, online at http://www.gibill.va.gov to receive a Certificate of Eligibility.
    3. Submit the following items to the Financial Aid Office:
    • Certificate of Eligibility
    • Certificate of Release of Discharge from Active Duty (DD-214)
    • Official academic transcripts from previously attended colleges and/or universities

    Chapter 31

    Disabled veterans desiring to further their education under the VA Vocational Rehabilitation program should contact the Veterans Administration Counseling and Training office at 713-383-1985. 

    Chapter 33

    1. Veterans who wish to use their VA educational benefits for the first time should apply online at http://www.gibill.va.gov and complete a Form 22-1990, Application for Educational Benefits, to receive a Certificate of Eligibility.
    2. If educational benefits have previously been used, complete a Form 22-1995, Change of Program or Place of Training, online at http://www.gibill.va.gov to receive a Certificate of Eligibility.
    3. Submit the following items to the Student Financial Services office:
    • Certificate of Eligibility
    • Certificate of Release of Discharge from Active Duty (DD-214)
    • Official academic transcripts from previously attended colleges and/or universities

    Chapter 35

    1. Qualified dependents who wish to use their VA educational benefits for the first time should apply online at  http://www.gibill.va.gov and complete a Form 22-5490, Application for Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance, to receive a Certificate/Letter of Eligibility.
    2. If educational benefits have previously been used, complete a Form 22-1995, Change of Program or Place of Training, online at http://www.gibill.va.gov to receive a Certificate of Eligibility.
    3. Submit the following items to the Student Financial Services office:
    • Certificate of Eligibility
    • Official Academic Transcript from previously attended colleges and/or universities

    Additional Assistance

    For additional assistance regarding VA educational benefits, please contact the Veterans Administration at 1-888-442-4551 or https://benefits.va.gov/gibill. You may also contact the Office of Financial Aid at 832-252-4602 or [email protected]

    For additional assistance regarding disability services, please contact Disability Support Services at 832-252-0757 or [email protected]. The CBS Disability Services office is located in Suite 113; the operating hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Admissions  Financial Aid  Ask a Professor  Academic & More 

     

    Ask an Admissions Officer

    What leads most students to choose College of Bibilical Studies (CBS)?

    There are a number of good reasons why most students choose CBS. We have a very generous credit transfer policy. Our tuition rates are far more reasonable than any other 4-year school. It is a way for the Christian college student to get a bachelor’s degree from an accredited school with Christian values. It is a fabulous “springboard” for those who are called to ministry to prepare them for seminary. It is a means for the community college graduate who is already entrenched in a career to go on and obtain a bachelor’s degree in order to improve his or her chances of promotion at work. CBS provides a world-class education at a reasonable investment.

    What qualities and experiences are you looking for in applicants? 

    CBS seeks applicants who are professed Christians, who are looking to further their education, and who are seeking to grow in a deeper relationship with the Lord. (Truth, Training, Transformation)

    Can you tell me more about the application evaluation process?

    It is very easy to apply to CBS. Our application is online and represents a “turn-key” process for admission to the college. Upon full completion of the application and receipt of all required documents (transcripts, shot records, SAT/ACT scores, etc.) the CBS admissions team carefully reviews each application in order to determine admission status.

    How large of a role do SAT scores play in admissions? 

    Your SAT/ACT scores may allow you to bypass CBS’ admissions testing process.

    Can I meet with an admissions officer?

    Absolutely! If you wish to meet with an admissions officer, make sure to set up a meeting via email or calling beforehand. If it is during application, usually two months before the beginning of a semester, try to schedule an appointment to ensure they are not too busy to meet with prospective students.

    What are the college’s most important values, and how does it demonstrate this to students? 

    CBS’ values and vision are best stated in our mission statement.

    What sort of student would succeed here? 

    The profile of our most successful student is one who seeks to fulfill the imperative in 1 Cor. 10:31 and Col. 3:17 which (paraphrased) exhorts the believer to “do all to the glory of God”. Moreover, the successful student has a mindset to be challenged (but not overwhelmed) to glorify God through his or her seeking a deeper relationship with Him. Ultimately, it is this relationship that remains at the forefront of our successful student’s mind as he or she balances family, work, ministry, and school. The successful student delivers excellence in all these areas through maintaining this aforementioned perspective.  

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    Fianancial Aid

    What kind of need-based financial aid do you offer?

    In addition to pell grant awards through fafsa. CBS offers a number of donor based scholarships.

    What information do you require besides the FAFSA?

    On the CBS site, we have a financial aid portal known as “My FA”. This portal links fafsa’s assessment with our site in order for the student to see what financial aid they have received.

    Are there other scholarships that students can apply for at the time of application?

    Yes. However, CBS does require each scholarship applicant to complete fafsa and My FA as well as register for classes. Since the scholarships are “needs-based” each application is reviewed individually by our scholarship review board to determine eligibility. 

    Can I renegotiate my offer if it’s lower than I expected? 

    While many institutions use the word “negotiate”, CBS prefers the word “appeal”. If you feel like you should qualify for more assistance, we do have an appeal process.

    What are some opportunities for work-study?

    CBS requires each student to serve in the Body of Christ in order to graduate. This requirement takes the form of Christian Service modules of 28 hours of service during 3 different semesters. Contact the Dean of Students for other work-study opportunities.  

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    Ask A Professor 

    Meeting with a professor could be a great way for a prospective student to make contact and learn about a department and class, especially if the prospective student has a strong sense of his or her degree focus. The prospect can learn about the Prof’s teaching style, the department’s approach, and any opportunities for independent projects or research.

    What are your expectations for students in your class? How can students succeed in your class?

    Students are expected to honor the Lord through their efforts to study “heartily as if for the Lord”. Timely attendance to class, submission of assignments, and maintaining comprehension of the assigned reading places the student in the best position to be successful.

    What are typical requirements, like exams, papers, or presentations in a semester?

    All of these requirements reflect the array of requirement options for a class. Depending on the class and grade level, there will be a combination of some or all of these aforementioned.

    What kind of materials would I use in your class?

    The required and recommended textbooks are always listed in the course syllabus. Having a personal computer is a staple for student success.

    What skills or knowledge would you consider to be prerequisites?

    CBS requires that a prospective student be a professed believer in Jesus Chris as the sole means for salvation. A high school diploma or GED is required for admission to CBS. A fundamental level of computer skills is necessary in order to fulfill the course requirements.

    Do you offer any opportunities for students to do research?

    Yes. Many of our courses require research.

    Would I be required or able to write a senior thesis or do a capstone project?

    Yes. Depending on the degree plan, some of our programs require a capstone project that can be in the form of a thesis.

    How much flexibility would l have in shaping my major or taking an interdisciplinary approach?

    Some of our degree plans offer the flexibility of interdisciplinary studies due to the large number of elective courses in the program.

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    Academic and More...

    Below questions are divided up by academics, support resources, internships, study abroad programs, extra-curricular, residential life, and general culture, as well as some personal questions.

    Are some majors or departments considered stronger or more popular than others?

    That would be like asking a mother who her favorite child is! All of our curriculum are taught by world-class professors. The more popular bachelor programs include Biblical Counseling and Organizational Leadership.

    How large are the classes?

    CBS offers an extremely personal class environment with class sizes averaging 12-15 students. The professor knows each student’s name and face.

    Are the classes more lecture-based or discussion-based?

    The answer to this question depends on the course, objectives, and curriculum in each course.

    How many of the classes are taught by a professor, and how many are taught by a teaching assistant? 

    All CBS course are taught by the lead professor. Most of our Prof’s hold a terminal degree in the field of course study in which they teach.

    Are the professors accessible outside of class? 

    Absolutely! Each prof advertises office hours for a face-to-face meeting as well as e-mail and phone numbers. Many Profs give out their personal cell numbers for maximum accessibility.

    How much freedom do freshmen have in choosing courses?

    Some courses have pre-requisites and cannot be taken until other courses are satisfactorily completed. A recommended course chart for each degree plan is listed in the Academic Catalog. Additionally, the student’s academic advisor can assist in course selection. However, in most circumstance, the ultimate decision on course selection rests with the student.

    Are students usually able to take their first choice courses? 

    Yes, (usually). However, early registration is encouraged in order to avoid seeking a course that is full.

    How’s the Wi-Fi? 

    The Wi-Fi is free and is available all over the CBS campus.

    How are freshman advisors assigned? 

    Advisors are assigned by alphabet split.

    Is it easy to change your major? 

    Yes. However, a student must be aware of the impact that switching majors may have on the completed and required courses.

    How would you describe the freshman experience, in terms of advising or any classes that everyone has to take? 

    For the academic advisor, student success is our mission and ministry. Resultantly, the advisor not only recommends applicable classes, they also assist in helping the new student in realizing overall success through our student success center.

    Do the professors hold office hours? How often can students interact with professors outside of class? 

    Yes. As needed.

    Can students work with professors on research

    A student should check with his or her professor on a case-by-case basis.

    Are there honors programs or capstone classes? If so, what are they like? 

    CBS’ honors program recognizes students at the cum laude, magna cum laude, and suma cum laude level. Most 4 year programs finish with a capstone class.

    How many hours of class do students typically have each week? How much homework outside of class? 

    The typical CBS class meets once a week for 3 hours. In addition to the class time, 9 hours of assignment/reading is required for each class.

    Are finals more exam-based or project / essay-based? 

    The answer to this question depends on the class and its objectives.

    Where are the best places to study on campus? 

    CBS offers a number of study environments including the Student Life Center, the Student Success Center (in the Registrar’s suite), the library, as well as private rooms in the library.

    What are the hours for the library? Do these hours change during reading periods or exam weeks? 

    Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday- 8:30am- 9pm; Wednesday 8:30am- 6pm; Saturday 8:30am- 3pm; Friday & Sunday closed.

    Are there any research methods or databases I should learn about for my classes? 

    CBS employs the Logos biblical software program. CBS also requires each student in a bachelor’s program to complete a “Research and Writing” class. This class familiarizes the CBS student will all methods and venues for composing research papers of a sorts.

    Can you get help from professors outside of the classroom? 

    Yes. Because of the smaller CBS class size, each student receives a more personal experience with his or her professor.

    Is there free academic support or tutoring? Is it effective? 

    Yes. CBS employs a number of approaches to ensure student success. Some specific include student success through academic advising, mentoring/tutoring from fellow students, online writing center for paper evaluation, (to mention a few). Contact your academic advisor for ideas on how to best obtain assistance.

    Is there a writing center to help with essays and research papers? 

    Yes. The system as called “Net-tutor”.

    Do students organize study groups or online discussion forums? 

    Yes. Depending on the class and curriculum, such an approach is encouraged by the professor.

    Are there computer labs? 

    Yes. CBS has a computer lab, computers in the library, and well as computers in the student success center (in the Registrar’s suite). However, each student is encouraged to obtain his or her own computer.

    Would you describe any classes as especially innovative or project-based? 

    Yes. A number of the course in each degree program fit this description.

    Are academic advisors accessible and effective? 

    CBS student services offer world class service to our students. The academic advisor offers a “one-stop” approach at student success beginning at the first week of the student’s first class until the last day of the final class before the student graduates.Do the librarians help with research? Yes. Please visit CBS Library Writing Helps for details.

  • Oikos (οἶκος) is the Greek word for house, or by metonymy the persons of a house. The purpose of this program is to meet the goal of providing financial assistance to CBS students, staff, faculty, and alumni who have suffered financial loss due to catastrophic events.


     

  • We are excited to announce the launch of our Quality Enhancement Program (QEP) today. The goal of our QEP program is to equip students with a biblical worldview regarding the stewardship of their educational experience, time, finances, and the spiritual disciplines in order to prepare them not only for successful completion of a CBS degree, but also life after college.

    The concept of Stewardship is broken down into three parts to meet the above-stated goal in our new (pilot) first year experience course, GNED1301:

    • Spiritual Stewardship
    • Intellectual (Academic) Stewardship
    • Financial Stewardship

    Through the course the student will be able 1) to adopt learning strategies that conform to how God designed the student as a learner; 2) to incorporate biblical truths in planning, prioritization and implementation for realizing educational goals; 3) to develop a spiritual service of worship in academic life, personal life, and local church ministries.

    We believe the personal growth and communal ministry are an integral part of a student’s development at CBS. Thus, we prepared this course to reflect CBS’ commitment to improving student learning under the Quality Enhancement Plan of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, by which CBS is accredited as an institution of higher education.

    We want everyone to celebrate with us! Over the next several weeks you will see information regarding the QEP displayed on bulletin boards, in classrooms, the library, offices, and new student discipleship center. That’s not all! We will be distributing QEP T-shirts, pens, and bookmarkers to our faculty, staff and students beginning today and over the next few weeks. Here’s the schedule for distribution of t-shirts this week:

    Tuesday, September 12th

    • 12:30pm – 1:30pm
    • 5:00pm – 6:30pm

    Wednesday, September 13th

    • 11:30am -1:30pm - Faculty Meeting
    • 2:00pm – 3:00pm - CBS Live

    Thursday, September 14th

    • 12:30pm – 1:30pm
    • 5:00pm – 6:30pm

    We will have a table setup in the atrium on Tuesday and Thursday. If you miss receiving a shirt during the above distribution times please feel free to stop by the student services offices and we will be happy to provide you with a shirt. Thanks in advance for sharing in this exciting celebration with us. Wear Your QEP T-shirt proudly!

    Many blessings,
    CBS QEP Committee

  • Due to the financial hardship I experienced as a result of the hurricane and flooding is there any financial assistance available for CBS students enrolled for the fall 2017 semester?

    We are aware and are grieved that many of our students and their families have been dramatically impacted by Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent flooding. If you are one of these students, you can submit an application request to potentially increase your financial aid or apply for an emergency scholarship. Go to http://cbshouston.edu/harvey to obtain additional information and access the application. Students will be contacted as soon as possible after their application is received and reviewed.

     

    Will the Deadline for Withdrawals Be Extended?

    The deadline for withdrawal with a 100% refund for session 1 of the fall semester has been extended to Tuesday, September 12. 

    The deadlines for 70% and 30% refunds have also been extended an additional week from the original respective deadlines. See the New Deadlines for Enrollment, Financial Aid, Etc. below.

    We encourage any student considering withdrawal to contact [email protected]  prior to taking such action.  We are committed to working with students during this difficult time as they transition back to school.

     

    What are the New Deadlines for Enrollment, Financial Aid, Etc.?

    New Deadlines and Due Dates Are:

    • Last Day to Drop for 100% refund: Tuesday, Sept. 12
    • Last Day to Drop for 70% refund: Monday, Sept. 18
    • Last Day to Drop for 30% refund: Monday, Sept. 25
    • Last Day to Arrange a Payment Plan: Tuesday, Sept. 12
    • Last Day to apply for Emergency funds: Wednesday, Sept. 27
    • Last Day to apply for financial aid funds reinstatement or additional financial aid funds: Wednesday, Sept. 13 for fall session 1, classes resuming or starting September 5th 
    • Last Day to apply for financial aid funds reinstatement or additional financial aid funds: Wednesday, October 5 for fall session 2, classes starting October 16th 
    • Last Day to Drop with a W: Tuesday, Oct. 31 

     

    If your financial aid is still being processed the financial aid staff will contact you with a decision or an update as soon as possible. If you need to complete your MyFA portal for the fall semester, it is not too late.  Please click here and log in using your Sonis Student ID and password or create a new account.

     

    What if I need create a payment plan or need additional time to pay my tuition?

    If you need additional time to pay your tuition, please send an email to [email protected].  We will respond to your email when the college reopens and will work with you to protect your classes from being dropped.

     

    Will the Semester Be Extended?

    The first online session was extended one week. All other classes are at the discretion of the faculty. Some can cover the material without adding make up days, others may wish to add time to each class session, while others may add week(s) to their classes. Professors have been instructed to provide maximum flexibility to students and to discuss how missed classes will be made up on the first day of class. If a student needs an extension on an assignment as a result of circumstances related to Hurricane Harvey, please email the professor and copy Dr. Joseph Parle the CBS Academic Dean at [email protected]

     

    What Facilities Will Be Open This Weekend to CBS Students?

    All CBS departments will resume operations when we reopen September 5, 2017

     

    What Can Students Do if They Are Unable to Return for Scheduled Reopening?

    We understand the considerable challenges some students may face in returning by Tuesday, Sept. 5, when classes resume.  CBS is committed to making every accommodation that is realistically possible to allow these students to return and continue their studies at a slightly later date.  Students who cannot return should contact their professor via email and copy Dr. Joe Parle, Vice President and Academic Dean at [email protected], so we can determine what arrangements can be made. Include your full name, student ID number and a good contact number.

     

    What is the status of Online and Distance Education?

    Online and distance education classes will resume when CBS reopens on September 5. Please contact your professor if you have any specific questions regarding your course.

     

    What are the Road Conditions Near College of Biblical Studies-Houston?

    Thankfully, the College did not flood and all roads near the campus are accessible. To check road conditions or potential routes to get to campus, TranStar Houston has a real-time website at https://traffic.houstontranstar.org/layers 

     

    Other Questions

    If you do not find the information you need in this FAQ, you can send an inquiry to [email protected]