The Discipleship Team serves the CBS mission by striving to see that every student’s CBS experience is not merely an academic endeavor, but a transformational encounter with the Living God! We come alongside each student to help them fulfill Paul’s directive from the Lord to the believers in Rome: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:2).
This objective is accomplished through the application of a carefully - and prayerfully - developed discipleship model, in concert with the work of the Holy Spirit in each student's life:
The Four Dimensions of the CBS Discipleship Journey
Dimension 1: Assessments and Life Growth Plans
• Goal: Emotional, Cultural, and Spiritual Development
• Input: Discipleship Coach
Dimension 2: Academic Courses
• Goal: Biblical Knowledge
• Input: Professors
Dimension 3: Life-on-Life Small Groups
• Goal: Accountability and Spiritual Disciplines
• Input: Peers
Dimension 4: Practical Ministry Experience
• Goal: Ministry and Life Skills Development
• Input: Mentors
The student will bring his experiences from the “life context” back into the discipling environment of CBS and seek to learn how to best navigate them in a godly way.
The purpose of the Discipleship Coach is to prayerfully work with each CBS student help ensure the success of their spiritual transformation as they pursue a degree from the College of Biblical Studies.
Student meets with Discipleship Coach in order to:
• Explore calling and purpose in life
• Explain results of assessments
• Establish growth plans
Initial assessments administered at the start of each student’s CBS experience establishes a base line for growth. Concluding assessments administered upon graduation displays growth and development. The results of each assessment will be documented for each student in the form of a “Scorecard”.
• Spiritual Transformation Inventory measures spiritual vitality
• Emotional Intelligence 2.0 measures Emotional Intelligence
• Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) measures Cultural Competence
• Team Ministry: Gifted to Serve inventory measures spiritual giftedness
An important facet of the discipleship journey for each student will be the presence of a mentor to help guide them through their CBS experience. Each incoming student will be assigned a carefully screened, qualified mentor to provide spiritual support for their first academic year at CBS.
The mentor is expected to minister to the student in four vital ways, utilizing the CARE model:
• Counsel: Help the student to gain perspective on various challenges by giving them wise counsel and biblical advice. Become a trusted friend to them.
• Accountability: Hold the student accountable in their walk with Christ, church involvement, and devotional life.
• Relationship: Engage in an authentic relationship with the student. Pray for the student.
• Encouragement: Encourage the student in their studies and pursuit of ministry goals. Encourage them to keep pressing on toward the finish line if obstacles and discouragement emerges.
Interested in mentoring a CBS student? Click here to learn more!
Spiritual Formation not only requires us to pay close attention to our identity in Christ, but also our place in Christ as a community. In order to experience intimate community in the biblical sense, we must learn to reveal ourselves to others. We need to honestly, freely, and thoughtfully tell our stories. Our modern culture makes it easy for people to live isolated and anonymous lives. Because we and others move frequently, we may feel it’s not worth the effort to be vulnerable in short-lived relationships. However, we desperately need to keep intentionally investing in significant relationships.
The CBS Small Group Curriculum is designed to help students create a community of trusted relationships. This will take place in groups of four-five students who will commit to studying the following topics (guidebook provided):
Students are placed into small group communities when enrolling in MSSF 3313 Spiritual Formation 3 (year three of a four-year degree program). The group continues to meet for an additional semester, continuing as part of MSSF 4314 Spiritual Formation 4.
Our spiritual formation courses are designed to support the CBS discipleship initiative. It our heartfelt desire that every student’s CBS experience is not merely an academic endeavor, but a transformational encounter with our Lord Jesus Christ and the Great Commission He calls all of us to carry out! (Matt 28:19-20; 2 Tim 2:2).
Spiritual Formation 1 (MSSF 3011)
This course is designed to aid the student to process their spiritual life under the guidance of the professor. It includes analysis of a proper view of God’s character, cultivating Christ-likeness, and helping the student to process the battles of his or her soul and a study of right responses to walking by the Spirit. It includes a study of relational wisdom, and such matters as anger, fear, guilt, trial, self-acceptance, and moral purity.
Spiritual Formation 2 (MSSF 3012)
This course picks up where MSSF 3011 left of and is designed to aid the student to process their spiritual life under the guidance of the professor. It includes analysis of a proper view of God’s character, cultivating Christ-likeness, and helping the student to process the battles of his or her soul and a study of right responses to walking by the Spirit. It includes a further study of relational wisdom, as well as such matters as anger, fear, guilt, trial, self-acceptance, and moral purity.
Spiritual Formation 3 (MSSF 3313)
MSSF 3313 picks up where MSSF 3012 left off, the third in a series of courses designed to help the student engage in the Four Dimensions of the CBS Discipleship Journey and progress in their spiritual life under the guidance of the professor. Because discipleship is not just an individual pursuit, but ultimately a matter of community, this course and MSSF 4314 will require participation in small groups. In addition to a study of the Kingdom Man/Woman curriculum, the student will also become familiar with tools and materials useful to the disciple-making process.
Spiritual Formation 4 (MSSF 4314)
MSSF 4314 is the fourth and capstone in a series of courses designed to help the student engage in the Four Dimensions of the CBS Discipleship Journey. This course completes the journey and assesses the progress made along the journey. It continues the small group participation launched in MSSF 3313 and seeks to bring that experience to a conclusion with each student preparing a Ministry Vision Statement. This course will engage the student in the development of two critical skills for ministry in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic world - namely, how to graciously navigate diverse cultures and how to be rightly involved in race relations. Students will study material prepared by Dr. Charles Ware and Grace Relations as they prepare to disciple the nations in fulfillment of the Great Commission.
Christian Service Learning Program (MCSP 2011)
The Christian Service Learning Program is a supervised ministry process that is designed to help students develop and enhance their commitment and competence in ministry by promoting the practical outworking of the biblical, theological, and theoretical principles learned in the classroom setting.
"A Word of Encouragement" (Galatians 6:9)
Senior Pastor, Reunion Church
CBS Assistant Professor
"Parable of the Two Debtors" (Luke 7:36-50)
Discipleship Pastor, Temple Baptist Church (Gainesville, TX)
"Aim High!" (James 1:12)
Dr. Paul Cannings
Senior Pastor, Living Word Fellowship Church
"We Belong at the Feet of Jesus" (Luke 10:38-42)
Executive Assistant Pastor, Living Word Fellowship Church
Dean, Dallas Theological Seminary, Houston
"There is No Spiritual Calling without a Corresponding Mission" (Mark 3:13-15)
Johnnie Lee, Jr.
Senior Pastor, Victory in Jesus Evangelistic Center Church
"Forever Faithful" (Revelation 3:7-13)
Dr. Doug Brooks
Senior Pastor, Brazos Bend Baptist Church
CBS Adjunct Professor
What is Chapel?
In order to enhance the unity of the CBS family, encourage the saints, intercede in prayer, and bring glory to God, the body of CBS meets weekly for a time of worship, the Word, and prayer.
When is Chapel?
Each Wednesday at 2:00 PM (central time); unless otherwise announced
Who is Included?
Chapel is primarily intended for CBS students, alumni, staff, and faculty. However, family and guests of the CBS family are welcome to participate as well.
What is Convocation?
The word “Convocation” derives from the Latin word convocare, which means “together” (con) and “call” (vocare). A convocation is an opportunity to formally call together or summon.
Fall Convocation marks the start of a new academic year. The event celebrates the start of a new year with the excitement of meeting new people and new challenges - and it moves our students one step closer to commencement. We assemble to celebrate our God, who calls us and equips us for every good work to bring Him glory. During Convocation, we collectively and individually acknowledge our dependence on our Heavenly Father, through Christ Jesus and the power the Holy Spirit. We also reaffirm our striving for personal holiness and focus on personal ministry to others.
Convocation takes place within the first month of the new school year (fall semester).
On June 3, 2022, CBS hosted its Mentor Appreciation event, in which we honored the men and women who are serving as mentors to our students. Among this group are pastors, biblical counselors, mentors, CBS alums, teachers, and others serving in corporate positions. We are so thankful for each of them!
"The Cost of Discipleship" (Luke 9:57-62)
Dr. Bill Blocker
President, College of Biblical Studies
Enjoy this special tribute to Dr. Steve Sullivan, a servant of God who has invested thirty years of ministry into the College of Biblical Studies. Those present, and many others, gave testimony to the impact that Dr. Sullivan has had on their lives - as professor, mentor, or friend. He is going to be greatly missed, having retired and moving to the great state of Oklahoma. We are forever grateful to Steve, and his lovely wife Vicki, for their faithful example and servant's hearts. And to God be the glory!
Enjoy this special chapel with Dr. Steve Sullivan, a servant of God who has invested thirty years of ministry into the College of Biblical Studies. He is going to be greatly missed, having retired and moving to the great state of Oklahoma. We are forever grateful to Steve, and his lovely wife Vicki, for their faithful example and servant's hearts. And to God be the glory!
The CBS Discipleship Department “Care & Comfort Team” is pleased to provide pastoral care and prayer for our students. As a student of CBS, you have a team of staff and faculty ready to assist you any way we can. College can be a challenging experience, but add to that the stresses and strains brought on by the coronavirus, and it can feel overwhelming! We would be honored to come alongside you to provide prayer, care, and comfort as you cope with health concerns, family needs, economic upheaval, spiritual anxiety, or any other concerns you may have.
Have a prayer need? Contact us or simply fill out this PRAYER REQUEST FORM.
All requests will remain confidential.
Need some spiritual guidance? Struggling under the weight of the demands of life, school, ministry? Perhaps, you just need someone to listen to you? Our chaplains are here to help. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us!
Virtual Marriage Clinic Opportunity
We want to make you aware of a wonderful opportunity for you and your spouse to attend a three-day marriage clinic by video conferencing. This free clinic is offered by Christway Counseling Center (christwaycounseling.com). If you are interested in attending, click here for a schedule of upcoming clinics and their contact information.
CBS CARE & COMFORT TEAM
Hours: Monday – Thursday; 9:00 am – 6:00 pm CST