A Bible college was the last thing Andrew ever thought he would do. It’s not that he was opposed to a Bible college; it’s just that he had seen so many Bible college graduates become embarrassments to the kingdom of God. He didn’t want to have his name associated with a college that hadn’t prepared its students properly for ministry, and was convinced that academics alone wouldn’t get the job done.
|"The teaching at CBC combined with the emphasis on personal relationship with God, fellow students, and instructors has completely changed the way I look at things. Now I see what He delivered me from and what He wants me to do."
However, the Lord had imprinted 2 Timothy 2:2 on Andrew’s heart. Paul was writing to Timothy and told him to take the things that he had learned and commit them to faithful men who would be able to teach others. Andrew felt frustrated in his attempts to accomplish this until 1993 when the Lord showed him a groundbreaking way to conduct a Bible college that would do more than just impart knowledge. This college would prepare men and women for ministry with a unique blend of the teaching of God’s Word and practical “on-the-job” training.
With the leading of the Holy Spirit, Andrew brought together a great teaching staff and Charis Bible College opened the doors with its first class in the fall of 1994. Since the establishment of the home base in Colorado Springs, CBC extension schools have been launched across America and around the world.
In addition, CBC correspondence courses have been developed for individual study as well as for In-Church Bible Schools.
FIRST YEAR — Foundational Teaching and Ministry Program
Before the practical aspects of ministry can be explored, it’s very important that each student has a firm foundation in the Word of God. This includes: the understanding of God’s unconditional love, the balance between grace and faith, relationship with God, godly character, the basics of righteousness, the Holy Spirit, prosperity, Bible covenants, keys to personal growth, life vision, and much more.
SECOND YEAR — Advanced Instruction and Practical Training Program
In the second year, the emphasis moves to practical ministry. In small interaction groups, students learn to do the work of the ministry. They conduct weddings, funerals, and baby dedications. They learn to prepare and deliver messages, plan and promote conferences, run children’s church, and more.
Second-year students are also required to take one foreign missions trip. Although they do not pay for the trip directly, it becomes a practical training opportunity for them to raise money for ministry projects. Students remember these trips as life-changing events and the highlight of their college experience.
Important elective classes are also available to second-year students. Examples include: counseling and life guidelines, family, church planting, church history, church government, and others.
THIRD YEAR — Apprenticeship Program
This provides an excellent opportunity for students to move from the classroom into ministry. No longer a student, they will now serve on staff in a variety of capacities, have opportunity to teach, and learn the behind-the-scenes aspects of ministry. Apprentices receive priority consideration when opportunities arise to begin a new extension school, plant a church, or start a missions outreach.
For your convenience, evening classes are now available for both full-time and part-time students at CBC-Colorado.
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