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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

Transformation through Four Dimensional Discipleship

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Dimension 1: Assessments and Life Growth Plans

Goal: Emotional, Cultural and Spiritual Development

Initial Assessments Administered at Start of College Career Establishes Base Line for Growth for Student

  • SpiritPulse measures Spiritual Vitality
  • Emotional Intelligence 2.0 measures Emotional Intelligence
  • Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) measures Cultural Competence

Concluding Assessments Administered at End of College Career Displays Growth and Development

Input: Discipleship Coach

Student Meets with Discipleship Coach (DC) in order to:

  • Explore calling and purpose in life
  • Explain results of assessments
  • Establish growth plans


Dimension 2: Academic Courses

Goal: Biblical and Theological Knowledge

Input: Professors

Student takes 45+ hours of Bible and Theology from highly qualified Professors

  • Bible Study Methods and Hermeneutics
  • Biblical Exposition
  • Apologetics
  • Systematic Theology
  • Preaching & Teaching
  • Bible Electives


Dimension 3: Life-on-Life Small Groups

Goal: Accountability and Spiritual Disciplines

Input: Peers

  • Student meets with three other students in Quad Small Groups for two semesters during Junior and Senior years
  • Curriculum explores keys to spiritual formation and spiritual discipline:
    • Their Identity in Christ
    • The Value of Community
    • Personal Integrity
    • Faithfulness in Calling


Dimension 4: Practical Ministry Experience

Goal: Ministry and Life Skills Development

Input: Mentors

  • Student participates in two semesters of Christian Service Life Program (CSLP) during first two years
  • Alumni, staff, pastors, and community leaders serve as mentors and encouragers


Life Context

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.


Profile of Desired Outgoing CBS Graduate


  • Have submitted their life to the authority of Christ and the Bible
  • Have cultivated a life of spiritual disciplines, including Bible study, prayer, worship and fellowship


  • Have a biblical worldview based upon a growing knowledge of the Bible, and the skills to rightly interpret and proclaim its meaning
  • Have the ability and willingness to regularly engage in personal evangelism and discipleship
  • Have the necessary skills to fulfill the calling of God on their lives


  • Have a loving and forgiving heart, showing compassion for a lost and diverse world, but without compromise to God’s Word


  • Have a growing awareness of their strengths, weaknesses and gifts
  • Have developed the competence to skillfully navigate diverse cultures 


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