The End of the Bible College

There is a part within most of us that longs for our college years. We reminisce about days gone by with friends, classes, relationships, struggles, good times and bad with a sense of nostalgia beaming from rose-colored glasses.

Most of us, that is, except me. Sure, I miss my friends from college (I collaborate with them in the beauty and wonder that is theomag.com). I met my wife in college, so of course there is a natural bounty of pleasant memories surrounding our courtship.

But that’s it.

I, my friends, am an alumnus of Central Bible College (CBC). Founded in 1922, CBC was designed to be the premier institution of ministerial higher learning for the Assemblies of God, and for the vast majority of the 20th century it was. CBC pumped out ministers and missionaries like a General Motors plant pumps out Chevys. The vast majority of Pentecostals worldwide are Assemblies of God—and the vast majority of the ministers and missionaries which have served in AG churches have been students at CBC at one time. CBC was a force to be reckoned with. Key word: was.

A view from above mighty Welch Hall

My colleagues here at TheoMag, though they may not agree with the content of this article, I went to a different Bible college than those who would darken the doors of campus during alumni events and pick apart the way students dressed to the administration. My dormitory, Welch, stood as a reminder for the might which once was CBC as it shined like a beacon in the era of the Bible College. Its condition, however, was entirely demonstrative of the decline of CBC and a need for change.  Once packed full with some 1500 plus students, CBC was a dismal 600-some-odd people when I came, and even less when I left. Where there once was a shortage of breathing room within the dormitories, every man in Welch had, not only his own room, but usually a dedicated dorm room for storage on the floor which was occupied only by vermin.

So in early August, the General Council of the Assemblies of God moved with an overwhelming 70% vote to allow Central Bible assets to be acquired by Evangel University, a local AG liberal arts university largely plagued by success and positive reputation.

The overwhelming response got me thinking. What was it that led to the downfall of CBC? An institution, which at one time was a force with which to be reckoned, had been reduced to a collection of decaying buildings, a dwindling student body which competes in numbers with my childhood elementary school, and a reputation which could only be greater than that of Comcast or the Internal Revenue Service.

In my opinion (an opinion which I personally hold in great esteem, by the way), I believe there are two probable causes for the downfall of Central Bible College. If you don’t agree with these causes…well…here, I still am anyway with this article out there for all to see.

1)  Central Bible College was victim to a cultural shift within the Assemblies of God and American theological training.

I want you, dear reader, to think in your mind (or out loud if you’re feeling sassy) of colleges and universities which teach religious studies courses. Dime a dozen, right? Gordon Conwell, Regent (shout out Jare Bear), Denver Theological (shout out Dusty Kat), heck, Michigan State University has a religious studies course. But, now dig deep through the recesses of your mind and make a list for me of theology-only institutions. Pretty short list, neh? That is, if you can think of one at all.

Truth be told, by CBC’s adoption of degree programs like teaching (call it Christian teaching all you want, but it’s a teaching curriculum with a couple of theology classes thrown in there) and media, it ceased to be an institution truly dedicated to the training of ministers and missionaries. Not that either of the aforementioned studies are any less admirable (I personally think teachers should be paid more than doctors), but these courses of study are not intended to produce ministers and missionaries, which was CBC’s dogmatic slogan for 90 years.

The fact of the matter is that a cultural shift has caused the nature of and demand for Bible colleges and universities to decline.  Why do you ask? Economics.

Here’s the scoop:  Since 1982, a time when CBC was booming like Vanilla Ice’s imminent ascension to the world of white rap, the cost of attending college has increased 439%

Yeah.

Private colleges like CBC tend to be on the higher end of the curve versus a student attending a public university within his or her respective state. Even if the cost were similar, the end result of four years of Bible college is a degree in a theological field…and your choices are either the pastorate or teaching theology in a Christian school. Neither of these vocations pay a great deal.

So as the cost of education has risen, it has become increasingly difficult to pay off high volumes of student loans with a salary that is certainly less than high volume. It is the exact opposite of the cost/salary ratio doctors pay for their education.

Therefore, as Bible college student loans have gotten more and more difficult to satisfy in the real world, many students have traded in a theologically oriented education for a secular focus or theological studies at liberal arts universities which are more reputable with secular employers. It is unfortunate that church attenders may ultimately pay the price in a less theologically grounded pool of ministers, but that’s the way it is. Denominations, like the Assemblies of God, have not done a good enough job at subsidizing the cost of higher learning for their ministers and could ultimately pay the price in a less educated group of ministers in the generations to follow.

I would also partially attribute the blame to schools like CBC, however, in doing an absolutely abysmal job at cultivating positive relationships with their alumni. In the times I have contacted CBC (almost always having to do with reoccurring issues regarding our student loans directly through the school), the general consensus is that I am more of an annoyance than an alumnus. Unlike schools like Moody Bible Institute (Chicago, IL), of which my sister is an alumna, who are able to heavily rely on the contributions of their alumni base, schools like CBC have a more “love ’em and leave ’em” approach to alumni relations (unless your rise to pastoral stardom demands otherwise). Regardless of what quantities, various parties share the blame as the rampant rise of cost in post-secondary learning is the biggest potential culprit.

2.) Central Bible College was victim to an underlying conspiracy towards consolidation.

Call me a conspiracy theorist but let’s face it, there are politics in church. It’s an affliction which has plagued the church for two millenia. So I believe it is entirely within the realm of belief that since the inauguration of the previous administration of leadership within the Assemblies of God, there has been an ever-growing desire to consolidate the AG Springfield, Missouri schools. Folks close to AG leadership have disclosed information which lends toward the notion that the parting of CBC’s last president midway through the last decade was as a direct result of his opposition towards a desired merger. For me it is probable that the administration put in place following this departure was hand-picked with the idea to move the school into a hardship which would lend the greatest amount of logic and sense towards a merger when the right time came for a vote. Throughout this transitional period, CBC had lost some of its most respected and most beloved teaching and administrative personnel. Essentially, adhering to this theory would lend to the idea that Assemblies of God leadership partially manipulated the circumstances leading up to the vote by placing leadership overseeing CBC which did not possess the capacity to keep CBC afloat.

Whatever the cause for CBC’s decline, the fact remains that it did decline—and quickly. I think it is safe to say that the demand of institutions of higher learning which focus solely on theological studies is on a decline. Whether the economy is to blame or a depreciated hunger for the Word of God, it is a sad reality nonetheless. But whether CBC’s decline is as a direct result of this remains uncertain. I for one am personally glad to see CBC’s reign of terror on her students the last six years come to an end.  Watching the decline of CBC was like being “the field captain for the team that couldn’t shoot straight” (Toby Ziegler, The West Wing).

Perhaps through this merger we can put to rest the 90-year legacy of Central Bible College, memorializing its dormitories, classrooms, and chapel as an ode to a once-great legend like the coliseum and the Parthenon. The end of the Bible college is upon us ladies and gentlemen, whether we choose to accept it or not.

Todd Korpi (@toddkorpi) and his wife Tara planted and pastor The Cathedral, a life-giving church in Flint, Michigan. Todd and Tara live in downtown Flint with their three daughters and a golden retriever named Karl Barth. Todd has a passion for helping urban church planters, particularly in the rust belt of the northern United States. He has a B.S. in Church Ministries from Evangel University and is currently finishing a M.A. in Global Leadership at Fuller Theological Seminary. His debut book, "The Life Giving Spirit: The Victory of Christ in Missional Perspective" is scheduled to be released in March 2017. Find out more about Todd and The Cathedral at www.thecathedral.is

27 Comments

  • Reply September 6, 2011

    Dusty Kat

    I agree that ministerial prep is not immune to economic downturn. A minister is not a steward if he exempts himself from financial planning for a preference of passivity or "faith" alone-training. Perhaps this is what we are seeing: A great awakening of shrewdness.

    Does God favor training squandering ministers in a privatized education or prudent ministers in a public university? A light in the world can be snuffed by the carelessness of debt.

    I am pleased with my Bible College education because that is where God trained me and wanted me. However, in these times, apparently, "It's about the call and the shrewd"

    • Reply November 22, 2012

      Randy Neary

      I found your article very interesting. I am a graduate of NCBC, with way too many student loans. My wife and I had an amazing experience at NCBC at the time it was the best choice for preparing for Full-Time Ministry in the late 80’s. I think you made some very valid points, but along with your points I think the AG made a strategic shift to create Christian Colleges/Universities instead of institutions to develop ministers only. This lead to the move towards getting all Higher Ed Schools accreditation. I entered NCBC right before they receive NCA accreditation, tuition tripled in 4 years. CBC was the last hold out against accreditation. This shift and the higher cost has fed the Master Commission movement.

      20 Years after leaving NCBC my son is now looking to go to study for the ministry. After talking to all the AG schools he has applied with hopes of receiving scholarships. With scholarships the cost is still 18k-20k a year. The solution offered is Fed loans and Private loans. After a lot of thought and prayer he is working two plans. Plan #1) take as many classes that can transfer from local community college and Global University. NCU allows 42 transfer credits, this will save 75%-90% off of NCU tuition. Plan #2 he is applying to Moody Bible Institute – Chicago that offers a Tuition Paid scholarship for all undergrad students. MBI trains for ministry only. Like it has for over 100 with higher academics than all AG current schools. MBI has over 1400 appliance each year and only accepts 350-400. MBI also has a 65% graduation rate, AG schools avg 30-35%.

      The Bible College movement is dead in the AG but a viable model to create qualified future leaders is not in place. Failure to address this issue will lead not to the demise of CBC but the demise of the AG in years to come. The boom of Bible College movement raised up generations of Ministers and Missionaries with out Debt. The AG has to figure out a way to do this again

      • November 24, 2012

        Todd Korpi

        Randy, very good points. My sister and brother-in-law along with some good friends of mine are alumni of Moody and speak very highly of the school. Their model for tuition, in my opinion, is extraordinary.

        Since writing this article last year, another development in this field has gotten me thinking and that is local church-sponsored education. Grand Rapids First AG’s Zion Bible College extension is one that comes to mind. My home church (Mt. Morris Trinity) once had a Global Univ. extension they called Trinity School of Theology that at one point boasted several dozen students receiving low-cost/solid-quality education.

        I myself have begun a much much smaller program by which I have an intern who works with me without pay but receives a one-on-one tutoring from myself while working for an undergrad the church pays for through Global. Though I pale in comparison to the professors of higher learning institutions, it’s a solution which will cost my intern nothing but in exchange the church receives work (wonderful quality work, at that).

        Best of luck to your family and your son in searching out the best solution for his college education!

    • Reply December 7, 2016

      James Braddy

      Thank you for the article. As a graduate of CBC who also went to Evangel, the challenges of the two schools in the same city were always a concern. One other key to the struggle of CBC was the ability of Evangel to introduce courses and majors that directly competed with CBC. When Evangel was founded that was not to happen but the creep to have more students won the day. ( Noticed that you graduated with a degree from Evangel church ministry.). The current headquarters administration was committed to closure, the word merger is just not a fact. There is now a vacuum created being filled by lesser educational methods. So we move on. The costs to attend other “comprehensive” schools leaves students graduating with enormous debt, some unable to do what they were called to do. I will forever wonder what CBC could have been if the factors you mentioned plus a quality administration and a supportive General Council administration had been in place. Thanks again for the article.

  • Reply September 6, 2011

    Korpi Diem

    Agreed. From an educational standpoint, I was pleased with the depth of education I received. I, however, was drastically shocked to see the great plains of theology throughout which I was never encouraged to roam while at CBC. My sister is an alumna of Moody, and while I would have conversations with her I realized I was only able to speak from a Pentecostal perspective. I knew nothing of the other side. I only knew arguing points for Calvinism because I took the liberty of studying is myself–to say nothing of other schools of thought such as open-theism.

    Though I would say there seems to be a nostalgic disappointment in dealing with the downturn of monofocal schools of theology I think perhaps it is blown out of proportion. I would not say that a person is any less educated in Political Science if he or she attends a University in which PoliSci is one of many course studies offered. Just the same, I don't necessarily believe a minister is receiving any sort of educational injustice by being educated at a "liberal arts" university.

    We want to cling to the familiar because that is human nature. But the familiar often holds us back from what God can do in the unfamiliar.

  • Reply September 6, 2011

    Matthew Baker

    Great article Korpedo! Bolder than a cup of French Roast with a shot of espresso. Way to take the conversation out on a limb with snapping the branch. Just like the recent GM discontinuation of the Pontiac brand the CBC product shall exist no more except for those that made it off the line prior to the end. At least when we're all old men at struggling into our Sunday pews we can always shrug our shoulders at the new pastoral breed and say "They sure don't make em' like they used to."

    • Reply September 6, 2011

      Dusty Kat

      I can't wait to live at Brawnamatha (relocated in Brawnita Valley) with all my peeps!

  • Reply September 7, 2011

    Blyx

    I agree that the two reasons given are probably more accurate than those provided by many AG execs recently. Outpricing the market and internal pressure to merge have taken their toll. While some see the Bible College as the eight track tape of higher ed, leadership overseas, where Pentecostalism is growing rapidly, can't get enough of them.

  • Reply September 7, 2011

    Lillian Davis

    Hey Todd. Just want to add my two-cents worth here, I think your premises are right. I have to ask a question or two, OK being a Yiddisha Mama I may ask more than two.

    You expect a lot of a denominational institution to offer you perspectives of other denominations. Some prof's offer their students the ability to explore other perspectives, but constraints of time and denominational influence prohibit a complete offering adinfinitum. That's part of growing up, learning to learn on your own. And that is one major role of undergraduate work. (Teaching you to learn).

    I am especially troubled by your characterization of CBC's "reign of terror". Then you turn around and say that you are pleased with the depth of your education. These two statements seem to be diametrically opposed.

    Back to the "reign of terror" : I know that there were and are many students who were and are hurt on a continuing basis by the attitudes of some at CBC. Coming from the vantage point of attending more than one college in my short life here on earth, I can tell you that CBC doesn't and never has had a lock on that. I have watched students leave more campuses because of the attitudes of professors and "student mentors" than should have ever been allowed.

    To be honest Todd, this reads a bit vitriolic. You seem to have a very big ax to grind and I have to ask, is this forum the place you want to grind it?

  • Reply September 7, 2011

    JessiK

    Todd, this is an exceptionally well written article. I would agree with Lillian saying that you may have some bitterness towards the "Assemblies of God institution of higher learning having a Bible-centered curriculum designed to educate and train ministers, missionaries, and christian workers to serve the Lord Jesus Christ in and through the local church." This bitterness most likely is valid due to ridiculously unorganized finance departments, long lines at enrollment, and an often rude alumni department. However, I think the bigger question is – what is God doing in the midst of all this?? Could it be that God is using the economic instability of CBC and the church politics to bring about His will in the A/G education realm? I'd say yes.

    While many are moping the "death" of CBC, I say, what does God have next??? Schaeffer when asked what would happen if the finances stopped flowing for L'Alibri, simply stated (and I am paraphrasing) that L'Alibri would cease to exist. It's the unpretentious mentality that freed him from Facebook groups like "I remember CBC when…" that make onlookers embarassed, and some alumnus like myself grimace. I am no company hand, so CBC had it's glory days and I am glad for my education, but my pride is in Christ alone and not in the Spartans (who may have had bi-sexual tendencies in historical reference and were a poor choice for our mascot to begin with)or the institution. It is time to move forward with gratefulness to the wonderful professors who spent time at Thursday night prayer and in their classrooms educating us, as well as the caf for teaching me what fake food really tastes like.

    Further up and farther in.

    • Reply September 21, 2011

      Apollojetick

      BOOM! DONE! Jessi…this was all of my thoughts, in order, word for word. The End.

  • Reply September 8, 2011

    Korpi Diem

    @Lillian, I think that teaching other points of view is exactly what our Assemblies of God schools should do. I didn't learn to explore other points of view from Central Bible. In fact, it is what I learned at CBC which made me apprehensive toward exploring other schools of thought.

    The "reign of terror" remark and my being pleased with the depth of education are not contradictory. Reign of terror describes the operations of the school whereas my being pleased with my education is…well…my being pleased with my education. I was not, however, pleased with my experience and the two are very different from one another.

    I believe TheoMag is the perfect place to "grind an ax." I believe my article was written in truth but with a measure of grace and poise. I consulted numerous alumni of CBC prior to the article's publication, including a former class president and a former class secretary and student ministry leader. I'm not cavalier about that to which I put my name and I most certainly stand behind the words on this page.

    I'm sure as you have read my work on various forums throughout the last several years you've come to notice I write with a bit of hyperbolic jadedness. Certainly there are hints of sincerity at its core…but the reign of terror remark is most definitely hyperbole.

    @Jess, I agree with you on all points and your point is very well made. I wouldn't go as far as to coin my jaded attitude toward our alma mater as bitterness. It most certainly doesn't keep me up at night and I rest well in the knowledge that my college experience was what it was. I believe CBC has had a phenomenal legacy over the years…just not the recent ones. The reasons which you listed, however, have most definitely been the underlying cause for my lack of tolerance toward CBC. Perhaps it's bitterness, perhaps it's being realistic–I suppose in the end only God knows. I think I have given proper credence to the legacy of our beloved Spartans to show my attempt at a balanced approach.

  • Reply September 18, 2011

    Marco Polo

    Good stuff! As a child of the '80's, "Video killed the radio star.". As a '90's undergrad, I'd say that I've never seen a more melodramatic death. In fact, it seems the ghost continues to moan and moan…on and on…from the grave. Apparently, the unintended lessons remain. The superspiritualization of opinion might better serve to provide me with a less than perfectly made skinny-half-caff-mocha-latte' than bring me genuine satisfaction. It occurs to me that the muffled whining I continue to hear in my ears offers a vivid image of a healthy young adult sitting in his pajamas at 11:15a.m. on a Tuesday whilst giving a raging political commentary on the current economic condition to his apathetic golden retriever. It has never nor ever will be profitable which likely contributed grossly to it's demise. It's time to move on to something of value or to something, at minimum, might show some promise of lowering my cholesterol.

  • Reply September 19, 2011

    AJC

    Todd,

    Overall, I really liked your article. I am also a former resident of Welch Hall.

    I think the inflation of higher education is really the demise of the school, and the relatively stagnant growth of ministerial salaries was the nail in the coffin for CBC, especially when combined with the tanking market. Diversifying our alumni pool with those who have a higher earning potential will increase the opportunity for the institution to survive down-turns in the market. Those causes are more likely the cause of the demise than your conspiracy theory.

    However, I know of several institutions of higher education that focus all most entirely on a theological degree (historical and practical theology). These institutions tend to be graduate schools. The model is very different and is often highly subsidized. In fact, all of the additional schools that you mentioned (except for Michigan State University) is closed to those who don't have a B.A.

    I graduated from one of those other institutions mentioned above with a couple of M.A.'s. However, I feel that I would have been better served getting a B.A. in linguistics, anthropology, history, etc. from a state institution than a B.A. in biblical studies from a Bible college. It would allow for greater career flexibility (both in ministry and in secular employment).

    My undergraduate degree is not as valuable, because the school lacks name recognition. Theological education. In my view, ministers would be better served if their formal theological began at the graduate level.

  • Reply September 21, 2011

    Apollojetick

    Thanks Todd. I think this is a much needed post in the discussion many people are needing to have in what is happening. You handled it gracefully and politely. Thanks for your generosity in details and courage in discussing this.

  • Reply September 23, 2011

    Joel

    Todd, I found your article both interesting and thought provoking. While I would tend to question your "conspiracy theory" I will concede that I am likely just a bit too idealistic and or naive.

    I share a lot of your feelings and sentiments when it comes to my experience at CBC. I also completely agree with you in regard to the cost and the way they have treated the alumni. Still (and I can only speak for myself) I believe God really used my time at CBC to mold me in to the man that I am today. I am honestly grateful for the time and energy that so many godly professors spent, pouring in to my life. I can say without reservation that the training I received and the time that I spent at CBC impacted me in ways I never could have imagined.

    To be honest I didn't want to see the vote to consolidate succeed. However, my reasons were purely sentimental in light of how God used my time there.

  • Reply June 19, 2012

    Jarred

    I tried twice to successfully attend CBC and both times, a group of utter crazies eventually made me leave, instead of working with me to continue my education. If you were to blame any one particular person, it would be Wayne Benson. The man is a complete idiot. Instead of finding ways to try to dig CBC out of debt, I watched him spend money the school didn’t have! The school was guilty overall of allowing anyone to attend, to its demise. Instead of a school that is hard to get into, it’s only requirements as many know to be true is “Fog a Mirror” and know how to sign your name. I hope they bulldoze every building to the ground and burn every book in the library. That place has been churning out students that know almost nothing for years, to the detriment to the rest of the world. 

    • Reply November 26, 2017

      Kevin

      Response to Jarred:

      Your response to this issue shows your ignorance on this matter and your utter lack of respect for your elders. Dr. Benson is the one who led CBC to become regionally accredited, so to assert he is a “complete idiot” is ridiculous. To further illustrate your ignorance, the money CBC didn’t have to spend was money Dr. Benson spent out of his own pocket. Things aren’t always what they look like on the surface.

      Having personally walked a school through the accreditation process, I know the intelligence and hard work it takes to make this happen. NO ONE did it before Dr. Benson at CBC, so you need to get more information before casting stones at a man who has given his life in service of the Kingdom of God.

      It sounds like your issues at CBC were a lot deeper than the other “crazies” there!

  • Reply February 19, 2016

    Dan C

    Funny article to find online, I must admit – so I will cast my two stones in the pond and see what kind of ripple effect I can get…

    – The reason CBC closed was primarily based on it becoming regionally accredited a little too late in the game picking a school that actually has a future. Apparently, it did have a couple of chances for accrediation, but thanks to the stellar leadership of people like Muarice Lednicky, it passed it up several times. Sure it was accredited from (2005-2013), but that was way too late for a great many parents to even think of sending the kids there. Consolidation with Evangel was the logical choice for the AG – and for it to finally look inside and be introspective for once was surprising to say the least! Do I sound a little bitter about this institution of higher wedding rings?? I do, because its lack of accreditation cost me dearly – and because of this failure to act when they could have I now have to take 10 painful classes at EU to earn a real BA. (one the flip side, I kinda like EU now, it’s not too bad and it works for me). Now, back the rant, The AG was so pious that they had a college for minister and missionary training that they never ever considered what the cost of not being regionally accredited would eventually have on them and more importantly, it’s students. So in the end, I am soooo glad this bad boy got shut down – and maybe, just maybe the AG will learn from this.

  • Reply May 14, 2016

    Randy Neary

    I thought I would revisit this article. Just yesterday I was listening to Dr Denbow give his last message, a very good one, at North Central University. NCU is having to downsize and one of the biggest areas to see cuts is the Pastoral studies department. In this years Graduating class the top 5 groups of graduates were all but Pastoral studies or missions. NCU is striving to maintain its purpose but is having a tough time of it. In the past 10 years it has seen a drastic decline in enrollment for ministry related degrees. In comparison in our district we have seen the MISOM enrollment grow. NorthPoint continues to grow. But I am concerned for the fuutre of the AG and the level of education in our pulpits. I do believe it is wise for any one to seek graduate level theological education that will not incur debt.

    I will also add my two kids are both at MBI-Chicago.

  • Reply October 6, 2016

    Ruth Fravel

    Hello! I’m a year late in reading this????. I have been so grieved about the closing of CBC..
    mine is purely sentimental. My grandparents were the second and third graduating class at CBC.. I have pictures of them and it is amazing!
    I even have my grandmothers journal and all her entries from 1925…
    I cry every time I read it..
    I went there.. so many encounters with the Lord..
    I valued the simplicity. I valued the conservative views.. oh and Acts class with sister Redding.. soooo amazing!
    Thank you! These memories are forever engraved in my heart!

  • Reply November 5, 2016

    Ronald Hancock

    I, too, graduated from CBC in 1972 and lived in Welch Hall for two years. After resigning my ordination in 1977, I went into the business world and retired in 2007. After leaving full-time ministry after five years, I was (and still am) disappointed by the lack of communication from fellow students and CBC. Hope to hear from former colleagues.

    • Reply December 7, 2016

      Jeff Bowman

      Hey brother,
      Many of us are disappointed and disillusioned by the way things were going, and by how CBC was taken away from us. I’ve spoken to many of my old college buddies, and none of us can believe it’s gone… What a total lack of vision… it’s a sad shame, and a waste!

  • Reply December 6, 2016

    Jeff Bowman

    The A/G has lost the revival fire from which it was birthed. Like a hollow tree, it survives, but the life it clings to, is but a shadow of its former glory.
    Unless you nurture it, revival always moves on… to a new generation, a new people, a new nation. As an alumnus of CBC, I witnessed the era of 1983 to 1988. I felt the chill early, when accreditation had become the “prize.” CBC was overjoyed with its high enrollment, for all those student loans had made this possible…

    So when those times came, as God’s Spirit sweetly moved in Chapel services, students felt it, and began to respond. A full blown revival was a threat to the status quo, by diminishing the number of hours spent in class, so leadership was quick to bank the fire, and “blah-blah-blah, what a wonderful move of God.” The man with the microphone would invariably interrupt what God was doing, grieve the Spirit, and scoot us out of the Chapel, and on to class, so that the precious accreditation wouldn’t be lost.

    No slight or judgment intended here, but the glory of those 90 years is gone….

    God gave CBC several chances for revival, and she was not willing! Whatever happens now, we’ll always look back in the rear view mirror, as we stand shoulder to shoulder with the Methodists, the Presbyterians, and other past revival movements, and wonder what might have been…

    If revival comes to your church, you better fight with everything in you, to keep it. Lay down your life, if need be! We are accountable!

  • Reply August 6, 2017

    Chastty Cook

    People are gullible and believe any thing you tell them I think this consolidation is a perfect example of those that refuse to investigate and do their home work. I was told that a consortium was offered as a solution since EU was in trouble but the leadership refused to listen to any other idea and pushed a consolidation instead. The leaders wanted CBC to be taken off of the books and they did not want to pay for security and maintenance any longer

  • Reply October 2, 2017

    dishonesty

    The form is available online and has to be with a college transcript, recommendations from the 3 people
    plus a personal statement. Though it’s a constitutional
    obligation, the non-availability of funds and vested administrative setup have generated
    the mushrooming of universities, fake campuses, private enterprises and numerous makeshift centers of education as also fly-by-air foreign campuses.
    The Central and state governments invoke ESMA to curb the voice of agitating people, however it takes little time
    to give benefits to politicians and bureaucrats.

  • Reply October 16, 2017

    Michael P Butler

    I’m an Evangel College Alum before it bloomed into “U”. I think the perfect place for a school of Theology is embedded in a Liberal arts environment. Jesus ate with “sinners” don’t you know. (wink emoji here).

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