Category Archives: Biblical Counseling

Earn a BS in Biblical Counseling in Just Two Years

 | 

 

Crossroads Bible College, one of College Park Church’s local outreach partners, is pleased to announce that it will be offering their Biblical Counseling and Discipleship program at College Park Church (2606 W 96th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana) beginning the last Tuesday of March 2016.

The program is specifically designed for people:

  • Who have some college credits,
  • Would like to be equipped to counsel others both in the church and in the wider community, and
  • Would like to earn a BS in Biblical Counseling and Discipleship over the course of just two years.

Instructors for the program will include some of the most experienced teachers and biblical counselors in the area, including Dr. Bob Kellemen, Professor Lilly Park, Rev. Randy Patten, and Pastor Andrew Rogers.

Whether you attend College Park Church or another church, you are welcomed to learn more about this unique opportunity and considering joining the first cohort of new students.

Bob Stone, a College Park member and a Soul Care Coach, serves at the Recruitment Coordinator for this program and has written a blog that provides additional information about the program. You can also learn more about the program at the Crossroads’ web site here. Please contact Bob with any questions. He may also be reached by phone at 317.515.8120.


Bob Kellemen

Dr. Kellemen Moves to Full-Time at Crossroads Bible College

 | 

 

A Word from Your CBC Team: We are excited to announce that effective October 1, 2015, Dr. Bob Kellemen has moved from 50%-time to full-time at Crossroads Bible College as Vice President of Institutional Development and Chair of the Biblical Counseling and Discipleship department.

The following blog was recently posted at the Biblical Counseling Coalition, sharing this announcement to the BCC’s constituency. As they said in their introduction, “This weekend, our Biblical Counseling Coalition founding Executive Director and current Resource Director, Bob Kellemen, shares some important news about God’s new direction in his life and ministry.” You can also read the original post at the BCC here.

The Biblical Counseling Coalition: The Earliest Days

I vividly recall in 2010, Pastor Steve Viars asking me to consider taking on the role of founding Executive Director for the Biblical Counseling Coalition. I was both honored and humbled. I took the invitation seriously and put serious prayer and consultation into my decision-making process.

Looking back now over five years later, I’m glad that I said, “Yes” and took on the role of the BCC’s Executive Director. I served in that role from 2010 to the end of 2014. Then throughout 2015, I’ve served as the BCC’s Resource Director—working on our book projects, daily blogs, weekly book reviews, free resources, and many, many other aspects of the BCC’s “resource wing.”

Today, I am publicly announcing that effective October 15, 2015, I will be transitioning from my role as Resource Director. For the past several months, I’ve been working with our Executive Director, Garrett Higbee, and with the BCC’s Board of Directors to assure that we have a strong transition plan in place. We don’t want you—our faithful readers and resource users—to miss any of the benefits of the robust resources that you have become accustomed to.

Where Am I Headed? 

As many of you know, my greatest passion is equipping the next generation of pastors and biblical counselors. For the past year, I have not only worked for the BCC, but also for Crossroads Bible College in Indianapolis, Indiana. I’ve served as the Vice President of Institutional Development and as the Chair of the Biblical Counseling and Discipleship Department—working 50% time. As you might imagine, those two roles require a lot of me—and effective October 1, 2015, I begin full-time work with Crossroads Bible College.

As some of you also know, my wife, Shirley, has been my Executive Assistant with the BCC for the past year. She will also be transitioning with me to Crossroads, serving there as my Executive Assistant. I know that not all couples enjoy working together, but Shirley and I love it! I’m thrilled not only to partner with Shirley for the past thirty-five years of marriage, but also to partner with Shirley in serving the Lord—first in three churches, then with the BCC, and now with Crossroads Bible College.

The BCC and Me 

I love the BCC. And I so appreciate the leadership and friendship of our Executive Director, Garrett Higbee. It has been my joy to work alongside and under Garrett this past year. He and I are “kindred spirits” in so many ways and I resonate deeply with his ongoing vision for the BCC.

It has also been my privilege to work with the amazing BCC Board of Directors: Deepak Reju, Steve Viars, Garrett Higbee, David Powlison, Randy Patten, Nicolas Ellen, and John Henderson. These men are not only a veritable “who’s who” of biblical counseling leaders; they are godly men and dear friends.

I’ll continue to be vitally connected with the BCC and its mission. I’ll be attending this year’s BCC Leadership Retreat (facilitating one session and presenting in another), I’ll serve on the BCC Council Board, and I’ll be writing blog posts for our Grace & Truth blog site.

What I’m Most Thankful For 

When I think about my five-plus years with the BCC, there are several areas of thankfulness that immediately come to mind.

First, I have had a blast working with dozens of leaders in the biblical counseling movement producing our three BCC books, Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling, Scripture and Counseling, and Biblical Counseling and the Church. Together they form a foundational trilogy describing the theology and methodology of biblical counseling, outlining what we mean by the sufficiency of Scripture, and explaining how biblical counseling can and should saturate every local church.

Second, I have been blessed by getting to know so many of the leaders of the biblical counseling movement. Five years ago I knew many of them only by name and through their writings. Half-a-decade later, I count so many of them as dear friends—brothers and sisters in Christ who care about me and who I care about. This includes not only the members of the Board of Directors and Council Board, but also our bloggers, book reviewers, book co-authors, and resource providers. Thank you—each of you—for your contributions to the BCC and for your impact on my life.

Third, I always find it exciting to be involved in launches and/or re-launches. It’s a major part of how God has wired me. To think back to over five years ago when the BCC was just a “dream,” a “vision,” and to see where the Lord has led us now by His grace—it truly is amazing. We’ve focused on “collaborative relationships and robust resources”—and both of those have come to fruition. And we’ve sought to “promote personal change centered on the Person of Christ through the personal ministry of the Word”—and I believe that we have been a clear voice compassionately spreading that message of our sufficiency in Christ’s gospel of grace.


Be Equipped: Crossroads Bible College at College Park Church

 | 

 

Discipleship is a hot topic in the evangelical church today and rightfully so. In Matthew 28:19-20 Jesus gives us this command:

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

For those who would follow Jesus, ignoring these very specific instructions is simply not optional. Either we are about the work of making disciples or we are simply not walking in the light of what Jesus has done for us (Colossians 2:6).

Equipped to Disciple 

But willingness to obey the command is not enough in this case for Jesus defines “making disciples” as the process of “teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Even if we are fully ready to respond to the command, there is a need to become equipped to be able to provide this teaching.

Of course, the church of Jesus Christ exists in large part for this very purpose of equipping God’s people to speak His truth in love (Ephesians 4:11-16). Therefore, attending and participating in a Bible-teaching church is never optional. But it is also fair to ask:

“Is there anything else I can do to become equipped to effectively obey Matthew 28:19-20?”

Fortunately the answer is a resounding yes, especially for those who live in and around the city of Indianapolis.

Coming, March 2016—Equipped to Counsel and Disciple 

I would like to discuss a very special opportunity for you to become equipped so that you might honor Christ and participate in His program for building up the Body of Christ and taking the message of the Gospel to a lost world.

At Crossroads Bible College, we’re helping Jesus’ followers to become Jesus’ disciple makers. In March of 2016, we will be offering a Bachelor’s degree program in Biblical Counseling & Discipleship. It is specifically aimed at those who have completed some college courses but never finished their Bachelor’s degree. Or, even if you have a degree and want to become equipped to effectively minister God’s Word with compassion and wisdom, this could be a great option for you.

The Biblical Counseling & Discipleship degree program will be offered at College Park Church (2606 W 96th Street, Indianapolis, IN). It is a “cohort” program meaning that you and a group of fellow students would all begin taking courses together in March and, Lord willing, would continue together for the next two years. In this way, you not only benefit from tremendous teaching, but you gain a “new family” of men and women committed to learning how to speak gospel truth in love.

Instructors for this program will include some of the best and most experienced teachers in the area, including Dr. Bob Kellemen, Professor Lilly Park, Rev. Randy Patten, Pastor Andrew Rogers, and other richly experienced and gifted Bible teachers.

My Story and Your Story: What to Do After the Hug, or After the Prayer

If this program sounds interesting to you, please contact me, Bob Stone, at 317-515-8120, or by email at rstone15@crossroads.edu.

I can help evaluate your college credit or prior work experience to determine the right path forward at Crossroads and get you on track to becoming a richly equipped disciple maker.

Oh, by the way, I’m a graduate of this very program…and here’s my CBC/CPC story… 

A few years ago, I had become involved in small group leadership, but something happened along the way. Some of the people in my group began confessing and revealing what was going on in their lives. People came to me seeking help with sin issues like pornography, adultery, same-sex attraction, lust, and anger.

Others were needing help dealing with the ordinary, but difficult, challenges of life like financial struggles, grief, marital conflict, childrearing, and many other life issues. These people needed real help from the Bible, not just the worldly wisdom I had to offer. And they needed more than a caring hug or a quick prayer.

I quickly realized I needed to either become better equipped to help them, or pull back from this leadership role.

Fortunately, there were some good options for me including training in biblical counseling, NANC (now ACBC) certification, and ultimately earning a BS in Biblical Counseling and Discipleship from Crossroads Bible College through a cohort program offered at College Park Church.

I am now helping equip other small group leaders and lay counselors, as well as providing formal counseling to members of the church at large. I am so grateful that the cohort program from Crossroads was available to me at this critical time in my life. I hope many of you reading this will be able to take advantage of it as well.


Bob Kellemen

Confident and Competent Pastoral Counseling

 | 

Ask any pastor (as numerous surveys have done) what is the most difficult and even intimidating aspect of their ministry, and they will tell you “pastoral counseling.”

Any opportunity I get, I love equipping pastors for pastoral counseling. Sometimes that involves an entire counseling degree program like the Bachelors in Biblical Counseling and Discipleship at Crossroads Bible College. Other times it is a 3 semester hour course. Still other times it is an all-day seminar.

Sometimes I’m asked to plant the seed of equipping in a one-or-two-hour training opportunity. That’s the case on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Fort Wayne Baptist Pastors Conference at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 425 Agnes St., Fort Wayne, IN. (Fred R. Morris, Pastor). I will be presenting on: 

  • Confident and Competent Pastoral Counseling: Learning from the Heroes of Black Church History

I’ll build upon Romans 15:14 where the Apostle Paul says of the believers in Rome:

“I myself am convinced, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, complete in knowledge, and competent to counsel one another.”

Paul was convinced that the “average, ordinary” Christian in Rome could be equipped to counsel. And I’m convinced that the “typical” pastor can and should be equipped to counsel.

So…in 90 minutes (the length of my presentation on May 5), what can I say that could further equip God’s shepherd to counsel His sheep? I’ll share principles from my book, Beyond the Suffering, to focus on the amazing legacy of the Black Church during the horrific years of enslavement.

African American Christians moved beyond their suffering to minister God’s comforting care and encouragement to one another. They model for pastors how to sustain, heal, reconcile, and guide God’s people to grow in grace even when facing suffering and fighting against besetting sin.

Attend for Free & Receive a Free Book 

Pastor Fred R. Morris, President of the Fort Wayne Baptist Pastors Conference, invites all area pastors to attend. There is no fee for this event. All pastors in attendance will receive a free copy of Beyond the Suffering: Embracing the Legacy of African American Soul Care and Spiritual Direction.

For more information, contact me at: bkellemen.cbc.edu@gmail.com

Crossroads Bible College

To Glorify God by Training Christian Leaders to Reach a Multiethnic Urban World for Christ

 


Bob Kellemen

Your CBC Faculty: Impacting Our Multiethnic Urban World for Christ

 | 

When you think of your Crossroads Bible College faculty, the first image that comes to your mind is likely of that of a professor engaging a classroom full of students. That’s certainly central to our calling.

However, your CBC faculty also ministers worldwide through their writing ministry. Today, we highlight just a few of the recent writing projects that your CBC faculty have produced in order to glorify God by training Christian leaders worldwide to reach a multiethnic urban world for Christ.

Scripture and Counseling: God’s Word for Life in a Broken World 

Two of your CBC faculty contributed to this important new book published by Zondervan with a Foreword by Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr.

Dr. Kellemen, our VP of Institutional Development and the Chair of the Biblical Counseling Department, served as the General Editor for the book. Additionally, Dr. Kellemen wrote chapter 7, “A Counseling Primer from the Great Cloud of Witnesses,” chapter 10, “The Bible Is Relevant for That?”, and chapter 11, “The Rich Relevance of God’s Word.”

Professor Lilly Park, Professor of Biblical Counseling, co-authored chapter 14, “Speaking the Truth in Love.”

You can learn more about Scripture and Counseling and download a free chapter at Dr. Kellemen’s RPM Ministries site here. You can also order a copy at Amazon here.

Biblical Counseling and the Church: God’s Care Through God’s People 

Several of your CBC faculty contributed to this book, to be released by Zondervan in September, 2015, with a Foreword by Dr. Paul Tripp.

Dr. Kellemen once again served as the General Editor. He also co-authored the Introduction: “Speaking Christ’s Truth in Love,” and he authored chapter 17, “Caring Like Christ: Legal and Ethical Issues in Biblical Counseling in the Church.”

President Ware co-authored chapter 15, “Launching and Leading a Biblical Counseling Ministry in a Multi-Cultural Church.”

Professor Park co-authored chapter 21, “Biblical Counseling, the Church, and the Academy.”

You can pre-order your copy at Amazon here.

Ferguson: How Should the Church Respond? 

President Ware recently co-authored an extremely timely and relevant article in the Journal of Ministry and Theology, Spring 2015, Vol. 19, #1, Baptist Bible Seminary, Clarks Summit, PA. Dr. Ware’s co-author is Ken Davis. Copies can be ordered at the Baptist Bible Seminary site here. 

Gospel-Centered Counseling: How Christ Changes Lives 

Dr. Kellemen is the author of this new biblical counseling book, recently released by Zondervan. Gospel-Centered Counseling offers practical and accessible training to lay leaders, small group leaders, and students, equipping them in a comprehensive and compassionate approach to biblical counseling ministry. You can learn more about Gospel-Centered Counseling, order your copy, and download a free chapter and other free resources at Dr. Kellemen’s RPM Ministries site here.

Dr. Piotrowski Reviews: Wages of Cross-Bearing and Debt of Sin 

Crossroads Bible College Professor, Dr. Nicholas Piotrowski, reviewed the book, Wages of Cross-Bearing and Debt of Sin: The Economy of Heaven in Matthew’s Gospel by Nathan Eubank in the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (JETS). This review is re-posted at our CBC site with the permission of the editor of JETS. You can visit JETS here. You can read Dr. Piotowski’s review at our CBC free resource site at: Dr. Piotrowski Reviews: Wages of Cross-Bearing and Debt of Sin. You can tell others about Dr. Piotrowski’s review using this shortened link: http://bit.ly/CBCNPRev1.

I Will Save My People from Their Sins 

Dr. Piotrowski also published recently in The Tyndale Bulletin: “’I Will Save My People from Their Sins’: The Influence of Ezekiel 36:28B-29A; 37:23B on Matthew 1:21.” You can read Dr. Piotrowski’s article here.

9Marks Reviews by Dr. Piotrowski  

Dr. Piotrowski is also a reviewer at the 9Marks site. You can read his reviews here.

Dr. Badal Reviews: Faithmapping: A Gospel Atlas for Your Spiritual Journey 

Dr. Badal recently published in Themelios: An Internal Journal for Students of Theological and Religious Studies, November 2014, Vol. 39, #3. He reviewed Faithmapping: A Gospel Atlas for Your Spiritual Journey by Mike Cosper and Daniel Montgomery. You can read Dr. Badal’s review here.

Crossroads Bible College

To Glorify God by Training Christian Leaders to Reach a Multiethnic Urban World for Christ


Charles Ware

8 Principles of GRACE Relationships

 | 

An Unusual Counseling Session

A surprising response to a question I asked created in me a hunger to grow in biblical discernment in regards to race relations within the church. Almost forty years ago, I was confronted with a question that surprised me at the time. I did not have an immediate answer.

Seeking biblical answers to questions from people whose cultural groups have been treated unjustly in the name of biblical Christianity has been an area of study for me for decades. Sadly, many Bible-believing Christians are not aware of many of the issues.

Ignorance need not silence us indefinitely. As Christian leaders and biblical counselors, we must always be willing to learn, confess, and repent. Today I remain on a lifelong journey learning the cultural language of people different from me. Many are offended, but the grace of God can redeem and reconcile us in one body.

An Unusual Counseling Office (Matthew 20:19-20)

It was not a normal counseling environment. I sat in my “office chair”—the driver’s seat of my car—with six potential counselees. We were returning home after listening to an evangelist at a youth rally. All of us were teenagers, and I was the only Christian. I had invited them to the youth event so that they might hear a clear presentation of the gospel.

A Little Pre-counseling Session (Romans 10:1-2, 14-15) 

The evangelist delivered a passionate and pointed message. He denounced many of the sins that seduced young people: alcohol, drugs, pre-marital sex, etc. He gave a clear presentation of the gospel and called upon any who desired to be saved to come forward. None of my friends responded to an invitation to hear how to accept Christ.

The ride home was unusually quiet for a car full of teenagers. It was well-known that I had recently become “religious” and was sharing with others. While driving, my mind was wrestling with how I should engage my friends in a conversation about the gospel. Fear of their possible rejection of the gospel and a breach of our friendship caused hesitation. Finally, I broke the silence with the question, “So what did you think about the meeting?”

Herein I Stand (Acts 20:24) 

The minute of silence following my question seemed like five to ten minutes. “How could he say that?” an agitated and loud voice broke the silence. Knowing Tim’s (not the real name) lifestyle, my mind began to run through a list of his sins and prepare for a scriptural response to his anticipated defense of his sins.

My internal discomfort increased, as I anticipated the ensuing conflict. However, I wanted to stand for and suffer, if need be, for Christ. Everyone else in the car was quietly listening to our conversation. All eyes were on me. This was biblical counseling in the marketplace!

“How could he say what?” was my probing response.

“How could he say…” as he began to speak, my resolve to stand for righteousness and call for repentance intensified.

Surprised (Acts 10-11)

Then came my surprise! “How could he say, “Everybody should go to a Christian college when many of their schools would not even let us in?” Everyone in my car, including me, were black.  We were probably the only blacks at the youth rally.

Wow! I was not prepared for this question. I was silenced. I am ashamed to say that I was not well informed about the historical fact that blacks were not admitted to some white churches, Christian high schools, and Christian colleges, simply because they were black.

It can be disarming when your counselee believes or know that the group you are identified with have not always behaved in a gospel-honoring manner. I must admit that I did not have a good biblical, or personal, response to the question raised. I shared my testimony of the power of the gospel in my life. Tim and I never continued the counseling session.

Grace Relations

Since that time, I have studied the history of race relations within the church in the US. A coworker and I created a college course, Culture, Race and the Church, in the early 1990s. (The course is a required at Crossroads Bible College). As we taught this course together, I was enlightened as to why many minorities resist the gospel when associated with Christians who are white.

One enlightening fact is that normally the more biblically conservative the church group, the more supportive they were of slavery, segregation, and discrimination. Check into the split of the Baptists over racial policies. I am still on a journey seeking to reconcile these facts and how to counsel others struggling with church history in regards to cultural segregation.

Additionally, America’s multicultural communities continue to increase. We have cultural communities segregated by various ethnic backgrounds, age, economic, educational, geographic, disabilities, etc.

Grace (God’s Reconciliation At Christ’s Expense) relations provide a foundation to encourage us to discuss the past openly and to create a compelling model for the future (John 13:34-35). As we engage people of different cultures, let us keep the following in mind:

  1. Learn to pray for the humanly impossible: Ephesians 3:14-21.
  2. The Word of God is profitable: 2 Timothy 3:16-4:5.
  3. It is profitable to study cultural perceptions: 1 Corinthians 9:19-23.
  4. Be the first one to love: 1 John 4:10-11.
  5. Be humble and easy to approach: James 3:13-18.
  6. The gospel of grace saves: 1 Timothy 1:12-16.
  7. The gospel of grace transforms: Titus 2:11-14; 1 Peter 1:22-23.
  8. The gospel brings confession and reconciliation: Acts 10-11; Ephesians 4:1-6.We need to have honest and loving conversations. Remember we are on a journey, none of us have arrived yet.

The Rest of the Story (Added by the CBC Team)

For further insight into multiethnic relationships and ministry, we recommend that you consider the following books by Dr. Charles Ware and Dr. Bob Kellemen:

Join the Conversation

How could you implement the 8 principles of GRACE relationships in your ministry—in particular in multiethnic ministry?

Crossroads Bible College

To Glorify God by Training Christian Leaders to Reach a Multiethnic Urban World for Christ


Bob Kellemen

5 Reasons I’m Excited to Minister with Crossroads Bible College

 | 

I am honored to serve at Crossroads Bible College as Vice President of Institutional Development and Chairman of the Biblical Counseling Department.

Here are 5 reasons I’m excited to minister with Crossroads Bible College… 

1. CBC Matches My Calling: Church and Para-Church Health and Growth 

I’ve been in ministry for 33 years now. In those 3+ decades, the Lord has consistently led me to ministries focused on church and para-church health and growth. They go hand-in-hand: healthy organizations grow.

In my role as Senior Pastor at Uniontown Bible Church, when I arrived the church was around 100 people and pastor-centered. By God’s grace, in five years the church grew to 300 and became equipping-centered: church health and growth.

In 1996, President Homer Heater of Capital Bible Seminary asked me to launch the seminary’s first MA in counseling. I remember asking President Heater, “So, if we have no students a year from now…” He finished my sentence. “…then you have no job.” No pressure. The Lord was good—very good. Over the next 17 years, our MA in Christian Counseling and Discipleship department grew to over 150 students each year, with 7 concentrations, and a unified faculty and staff of 18: para-church health and growth.

In 2010, I was asked to be the founding Executive Director of the Biblical Counseling Coalition. It has been a joy to see us grow to a Board of Directors and Council Board of nearly 70 leaders in the worldwide biblical counseling movement, with a robust website with daily blogs, weekly book reviews, 1,000s of free resources, and 3 cutting-edge multi-authored books: para-church health and growth.

In these ministries and others, the common denominator has been my focus on organizational health—healthy relationships among team members and servant-leadership as we’ve ministered to church members, community members, students, and counselees. 

Crossroads Bible College also is committed to health and growth. When I interviewed with the President’s Cabinet, I was encouraged by how they cared about, supported, and respected one another. No one talked about themselves; they all highlighted their colleagues in the room and the administration, faculty, staff, alumni, and students of CBC. That’s a team I want to work with—a healthy team!

And CBC’s healthy team is committed to growth. In addition to our main campus in Indianapolis, Indiana, in recent years we have launched additional sites in Indianapolis at College Park Church and Northside New Era Church, along with sites in Gary, Indiana, Fort Wayne, Indiana, as well as online programs. CBC is also a pioneer in non-traditional and blended approaches to higher education, along with dual credit options for high school juniors and seniors. CBC is positioned to be on the cutting-edge of Christian higher education.

2. CBC Is Committed to Biblical Counseling 

From its earliest days, CBC has been a leader in equipping biblical counselors for multiethnic ministry. CBC’s President, Dr. Charles Ware, their primary biblical counseling professor, Lilly Park, and one of their primary adjunct professors, Pastor Andrew Rogers, along with myself, are all four members of the Biblical Counseling Coalition’s Council Board or Board of Directors, respectively.

As Chairman of CBC’s Biblical Counseling Department, I’m excited to join a team of leaders, educators, and equippers. While biblical counseling has seen a resurgence in recent years among seminaries, there are fewer undergraduate programs committed to biblical counseling, and fewer still with a wonderfully diverse student body and faculty/staff. Truly, CBC’s biblical counseling department is unique and poised to impact the world with Christ’s gospel of grace through equipping in the personal ministry of the Word.

3. CBC Is Committed to and Living Out Multiethnic Ministry 

Many evangelical schools talk about and seek to highlight multi-cultural/multiethnic ministry. CBC lives it and breathes it. It is our mission statement:

CBC Mission: To Glorify God by Training Christian Leaders to Reach a Multiethnic Urban World for Christ

CBC is not for everyone. But it is for anyone who has a passion for equipping in multiethnic urban ministry.

CBC’s faculty, staff, administration, and student body embody multiethnic diversity. CBC’s site locations embody urban ministry. And CBC has a unique and vital degree in Urban Leadership.

As many of you know, I have had a life-long ministry passion for multiethnic ministry. Capital Bible Seminary, where I served for nearly two decades, had no majority culture with a wonderfully diverse multiethnic student body. My third book, Beyond the Suffering, highlights the amazing one-another ministry of the historic black church and all that every Christian can learn from their example. I’m excited to join my passion with CBC’s mission.

4. CBC Has a Balance of Traditional and Non-Traditional Students 

By traditional students, I mean your “typical” 18-year-old student fresh out of high school. By non-traditional, I mean your older “career changer” and mature people already active in ministry who desire further education and equipping.

CBC attracts both types of students: the traditional and non-traditional—which makes for a wonderful educational environment. I love a classroom setting where an 18-year-old student sits next to a 58-year-old pastor—and both learn from each other—and I learn from each of them! I love equipping pastors who are already in ministry—coming alongside of them and encouraging and empowering them. And I love equipping young people with their youthful vision, passion, and energy to change the world.

5. CBC Believes in and Practices Servant-Leadership 

I have yet to say much about CBC’s President, Dr. Charles Ware. And that’s exactly how Dr. Ware would want it—he does not focus on himself. Dr. Ware is a humble, godly, servant-leader. He is an internationally-sought-after speaker, but he would never highlight that. He is a gifted leader who relates to those who work for him as equals—as those who work with him. He is an accomplished author and an expert on multiethnic ministry, urban ministry, and in biblical counseling. I am honored to be working alongside President Ware.

President Ware is just one example of an entire faculty and staff of servant-leaders. All could be working and ministering elsewhere for more money and more notoriety, but they choose to ministry at CBC. My assumption is they choose to minister at CBC for some of the same reasons I do: they believe it is a place focused on church and para-church health and growth, committed to biblical counseling, living out multiethnic ministry, equipping traditional and non-traditional students, and practicing servant-leadership.

Join the Conversation 

How has Crossroads Bible College impacted you?

If you listed 5 reasons for why you work and minister where you do, what would those reasons be?

Crossroads Bible College:

To Glorify God by Training Christian Leaders to Reach a Multiethnic Urban World for Christ