You’ve heard about Youth With A Mission (YWAM) and Discipleship Training Schools (DTS). But did you know that there are more courses designed to take you deeper into specific topics after DTS? The nine-month Chronological Bible Core Course (CBCC) was created to enable those from all walks of life to participate in a University of the Nations CBCC part-time while continuing with their day-to-day responsibilities. It is designed to give you a thorough understanding of the Inductive Bible Study approach by learning how to employ various methods for reading, interpreting, and applying the Scriptures!
What is Youth With A Mission (YWAM)?
YWAM says on their global website: “Youth With A Mission is a global movement of Christians from many cultures, age groups, and Christian traditions, dedicated to serving Jesus throughout the world.”
Click here to visit YWAM Ships Corpus Christi’s website for more information on YWAM’s core beliefs and foundational values.
Check out the video below to learn more about YWAM!
How long is CBCC?
The CBCC is a nine-month long course that enables you to study part-time while also working a full-time job or focus on other commitments.
How old do I have to be to do CBCC?
The CBCC is best suited for those who have at least completed high school (or the equivalent). Special consideration can be made for those in high school to complete it for Bible credits.
Do I have to do a DTS to participate in a CBCC?
No! Anyone can participate in the CBCC. While many YWAM bases have the DTS as a prerequisite, YWAM Ships Corpus Christi does not! However, those who have completed a DTS will receive credit for the course through the University of the Nations.
How can this help me in the future?
The CBCC can set you up for life-long learning as you study the Bible. The Bible is so rich in wisdom. As you study you may receive new revelations from the Lord all on your own. You will have your own knowledge of the Bible to lean on, rather than repeating what others have told you. You will be equipped to give biblical discipleship to those within your community.
If you are pursuing a degree through the University of the Nations, the CBCC meets all of the requirements needed for a core course.
Check out what past trainees had to say about the CBCC below!
How can this be used in ministry?
You will also find that the CBCC will equip you with the tools to teach others how to study the Bible for themselves. You can be a part of ending Bible Poverty by teaching biblical truth to the nations!
Can I do CBCC even if I’m not from the United States?
Yes! The CBCC is designed to have local and international (online) trainees. Please keep in mind that lectures are live and based off of Central Time (UTC-06:00).
What is the weekly time commitment for CBCC?
You can expect to spend about 12-15+ hours on the CBCC weekly. Be sure to take this into consideration before you apply.
Can I do the CBCC if I have a full-time job?
Yes! The CBCC is designed as a part-time commitment online. This means that you are free to study in your own home, at any time of day.
Erin worked a full-time job while doing the CBCC. See what she had to say below!
Can I do the CBCC if I have kids?
Yes! The CBCC is designed for trainees from all walks of life. The part-time commitment allows you to study any time of day. Trainees with young children are asked to secure child care for the lectures.
What type of materials do I need?
A working laptop and reliable internet are required for study within the CBCC. Many trainees also find physical copies of Bible dictionaries to be helpful, in addition to a large-print Bible for highlighting. Crayons or colored pencils are best for highlighting. A notebook can be useful for taking notes. Some trainees find headphones very helpful when listening to online lectures to avoid distractions.
What do you mean by “lectures”?
For each book that we study, a teacher is brought in (live or online) to give historical background to the book, discuss themes or hard passages, and help answer questions for the trainees. Some of these teachers are pastors, some missionaries, some have more traditional jobs in the workforce, but all have studied the Bible inductively. These lectures are generally done in the evenings or on weekends to allow for regular work schedules. You can find the schedule for the next school here.
What books will I study?
You will study 16 books in total, with at least one book within each genre of the Bible. In some genres you will study multiple books. Genres include:
Who will I study with?
You will be placed in a group called a Carrier Team and will be made up of other trainees participating in the course. These may be people within your own community who choose to study together, or may be people around the world. Some trainees even schedule short study group times together. You will also have a Carrier Team Leader. This is a staff member who has done the CBCC in the past and will be your grader for assignments.
What do “Carrier Team Leaders” do?
Your Carrier Team Leader is a staff member who has done the CBCC in the past and will be your grader for assignments. They are there to walk alongside you as you study the Bible. They will spend weekly one-on-one time with you and facilitate group discussions. You will not be alone as you study!
What will a typical assignment look like?
Most assignments are the same; however some genres will have different assignments. You will usually read through the book, make detailed observations, study the historical context of the book, then observe and interpret, and apply the text. Other assignments may include writing a small essay on a certain topic within the book, discovering certain poetic devices, or detailing the lives of Israelite kings.
Are there any additional assignments I should know about?
Evenly spaced throughout the course are additional assignments. This includes leading a small-group Bible study on the book of Habakkuk and preaching a sermon on the book of Galatians. Don’t let these deter you! Your Carrier Team Leader will help explain the basics and encourage you along the way!
When are assignments due?
Due dates for assignments may vary from book to book, but each week you will have portions of assignments that need to be checked or turned in.
How much time do I have to complete each book?
Depending on the length of the book being studied, you will have 2-3 weeks to complete an entire book.
Do I have to go to Corpus Christi, TX to participate in the CBCC?
Nope! Trainees that live in the Corpus Christi area are encouraged to attend live lectures; however online trainees are only required to attend Zoom meetings. There is no traveling required!
Will I get time off?
Because the CBCC is a part-time course done within your own time, the only scheduled ‘time off’ is our Christmas break. It is up to the trainee to make sure they are taking time throughout their week for rest or a Sabbath. At the beginning of the school, trainees are given a detailed syllabus to help them plan out their weeks.
What does the cost include?
Here’s a breakdown of some of the things included in the course fees:
Are there additional out-of-pocket costs?
What Bible Dictionaries do you recommend?
Our past trainees have enjoyed the Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Tyndale BIble Dictionary, or Zondervan Illustrated Bible Dictionary.
What if I can’t get a physical copy of a Bible Dictionary?
There are online options for Bible Dictionaries for those who don’t want to carry heavy books around. Many of our staff like Studylight.org for this purpose.
Is there a field assignment?
There is an optional field assignment. Check with your Carrier Team Leader after you have applied for the school to learn more.
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