Christian Bible Institute
The Christian Bible Institute is a self-paced online study program offered by the CRA. It is designed to increase the knowledge of God’s people in the areas of Bible, Theology, Church History, and related areas. The target level of CBI courses is intended to go beyond the typical church class. It is not designed to be the equivalent of Bible college or Seminary courses.
Director: Harold Orndorff
The trustees of the Christian Restoration Association are also the trustees of the Christian Bible Institute, making the Christian Bible Institute a ministry of the CRA. The fees charged by the CBI for courses are modest and are subsidized by the general fund of the CRA. Appreciation gifts above the required fees are appreciated.
Christian Bible Institute began on January 1, 1945, in Creswell, North Carolina. Its purpose was to help educate Christian leaders to make them more effective servants for the churches. This course was designed particularly for those who desired a home study opportunity and was not in competition with resident Bible colleges.
An agreement was made on June 1, 1966, between Perry F. Baldwin, founder of Christian Bible Institute, and the Christian Restoration Association which authorized the CRA to administer Christian Bible Institute, maintaining its original purpose.
Questions and Answers
Where do I find the courses offered and complete course assignments?
In order to access CBI courses, you must use the Canvas learning system. After you have paid the required course fees, you will receive via email an invitation to join your course(s) at Canvas. This system is found at canvas.instructure.com/login/canvas. On your first visit, you will be invited to sign up for a free Canvas account. You need this in order to participate in CBI courses.
May I take just one subject?
Yes. You are welcome to pick your pace and the number of courses you are taking at a given time.
Will my courses transfer to a Bible college?
Correspondence courses are generally not accepted by resident schools and are not intended to be the equivalent of a college course. However, if requested, a list of your completed courses will be sent to a college for evaluation.
How soon must I finish the course?
Each student works at his own rate. Proceed at a pace that makes you comfortable.
How do I pay for the course?
A one-time registration fee of $15 is required. The cost of books varies. Courses are $36.00 each. This must be paid in advance.
How do I get started?
Visit the CBI Course page to select the course you wish to take. First-time students must also select the Enroll Now option to pay the one-time enrollment fee.
The CBI offers its studies in a completely online format. Students who take the necessary steps to enroll will be invited to join the class(es) of their choice at Canvas, a service dedicated to the online class format.
While the goal of these courses is to increase understanding of the Bible and important areas related to the Bible, you will be assisted in understanding the Bible by the use of textbooks. These offer outlines of the subjects and are intended to stimulate the thinking of students. Each course is built around one textbook.
The goal of each subject is to help the student gain a significant understanding of an area important in advancing the cause of Christ and His church. Students will need to read the lesson material and thoughtfully answer questions about that material in a satisfactory manner. More detailed instructions will be found for each class on the Canvas system.
Students are encouraged to ask questions via the Canvas system, which is designed to facilitate teacher-student interaction. The courses offered here should be considered a directed student-initiated study.
The course list below is current but in the process of being revised. All courses currently available are administered through the Canvas online learning system. If you would like to look at that before signing up for a course, send your request to CBI@thecra.org
Current Courses Available
|Acts of the Apostles|
|The Gospel of John|
|History of Christianity|
|The Restoration Movement|
|Interpreting and Defending the Faith|
|Hermeneutics: Bible Interpretation|
|Apologetics: A Reasoned Defense of the Christian Faith|
|Doctrine of Grace|
|The New Testament Church|
Tuition and Fees
Enrollment: The one-time enrollment fee for each student is $15.00.
Textbooks: Textbooks, as needed, will be available from the Christian Restoration Bookstore and will be made available to students at allowable discounts. Textbooks are subject to change without notice.
Tuition: Tuition fees of $36.00 per course.
Contact Harold Orndorff, director of the Christian Bible Institute to enroll or for more information. CBI@thecra.org.