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Center for Biblical Transformation

Courses for Christians who desire to dig more deeply into the Bible and Christian theology and to integrate that learning into their lives.

“Seeing the big picture of God’s heart is really helping me grow.”

I am thrilled to offer you two exciting ways to enrich your knowledge of God and his Word! First, the Center for Biblical Transformation features a certificate program that offers four courses designed to deepen your understanding of the Bible and Christian theology, help you be transformed into the image of Jesus Christ and prepare you to serve in his kingdom. The second way is to take any course at any time, without the commitment to the certificate program. Each course is offered for ten weeks in the fall and in the winter. The purpose of the program is to experience God’s truths personally and to share the message through your life to others. This is your opportunity to discover that living with Jesus involves learning his transforming truths and passing them on to others! I invite you to prayerfully consider your involvement in the Center for Biblical Transformation.

By Grace Alone, Dr. Bill Krewson, Senior Pastor of Discipleship

Watch this video and hear from some of our students how CBT impacted their lives.

“I’m starting to understand what the Bible is all about.”

CBT Quick Facts

Courses

  • Taught at college level by a team of experienced professors
  • Includes lecture, discussion, prayer and creative interaction
  • Involves textbook and Bible reading, and reflection papers

Structure

  • Held at the church campus on Tuesday evenings from 7:00–9:00 p.m.
  • Runs weekly for 10 weeks in the fall and winter
  • Two options:
    • Take four courses and receive a Certificate of Completion
    • Take any course at any time

Faculty

  • Composed of a team of well-qualified professors with a heart for ministry
  • Includes members of Chelten’s pastoral staff as well as other church leaders and qualified educators in our local Christian community

Costs

  • Chelten members – $50 per course (textbooks included)
  • Non-members – $75 per course (textbooks included)

“This course has brought the Bible to life for me.”

Fall Semester 2017

Old Testament Narrative of Redemption

This course traces the story of God’s redeeming love that began in Eden and included the people of Israel as his light to the world.

Beginning in Genesis, we will examine the original world of Eden and God’s intent for humanity and the tragic invasion of sin. Each step in God’s program of restoration will be illumined as we move through the Old Testament, learn the flow of Israel’s history, and see God’s plan to redeem the world through the promised Messiah. The course will be taught by Bill Krewson, Neil Kulp and Bill Smith.

Dates: September 12–November 14

(Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00pm) 

Cost: $50 (includes textbooks)

Professors

Dr. Bill Krewson

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As senior Pastor of Discipleship, Dr. Krewson oversees edification and discipleship ministries, which include women’s and men’s ministries, small groups, children’s and youth ministries and leadership development. He also teaches part time at Cairn University’s School of Divinity.

More About Dr. Krewson at Cairn University
Rev. Neil Kulp

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As Chelten’s Senior Pastor of Mission Rev. Kulp’s role is to help the rest of the staff fulfill their roles and responsibilities—whatever that includes, whatever that takes.

More about Rev. Kulp.
Dr. Bill Smith

As a devotional writer and speaker, I am regularly captured by God’s unrelenting grace and kindness as He longs to connect with people in the midst of their fear, shame, apathy and sin.  I love seeing the unexpected ways that God interacts with people in scripture.  And I love unpacking those interactions so that people can see and experience Jesus in ways they haven’t before.

More About Dr. Bill Smith

Textbooks

Living God's Word

By J. Scott Duvall and J. Daniel Hays

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Christians resolved to study the Bible more fervently often struggle to grasp the progression of Scripture as a whole, instead encountering various passages each week through unrelated readings, studies, and sermons. But once they see the Bible as a Great Story, they begin to see how their own lives fit into what God has done and is doing in the world.

The Essential Bible Companion

by John H. Walton

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The most vital, absolutely indispensable information you need for reading and truly understanding God’s Word. Developed by two world-class Bible scholars and the creator of The Bible in 90 Days curriculum, this unique, easy-to-use reference guide gives you clear, crisp insights into the Bible book by book.

Living Theology

This course expands our look at God’s truth by examining the major doctrines of the Christian faith.  

We dig deeper into God’s story of redemption and learn more about our triune God, humanity, sin, the person of Jesus, the church and our worship and God’s coming kingdom. This systematic study of biblical truths is designed to transform our lives. The course will be taught by Jared Bryant, Bill Krewson, Neil Kulp and Bill Smith.

Dates: September 12–November 14

(Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00pm)

Cost: $50 (includes textbook

Professors

Dr. Jared Bryant
Cairn University School of Divinity

 Jared Bryant

Professor Bryant teaches theology, church history, and New Testament studies. He is also the director of Cairn’s Degree Completion program.

Professor Bryant earned his PhD in the Department of Religion at Temple University, where his dissertation focused on the history and theology of the fourth-century church.

More about Dr. Bryant
Dr. Bill Krewson

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As senior Pastor of Discipleship, Dr. Krewson oversees edification and discipleship ministries, which include women’s and men’s ministries, small groups, children’s and youth ministries and leadership development. He also teaches part time at Cairn University’s School of Divinity.

More About Dr. Krewson at Cairn University
Rev. Neil Kulp

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As Chelten’s Senior Pastor of Mission Rev. Kulp’s role is to help the rest of the staff fulfill their roles and responsibilities—whatever that includes, whatever that takes.

More about Rev. Kulp.
Dr. Bill Smith

As a devotional writer and speaker, I am regularly captured by God’s unrelenting grace and kindness as He longs to connect with people in the midst of their fear, shame, apathy and sin.  I love seeing the unexpected ways that God interacts with people in scripture.  And I love unpacking those interactions so that people can see and experience Jesus in ways they haven’t before.

More About Dr. Bill Smith

Textbook

Exploring Christian Doctrine

by Tony Lane

Preaching’s Preacher’s Guide to the Best Bible Reference for 2014 (Theology) This reliable and highly readable textbook provides comprehensive coverage of core Christian beliefs. Based on the author’s introductory Christian doctrine course, the book rests firmly on biblical foundations while providing a balanced discussion of areas where evangelicals disagree. The text includes essay topics and further reading suggestions.

Servant Leadership

This course covers the core principles and practices of Servant Leadership and applies these to service in the local church.

In addition to readings and lectures, we will participate in assessments, projects and mentoring in order to practice what we learn and apply it to our leadership in the church. It will be taught by Paul Keisling and Tom Tillett.

Dates: September 12–October 17

(Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00pm)

Cost: $50 (includes textbooks)

Professors

Paul Keisling

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Paul Keisling is the co-founder of Project Transition which operates psychiatric rehabilitation programs in Pennsylvania and Tennessee. For over thirty years, Paul served as the CEO of Project Transition.  He has now transitioned into the role of Training and Development as he seeks to support a new generation of leadership in his field. Paul holds a BA in Behavioral Science from Messiah College and a Masters of Social Work from Temple University. He is a frequent presenter on mental health topics, program development and Servant Leadership

Paul has served in various leadership roles in local churches including elder, church planting, small group ministry leader, young adult ministries, and teaching at various levels within the church. He has a passion for the local church and is committed to developing leaders who can both follow the Lord and lead others in a strategic fashion.

Tom Tillet

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Thomas Tillett, Cofounder and President & CEO of MBF Therapeutics, an animal health biotech company, developing innovative immunotherapies to treat cancer in companion animals. He is the founder and Executive Director of Sustained Acts, a Christian non-profit focusing on sustainable projects in Africa that includes supporting a 120 child orphanage in Kenya, providing opportunities for Kenyan entrepreneurs to sell their crafts in the USA and is a key fundraiser for the AIC Kijabe Hospital, the number two surgical center in Kenya treating nearly 200,000 patients each year. Mr. Tillett is also CEO of TillettConsulting, LLC a life science consulting firm focusing on the cell and gene therapy markets and mentoring of startup companies.

Textbooks

Lead Like Jesus

by Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges

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With simple yet profound principles from the life of Jesus and dozens of stories and leadership examples from his life experiences, veteran author, speaker and leadership expert Ken Blanchard guides readers through the process of discovering how to lead like Jesus. He describes it as the process of aligning two internal domains-the heart and the head-and two external domains-the hands and the habits. These four dimensions of leadership form the outline for this very practical and transformational book.

Leading with a Limp

by Dan Allender
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Go ahead and take full advantage of your flaws. The most effective leaders don’t rise to power in spite of their weakness; they lead with power because of their weakness. It is their authenticity in limping leadership that compels others to follow them. Flawed leaders are successful because they’re not preoccupied with protecting their image. They are undaunted by chaos and complexity. And they are ready to risk failure in moving an organization from what is to what should be.

Fall 2017 Application

Cost for each class: $50 (includes books)

(Make your check payable to “Chelten” and deliver to the main church office.)

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