Where are these Bible studies held?
The majority of our CBS classes are currently held in churches, but have not been affiliated with a church. Classes can be started in homes, as part of a church small group ministry, or a class could be started in an office over the lunch hour. Churches are welcome to start a CBS class as part of their Christian Education ministry. Children & Youth classes can be started as "stand alone" classes - meaning they are not affiliated with an adult class. C&Y classes could be started as part of a Christian School Program or as an After School Ministry. The possibilities are endless!
When are these classes held?
Community Bible Study Canada offers both daytime and evening classes normally offered during the week.
Do you have programs for children?
An important part of CBS is its wonderful ministry to children and babies as well as available home school materials and a teen program. Many of the daytime classes provide this ministry to preschoolers as shown on the Class Locator.
Can I start a CBS study class in my area?
Yes. Community Bible Study currently has classes across Canada. If there is no study available in your area you might be interested in starting one. Click here to contact us.
How did Community Bible Study get started?
Community Bible Study began in the US in 1974 - a direct result of the prayers of a group of faithful people seeking an in-depth Bible study. God has continued to bless this ministry through the years and in 1985 the first Canadian class began in Toronto. Today there are almost 30 classes in Canada.
In 1992 Community Bible Study International was formed in an effort to fulfill many requests for Bible study materials in other languages. CBS International is present in 70 countries around the world with about 50,000 people in its groups. Community Bible Study Canada is a federal not-for-profit Canadian corporation and is associated with Community Bible Study International.
How is CBS financed?
CBS is supported by the membership, primarily through offerings. All donations are tax receiptable. All leaders are volunteers except for two part-time paid staff.
Are there any fees to join?
The annual registration is $35 per member. Each member is also invited to give a free will offering during the year. These funds are sent to CBS Canada and are essential for keeping the ministry operational. All offerings over $10 are eligible for a tax receipt; registration fees are not eligible for a tax receipt.
Who writes CBS materials?
CBS Canada obtains all lessons from the ministry in the US which is responsible for all the writing and editing. Selected individuals write the lesson questions and application suggestions. Bible scholars are recruited to produce the commentary sections. CBS tries as much as possible to avoid denominational bias in its materials.