Community Bible Study International is about training and equipping national leaders in their own countries, empowering them to reach their own countrymen and women. The Bible study materials are translated in their native language and are conducted by leaders from their own communities to give them ownership and authority in Christ they need to be welcomed by their own people. For more information, please visit our web site at CBS International or their parent ministry Community Bible Study.
There are 5 essentials of CBS studies worldwide:
1) Personal study (10-15 mins daily or 1-2 hours weekly)
2) Small group discussion (50-60 mins)
3) Teaching / wrap-up talk (10-20 mins)
4) Insightful commentary (provided with each lesson)
5) Caring community
All CBS studies, with rare exceptions, are studies of books of the Bible, rather than doctrinal studies. The focus of the studies is application more than doctrine, particularly focusing on our relationship with Christ. Therefore, they are very good for use with both believers and “not yet” believers.
One other thing that is unique about CBS studies is that they require training for the leaders … we don’t just sell studies without providing training on how to use them most effectively. The training is free and, here in Ireland, is scheduled as needed by new groups, usually in the home of one of the leaders or in a church where the study will be held.
The CBSI-Ireland ministry was started in 1999 by Cathy Rutman with the support of her husband, Tim. Cathy was Irish-born and was greatly influenced by the ministry of CBS in the United States. When she learned about CBS International, she began praying for the Lord to send someone to take this Bible study that had impacted her life so much to her beloved homeland. So God called her.
Sam & Patti Allgood joined Tim & Cathy in 2005 and have led the ministry since 2009 when Tim & Cathy were called to another role in CBSI. Charles & Jean Driscoll joined the Allgoods in 2017, focusing on the Cork area and on establishing Children and Youth groups.
Your feedback and questions are welcomed.