The Central Baptist College Mission Statement: “Central Baptist College is committed to transforming lives through education that integrates Christian faith and academic excellence in a Christ-centered environment.”
The Support of our Churches
We are continuing in our efforts to visit with pastors to secure a date to promote the college through hosting a “CBC Day” in their church. A few years ago, based on input from pastors, we decided that rather than asking churches to give a special offering to the college during the three months designated by the BMA of
Arkansas as our time of “Special Emphasis,” we would ask churches to host a “CBC Day” on a day we designate or another day that works best for them. I appreciate those who have followed through and planned something special to promote CBC. However, at the same time, we have lost significant financial support from churches that were once our largest givers.
I gave this example last year, but I want to repeat it for those who did not see it and as a reminder for others: I assumed the office of President on Dec. 26, 2004. Our church giving for the fiscal year ending 6/30/2005 comprised 15.3% of our total budget expenditures; today, church giving runs from 6-7% of our total budget expenditures. During that same time period (2004 to date) our student enrollment has more than doubled, we have expanded the campus footprint significantly, acquired 30+ houses/lots adjacent to the campus for future expansion, invested $22 million in new construction and renovations, increased our athletic team offerings four-fold and added over 30 bachelor level degree programs. Tuition and fees will never keep us running. We attempt to make up the difference with special offerings from churches and by going to individuals and corporations for financial support. Just this year, 12 more churches discontinued giving to CBC; 14 churches have discontinued their giving to CBC sometime during the last church year. We are blessed that 69 churches increased giving over last year, but 59 churches saw a reduction of giving. In short, we need you now more than ever.
The Support of Our
Alumni & Friends
Monthly giving. Sustained giving. It doesn’t matter what you call it. We need men and women to commit to a monthly donation and know that every single contribution helps us continue our mission of “transforming lives.” CBC is participating in a global generosity movement called “Giving Tuesday” that is set for Nov. 30. Their motto is, “Everyone has something to give and every act of generosity counts.”
We will be promoting a special link for Giving Tuesday. However, giving online is easy anytime! Go to cbc.edu/give. You have a number of giving opportunities from which to choose. You can make a single gift or recurring gift (be sure to check the “make this a monthly gift” box). You may want to make a pledge to give a certain amount and spread your donation over a period of months or years. If your employer has a gift matching program, we will work with you/them to complete that transaction. If you are not sure, go to the menu item, “Does Your Employer Match Gifts?” Type in the name of the company to search the database of the over 1,000 companies that will match your donation to CBC. All this is available in one location, making it possible for anyone and everyone to give.
Despite the ongoing challenges of COVID-19 in higher education, CBC saw one of its highest numbers of incoming traditional students — a 3.5% increase in new traditional student population. This includes first-time entering students (freshman, transfer students, re-admitted students and transient students). Over the last 10 years, we’ve only seen this kind of increase a few times. Our Admissions team has worked very hard, along with the entire campus, to recruit and retain our students.
With the traditional student increase, CBC also saw an increase in housing. This year, we had a 23% increase in students living on campus, far surpassing our expectations. More students living on campus is exactly what we love to see. Research has shown that residential living is vital to a student’s success. We hope that adding this piece to their college experience will, indeed, help them succeed at CBC.
The CBC Admissions team is already working toward 2022. Our personal admissions officers are already attending recruiting events and hosting in-person tours. We have five Stampede Preview Days in the coming months. Prospective students can register for any of the upcoming Stampede Preview Days at cbc.edu/visit.
The college is also accepting applications for PACE, our adult education program. With eight different enrollment periods, the PACE program is designed to fit any schedule. Students can begin the admission process for both programs by visiting cbc.edu/apply.
If you know of a junior or senior in high school who is a good fit for CBC, please let us know. Go to cbc.edu/referral or e-mail email@example.com. We have resumed campus tours, and we love to host students, parents and coaches on our campus.
I’m pleased to tell you that students at CBC are still required to complete three courses (9 credit hours) of Bible. No matter what program of study or course delivery system they are enrolled in, they will take Survey of the Old Testament, Survey of the New Testament and a third Bible course of their choice. For example, they could take Life of Christ as their third course option.
In addition to the Bible coursework, they will participate in a weekly chapel service, facilitated by our Director of Spiritual Life Programs. They will have other opportunities to participate in a student-led discipleship program, student-led worship services or other Bible study programs on campus. But in addition to all of this, as I mentioned above, all coursework will be presented from a biblical worldview. That will never change, and it shouldn’t!
Pray that all our students will increase in their knowledge of God and lead others to trust Jesus for their salvation. God continues His work in the lives of students. Decisions have already been made this academic year to trust Jesus for salvation! That truly is the mission of Central Baptist College!
The Future of CBC
We are in the final stages of developing a new Campus Strategic Plan which will then guide our next steps as an institution. We are also revising our Campus Facilities Master Plan, with an emphasis on athletics, in particular the building of a new baseball field as the first major project in the plan. Pray God will provide the land and the financial means to make this a reality.
When you support CBC, either through prayer or financial support, you are making a difference in lives of our students — you are contributing to the “transformation of lives.”