A major goal is to help each student find his/her spiritual gift to be used in the church, in his/her family, in the community and in life. CCB partners with “AIESHC”, the Shipibo-Conibo Tribal Evangelical Church Association. CCB is a two-year program with 6 seven-week cycles of classes in Bible, ministry & doctrine.Classes are dictated in Spanish. Secondary education is required for the men. Married students are both required to study. The men and women have separate class schedules with doctrinal classes together.
One week per cycle is dedicated to writing a thesis paper on each of 10 biblical doctrines. Faculty & staff of CCB are pastors & leaders from Peruvian mestizo & indigenous churches. Over 90% of graduates are active in ministry.
Graduate students become active as pastors, teachers, missionaries and community leaders. Many graduates minister & work in cross-cultural settings with other tribal groups.
The cost per student is approximately $800 ($1600 per couple) per year. The student pays approximately 2% of their total cost. Funding covers transportation to & from the village, room & board, tuition, textbooks & individual medical needs during the year.
CCB is directed & governed by national workers. Classes are held in Pucallpa, the largest Ucayali River port city with of over 500,000 people. The city is at the end of the only road connecting the Pacific coast to the upper Amazon Valley rain forest. Pucallpa is the gateway for trade, travel, education, health & politics. Statistics show that over 3 million people each year travel through the city. The facility used for CCB is the “Centro Nativo”, a center owned & governed by the Shipibo-Conibo Church Association providing lodging for more than 30,000 indigenous people staying at least one night per year.
Upon graduation, the CCB graduates immerse into ministry by filling roles within the church association ministries. These programs include evangelism seminars, discipleship programs, rotating Bible Institutes, women’s, youth and children’s programs. Woven into these programs are other needed social programs like health & sports programs, agriculture, social & cultural projects & continuing education. Education gives them the freedom to reach out to those whose cultures are best understood.
The fruit of the ministry attests to the value of the program. What Jesus taught in the Bible is being understood, churches are being planted, and the ongoing discipleship is changing lives. With life changing educational goals in mind, emphasis is placed on keeping the educational needs at the level of the individual. This reality must coincide with the understanding of the individual and his or her life setting. The key to this reality is to help each student find his or her spiritual gift to be used in the family, the church, the community and in daily life.
The student body varies in number up to over 100 people including couples, children, single men & women. Lives are being transformed because of the efforts of the graduates through evangelism & discipleship. The process is working and tribal churches are being planted each year. With God’s help, animistic cultures are changing to God’s culture. God’s army is growing among the indigenous people in the Peruvian Amazon Basin.