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CCCB Announces Historic Partnership

Extension Site of CCCB To Be Established in Cincinnati, Ohio

CCCB announces a new opportunity to accomplish our mission by working in Cincinnati, Ohio, to establish an extension site.

Following Cincinnati Christian University’s decision to withdraw from accreditation, their Board of Trustees asked Central to provide accredited ministry training in Cincinnati by establishing an extension site for their current students and future ministry students.  CCU will assist CCCB in this endeavor, which will begin in 2020, pending necessary approvals.  Central’s Board of Trustees unanimously decided in their October 18 meeting to expand our ministry in this significant way.   As a result, Central will help CCU students complete their education through the extension site, online courses, or by transferring to the Moberly campus of CCCB. 

CCCB Press Release

Central Christian College of the Bible (CCCB) announces a new partnership with Cincinnati Christian University (CCU).  Following CCU’s strategic decision to withdraw from Higher Learning Commission accreditation following the Fall 2019 semester, CCCB will open an extension site in Cincinnati, pending necessary approvals, to provide accredited degree options for current CCU students starting in Spring 2020.

The mission of Central Christian College of the Bible is “to develop servant-leaders for the church.”  CCCB was asked to join this partnership by CCU’s Trustees because of its longstanding compatibility with CCU’s purpose: “to equip and train men and women for Christian service.” CCCB is located in Moberly, Missouri, affiliated with the Christian Church movement, and accredited nationally by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) to offer on-site and online degrees.

CCU will assist CCCB in establishing an extension site in Cincinnati for current and future ministry students to receive undergraduate and graduate education.  CCCB will help CCU’s ministry students complete their education through the extension site, online courses, or by transferring to its Moberly campus.  CCCB will make every effort to honor the current cost of attendance for CCU students who enroll in Bible and ministry programs.  Other students will be served through current partner institutions of CCCB, including Hope International University, in addition to future partners.

In this partnership, CCCB will offer accredited ministry programs in the Cincinnati tri-state area, while CCU will provide support services for churches and ministry leaders through the Center for Church Leadership (CCL). The CCL currently serves over 800 congregations nationwide, is led by its own staff and Advisory Council, and collaborates with leading Restoration Movement churches and organizations. The CCL will be providing a seminar on CCCB’s campus during the SOLID Men’s Conference on April 2, 2020.

To solidify this new partnership, Dr. David Fincher, President of CCCB, has been appointed as President of the CCU Foundation, the legal entity that includes the Center for Church Leadership.  Moving forward, the CCU Foundation will develop additional services for CCU constituents, Christian colleges, and Christian churches.

The Trustees of CCCB unanimously approved this agreement.  Dr. Arthur Rawlings, Board Chairman, said, “We are grateful for CCU’s leadership in honoring us with this historic opportunity to continue the work of Biblical higher education and ministry training in the Cincinnati region.  We pray that all will see God’s hand working through all these changes for His glory and kingdom.”  President Fincher said, “Our team will be working hard in the next several months to serve CCU’s current students, work together with the CCL, and build a collaborative model of Christian higher education for ministry training in the 21st Century.”

  1. What is the relationship between CCU and the CCU Foundation? Currently organized as a legally separate entity underneath Cincinnati Christian University (the “University”), the CCU Foundation (the “Foundation”) contains the Center for Church Leadership and other ministry support services for the Christian Church.  In the coming months, Dr. Fincher will lead in the establishment of a new Foundation Board with financial resources distinct from the University.
  2. Are the two schools merging? This is not a merger, because the University will cease to operate as an accredited institution.  However, the University and the Foundation will help CCCB establish its own accredited extension site in Cincinnati to educate ministry students.
  3. When is this transition taking place? CCCB is already making plans to open a temporary extension site in Cincinnati the Spring 2020 for ministry training, while helping current CCU students evaluate various options to complete their degrees through online, onsite, or extension formats.
  4. Will all CCU students automatically be transferred to Central? CCCB is the primary teach out partner selected by CCU.  CCU students are welcome to consider any of the partners that have signed teach out agreements with CCU, including Hope International University, one of Central’s current partner institutions.
  5. What will the new Cincinnati extension site of Central include? Representatives from the University and CCCB are working together to incorporate a combination of online courses, onsite courses, and teaching church experiences to support the undergraduate and graduate ministry training needs for the Greater Cincinnati region.
  6. Which employees will work at the Central extension site? A select number of current CCU employees will be hired by Central to staff the needs of the Cincinnati extension site.  All instructors will be approved by CCCB for theological and professional compatibility.
  7. What are the required approvals for the Central extension site to be official? In the coming months, CCCB is filing required applications for approval by the Ohio & Missouri Departments of Higher Education, along with the Association of Biblical Higher Education.  CCCB’s Board of Trustees will give final approval after completion of a feasibility study.
  8. Why did the CCU Trustees select Central as their strategic partner? CCCB has shown a commitment to collaboration with other Christian colleges and demonstrated compatibility with CCU’s historic mission “to equip and train men and women for Christian service.”
  9. What about the athletic programs at CCU? All athletic programs in Cincinnati will be discontinued.  CCU athletes who transfer to Central and come to Moberly can be part of Central’s currently planned sports:  basketball, soccer, volleyball, and cross-country.
  10. Is Central responsible for the CCU campus and debts? No, not at all.  The cost of maintaining the physical property and paying the institutional debts of CCU will continue to be the responsibility of the University.
  11. How will this affect fundraising for the two institutions? All CCCB and CCU Foundation fundraising efforts will remain separate.  This means gifts to CCCB will support the current work in Moberly, while gifts designated to the work in Cincinnati will help underwrite the cost of the Cincinnati extension site.
  12. How will CCU alumni receive access to future records? For the next few months, the University will maintain a Registrar’s office to provide transcripts for CCU alumni.  Future announcements about ongoing maintenance and access to academic records will be made available to the CCU alumni and accessible at ccuniversity.edu.

Cincinnati Christian University (CCU) announces a new partnership with Central Christian College of the Bible (CCCB). This follows the decision by CCU’s Trustees to withdraw from Higher Learning Commission accreditation following the Fall 2019 semester.  In Spring 2020, CCCB will open an extension site in Cincinnati to provide accredited ministerial degrees in the region. At the same time, CCU will work together with CCCB to serve more congregations and ministry leaders through the Center for Church Leadership (CCL).

CCU realizes this decision will greatly impact students and employees, but also views it as the best possible stewardship of the resources and opportunities God has provided. Over the past two decades, it has become increasingly difficult to provide accredited ministry programs at a reasonable cost in a metropolitan location. CCU has approached this challenge by exploring mergers, adding other programs, and expanding athletic programming to attract more students. These strategies have allowed the school to serve new populations but have not overcome the financial challenges that face many private, residential colleges today.

CCU will assist CCCB in establishing an extension site in the Cincinnati tri-state area for current and future ministry students to receive undergraduate and graduate education. CCU will also assist students enrolled in other degree programs with transfer options to other schools.

Central Christian College of the Bible was chosen by CCU’s Trustees because of its longstanding compatibility with CCU’s purpose to “equip and train men and women for Christian service.” CCCB is located in Moberly, Missouri, is affiliated with the Christian Church movement, and is accredited nationally by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) to offer on-site and online degrees.

This collaboration will ensure that quality ministry programs are available in the Cincinnati tri-state area while allowing CCU to focus on ministry support services for churches and their leaders through the Center for Church Leadership. The CCL currently serves over 800 congregations nationwide, is led by its own staff and Advisory Council, and collaborates with leading Restoration Movement churches and organizations. In 2020, the CCL will launch major new initiatives in congregational consulting, clergy search, and directory services, and hopes to include over 2000 churches in its network by 2021.

To solidify this new partnership, CCU’s Trustees have appointed Dr. David Fincher, President of CCCB, to be the President of the CCU Foundation, the legal entity that includes the Center for Church Leadership and the Russell School of Ministry. Dr. Tim Wallingford will continue in his role as Director of the CCL. Moving forward, the CCU Foundation will develop and provide additional services for CCU constituents, Christian colleges, and Christian churches.

Chris Hahn, Chairman of CCU’s Trustees, said “This uniting of forces to gain ground for the future of the church does my heart good.  I’m excited for our current and future students.”  Dr. Fincher said, “Our team will be working hard in the next several months to serve CCU’s current students, work together with the CCL, and build a collaborative model of Christian higher education for ministry training in the 21st Century.”

For more information, please visit www.ccuniversity.edu or www.cccb.edu.

“While we are very sad for CCU – its students, staff, faculty, alumni, and supporters – we are very grateful for CCU’s leadership in honoring us with this historic opportunity to bring hope to their constituents for God’s work in higher Biblical education and ministry training in Cincinnati and its surrounding regions.  Our prayers for everyone involved is that we will look back years from now and see God’s hand working through all these changes for the betterment of his kingdom.”  Dr. Arthur Rawlings, Chairman of CCCB Trustees