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Our Work in Cincinnati

To continue the legacy of ministry education in Cincinnati, CCCB is maintaining three key ministry support services.

Ministry Education

The Russell School of Ministry (RSM) prepares ministry leaders by providing innovative courses and experiences. Current ministry students from the University have the opportunity to enroll as online students with Central while using the RSM training methodology to gain practical ministry experience.  We are currently in consultation with the Ohio Department of Higher Education to operate The Russell School of Ministry under the state exemption for Bible colleges in Spring 2020. Students in Cincinnati can enroll at the same time in an accredited online degree program with us.  The leadership team of RSM has been identified and are working with our VP of Academics, Dr. Jim Estep, to recognize the RSM program and make continuing a Christian Church Bible College in Cincinnati a reality.

Support the work of the Russell School of Ministry by using the form on this page.

Church Network

The Center for Church Leadership (CCL) provides strategic resources that empower church leaders to thrive in ministry.  It is a national network of churches that has received primary funding from The Lilly Endowment and The Solomon Foundation.  With the closure of the University and the end of Lilly’s support, we have agreed to pursue fundraising and provide oversight to operate the CCL. With Dr. Tim Wallingford remaining as Director, we plan to grow the reach of CCL to include churches that already support Central, as well as other churches in our region and across the country.

Support the work of the Center for Church Leadership by using the form on this pageLearn more about the Center for Church Leadership by clicking here.

Library Services

The George Mark Elliott Library (GMEL) provides access to world-class collections of print and digital resources, contemporary and ancient artifacts, and special items from the Independent Christian Church/Church of Christ heritage. The treasures contained in the GMEL have been painstakingly collected and curated for the benefit of the entire Restoration Movement.  We are working with the current librarians to formulate a plan for the library’s future footprint and long-term location.

Support the work of the George Mark Elliott Library by using the form on this page.

Why is financial support necessary for these works to continue?

These three ministry support services only exist today because of many gifts over the past decades.  They are vital to continue and are too valuable to lose.  Without continued gifts:

  • The Center for Church Leadership could stop serving its almost 2000 member churches.
  • Students studying in the Russell School of Ministry could end their training experiences.
  • The collection of vast resources of the George Mark Elliott library could be lost if it closes.

The only way those services can continue is through the support of Cincinnati constituent friends and church families.  Several have already sent gifts to show their support.  We ask all friends of the work in Cincinnati include this ongoing work in their stewardship.

A generous supporter of Central has pledged a $300,000 matching gift to double the value of any gift by a CCU supporter towards our Cincinnati work before the end of 2019.  To fully receive that gift, a vast army of CCU friends will need to get involved.

Each gift received at this website or the address below will be set aside for the Cincinnati efforts of Central Christian College of the Bible.

Make checks payable to CCCB or Central Christian College of the Bible.  (Note:  Checks made payable to either CCU or CCU Foundation cannot be accepted at this time.  If we receive a check payable to CCU, we will need to contact the sender and ask for a new check.)

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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

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