IBS Courses (Summer)

There are two components to your initial training with Cru: New Staff Orientation and the Institute of Biblical Studies.  This page introduces Cru’s theological training through the Institute of Biblical Studies (IBS).

Theological Development and our Mission
We use the Scriptures every day in ministry.  Whether we are proclaiming the life-changing message of the gospel or helping ground people in the truth of God’s Word, the Scriptures inform all we do.  The nature of the mission to which we have been called requires kingdom-workers with a passion for God who are growing ever deeper in their ability to understand and apply His Word to their own lives and the lives of those to whom they minister.

IBS Requirements
As a new missionary serving with Cru, you will complete three IBS courses before reporting to your initial assignment: Intro to Christian Theology, Bible Study Methods, and Intro to Mission.  During the Winter and Summer trainings, many will take ICT and BSM along with NSO. Everyone will complete Intro to Mission online after leaving NSO.  If you did not take IBS classes when you attended your initial NSO, then you will return to take Bible Study Methods and Intro to Christian Theology in a live two-week format.  The chart below explains when you will return to take these courses if you have not already taken them:

If you complete NSO in You attend IBS
January June of same year
May January of the next year
July January of the next year
September January of the next year

IBS Courses
If you have questions specifically about your IBS courses (not New Staff Training), please email the IBS Team (ibs.info@cru.org). If you want information on IBS courses, exemptions, books, graduate credit and more, please visit the IBS Website.

IBS begins with an orientation on Tuesday, June 19 at 7 pm. Classes begin at 8am on Wednesday, June 20. Classes end on Tuesday, July 3, but there is a final exam for Intro to Christian Theology on Wednesday, July 4 from 9-11am.

Intro to Christian Theology (ICT) is from 8am to 10am and Bible Study Methods (BSM) is from 10:30am to 12:30pm. You will have approximately 3-6 hours of reading and homework each day.

If you are coming only for IBS classes this summer, your registration link, the costs for classes, housing, and childcare can be found on the IBS Website.

We highly encourage you to purchase or borrow books for IBS on your own. If you are not able to secure certain books, you can purchase them from us when you register online and we will have them available to you at Onsite Registration at Rollins College. The deadline to purchase books from NST is May 17.

Books needed for New Staff Training IBS courses:

Intro to Christian Theology (ICT)

  1. Gregg R Allison; 50 Core Truths of the Christian Life: A Guide to Understanding and Teaching Theology (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2018)
    ISBN-13: 978-0801019128
  2. David Platt; Counter Culture: Following Christ in an Anti-Christian Age (Carol Stream: Tyndale House, 2017)
    ISBN-13: 978-1414390383 (also used for BSM)
  3. Tim Keller; The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism
    ISBN-13: 978-1594483493
  4. Course notes

Bible Study Methods (BSM)

  1. David Platt; Counter Culture: Following Christ in an Anti-Christian Age (Carol Stream: Tyndale House, 2017)
    ISBN-13: 978-1414390383 (also used for ICT)
  2. Roberts, Mark D; Ephesians. Story of God Bible Commentary (Grand Rapids: Zondervan: 2016)
    ISBN-13: 978-0310327233
  3. Roberts, Vaughan; God’s Big Picture: Tracing the Story-line of the Bible (Downers Grove: Intervarsity: 2002)
    ISBN-13: 978-0830853649

Get Your ICT Reading Done Before You Arrive
For those taking ICT, the course moves at a quick pace. We would strongly encourage you to finish as much of the ICT reading as possible before you arrive. Staff who read ahead always tell us they are glad they did. The ICT assignments are found in the course syllabi on the IBS Website.

Intro to Mission (Online Course)
Upon leaving New Staff Orientation, you will be taking an Intro to Missions (correspondence course). You will receive the materials and instructions for the course during New Staff Orientation.

Exemption from an IBS Course
If you have previously taken theological courses, you may be exempt from some IBS courses. If you think you may be exempt from an IBS course, go to the IBS Website and follow the steps outlined. You can also email the IBS Team (ibs.info@cru.org) to begin the request process. Requests for course exemptions must be made by May 20.

Senior Staff
Senior Staff members who are marrying/married to New Staff members taking IBS Classes will be a part of the NST/IBS Conference Team. Because of this, you will be able to take an IBS class for free (not including the cost of graduate credit, books or materials). Due to the NST schedule, you are limited to the classes offered during weeks 1 and 2 of IBS (6/20 – 7/3/2018).

For more information regarding this summer’s IBS classes, please visit the IBS Website. Do not register using the IBS Registration portal. Register using only this site.

Note for Mothers with Young Children
We value the contribution of our Moms and want to see them experience the same development all Cru missionaries receive. To help make this possible, we offer childcare each day during class. Of course, there is still substantial outside work to be completed. You’ll want to complete as much of the reading as you can before you arrive. We will work with you to help make it workable. It’s better to complete both classes now than to take ICT now and then have to come back to take BSM sometime before you report to your assignment. Please contact us (ibs.info@cru.org) so we can help you!

If you have any questions, please email us at join.us@cru.org