Ministry offers college-level courses to inmates

By October 24, 2007

USA (MNN) — Crossroad Bible Institute's David Schuringa says
they've just launched a new college-level course for inmates called "Christian
Worldview I." This is "a course based on Chuck Colson's fantastic book 'How Now Shall
We Live?' We received his permission to
develop this course, and it's a course to expand the person in
prison's horizon in terms of Christ being the Lord of all of life."

The course consists of 13 lessons that challenge students to
create a biblical framework for all of life. Each lesson requires that students
apply their faith in practical situations as they develop a Christian "worldview."

50 students will be selected to pilot the new courses before
they are officially offered to all Center students. Schuringa asks prayer as
they develop this program. "It will very much equip future leaders as they
are released. They can become very
well-equipped leaders behind bars and in the church behind the walls as well."

The classes are offered
by The Center for Advanced Studies, the academic and research arm of Crossroad
Bible Institute. They offer a college-level experience for
people in prison, equipping them with the academic skills necessary to succeed
in higher education upon their release.

Schuringa says they're also an investment into the inmate's
future. "Research has proven that this method of re-entry education is
enormously successful in reducing recidivism."

Students who have completed courses in CBI's Tier 1 and Tier
2 programs are eligible for further studies with the Center. 

Although most CBI students study independently and
correspond with a personal instructor, Schuringa says, "We're going to be
having pilot program in our satellite campus in the Newton, Iowa correctional
facility." In that program,
students will study course material with an on-site professor.

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