Campus Bible Study
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (April 2007)|
Campus Bible Study (or CBS) was established in 1975 at the University of New South Wales by the then Anglican chaplain Phillip Jensen (Phillip is now the Anglican Dean of Sydney). CBS celebrated its 30th Anniversary in 2005.
Throughout its history, CBS has been the source of a number of innovative ministries, including the development of the Ministry Training Strategy (MTS) and the creation of Matthias Media. Campus Bible Study has also been influential in encouraging an increasing number of young people from Sydney into full-time Christian Ministry, and has been linked to the growth in enrollments at Moore Theological College through MTS.
While officially linked to the movement of Sydney Anglicans, Campus Bible Study is non-denominational and welcomes everyone to their public meetings, placing a value not on what church the individual attends, but rather on their view of the Bible, and on continuing to challenge individuals about the gospel of Jesus.
During a typical week, CBS runs three large Bible-teaching meetings, a plethora of faculty-based small-group Bible studies, and other training in theology and ministry for student leaders. CBS runs two conferences per year, one in conjunction with the O-week mission and the other in the between-session break known as Mid-Year Conference (MYC).
CBS officially operates out of UNSW's Anglican Chaplaincy (there are similarly chaplaincy groups for Muslims, Buddhists, etc.). The current Anglican Chaplain is Carl Matthei.
CBS should not be confused with the Christian Union (CU), which (as of 2006) was a student-run, Student-Guild-affiliated organisation. CBS and the CU work in concert to conduct ministry on campus. Most members of CU are also members of CBS.
CBS is affiliated with the Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students but is not a member (the AFES group at UNSW is the Christian Union (CU)).