Something we find unique about CCBS is the enrolled couples who learn and engage together on campus. It is a blessing to see God work in and through couples’ lives via biblical higher education. These couples frequently share that attending classes opens the door for increased quality time with each other by deepening their conversations and providing opportunities to grow together spiritually and meet new friends. We celebrate CCBS couples!
Since 1973 servant-leadership couples, with their faith deepened, rekindled and strengthened, launched, and led healthy ministries worldwide. These include pastoring churches in rural and inner-city settings and leading overseas mission groups, with many continuing to graduate school. These couples also represent ministries among varying minorities to include Hispanics, African Americans, and Native Americans.
The apostle Paul put it this way:
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your interests but also to the interests of others” (Philippians 2:3-4).
Paul encourages us to have a servant’s heart, to have an unselfish determination to serve others. And when couples choose to help others together unselfishly, they experience peace, contentment, and a deeper bond that strengthens their marriage.
But we all know that selfless behavior does not always come naturally. Of course, it is easier to do with God’s help. Where do we start?
There is a promise in Acts 1:8 that tells us how we can accomplish this:
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
You can consider your “Jerusalem” to be your local church, “Judea” is in your neighborhood, “Samaria” is your community at large, and “to the ends of the world” is a call to support and serve missionary efforts across the globe. Adopting this perspective makes fulfilling the Great Commission quite doable.
Intimacy comes with working together on a service project or giving together to those in need. Serving as a couple has benefits that go beyond bonding, contentment, and peace. Couples who embrace God’s call to help others experience an added closeness, and some memorable moments and memories naturally come when they do things together.
How do couples participate together in ministry opportunities?
Whether in your church, neighborhood, community, or the world, can also help you to grow in your faith as a couple. Working side-by-side to fulfill the Great Commission deepens your spiritual intimacy. Being the Lord’s witnesses by serving, giving, encouraging, caring, and loving as Jesus loved is rewarding beyond words.
In the end, it is about the poor, the needy, those who need a touch from God. Our couples here at CCBS recognize this and are setting the example. Serving others strengthens the infrastructure of your church, your neighborhood, your community, and the world. It transforms lives, theirs and yours, and brings people together. Whenever you serve others, you become the hands and feet of your Savior. You help change lives.
As you consider ministry opportunities, remember that it’s not about duty or the number of projects you do. It is about demonstrating the love of Christ to those around you, including your spouse. It is about being unselfish, considering others better than ourselves. CCBS is faithfully committed to training couples with servants’ hearts to continue to reach others.