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About the Center for Biblical and Theological Education

The Center for Biblical and Theological Education (CBTE) is an arm of the Seattle Pacific University School of Theology, dedicated to providing biblical and theological education for the SPU community, the church, and the world. Initially funded in part by a generous grant from the Murdock Charitable Trust, the Center opened its doors in September 2009.

The Center focuses its work in these areas:

  1. Lectio: Guided Bible Reading (spu.edu/lectio)

    Lectio is a free online resource of guided Scripture readings — for use by congregations, small groups, and individuals — covering the majority of the Bible, with School of Theology faculty serving as guides.

  2. Church and Parachurch Partnerships

    CBTE leverages the outstanding faculty and resources of the School of Theology to create partnerships between the academy and the broader church community.

  3. Regional and National Events

    CBTE brings to campus internationally renowned theologians and biblical scholars — including Walter Brueggemann, Kenda Creasy Dean, Eugene Peterson, and Brenda Salter McNeil — to address compelling biblical and theological topics.

  4. CBTE ’s Website (spu.edu/cbte)

    Home to Lectio and other resources, the site facilitates biblical and theological education for church leaders, the SPU community, and friends around the world.

  5. Educational Resources

    CBTE provides educational opportunities and resources for SPU faculty, staff, and students, as well as the broader community — including one-day and weeklong courses and other educational resources promoting biblical and theological education.

  6. SoulCare: Wesleyan Small Groups

  7. Derived from SPU's Wesleyan/Holiness heritage, Wesleyan small groups embody a practice in Christian formation and reconciliation that exposes UFDN 1000 students to Christian community, and facilitate growth in awareness and love of self, neighbor, and God. To accomplish these purposes, participants gather weekly under the leadership of a trained facilitator to ask and answer the question, "How goes it with your soul?"