Inspired Discipleship is an in-depth, fully Catholic study of the entire Bible, accessible from any location, at any time, through an online learning community.
What makes Inspired Discipleship unique?
- Comprehensive. Through four courses, every book of the Bible is unpacked with relevance and application to the life of a missionary disciple. Our seminary-level professors are selected by Dr. Peter S. Williamson, the Adam Cardinal Maida Chair in Sacred Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan and co-editor of the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture. Highly qualified and experienced faculty bring academic-depth, without the constraints (or grades and exams!) of an academic institution.
- Expert, Engaging Professors. Unlike online courses with hundreds or thousands of participants, our courses are designed to foster genuine relationships. Through the option for weekly live video conference Q&A with your professor and direct written feedback, our teachers engage and guide in a personal way.
- Discussion. Since the earliest days of the Church, disciples of Jesus have studied the Scriptures together. Our courses include discussion of the Scriptures, through flexible options such as weekly online video conference, in-person parish or home-based groups, and “any time” online forum discussion.
Who We Are
Inspired Discipleship is offered by the Catholic Biblical School of Michigan (CBSM). CBSM is a lay apostolate incorporated as an independent nonprofit organization (501(c)3 status) listed in the Official Catholic Directory, with a Board of Directors approved by the Archdiocese of Detroit.
CBSM exists to invite Catholics to encounter Jesus in and through the inspired Word of God and grow as missionary disciples, fueled by daily connection to God in His Word.
Following the Second Vatican Council, the Church experienced a renewed interest in the study of Sacred Scripture. As the Council encouraged:
“the Sacred Scriptures contain the word of God and since they are inspired, really are the word of God; and so the study of the sacred page is, as it were, the soul of sacred theology” (Dei Verbum, 1965).
Yet, while Catholic commentaries on the Bible and seminary scholarship abounded, there was sometimes a gap between academic theological study and the experience of the ordinary person-in-the-pew who was seeking to become confidently familiar with the Bible, not merely as a history book, but as the living Word.
Enter Sister Macrina Scott, O.S.F., who in 1982 started an initiative to “unleash the power of God’s Word among the Catholic people of the Archdiocese of Denver” by bringing a rigorous, yet relevant study of the entire Bible to ordinary Catholic parishes. Her model and vision proved to be both sustainable and fruitful, and in 2008, the Archdiocese of Detroit chartered our lay apostolate as a way to form disciples in and through the Word of God.
Since 2010, thousands have participated in our in-depth, expert-led Bible study, through over 40 class-cohorts located in parishes across Michigan. Now, using modern, yet simple communications technology, we are able to bring this experience forming disciples in and through the Word of God to anyone, in any location.