Calvary Baptist Bible Institute began with Pastor Greg Rickard's burden to develop a curriculum of focused Biblical teaching that was tailored to meet the needs of church laymen who wanted to delve into deeper Bible study and enhance their ministry potential. Afte developing a list of courses required for graduation with a certificate in Bible, he began offering them to the church. The plan was to teach the course content on Wednesday night during the normal adult Bible study time for all comers, but church members could receive institute credit if they attended the lectures, completed a modest amount of homework, and attended some additional discussion sessions while the course was in progress. Since the beginning of the institute in 2014, several courses have been offered including: Spiritual Leadership, Doctrines 1, Personal Evangelism, and A Survey of the Old Testament.
The most recent course, A Survey of the Old Testament, marked a new chapter for CBBI; it was taught by a new teacher who saw exciting possibilities for expansion. Now, in addition to its original purpose as a means of developing members of Calvary Baptist Church, CBBI has begun developing connections with international ministries to provide external Biblical teaching where local options are either insufficient or totally undeveloped.
CBBI believes that both local and international Bible teaching are vital for obeying the last part of Jesus' command in Matthew's Great Commission passage (28:19-20) - to "teach them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you." All instruction at CBBI is, consequently, intended to develop new leaders who can continue the 2 Timothy 2:2 process, "And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also." CBBI's goal is always the development of leaders who have been effectively equipped with Biblical principles to perform the Great Commission in their own culture without the negative appearance of a foreign controlling influence.