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Two Great Options for January 2016

Christian Communicators Worldwide (www.CCWtoday.org) is offering two studies beginning in January. Along with a two and a half hour meeting each week, participants will read a few chapters of Scripture a day, five days a week (not an overwhelming amount). Email Steve Burchett (steve@ccwtoday.org) with your choice of the following:

Option 1: Ecclesiastes [7 meetings]

(led by Steve Burchett)

  • Starts Monday, January 9, and goes from 7 to 9:30 pm for seven Mondays (ending Monday, February 20).
  • Meeting at Steve Burchett’s house: 9902 NW Shaggy Bark Lane, Parkville, MO, 64152
  • Participants must use either a wide-margin ESV or NASB Bible, or provide a half-inch or 1-inch hard three ring binder for 8.5 x 11 sheets of paper that can be printed off with the text in a wide-margin format (will be sent as a WORD document via email).
  • NOTE: Following this study, a study on Jude (not connected with the Ecclesiastes study) meeting 3 times will be offered. The meeting dates for that study will be February 27, March 13 and 20 (not March 6) at Steve Burchett’s house, 7 to 9 pm. The Jude study is not required for those who are in the Ecclesiastes study.  

Option 2: Romans [10 meetings]

(led by Bryan Elliff and Kole Farney)

  • Starts Thursday, January 12, and goes from 7 to 9:30 pm for ten Thursdays (ending Thursday, March 16).
  • Meeting at Jim Elliff’s house: 3104 NW 57th St, KC, MO, 64151
  • Participants must use either a wide-margin ESV or NASB Bible, or provide a half-inch or 1-inch hard three ring binder for 8.5 x 11 sheets of paper that can be printed off with the text in a wide-margin format (will be sent as a WORD document via email). 

Other important details:

  • Each study must have at least five participants (including leaders).
  • Participants are required to attend all of the meetings.
  • Participants who will print off the text in a wide-margin format should bring a variety of colored pens (at least 5 different colors of any type of pen ), plus colored pencils.
  • Participants who will use a wide-margin ESV or NASB should have special colored pens for the study. The preferred pens are multi-colored Zig Millenium pens, 01 gauge, which can be purchased here. Some may use Micron pens (01 or 005 gauge), though a few of us have occasionally had problems with those pens bleeding. 
  • Participants are not to study their text (Ecclesiastes or Romans) with commentaries, Study Bibles, or any outside helps prior to and throughout the study.

*If you are planning on joining either study, please let Steve Burchett know today (steve@ccwtoday.org).

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What did George Muller think about the Bible?
What is the Muller Center?
Why did we name the Center after George Muller?
Where is the Muller Center located?
Who are the tutors for the Muller Center?
Photos of previous Muller Center Studies
What is required of Muller Center students?
What is the cost for becoming a Muller Center student?
May I study in the Muller Center’s trimester forums if I live outside the Kansas City area?
What is the typical weekly schedule for trimester students in the Muller Center?
How can I participate in overseas trips through the Muller Center?
How may I sign up or ask further questions?

What is the Muller Center?

The Muller Center is a teaching center emphasizing Bible-only studies in a variety of formats.

Why did we name the Center after George Muller?

George Muller (1805-1897) was a man who was used by God in a number of ways. His influence is felt even today, especially related to his views about faith and money. He fed and clothed over 10,000 orphans without asking anyone but God for the help. He trained many students all over Europe as well. He was a pastor and a missionary, traveling in his latter years to many countries of the world. Above all, he was a man of the Bible. He read the Bible four times a year for many years. Everything he did he sought to relate to God’s Word. His advice on meditation and Bible reading is legendary. We believe that his orientation to the truth in Scripture is a model of what we hope to engender in ourselves and in our students.

For an article on the life of George Muller, read what Jim Elliff wrote as an introduction to a larger work on Muller’s life. Click here.

Where is the Muller Center located?

We do not have a building for our Center, but rather use our homes to teach the Bible and to engage others in probing the Bible for themselves. Our tutors at present are located in Kansas City, Missouri, USA.

Who are the tutors for the Muller Center?

Jim Elliff, Steve Burchett, Bryan Elliff and Kole Farney are the tutors at present for the Muller Center. You may find biographical information for them here.

Photos of previous Muller Center Studies


What is required of Muller Center students?

The Muller Center provides classes on the Bible in a variety of formats, some short and some longer. For instance, we may offer a one night lecture, or a four session summer book study, or trimester program during the fall and spring.

Muller students must be at least 18 years of age unless given special permission by the Center. Homeschooling students who have extra time to take one of the main forums in their senior year are also welcome under special arrangements.

The student must obtain whatever maps, Bibles or marking pens required for the forum.

Willingness to devote whatever time is necessary for the study at home. In our main trimester forums, this may take as much as 10-15  hours a week, or more. Other forums may require reading through a small book of the Bible each day (5x/week) for several weeks in the summer.

The other types of Muller Center offerings may require the purchase of pens or maps, or other tools. Since we are committed to teaching the Bible only, textbooks other than the Bible are not necessary, except for maps.

What is the cost for becoming a Muller student?

The only cost to the student is the purchase of the required materials.

May I study in the Muller Center’s trimester forums if I live outside the Kansas City area?

We are hopeful of making this possible in two ways:

1. You may drive in if you are close enough for the one day per week class and the summary Saturday sessions.

2. You may move here if special arrangements can be made for you. Some of the friends of the MC are willing to house students. These special arrangements may include some room/board costs, and perhaps exchange in services. You must discuss this possibility with Steve Burchett by writing him at steve@ccwtoday.org.

What is the typical weekly schedule for the trimester Muller Center students?

The students study the Bible on their own by reading and re-reading the Bible books assigned for each forum. The students are assigned other tasks when reading, such as marking with special pens, gathering personal insights to be shared with the forum, and memorizing lists and Bible portions. The group meets together in a home for a three hour open session where the tutors train the students and engage them in discussions related to their reading.

How can I participate in overseas trips through the Muller Center?

Every couple of years the Muller Center takes an extended two-week study trip to Israel or Greece and Turkey. Our past trips have been in March or April using a study tour facilitated by Jerusalem University College. The experience, sights, geography, biblical history and fellowship have been amazing. These trips also serve the Muller Center in a critical way because they change how participants read the Bible.

During the sessions where a study tour is planned, all participants are required to participate in it, at their own cost. The Center remains free of charge, but airfare lodging and other expenses are paid by the student. We also are happy to have anyone join with our study tour group. You do not have to be a student to enjoy the trip with us. If you are interested in our next tour, please contact Steve Burchett at steve@ccwtoday.org.

How may I sign up or ask further questions?

Please write Steve Burchett at steve@ccwtoday.org