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Connecting People to Jesus for 80 Years

CBE's passion is to use the latest technology to reach the world with the life-transforming power of God's Word.

About CBE

The Center for Bible Engagement (CBE) began in 2003 as a research division of Back to the Bible and has become a major world center addressing Bible engagement and spiritual growth.

The CBE goes beyond simply using statistics to consider attitudes and behaviors that significantly impact spiritual growth and a person's relationship with God.

Our passion is developing methods, tools, and resources that will engage people with the Bible and fuel life transformation. We have surveyed more than 400,000 people around the world about their spiritual lives and that number continues to grow each year.

The CBE also partners with churches and other organizations such as the American Bible Society, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, the Jamaica Broilers Foundation, and McLean Bible Church to build an empirical understanding of life transformation through a relationship with Christ and engaging scripture.


The CBE was originally founded as the Bible Literacy Center and was dedicated to the memory of Clarence W. Hottel, Sr.. Mr. Hottel had a deep passion to see men and women everywhere engaged in a meaningful relationship with God; the kind of relationship that can only happen when a person reads his or her Bible.


Today the CBE is led by Dr. Arnie Cole.

Our Work

Our research drives innovation in how we connect with God's people through podcast, the internet, mobile apps and other emerging technologies.

Proven Results

We have seen measurable life transformation through engaging God's Word in people who were previously unengaged. This leads to a growing spiritual maturity evidenced by behavioral changes and a desire to introduce others to Jesus Christ.

Our Method

We research how people best connect with Scripture and what difference it makes in their day-to-day lives.

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