BASIC CHRISTIAN BELIEFS - STARTING OCTOBER 18, 2021 This course is designed to help students explore their own beliefs based on Scripture as illuminated to him or her through comprehensive study and interaction with others. Topics to be studied are: the nature of scripture and revelation, God, creation, humanity, salvation, the Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, and the church.
When: Monday evenings, 7:00-9:00 pm. – Online via Zoom Instructor: Rev. Jason Hladik, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Olean NY (firstname.lastname@example.org)
CHURCH ADMINISTRATION – STARTING SEPTEMBER 21, 2021 This course is designed as an introduction to the basic functions of Christian leadership and oversight of the organizational aspects of an American Baptist church. The course will be divided into two main sections: 1) An overview of leadership development in an American Baptist context, 2) The everyday “nuts and bolts” of leading a church in which a variety of tasks of administration will be explored
When: Tuesday evenings, 7:00-9:00 pm. – Online via Zoom - The class will meet for 10 weeks ending on November 23, 2021 Instructor: Rev. Steve Reynolds (email@example.com)
NEW TESTAMENT – STARTING SEPTEMBER 15, 2021 This course is designed to introduce the student to: the historical and cultural context of the New Testament, the concepts of scriptural inspiration and canon. the types and characteristics of the literary genre and corresponding methods of interpretation of the books of the New Testament, the purposes for writing the various books of the New Testament, the theories of authorship of each of the books of the New Testament. and the major themes of the books of the New Testament.
When: Wednesday evenings, 7:00pm-9:00pm – Online via Zoom - The class will meet for 10 weeks, ending on November 17, 2021. Instructor: Rev. Marlene Ciranowicz, M.Div, MSN (firstname.lastname@example.org) Pastor Marlene has served as the pastor at Memorial Park Baptist Church in Vestal, NY for 15 years. She received her M. Div in 2006 and came into pastoral ministry as a second career. She is bivocational and continues to work in nursing education. Required Textbook:Encountering the New Testament: A Historical and Theological Survey, 3rd Edition, by Walter A. Elwell and Robert W. Yarbrough, Baker Academic. Recommended: How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth, 4th edition (2014) by Gordon D. Fee and Douglas Stuart. Assignment for First Class: Read chapter 2 from the required textbook and be prepared to discuss.
WINTER 2022 COURSES •Baptist Heritage – This course is designed to introduce the student to: Baptist History: Beginnings, development, and key leaders; Traditional Baptist practices of local church life, organization and structure; American Baptist Characteristics: the principles that identify us in the context of the larger Church; and the origins and development of American Baptist denominational life and structure. Instructor: Rev. Jeremy Spencer. First Class Date: TBD
•Worship - This course is designed to serve as an introduction to corporate Christian worship. In it the student will be exposed to a variety of worship styles both within and outside the American Baptist tradition. The student will also become acquainted with a variety of theological approaches to worship and worship design. Instructor: Ms. Loueda Bleiler. First Class Date: TBD
SPRING 2022 COURSES •Ministry Through the Small Church – This course is designed to familiarize students about the unique opportunities and challenges of ministry in the small church. The course will guide the student through the theological, relational, and organizational aspects of small church ministry as well as provide the tools necessary to carry out the tasks unique to the small church. Instructor: Rev. Steve Reynolds. First Class Date: TBD
• Church History – The course is designed to provide an overview of church history, focusing on issues and incidents that have had the greatest impact on the Church and its relationship to the world. It will provide an historical context for the issues, personalities, and events studied. Students will be provided the tools and techniques to do competent research in church history. First Class Date: TBD ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Fees The tuition is $110. For family members living in the same house, the course fee is $110 for the first person and $60 for each subsequent person. Students may audit a course, without credit, for $60. The cost of the textbooks for each course is in addition to the tuition.