BASIC CHRISTIAN BELIEFS - STARTING DATE TBD 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
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
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 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:Introduction to the New Testament, Second Edition, by D.A. Carson and Douglas J Moo. Zondervan, 2005. 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 1 from the required textbook and be prepared to discuss. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
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.