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1001 Introduction to the Bible

Introduce the sixty-six (66) books of the Bible, its origin, and the important events, periods, and personalities that led to the development of the Bible in its present form.

 

1003 Translations and Versions of the Bible

Investigate the methods and procedures used to produce the many translations and versions.

 

1004 Effective Bible Reading

Identify methods and approaches to Bible study that can lead to spiritual growth and Christian maturity. Areas that will be covered include the structure of the Bible and resources for personal study. Employ resources and tools of hermeneutics.

 

1005 The Biblical Backgrounds

Accumulate as much Bible knowledge as possible. Course provided with information about the politics, geography, language, and biblical background information that will enable the students to have a better understanding of the Bible.

 

1006 How to Accurately Interpret the Bible

Lead the students to employ the resources and tools of hermeneutics. With these tools, students will engage in biblical analysis during the class period.

 

1007 Survey of the Old Testament

Survey the Old Testament. Included in this survey will be a general overview of the divisions, times, places-with emphasis on the nation of Israel, events, people, and archaeology of the Old Testament.

 

1010 The Pentateuch

Focus on the first five books of the Old Testament. Students will become familiar with the fundamental significance of each of these books relative to the life of the people of Israel. Emphasis will be placed on showing how these books are foundational for the entire biblical record.

 

1011 Survey of Genesis

Explore this book of the beginnings to learn the basic themes of the Bible. Discussions will include such themes as original sin, God’s initial steps to redemption through the divine covenant, and the beginning of the covenant people, Israel.

 

1012 Survey of Exodus

Study the history of Israel from the death of Joseph to the erection of the tabernacle in the wilderness. In it, Moses, the primary character, will be revealed as God’s leader for His people in this time of slavery and deliverance.

 

1013 Survey of Leviticus

Learn the importance of the Old Testament key concepts of access (understanding the requirements necessary to reach God), holiness (living a sacrificial life before God), and divine laws (following the standards that God has ordained). The central focus of this course will answer the question of how a sinful person can approach a holy God.

 

1014 Survey of Numbers

Take the students through a study of the pilgrimage of Israel. Topics such as “how unbelief bars entrance to the abundant life” will be discussed in light of historical facts regarding the Old Testament pilgrims while in the wilderness.

 

1015 Survey of Deuteronomy

Guide the students in the repeating of the Law after the former generation of Israelites had died in the wilderness.

 

1016 Books of History

Provide an overview of the historical books of the Bible. A chronological record of events, along with a description of pivotal personalities, will be presented. Students will investigate the causes and the impact of these events on the nation of Israel.

 

1017 Survey of Joshua

Lead the students in learning about the conquest of Canaan, and about the importance of the divisions of the land of Canaan. The leading chapters will assist students in being successful in the battles of life.

 

1018 Survey of Judges

Study the book of Judges, examining the history of Israel during the times of the fifteen judges. Expose

Israel’s frequent vacillations from faith to failure under the theocracy of God.

 

 

1019 Survey of Ruth

Explore the providential care of God to preserve the family of Israel through Boaz, an Israelite, and Ruth, a Moabite. A story of faithfulness as discovered in Ruth is emphasized-that she would be the grandmother of David, and thus an ancestor of Jesus Christ.

 

1020 Survey of 1 Samuel

Meet the main characters: Samuel, Saul, and David. Review periods of transition and other leading topics and events important in the life of Israel.

 

1021 Survey of 2 Samuel

Cover the reign of King David, from the early years of his reign-when he was first engaged in military campaigns-through the times descriptive of his great military successes, his eventual fall, and his subsequent punishment. The course will conclude with the latter years of his life.

 

1022 Survey of 1 Kings

Cover the primary history of the people of Israel-their beginning as a nation; their kings, prophets, and priests; and their culture and faith.

 

1023 Survey of 2 Kings

Sequel to the book of 1 Kings. It continues the saga of Israel’s kings, those who followed in the way of

David, and those who led the nation into apostasy. Become familiar with the kings who led God’s people.

 

1024 Survey of 1 Chronicles

Cover the primary history of the people of Israel-their beginnings as a nation, their kings, prophets, and priests, and their culture and faith. Students will examine the significant kings and their successes and failures, as well as the role prophecy plays in history.

 

1025 Survey of 2 Chronicles

Review the books of 1 and 2 Samuel and 1 and 2 Kings as a supplement to this study of the book of2 Chronicles. Cover the primary history of the people of Israel-their nation, kings, and prophets, and their culture and faith.

 

1026 Survey of Ezra

Expose the crucial contributions of this great prominent Old Testament figure. Students will study the historical events surrounding the return of the Jews from their captivity in Babylon, the rebuilding of the Temple, and the inauguration of social and religious reforms.

 

1027 Survey of Nehemiah

Assist the students in the study of the book of Nehemiah, and cover leading topics such as the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem, the rehearsal of certain divine laws, and the restoration of ancient ordinances.

 

1028 Survey of Esther

Explore the way God intervened in the life of this great woman. Explore the deliverance of the Jews by Queen Esther. This course will also highlight the other main characters of the book.

 

1030 Wisdom & Poetry

Study reviews wisdom useful for practical living. Compare ancient days with the present, revealing the character of mankind and the unchanging nature of morality.

 

1031 Survey of Job

Study the patriarch Job, who truly lived a troubled life but who overcame his hardships through his trust in God and by living a righteous life.

 

1032 Survey of Psalms

Examine the hymnal of the Hebrews-the book of Psalms, primarily Jewish poetry. Survey the styles of poetry as written by the ancients, their expressions of emotion, and their beliefs about their God, Jehovah.

 

1038 Survey of Proverbs

Study a collection of moral and philosophical presentations with a broad array of subjects presented in poetic form. The book of Proverbs springs from human experience and preserves many of Solomon’s sayings.

 

1039 Survey of Ecclesiastes

This survey introduces a man who sinned by giving way to selfishness and sensuality; paid the penalty of that sin and weariness of life; and, under the discipline of divine education, learned the lesson that God meant to teach him. Emphasize the importance of consecrating one’s youth to God.

 

1040 Survey of Song of Solomon

Reveal the nature of true human love between man and woman. Review the text-its format and historical settings. Discuss appropriate male-female relationships and the role of human love in God’s plan for humanity.

 

1041 Prophets and Their Message

Overview of the historical character of the entire prophetic ministry in the Old Testament, focusing on the backgrounds, time periods, places, events, people, and archaeology of the Old Testament section of the Bible. ‘7

 

1044 Isaiah

Study the first thirty-nine chapters of the book of Isaiah. Review the works of Uzziah, Jotham, and Ahaz, and the reign of Hezekiah. This period reflects the role of Israel’s enemy Assyria, and presents the Lord as mighty Ruler and King.

 

1046 Jeremiah

Introduce the prophet and review the sins of the Jews that consist of seven of the twenty-three independent sections contained in this book.

 

1048 Lamentations

Explore the Old Testament prophetic book of Lamentations. Explore the deep grief over the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple, and the poetic form of the writings. Disobedience to God is to invite disaster.

 

1049 Survey of Ezekiel

Designed to announce God’s judgment on Israel and other nations and to foretell the eventual salvation of God’s people. Chronicle the prophet’s life and ministry.

 

1050 Survey of Daniel

Study the major prophetic book. Designed to emphasize the truth that God is in control of world history. The Lord directs the forces of nature, the destiny of nations, and the care of people. Witness the work of God and find security in His sovereignty.

 

1052 Survey of Hosea

The book illustrates God’s steadfast, constant, and persistent love. Learn about the importance of being faithful.

 

 

1053 Survey of Joel

Study this Old Testament prophetic book of Joel that is designed to predict the outpouring of the Spirit of God on all people. Learn the importance of following, obeying, and worshipping God.

 

1054 Survey of Amos

Review the Old Testament prophetic book of Amos. Emphasize God’s fiery denunciation of the Northern Kingdom of Israel during the time of widespread idol worship, graft, corruption, and oppression of the poor. Learn what happens when God’s people become complacent.

 

1055 Survey of Obadiah

Study the shortest book of the Old Testament that divulges God’s judgment against the Edomites, ancient enemies of the nation of Israel. God judges those who harm His people.

 

1056 Survey of Jonah

Study the Old Testament prophetic book that emphasizes God’s love for all people-pagans and Gentiles, as well as His chosen people. Learn the message of salvation and its availability for all people.

 

1057 Survey of Micah

Study this short Old Testament prophetic book that exhibits God’s condemnation of the rich because of their exploitation of the poor. Experience God’s anger as He judges and punishes sin.

 

1058 Survey of Nahum

Examine the Old Testament prophetic book that foretells the destruction of the nation of Assyria and its capital city, Nineveh. Launch into a psalm of praise that celebrates the power and goodness of God.

 

1059 Survey of Habakkuk

Study the Old Testament prophetic book that deals with the age-old problem of evil and human suffering. Understand that God is still in control of the world, despite the apparent triumph of evil.

 

1060 Survey of Zephaniah

Search the Old Testament prophetic book that emphasizes the certainty of God’s judgment and the preservation of a remnant (a small group of people who would continue to serve as God’s faithful servants in the world). Understand that God does not take sin lightly, and sinners will be punished.

 

1061 Survey of Haggai

Probe the Old Testament prophetic book written to encourage the people of Israel, who had returned to their native land after the captivity in Babylon. Learn that even though this is a short book, it is filled with challenges and promises, reminding us of God’s claim on our lives.

 

1062 Survey of Zechariah

Study the Old Testament prophetic book that portrays the coming glory of the Messiah. Discover that in only fourteen (14) chapters, Zechariah is claimed to be the most messianic of all the Old Testament books because it contains eight (8) specific references to the Messiah.

 

1063 Survey of Malachi

Study the prophetic book of the Old Testament that was written to rebuke the people of Israel for their shallow worship practices. Learn about God’s great blessings that are to be bestowed upon those who are faithful to Him.

 

1064 Exile and Restoration

Present the significance of the Babylonian captivity-the Exile and the restoration periods. Review the activities involved with the return of the Jews to Jerusalem and the redevelopment of the nation.

 

1065 Introduction to the lntertestamental Period

Study the period between the writings of the Old Testament book of Malachi and the gospel of Matthew in the New Testament. Students will study the important events that took place during this period, and will learn how these events shaped the course of the New Testament period and the coming of the Messiah.

 

1066 Women in the Old Testament

Identify biblical female characters from the Old Testament, and the contribution that each woman made to the growth and decline of the Jewish nation. Include women in the patriarchal families, judges, and the various queens throughout the history of Israel.

 

1072 Survey of the New Testament

Engage in a general overview of the divisions, time periods, places, events, people, and archaeology of the New Testament sections of the Bible.

 

1075 The Synoptic Gospels

Focus on the Synoptic Gospels-Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Students will study the life and ministry of Jesus Christ as portrayed by these three writers. Through this comparative study, students will gain a more comprehensive understanding of Jesus’ ministry.

 

1076 The Gospel of Matthew

Reveal the fact that this gospel was initially written to Jewish Christians of Palestine. Information in this course will prove that Jesus of Nazareth was the promised Messiah and that in Him ancient prophecies had their fulfillment. Leading characteristic of this gospel: it sets forth the kingly glory of Christ and shows Him to be a true heir of David’s throne.

 

1077 Survey of Mark

Participate in an examination of the life of Jesus Christ according to Mark’s gospel. Attention will be drawn to the fast pace of the literature as it picks up with the active servant Christ.

 

1078 Survey of Luke

Review the life of Jesus Christ according to Luke the Gentile as he methodically viewed the life of Christ and presented Him in a letter written to a friend named Theophilus.

 

1079 Survey of John

Focus on the fourth gospel and its uniqueness. Identify the specific features that characterize John’s gospel and distinguish it from the Synoptic Gospels, with emphasis on John’s writings and the ministry of Jesus Christ.

 

1080 The Life and Teachings of Jesus

Focus on the significance of Jesus’ birth, His early life, His teaching ministry, His death, and His resurrection.

 

1082 The Sermon on the Mount

Cover the teaching principles expounded by Jesus as He taught about kingdom principles and spiritual life. The two accounts (the books of Matthew and Luke) will be comparatively analyzed. Students will apply these teachings to various aspects of everyday living.

 

1084 The Miracles of Jesus

Concentrate on the many miracles that Jesus performed during His earthly ministry, both from a topical and chronological arrangement. Students will discuss the purpose and plan of each miracle, as well as the final outcome, to the immediate recipient.

 

1085 The Parables of Jesus

Cover the various parables that Jesus used in His teaching ministry. Focus on the heavenly meaning of these earthly stories. The focus will be on the background and message of each parable.

 

1086 Church History in Acts

Focus on the development of the church after the ascension of Jesus Christ. Students will probe information about the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost, and the spreading of the Gospel from Jerusalem, Judah, Samaria, and throughout the known world. The prominence of Peter and Paul will be highlighted.

 

1087 Survey of Paul’s Letters

Cover the teachings of Paul from the books of 1 and 2 Thessalonians, Galatians, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Romans, 1 and 2 Timothy, and Titus. Focus on Paul’s prison letters (the books of Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon). Probe the mind of this man who, while incarcerated, addressed the early churches.

 

1089 Survey of Romans

Engage in an overview of major issues presented in Paul’s doctrinal letter to the Roman Christians. Students will come to recognize each doctrinal truth presented in the book. –

 

1091 Survey of 1 Corinthians

Examine the book of 1 Corinthians, with emphases on the date, authorship, themes, and general content. Reflect on some of the strong major problems that challenged the church as addressed by Paul.

 

1092 Survey of 2 Corinthians

Focus on the book of 2 Corinthians, with emphases on the date, authorship, themes, and general content. Review some of the strong major problems that challenged the church, as addressed by Paul.

 

1093 Survey of Galatians

Study the book of Galatians, with emphases on the date, the authorship, themes, and the general content of the letter. Discover the personal, doctrinal, and practical contrasts found in this letter.

 

1094 Survey of Ephesians

Focus on the book of Ephesians, with emphases on the authorship, date, and recipients of this letter. This letter, while confirming the role of Christ in the church, also highlights responsible Christian living and unity in Christ.

 

1095 Survey of Philippians

Study the book of Philippians, with emphases on the authorship, date, and recipients of this letter. The main theme of the letter is about rejoicing in the Lord.

 

1096 Survey of Colossians

Research the book of Colossians, with emphases on the authorship, date, and recipients of this letter. It defends the Gospel against false teachings and gives encouragement for the Christian life.

 

1097 Survey of 1 Thessalonians

Search the book of 1 Thessalonians, with emphases on the authorship, date, and recipients of this letter. Students will identify ways that the letter is instructive for application to daily living and the second coming of Christ.

 

1098 Survey of 2 Thessalonians

Analyze the book of 2 Thessalonians, with emphases on the authorship, date, theme, and recipients of this letter. Students will learn how to prepare for the Second Coming.

 

1099 The Pastoral Epistles

Examine the letters by Paul addressed to pastors (I and 2 Timothy, and Titus). Students will identify withPaul’s addresses on the conduct of the church in worship and everyday life.

 

1100 Survey of Philemon

Study the book of Philemon, with emphases on the authorship, date, and recipients of this letter. It puts Christian ethics into practice. It reveals the transforming power of salvation in the life of a slave who found the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

1101 Survey of Hebrews

Search the book of Hebrews, with emphases on the authorship, date, theme, and recipients of this letter. It addresses the supremacy of Christ.

 

1104 James

Study the letter of James, with emphases on authorship, date, theme, and recipients. Offers an excellent tool for students looking for a more practical application of their faith.

 

1105 1 Peter

Focus on the letter of 1 Peter, with emphases on authorship, date, theme, and recipients. This letter high­

lights Christian suffering.

 

1106 2 Peter

Review the letter of 2 Peter, with emphases on authorship, date, theme, and recipients. Students will identify false teachers and the urgency of learning the doctrine of the second coming of Christ.

 

1107 1, 2, 3 John

Probe the letters of 1, 2, and 3 John, with emphases on authorships, dates, themes, and recipients. Students will be introduced to the prominent themes of each, with emphasis on John’s teachings about love and the assurance of salvation.

 

1108 Jude

Review the letter of Jude, with emphases on authorship, date, theme, and recipients. Learn to identify the danger of apostasy or forsaking God.

 

1109 The Study of the Last Things

Explore the doctrine of last things. Focus on beliefs concerning death, the end of the world, and the ultimate destiny of humankind. The course focuses on many of the various Christian doctrines concerning the Second Coming, the resurrection of the dead, and the Last Judgment.

 

1112 Survey of Revelation

Explore the book of Revelation, with emphases on authorship, date, theme, and recipients. Discuss the prophetic themes, symbols, and interpretations of various revelations.

 

1114 Women in the New Testament

Study the biblical women in the New Testament and their contributions to the growth and development of the early church. Examine the unique roles of Mary (mother of Jesus) and Elizabeth (mother of John the Baptizer).

 

2001 New Members’ Orientation

Enable new church members to gain insight and understanding of the Christian faith. Introduce students to the history of their local church and its membership requirements.

 

2002 Nurturing Converts

Assist leaders in their responsibility for guiding and instructing new converts. Students will discover the most effective methods to nurture new members in personal Christian growth and development.

 

2003 The Meaning of the Church

Probe this independent and preliminary course on the doctrine of the church (i.e., its structure, its source, its service, its power, and its mission). y

 

2005 The Christian Symbol

Study basic meanings and interpretations of symbols unique to Christianity. Participants in this course will receive instruction on the importance of these symbols and how they can be used to achieve world­ wide witnessing.

 

2007 Christian Stewardship

Cover the basic tenets of Christian stewardship-time, talent, and tithe. Students will begin to understand how to effectively manage their resources through a better understanding of the spiritual principles, practices, and contributions of Christian stewardship.

 

2009 Debt-free Living: How to Manage Your Money through the Word

Emphasize money management through the study of the Bible. Discover God’s design for money and how it may best glorify Him to manage it.

 

2011 Baptist Doctrine

Examine with simplicity and clarity the basic teachings of the Baptist faith. Explore each doctrinal position and the basis for each doctrinal position taught in the class.

 

2012 The Articles of Faith

Review introductory study of the Articles of Faith for Baptists, a longtime standard of the church. Students will evaluate each thought, with emphasis placed on biblical support.

 

2013 The Baptist Church Covenant

Explore the design and fundamental study of biblical mandates of our Baptist church covenant.

 

2014 Teaching Baptist Doctrine for Children

Acquaint children with the biblical basis for Baptist faith and practice. Learn how to use language and logic best suited for the maturity level of the students.

 

2015 Foundation of Christian Ethics

Focus on understanding the philosophical and Christological approaches to Christian ethics. Engage in biblical principles for decision making and conduct for living.

 

2017 Foundations of Christian Education

Focus on bibliohistorical prospective of Christian education in the western church. Emphasis will be placed on the historical development in the twenty-first century.

 

2018 The Educational Task of the Church

Concentrate on the various educational ministries of the local church, and focus on the unique role each ministry plays in the attainment of the total educational goals of the local church. Emphasis will be placed on the responsibility of each Christian to participate in the Christian education activities of the church.

 

2019 Guide to Curriculum Development, Evaluation, and Selection

Familiarize the students with resources such as needs assessments, curriculum, literature, and strategies of the local church for implementation.

 

2021 Developing the Christian Leadership School of the NBC

Explore the structure, course study, and ministry of Christian education in the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. (i.e., leadership training schools, the Certificate of Progress Program, Congress of Chris­ tian Education, and the certification process of workers in the local church, district associations, and/or state conventions). This historical survey of the theological and social themes of the convention’s Christian education program will enable students to better understand the role that Christian education plays in the maturation of church members.

 

2023 Creative Ways of Teaching

Assist teachers in discovering innovative ways to teach that lead to transformed students’ lives, and in dis­ covering new ways of teaching that will include learning behavior and strategies of student learning and behavior.

 

2024 Teaching Discipline to Our Children at Home and Church

Explore ways for church leaders, educators, and parents to help children learn. Parents are an intricate part of the teaching of Christ-like behavior for life.

 

2025 Teaching Social Etiquette and Good Manners

Focus on the art of established social graces and courtesies. Guide through Bible examples of graceful respect for others.

 

2026 The Church’s Teaching Ministry to Children

Aid the children’s teacher to become better equipped in the art of teaching. Matters such as holding students’ attention and encouraging involvement will be discussed. Explore the varying development levels of children; to include socialization, spiritual development, and physical and mental competencies for the preschool, kindergarten, primary, and junior learner {grades Pre-K through 6).

 

2029 Teaching Nursery Children

Focus on the various teaching methods for the preschool learner.

 

2030 Teaching Kindergarten

Study teaching methods for kindergarten students. Explore the varying development levels of children, to include socialization, spiritual development, and physical and mental competencies.

 

2031 Teaching Primary Children

Focus on teaching strategies for children in grades 1-3. Students will explore the varying development levels of children, to include socialization, spiritual development, and physical and mental competencies.

 

2032 Teaching Juniors

Help familiarize the students with the interactive learning strategies for fourth, fifth, and sixth graders.

 

2033 Teaching Children with Special Needs

Explore the importance of ministering to children with special needs. Discuss appropriate learning environments and multisensory teaching strategies.

 

2034 The Use of the Bible with Children

Emphasize practical study guidelines. This course demonstrates learning strategies, such as storytelling, role-playing, and general Bible reading.

 

2035 Planning Recreation for Children

Give attention to outlining how to implement recreational activities at the local church level.

 

2037 Developing a Children’s Ministry in the Local Church

Explore strategies in developing a children’s ministry in the local church. Emphasis placed on planning and evaluating age-appropriate programs of instruction.

 

2038 Children Learning to Pray

Explore ways in leading children to understand the meaning and importance of prayer.

 

2039 Children Learning to Worship

Equip teachers of children’s church and other children’s ministries in teaching children the basic practices of worship: prayer, Scripture, sermon, music, the Lord’s Supper, and baptism.

 

2040 Children at Worship

Instruct children workers on how to effectively engage children in worship as participants.

 

2041 Children’s Rally

Explore the function of the children’s rally. Identify the components that should be included in a children’s rally; some include drama, puppetry, mime, stepping, drill teams, talent shows, and Christian rap.

 

2043 Youth Ministry in the Black Church

Explore ways to assist youth workers in understanding sociocultural dynamics of African-American adolescents and how to give them an appreciation of their uniqueness. Workers will gain practical insight into teaching them while imparting the importance and influences of Christian education.

 

2045 Teaching Youth

Provide a general introduction to learning and teaching methods for teens. Spiritual, mental, and social patterns will be explored.

 

2046 Teaching Junior High/Middle School

Develop strategies and methods for teaching junior-high youth. Spiritual, mental, and social patterns will be explored.

 

2047 Teaching Senior High

Explore methods in reaching youth and high school students. Spiritual, mental, and social patterns will be explored.

 

2048 Teaching Discipline to Our Youth at Home and at Church

Explore teaching methods for youth workers (pastors, leaders and teachers) on church discipline in the church. Emphasis placed on general etiquette in the local church. Leaders and parents will be an intricate part of the process of discipline.

 

2049 Teaching the Special Needs Youth

Focus on the importance of ministering to youth with special needs. Examine appropriate learning environments and multisensory teaching strategies. Engage the entire church in embracing those with special           “‘”‘ needs-of any age.

 

2050 Helping Young People Develop Christian Beliefs

Develop methods for teaching young people basic Christian beliefs. Engage students in the practices of the principles of Christianity.

 

2052 Youth at Worship

Equip and train young people in how to engage in the ministry of effective and productive worship.

 

2053 Understanding Christian Dating

Explore topics such as dating, choices, and self-control. Educate the students on how to deal with feelings and emotions while building healthy, spiritual social lives.

 

2055 Youth Rally

Explore the function of the youth rally. Identify the components that should be included in a youth rally. Study some of the components: stomping, stepping, drill teams, talent shows, fashion shows, and Chris­ tian rap.

 

2058 College and Career Ministry

Train young adult leaders on how to assist young college students in maintaining their faith on college campuses and living a Christian lifestyle, utilizing the series S.E.E.D. (Spiritual Elements Essential for Discipleship). Emphasis will be placed on the importance of Bible study, as well as academic study.

 

2060 Reaching and Keeping Those Under 40

Focus on the practical, simple ways of discovering the needs and interests of young adults. Emphasis will be placed on the developmental process of this age group, and the problems peculiar to them. Focus on methods that will assist the church to more actively involve young adults in the mission and work of the church.

 

2061 Millennials in Ministry

Determine the learning styles of young adult pupils. Learn how to set goals for that age group and to identify the materials that are best suited for their learning styles. Focus on the portrayal of ways and methods that will help young adult pupils grow spiritually. Foster their involvement in the life of the local church. Emphasis will be placed on discovering the reason why the older youth often leave the church and what might be done to retain them.

 

2062 Working with Boys in the Local Church and Community

Prepare laymen in the local church to facilitate ministries for both churched and un-churched boys.

 

2063 Working with Girls in the Local Church and Community

Prepare women in missions to facilitate ministry for girls inside and outside of the church environment.

 

2066 Understanding Adults

Provide an understanding of the characteristics, interests, and needs of the various stages of adulthood with reference to their physical, mental, and spiritual lives.

 

2067 Teaching Adults

Explore methods and materials for an effective adult education program. Become acquainted with the needs of adults and the methods of instruction that are appropriate for adult Christian education programs.

 

2068 Organizing and Maintaining Special Projects for Adults

Identify programs and activities aimed at the adult population of the church. Focus on planning and administrative skills to enable them to develop special projects in which adults can be involved.

 

2069 Teaching the Single, Adult Christian

Emphasize to church leaders and teachers that single, adult Christians have critical needs that the church ought to be addressing in its teaching ministry. Set goals for that age group and to identify the materials that are best suited for their learning styles.

 

2070 Christian Education for Older Adults

Help leaders of older adults explore ways that they can live creatively and productively. Identify ways that leaders of older adults might inspire older adults and plan activities that will enable them to experience self-fulfillment.

 

2071 Christian Character and How It Develops

Concentrate on the components of Christian character. Identify methods for the growth of Christian character. Case studies will be used to apply biblical principles to contemporary social, economic, and political issues.

 

2072 Understanding the Impact of Our Culture

Present a synopsis of ways that the culture influences the church. Become aware of the various aspects of the culture that are infiltrating the church and will devise strategies to combat this influence. Identify ways to inspire Christians to transform the culture, rather than to conform to the culture.

 

2073 Ethics and Teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Study the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Become familiar with his teachings and how they affect the lives of the African-American community to this day.

 

2074 Educational Development of the African American in the Twenty-first Century

Explore the social, economic, political, and cultural influences on the educational development of African Americans in today’s society.

 

2075 Storytelling in Christian Education

Define and allow students the opportunity to practice oral communication methods in the presentation of Gospel stories and examples. Understand specific skills and requisites for storytelling.

 

2076 Audio-Visual Resources in Christian Education

Study the various types of audio-visual equipment and methods that serve to enliven Christian education. The class will include demonstrations of the use of technological resources and equipment.

 

2077 Dramatics in Christian Education

Study and present the basic techniques of dramatic interpretation and play production through the ministry of Christian theater. Attention will be given to character motivation in acting, scenery and costume design, stage makeup, and play directing. Students will gain experience through the production of a short, one-act play or pulpit drama.

 

2078 Using Puppetry in Christian Education

Enable the participants to organize a puppet ministry at the local church level. Understand how to employ puppet ministry as an avenue for witnessing to children.

 

2079 Music in Christian Education

Explore the use of music as an integral part of the Christian education program. Identify the various types of music that can be used in Christian education, including hymns, anthems, gospel, and others.

 

2080 Missionary Education in the Church

Introduce ways to build missionary ministries into the total education program of the local church. Understand how to plan both missionary conferences and classes on the work of missions.

 

2081 Understanding Christian World Missions

Focus on the tenets of the Great Commission as applied to the needs of human beings throughout the world.

 

2083 Education for Missions

Equip persons of all ages for the mission ministry in the local church. Students will study the biblical man­ dates for missions and will be equipped through this study to serve more effectively. Procedures for setting up a missions ministry will be developed.

 

2086 The Church Speaks to Substance Abuse

Provide students with avenues and opportunities to address substance abuse in the local church. Focus on the responsibilities of a local congregation in the arena of substance abuse, and its effects on the family and the church itself.

 

2087 A Christian View toward Homosexuality

Examine the issue of homosexuality from a physical, mental, and spiritual perspective. Discuss and explain the responsibilities of men, the family, and the community as it relates to sin. Examine what the Bible teaches about human sexuality.

 

2088 A Christian View toward Aging

Instruct the local churches on their responsibilities and opportunities to the aging. The course also addresses the creation of available ministries aimed toward assistance and protection of the aged Christian.

 

2089 Death and Dying

Instruct the class concerning the correct definition of euthanasia, along with the legal aspects of this activity. Review subject from a biblical standpoint.

 

2092 A Christian View toward Racial Understanding

Examine the meaning of prejudices from a spiritual perspective, and the responsibilities of Christians, as they relate to judging persons based on various life categories in addition to race (such as age, religious beliefs, sexual preferences, economical status, and the like).

 

2093 A Christian View toward the Poor, Hungry, and Disadvantaged

Teach the importance and the responsibilities of the church from a biblical perspective as they relate to the development of outreach ministries aimed at providing assistance to the underprivileged and disabled in various categories. (Text Book: To Serve 7his Present Age)

 

2094 A Christian View toward Political Involvement

Impart a Christian view on politics from a biblical perspective in order to become familiar with the political process. Discuss the importance of the church as a strong foundation in assisting in the development of programs for the community as a whole.

 

2095 Guidelines for State Directors of Christian Education

Apprise the state directors of their responsibilities. Review the Christian Leadership School Manual in its entirety. Guide the students in the responsibilities of the state director, as outlined by the CLS Manual.

 

2096 The Role of the Christian Education Director

Examine the role and responsibility of the director of Christian education. Acquaint the students with how the director should work with the pastor in planning, evaluating, and coordinating a comprehensive ministry of Christian education in the local church.

 

2097 Rethinking Christian Education for Contemporary Innovations

Examine the current trends, methodologies, and practices in Christian education to determine their validity and alliance with the Scriptures.

 

2098 National Dean’s In-service Training

Provide in-service training for instructors, lecturers, and staff who have been assigned by the dean of the National Congress of Christian Education. Theme writers will present the theme for the following congress year, and the dean will affirm additional methods and procedures.

 

2099 A-D Principles and Procedures for Deans of Christian Education

Acquaint deans of Christian education with their responsibilities and impress upon them their vital role in the National Baptist Convention’s educational program at all levels. Guidelines for congress presidents and duties peculiar to the office that set them apart from deans, other officers, and congress staff will be included. The course will also include the specific duties of deans who choose to serve as dean of record, a position that involves record keeping and mentoring of students in the Certificate of Progress Program (COPP). This course will also help the dean candidate to understand the importance of both the COPP and the Specialization (SESP) programs. The role of the dean of record (DOR) and the importance of specialization programs will be included in all four phases of the series. Students will review the various sections of the Christian Leadership School Manual. This course will be taught in four parts, as outlined below.

 

2099A: Review the history of Christian education in the life of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Primary emphasis will be centered on COPP, its founders, and its objectives. Students will also be introduced to the availability and concept of Specialization training. The course will include such vital information as enlistment and training of staff. The concept of dean of record (DOR) will be introduced. Students will become familiar with forms and procedures necessary for the management of schools, classes, and student progress.

 

2099B: Review the step-by-step procedures for accrediting Christian leadership schools, beginning with Step 1 (selecting and certifying a dean) and continuing through Step 13 (completing and submitting the final report), together with the dean’s annual report to the state director. The concept of dean of record will be introduced to the student, along with a clear explanation of the certificate and specialization programs.

 

2099C: Lead a review of forms and administrative procedures. The students will be alerted to “hot spots” to be avoided by deans and presidents in the planning and supervision of the school as it progresses. Like­ wise, the students will learn steps for advising and monitoring individual students through the phases and programs of the Christian leadership school system.

 

2099D: Prepare the students for internship and the administration of that first school, and for advising and guiding individual students through CLS programs. Students will review the entire program of instruction. Emphasis will be placed on the enhancement of Christian education in all areas: COPP, Sunday

 

school, Bible study programs, Training Union, and other teaching venues. The students will explore ways in which unity can be developed throughout the convention’s education ministry at the local, district, state, and national levels.

 

3001 History of the Early Church

Explore the early development of the New Testament church. Follow the growth and development of the church as an organization.

 

3002 The Church and the Renaissance Era

Explore history in the fourteenth through seventeenth centuries (the Renaissance era). Students will dis­

cover the effect on religion by art, literature, culture, and architecture of the period.

 

3003 The Protestant Reformation

Familiarize the students with the historical events of the period in which the Catholic Church lost dominance over world religion. Important personalities and their contribution to this important time will be discussed.

 

3004 The Rise of Denominationalism

Explore the many Christian denominations in the world and how they began. Consideration will be given to their founders and the circumstances that led them to establish their groups.

 

3005 Interfaith Issues: NBC, USA, Inc. Working with Other Christian Groups

Examine how National Baptists maintain their identity and yet form ties with other faiths to confront social inequities and issues.

 

3006 History of American Christianity

Analyze the growth and influence of Christianity in the United States. Study the role that religious freedom played in the founding of this country.

 

3007 History of Baptists

Examine the roots of the Baptist faith. Students will study the historical development of the Baptist denomination.

 

3008 Theology and History of Christianity

Outline the development of the Christian movement from the beginning of Jesus’ ministry on Earth to present times. Focus on the history, theology, culture, and times that enable Christianity to develop and grow. Prominent persons who influenced the Christian movement will be identified.

 

3009 History of Women in Religion

Focus on the involvement of women in denominational work. Prominent women of the faith who have made significant contributions to the work of the church will be chronicled.

 

3010 History of the African-American Church

Focus on the spread of the Christian faith among slaves and the resultant birth of African-American Baptist churches in America.

 

3011 The Role of the Baptist Church in the Liberation and Empowerment of African Americans Focus on the Civil Rights Movement in America and how its contribution to African-American equality led to a better way of life and social independence.

 

3012 People of Color in the Bible

Identify those nations and personalities in the Bible who were people of color. Examine the contributions made by these individuals and groups.

 

3013 Our Ancestry, Our People

Provide an overview of African Americans from ancient times to the present. Students will especially review contributions to the way of life in the United States.

 

3014 The History of the Sunday School Publishing Board

Focus on the history of the Sunday School Publishing Board. Individuals who have made a significant contribution to the evolution of the board and its functions will be identified. As the coordinating Christian education body with the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., the major Christian education thrusts-such as the Certificate of Progress Program and the accreditation of leadership schools-will be examined.

 

3015 Miss Lucie: Her Legacy and Lyrics

Study the life and ministry of Miss Lucie Campbell. The music of Lucie Campbell has inspired millions of Christians the world over and continues to do so to this day. Learn that gospel music as it is today owes its influence to the mother of gospel music, Miss Lucie Eddie Campbell.

 

3016 Dr. J. Robert Bradley: The Legend

Provide an overview of the life and message of Dr. J. Robert Bradley, renowned baritone and song leader of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Meet the man who brought blazing performances to thousands.

 

3017 Trailblazers of the National Baptist Convention

Study the biographies of the pioneers, lawmakers, and pacesetters of the National Baptist Convention.

 

3018 History of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.

Examine the historical development of the convention. The chronology of events leading to the modern convention structure will be detailed. Leaders of the convention will be profiled.

 

3019 Early Development of African Americans in America

Study the history of African Americans. Focus will include the origins, major characters, significant events, and contributions made to this society by African Americans.

 

4001 Christian Beliefs

Focus on questions regarding historical and contemporary Christian faith. Students will explore the beliefs and interpretations of the faith and will be guided to develop a satisfying personal Christian belief system and life-purpose statement.

 

4002 The Doctrine of God

Study basic beliefs that structure our faith. Look at God, the “First Person of the Trinity,” as God the Creator and Father of mankind. Further, look at the Creator God who sustains us through His omniscience and omni­ presence. Course allows the students to look at God as the Incarnate Word and Redeemer of mankind through Jesus Christ.

 

4003 The Doctrine of Man

Review the question of Psalm 8:4: “What is man, that thou art mindful of him?” (KJV). Study man from the viewpoints of the creation, mankind’s innocence, mankind’s fall, and God’s redemption process. In­ crease understanding concerning the relationship between man and God.

 

4004 The Doctrine of Sin

Focus on the fall of man and God’s response to it. See how the Bible presents sin as an attitude of rebellion and disobedience toward God. Expand the discussion concerning man’s depravity and its implications for man’s relationship to God.

 

4005 The Doctrine of Salvation

Examine salvation from the view of grace and regeneration. Grace looks at God’s unmerited favor toward man, while regeneration looks at the process by which God transmits Himself into the soul of man and makes him new.

 

4010 The Ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper

Give the students a clear, biblical basis for the ordinances of baptism by immersion, the Lord’s Supper, and the truths symbolized thereby.

 

4012 The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit

Study the person and work of the Holy Spirit. A thorough look at the corresponding doctrines that influence our understanding of the work of the Holy Spirit. Identify this doctrine of the church with a holistic understanding of salvation, with special emphases on justification, redemption, and sanctification.

 

4014 The Doctrine of Prayer

Teach on the fundamental purpose, principles, and power of prayer. Understand prayer as the channel of communication of the believer to the Father.

 

4019 Black Liberation through Theology

Examine theology from the African-American train of thought. Discover traditions handed down through the generations’ perspectives on God.

 

4020 History of World Religions

Introduce and explore concepts and approaches of major religious traditions in the world.

 

4026 The Anatomy of Cults

Identify traits and characteristics of cults, “isms,” and religious trends prevalent in today’s society. Students will identify damage caused to humanity and the cause of the Gospel by these religious bodies.

 

4029 The Contemporary Religion Movements

Examine the views and theology of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Discover tactful ways to approach them with an evangelistic appeal.

 

4030 The Christian Message to Our Present World

Look at the dynamic message of the Gospel in the world under adverse conditions. Discover the changeless message from the times of the prophets and how it affected world opinion.

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