We believe it is the scriptural way to establish your training program under the ministry of your church, with the Pastor as the chief teacher. (Bible Baptist Church, Oak Harbor is not a Bible College and does not have a correspondence program, nor do we issue diplomas except to those men trained through our own institute. Through our publications ministry, we are suppliers of materials.)
We recommend a three- or four-year program of preparation for those planning on entering full time ministry. This includes classroom lectures and practical ministry experience.
We recommend a minimum of four hours of personal instruction per week. We have used Monday evening classes with a one-hour Sunday afternoon class to accomplish this. This traditional method follows the school year calendar. We have also set up a modular program, where one subject is taught for a whole week three to four hours per night. Of course, it helps if you can have two pastors instructing.
We recommend that each year contain a balance of knowledge and practical instruction.
We recommend that the first subjects to be taught should be the basics doctrine, personal evangelism, and Bible survey. However, the plan is flexible and should be designed by the pastor who is training the men.
Our materials come with Study Questions for each lecture. We recommend the students be quizzed frequently with questions based on the Study Questions. When using the traditional method, we also recommend you test each student about one-third and two-thirds of the way through each particular course. (With Baptist Doctrine, Expository Bible Teaching, etc., a test after each unit is best.) Then, at the end of each course, have an examination covering all the material. The results of the quizzes, tests, and examinations together with assignments will go to make up the final grade.
You must balance the memory and written portions of the grading. Some courses (e.g. Doctrine) must lean on the side of memory; other courses (e.g. Church History) must lean on the side of written assignments (unless you want your students to memorize a whole bunch of dates!).
We strongly recommend each student purchase a set of notes. They will be the best textbooks they can have. Some of the curricula we provide require the use of additional texts, which can be purchased through a normal Christian bookstore or other outlet. Our policy is to gradually extirpate these texts as a requirement not because they are of no value, but because texts like these often go out of print or are revised to be compatible with some Bible perversion.
We believe it is good to get helpful texts into the hands of those we train, particularly if a man has a definite call of God upon his life to the ministry. The students pastor is the best person to make recommendations for these.
FIRST YEAR: [112 hours]
Baptist Doctrine (Part One) 1½ hours per week X 32 weeks
Old Testament History 1 hour per week X 32 weeks
Personal Evangelism 1 hour per week X 16 weeks
The Life of Christ 1 hour per week X 16 weeks
SECOND YEAR: [112 hours]
Baptist Doctrine (Part Two) 1½ hours per week X 32 weeks
The Life of Paul 1 hour per week X 16 weeks
Church History 1 hour per week X 32 weeks
Homiletics 1 hour per week X 16 weeks
THIRD YEAR: [112 hours]
Expository Bible Teaching 1½ hours per week X 32 weeks
Bible Prophecy 1 hour per week X 32 weeks
English Bible: Manuscript Evidence 1 hour per week X 32 weeks
FOURTH YEAR: [24 hours]
Pastoral Theology 1 hour X 16 weeks
Baptist Polity 1 hour X 32 weeks
Under this method, each subject is taught in its entirety in one or two modules. A module consists of three to 3˝ hours per night for four nights of one week each month. The method yields the same amount of instruction time as the traditional method, and requires the same overall time (three or four years). Instead of the students taking a load of two or three subjects over the course of the academic year, they study each subject in concentrated bursts.
The advantages of this method are:
The disadvantages are:
A suggested plan is set forth on the chart below. This plan has the following features:
This plan does require more discipline on the part of the students. There will be no time for procrastination when it comes to assignments and preparing for tests. Even though they will be spending five nights per month in the classroom, they must still put in additional time for study, reading, and writing assignments during the off weeks. At least that time will be spent at home.
The following supplementary texts are still required for certain courses of study using Bible Baptist Church Publications curriculum:
Old Testament History
A Survey of Israel’s History
by: Leon Wood
Academie Books (a division of Zondervan)
Christian Book Distributors
The Soul Winner
by: Charles Spurgeon
Christian Book Distributors
The Soul Winner’s Fire
by: John R. Rice
Sword of the Lord
A Concise History of the Baptists
by: G. H. Orchard
The Trail of Blood
by: J. M. Carroll
The Preacher & His Preaching
by: A. P. Gipps
Principles & Practices for Baptist Churches
by: E. T. Hiscox
Lectures to My Students
by: C. H. Spurgeon
Christian Book Distributors
If these texts cannot be obtained through your local Christian book store, the following suppliers may help:
Baptist Sunday School Committee & Bogard Press (Texarkana, Texas)
1-903-792-8128 — fax
Lehigh Valley Baptist Church
Grand Rapids, MI
The Sword of the Lord
The cost to give a man a sound Bible education through a church Bible Institute is less than $400. The real cost is the input from Gods man who alone can impart (through the Word of God, the Holy Spirit, and personal experience) those necessary qualities and experiences that make a man a man of God.
But thou hast fully known my
manner of life
II Timothy 3:10,11a.