Polity and Order
this course you will learn the scriptural formula for running a New
the Pastors, it will be useful as
a manual concerning the polity of the Church, its officers and
structure, and how to lead and be the leader of the congregation.
Not a dictator but a leader. Not forcing their own ideas on the
Church but rather teaching, leading, and following the scriptural
mandates and arrangement commanded by the one who started the first
Local Church, from which all scriptural New Testament Churches have
descended, the Lord Jesus Christ himself.
the members, it
will give them added confidence in their Pastor(s) as they learn what
the New Testament Church is: how it is arranged, its proper polity and
order, its leaders and it ordinances, and clarification of some matters
that have been clouded, and sometimes even abrogated, by heresy and
man's traditions. The clarification of a wide variety of subjects and
principles taught in this course will enforce their confidence that
their leaders are leading in the direction and handling the affairs,
growth, and details of function of the Church in a manner prescribed by
God, the one who started and bought the Church corporate with His own
blood which was shed in the person of Jesus Christ.
Act 20:28 Take heed therefore
unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost
hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath
purchased with his own blood.
To take this course,
student must have already taken
and passed the following courses.
METHOD OF STUDY:
1. Student is required to
read the workbook,
"Church Polity and Order" Edited by Dr. T.E. VanBuskirk which is a
rearrangement for study purposes of a text by Hiscox entitled,
"The New Directory for Baptist Churches." The
biblical precepts presented in this book pertain not only to
Baptists but are scriptural precepts applicable to all true New
Student is required to look up and read
all scriptures in your Bible that are referenced in the
Student is required to complete
the tests as you complete each of the lessons.
2. Student may not complete more than one section per week. Even one section every two weeks is reasonable
for some lessons,
given the depth of the material.
3. If any questions are missed on a test,
even if the test has a passing score, then the student must restudy
that section of the text and find all of the correct answers to the
questions missed before beginning the next lesson's week of study on
the next day.
4. There will be a final test at the end of the
course. All tests will be open book except the Final Test.
Minimum required attendance for the complete course is 24
weeks and will earn 3 credits.
Minimum required attendance for each lesson in the course is 1 week.
TESTING: Make sure you
read and submit a Testing
Instructions Agreement Form if you have not
already done so. Only one such form is required for each
student's file. If you do not turn in a copy of this form
then you will not know how to properly enter your User Name and
Most tests are "open book," which means you may use
your workbook to find the answers. The Final Test is "closed book," which means you may not use your
workbook or any other materials while taking that test. You must
complete the closed book test from memory alone. You will be
required to submit a "Closed Book Test Contract" form
before completing the closed book test. You will receive
the password for the Final Test when you submit the Closed Book
Test Contract form for that test.
Tests are to be taken at the end of each lesson. Lesson
requirement is one week minimum per lesson, and on or after the
last day of that week of study the student may take the test for
that lesson. The next week of study begins the day after
you pass the previous lesson's test.
You may not take more than
one test in one subject on any one day. Once you finish
the last section and have taken and passed that section test, you may
not take the Final Test on that same day. You should review all
of the section tests, noting questions you had missed and the
correct answers which you were required to look up in the
workbook, and then take the Final Test not sooner than
the following day.
ATTENTION: If you fail
a test, you MAY NOT attempt
that test again on the same day. You must restudy the
textbook/workbook and find all of the correct answers to the
questions missed and then retake the test no sooner than the
first for this course and mark the form
"Begin" unless you have done so
previously. You do not sign in when you finish each
lesson. You only do so and mark the form "Finish" when
you have completed the entire course and you are ready for the Final
Download and print the COURSE RECORD FORM.
On it you will keep a record of your sign in
"Begin" date because
you will be required to enter it on the Sign In
"Finish" form that you will submit at the end of the
entire course. You will also keep other pertinent
information on that form such as date and score for each test so
that you will be able to keep track of your progress through the
- Once you have completed all sections of the
workbook and passed
all of the corresponding
section tests, and found the correct
answers to any questions missed on any test, then anytime on or after
the day you passed the last lesson test for the
course, you may retrieve the password by submitting a Closed Book Test Contract form.
Upon receiving the Password, you may take the Final Test for the
course. Do not take the Final Test on the same day that you passed the
last Section Test. The general rule in all
courses is that you may not take more than one
test in one subject on any one day.
the final test do not take it again.
- If you
final test then you need to restudy the workbook
and textbook and all of the sections tests and
make sure you have found all of the correct
answers from your workbook, textbook, or KJV
Bible, whichever is appropriate, and then you
may retake the Final Test on or after the next
day. Repeat this process, waiting at least
one day between retakes, until you pass the
- If you
miss any questions
on the Final Test,
even though you received a passing score, then you need to review the textbook and all of the section tests and
find the correct answers to the questions you missed.
following is included to avoid some possible and
prevalent problems experienced by students
concerning attendance and testing.
In and mark the form
when you are ready to start this course and then
Sign in again and mark the form "Finish"
when you have completed your study in this
course and before submitting the Closed Book Test Contract
form to retrieve the password and
take the Final Test.
Make sure you
read and submit a Testing
Instructions Agreement Form
if you have not
already done so. If you have already submitted that form
earlier you do not need to submit another.
Only one copy
of that form is required for each
test is "closed book" i.e., you may
NOT use your textbook and workbook while taking the final
test nor may you have any outside help or use
any type of material or notes. The test
must be taken from memory alone.
may now proceed to the Workbook
Links to all tests are included in the Workbook.