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Monitoring Only
Cannot be credited toward a degree or certificate.

Church Polity and Order

In this course you will learn the scriptural formula for running a New Testament Church.

For 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.

For 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.

  • Prerequisite for attendance:
    To take this course, student should have already taken and passed the following courses.
        The Church
        The Bible

    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 Testament Churches.
        Student is required to look up and read all scriptures in your Bible that are referenced in the workbook.
        Student is required to complete the tests as you complete each of the lessons.
    Student should 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.
    If any questions are missed on a test, even if the test has a passing score, then the student should give one day to restudy of 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.
    There will be a final test at the end of the course.  All tests will be open book except the Final Test.

    Attendance for the complete course is 24 weeks and will earn 3 credits.
    Attendance for each lesson in the course is 1 week.

      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.
      Tests are to be taken at the end of each lesson. The next week of study begins the day after you pass the previous lesson's test.
      Once you finish the last section and have taken and passed that section test, 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 on the following day.

  • We do NOT keep any records for students who are Monitoring Only.  Therefore, if you want to keep track of your progress you may download and print out a copy of the Course Record Form on which you can record the information for this course.

    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 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.
    If you fail the final test then you need to give one day to restudy of 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 Final Test.
    - If you miss any questions on the Final Test, even though you received a passing score, then you should review the textbook and all of the section tests and find the correct answers to the questions you missed.  This process will afford you the best opportunity to gain the most out of your study of this course.

    Final 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.

    You may now proceed to the Workbook by clicking HERE.
    Links to all tests, including the Final Test, are included in the Workbook.