Cannot be credited toward a degree or certificate.
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 should 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 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
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
- If you
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
- 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.
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, including the Final Test, are included in the Workbook.