Deacons play an important role in the functioning and health of the local church. The deacon’s responsibilities and services can help or hinder the health of the congregation. This course will cover the biblical qualifications and responsibilities for deacon ministry. The course will also cover challenges that deacons and pastors face in the area of communication and ministry. Although the principles taught in the course will have a slant toward deacons in African-American Baptist churches, these principles can be applied to deacons of every church context, regardless of race, or region of the country.
Instructors: Dr. Lonnie Wesley III
Rev. Rodney Singleton
Rev. Joseph Ellzey
Every week on Thu, until Apr 20, 2023 – Time: 07:00 PM Central Time
This course is to identify and explain the Doctrines in the Sacred Scriptures, (The Bible). “The course is in no sense intended to be a treatise on Systematic Theology”[i] (MBT). A limited number of the most vital and practical doctrinal themes have been chosen, and an attempt has been made to adapt these brief discussions to the needs of the Course. The students will learn about the character and universality of sin, and that they are victorious over sin and death through salvation in Christ Jesus. They will be introduced to the New Testament Church; particularly its purpose, commission, service, stewardship, organization, ordinances, and rewards. The course concludes with an introduction to the end times theology. These areas cover the Tribulation, Great Tribulation, Millennial Kingdom, and New Heaven and Earth.
A general survey of the Old Testament, highlighting its organization, overall themes, historical context, and major events, as well as keywords, names, and places mentioned in each book. Written over a span of more than one thousand years by numerous authors, the thirty-nine books of the Old Testament were written in a variety of literary genres and provide the reader with a clear description of who God is through his dealings with humanity and the nation of Israel.
Students who complete this course should be able to:
Demonstrate the ability to identify the purpose and themes of the books of the OT
Articulate the basic content of the OT as well as its message, theology, and teaching
Be familiar with the broad outline of the historical and geographical context in which the OT was written (able to recognize/identify key people, places, events, and dates, as well as some key worldview differences between ancient times and today)
Understand the message, structure, and content of each OT book
The Bible is a single book with sixty-six chapters The course Living God’s Story is a guide to help students understand, experience, and live out the Great Story of the Bible. Below is the Zoom link for the class.
Instructor: Dr. Leon Moore
Every week on Mon, Jan 9, 2023, until May 8, 2023 -Time: 06:30 PM Central Time
Spiritual Formation is about growing in Christ. The emphasis will focus on how people grow and develop spiritually by meditating and reading the Word of God. The class’s emphasis will be on the basic spiritual disciplines such as prayer, growing in faith, sharing your faith, and your daily walk with the LORD. The course is a graduation requirement for all DBTI students. The seven-week sessions are offered each Fall and Spring. Bible coaches and facilitators will help encourage students to stay on course in reading through the Scripture.
Instructor: Dr. Leon Moore
Every 1st and 3rd Wed, Jan 11, 2023, until Apr 5, 2023 – Time: 06:30 PM Central Time
This course is a study of evangelism and missions in which we will discuss and develop the biblical foundation and a practical solution to living out the command and commission of God. We will examine previous movements, and methods, of both personal and Church Evangelism, Outreach, and Missions.
Instructor: Rev. Howard Madison
Every week on Thu, Jan 12, 2023, until May 11, 2023 – Time: 08:00 PM Central Time