Program

Three Year Program

We offer three years of study at the Institute. At the end of the first year, the student receives a Certificate of Ministry. After the second year, the student receives a Diploma. After the third year of study, an Advanced Diploma is received.

Courses

Each course lasts one year. At the end of each year, you will receive a recognition and promotion to the next level.

Certificate in Ministry – First Year

Study Techniques
Old Testament I
New Testament I
Theology I
Evangelism and Missions
Christian Education
Preaching and Worship
Personal Development Leader

Diploma in Ministry – Second Year

Practical Work
Old Testament II
New Testament II
Theology II
Church Planting
Ethics
Pastoral Counseling
Church History

Higher Diploma – Third Year

Eschatology
Church Growth and Evangelism
Homiletics and Hermeneutics
Planting Churches in Acts

Course Catalog

Course Description by Year

Study Techniques
This is a basic course to introduce the different study skills that students will need to complete the program. If a student is found to be deficient in Spanish reading and/or writing, the student will be required to take an additional language class.

New Testament I
This course provides a broad view of all the books of the New Testament. Students become familiar with the author, the main issues, and key passages from each book. Attention will also be given to the relationship between the New Testament and the rest of the Bible.

Old Testament I
The Old Testament I class is a study of primarily the Pentateuch and, also, other books of Old Testament history. Simultaneously, the books of poetry and prophesy will be examined. Particular attention will be given to the promises of God to the chosen people of Israel and how those promises are relevant to the New Testament church today.

Evangelism and Missions
This course will focus on how to do evangelism in Hispanic areas of the United States where new churches are needed. The beliefs of other sects are also investigated. Students will be provided opportunities to do evangelism in a new area. Students must submit 3 reports of evangelistic meetings. The missions component of this class will include specific information about the Cooperative Program and the different offerings for missions within Baptist churches, such as Eliza Broadus, Lottie Moon and Annie Armstrong.

Theology
This class provides doctrinal instruction about the different categories of systematic theology including Christology, soteriology, pneumatology, and eschatology. In addition, this course includes a particular emphasis on our Baptist doctrines.

Preaching and Worship
This class will focus on the main church service and consider the task of preaching and worship ministry. Different methods of preaching (exhibition, thematic, etc.) will be discussed, and each student will have the opportunity to present a prepared sermon. In addition, students learn how to prepare worship services that are relevant to our culture today but are also acceptable according to biblical precepts. Topics to explore include the use of songs and music in the Bible, prayer in worship, and how to apply these provisions in the Hispanic context.

Christian Education
Based on the patterns of teaching found in the Bible, this class will focus on the practical basis for developing a ministry of Christian education in the Hispanic church in the United States. Topics include: how to start a Bible study with the purpose of planting a new church and how to begin a Sunday school in a new church.

Personal Leadership Development
This course will train the leader in ​​spiritual and personal growth. The leader will learn how to behave in different social situations and ministry contexts in this country. The class will tackle topics such as sex education, personal presentation, stewardship in family, cultural aspects between different Hispanic cultures, and other relevant topics.

Old Testament II
This class will explore main characters of the Old Testament using the Old Testament I material as a base. Theology presented in the Old Testament and the relationship of this will also be examined. (Prerequisite: Old Testament I)

Theology II
Using the material basis from Theology I, this course will look deeper into issues of systematic theology. The course will focus on theological issues that might cause problems or confusion in the Hispanic church today. (Prerequisite: Theology I)

New Testament II
Using the New Testament I material as a basis, this class will focus on the life of Christ as described in the Gospels. (Prerequisite: New Testament I)

Church History
This course aims to give a broad but deep view of church history from its beginning until today. There will be special emphasis on the history of Baptists and the Hispanic church in the United States.

Church Planting
The material for this class will be the course “Basic Training for Church Planting” published by the Board of Missions of North America.

Pastoral Counseling
This course provides students with various tools for use in the contet of counseling within the church. The discipline of counseling will be examined from biblical and psychological perspective.

Ethics
Today’s church needs leaders of integrity. Therefore, this class will examine different ethical situations to prepare the leader to address the social problems of today from a biblical perspective. Issues to be investigated include: abortion, homosexuality, alcoholism, drug abuse, and several others.

Practical Work
This class is the first class of the second year. This course lasts four weeks in the classroom, but lasts the whole semester for the student to complete the practice within the ministerial context. The teacher will encourage students to work in a new church or on the process of planting a new church, without diminishing their responsibilities in their own church. All students must submit 10 reports of evangelistic meetings. Each student will have a local supervisor within the place of ministry, and the supervisor will receive training to know what is expected of him or her. As part of this course, students will develop certain personal and ministerial goals that can be achieved during the 15 weeks. Students will also develop a curriculum vita for use in future ministerial search.

Eschatology
This course will examine the different views about the Rapture, the Millennium. and other aspects of recent times. The book of Revelation is the basis for this study, but the course will include an opportunity for exploration of other biblical passages also.

Church Growth and Evangelism
This course introduces evangelism and church growth disciplines. Topics range from the biblical basis and theological foundations of church growth, to the study of strategies and methodologies. All aspects of the course will focus on practical application. Special attention is given to the Church Growth Movement and its historical emphasis on church growth through evangelism. Church planting methods will be included. Students will visit a new church (not their own congregation) and deliver a report of the visit. Also, students will interview a church planter about methods and challenges of planting Hispanic churches in America.

Homiletics and Hermeneutics
This course seeks to strengthen the skills of the preacher. Students will learn the basic use of biblical languages, rhetoric, logic, and critique. It is intended to help the student to prepare sermons so preaching is increasingly biblical and contextual.

Planting Churches in Acts
This course will be a detailed model of Paul and his church planting as seen mainly in the book of Acts.

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