Offered on June 29, 2019

MBMM will host Baptist Theology and Polity Course for ministers for whom English is not their primary language.  It is a crash course that covers Baptist History, Polity and Theology.

Join us on Saturday, June 29th

9:00 AM to 5 PM

First Baptist Church,

1580 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA 02420.  

The program cost $40 includes lunch.

All student must read “Down by the Riverside: A Brief History of Baptist Faith” by Everett C. Godwin before attending the class.  There will be a quiz to ascertain your knowledge of the book. Hands out will be provided for further research. All students are required submit ordination papers within four weeks after the class to fulfill the requirements and course completion. This course fulfills the requirement of the Commission on Ordained Ministers of the American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts.  To register online complete the form below.

Course Overview: Baptist History, Theology & Polity

  • Required Text: “Down By The Riverside” by Everett C. Goodwin, PhD

  • Supplementary Texts: “Baptist Ways – A History” by Bill Leonard

  • “The Baptist Identity – Four Fragile Freedoms” by Walter Shurden

Overview of the course and assignments. Major written assignment will be a 7-20 page “ordination paper” consisting of two major sections:

  1. The student’s spiritual journey and clearly articulated call to ministry (3-5 double-spaced pages)

  2. The student’s understanding of basic Christian theology to include (but not be limited to) the following themes:

  • Theological understanding of:

  • Scripture

  • The Trinity, including particular characteristics of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit

  • Baptism & communion

  • Baptist distinctives & theology

  • The Church

  • Salvation

  • Eschatology

  • Commitment to ABC,USA

Baptist History:  A three-hour presentation by Dick Haley. Students will be required to have read the book prior to class. Presentation will be an overview of Baptist history with reference to “Down By The Riverside” with supplemental handouts/power points from the other two texts.

Baptist Theology:  A three hour presentation: An Overview by Mar Imsong. With all the nuances within Baptist Churches the foundation of Baptist theology is based on the following:

  1. Belief in freedom of conscience

  2. The truthfulness of Scripture

  3. Believer's baptism by immersion

  4. Religious Liberty

  5. Separation of Church and State

  6. Local church autonomy

  7. Priesthood of all Believers

Baptist Polity and the practice of ministry

Baptist Polity:  Three-hour presentation touching on generally accepted Baptist organizational principals and specifically on American Baptist structures and issues

Practice of Ministry: A three-hour presentation by all the instructors arising out of their interests, experiences and expertise. Such things as weddings, funerals, communion services, worship styles, administration and fund raising issues, IRS regulations, and pastoral resources will be covered.