Online Courses

Course ImageThe first course in the Truett Seminary Certificate Program is 8 weeks in duration and covers the subject of Spiritual Formation—the basic process by which Christians are formed spiritually. The course includes practices and understandings that can help Christians grow closer to God and live out their faith more vibrantly. In addition, the course teaches skills to help promote success in the Certificate Program. For advanced participants, an optional set of assignments focused on a biblical study of the "Kingdom of God” in Matthew and Luke is available.

Prerequisites: None

Textbook: Smith, James Bryan. The Good and Beautiful God. InterVarsity Press, 2009.

Workload: Light reading accompanied by personal growth reflections


Course ImageThe required second course in the Truett Seminary Certificate Program teaches students how to better read, interpret, and apply Scripture with an emphasis on observing Scripture and interpreting it within its appropriate contexts.

Prerequisites: CCF00 - Orientation and Formation (required)

Textbook: Duvall, J. Scott, and J. Daniel Hays. Grasping God’s Word: A Hands-On Approach to Reading, Interpreting, and Applying the Bible. Zondervan, 2012. (*Also used in CCF02 and CCF03)

Workload: Gradually increases from easy to modest difficulty


Course ImageThis course presents an overview of the Old Testament with a particular focus on the history and culture of the various time periods that serve as its backdrop and setting.

Prerequisites: CCF01 - Biblical Interpretation (required)

Textbook:

  • Arnold, Bill T., and Bryan E. Beyer. Encountering the Old Testament: A Christian Survey. Baker Academic, 2015
  • Students will also use the book from CCF01 as a supplementary text.

Workload: Increased amount of reading


Course ImageThis course offers an overview of the New Testament, with a particular focus on its historical and cultural contexts.

Prerequisites:

  • CCF01 - Biblical Interpretation (required)
  • CCF02 - Survey of the Old Testament (recommended)

Textbook:

  • Burge, Gary M, Lynn H. Cohick, and Gene L. Green. The New Testament in Antiquity: A Survey of the New Testament within its Cultural Contexts. Zondervan, 2009.
  • Students will also use the book from CCF01 as a supplementary text.

Workload: Increased amount of reading


Course ImageThis course covers the doctrines and dogmas of the church that are built on the foundation of Scripture. This is not merely a dry study of facts and concepts, but rather, a vibrant consideration of faith and the practical ways of how beliefs affect the Christian life. Additionally, this course includes a brief overview of Baptist identity. Much of this overview is in keeping with broad evangelical beliefs, which is valuable regardless of one’s denominational background.

Prerequisites:

  • CCF01 - Biblical Interpretation (required)
  • CCF03 - Survey of the New Testament (recommended)

Textbook:

  • Jones, Beth Felker. Practicing Christian Doctrine: An Introduction to Thinking and Living Theologically. Baker Academic, 2014.
  • Tuck, William Powell. Our Baptist Tradition. Smyth & Helwys Publishing, Inc., 2005.

Workload: Introductory readings with some theological terms and reflection required

Schedule:

  • 10 weeks - Introduction to doctrine and theology
  • 2 weeks - Brief survey of Baptist identity


Course ImageThis course is not a comprehensive look at church history, but it does offer a brief overview. The goal of the course is to provide a vibrant and enjoyable study of our shared Christian story, rather than dry facts about people, places, and events. In addition, students will learn about the history of Baptists in the United States. The course is comprehensive enough for Baptist students, but also generously broad for those of different denominational backgrounds.

Prerequisites:

  • CCF01 - Biblical Interpretation (required)
  • CCF04 - Introduction to Theology (recommended)

Textbook:

  • Durso, Pamela R., Keith E. Durso. The Story of Baptists in the United States. Baptist History and Heritage Society, 2006.
  • Jones, Timothy Paul. Christian History Made Easy. Rose Publishing, Inc., 2009.

Workload: Moderate difficulty; somewhat more writing than average

Schedule:

  • 7 weeks - General overview of church history
  • 5 weeks - Introduction to the history of Baptists in the United States


Course ImageThis course is suitable for ministers of all types and is required to achieve a Certificate of Ministry. It strives to teach the essential aspects of providing care for people in times of crisis. The subject matter is not specific to “pastors”, but rather it is intended for any who may find themselves extending care on behalf of a congregation.

Prerequisites: CCF04 - Introduction to Theology (required)

Textbook: Switzer, David K. Pastoral Care Emergencies. Fortress Press, 2000.

Workload: Challenging due to depth and subject matter


Course ImageThis course is suitable for laypeople and ministers of all types— not just those called to pulpit ministry. Preaching is the practice of communicating a passage of Scripture in a way that seeks to connect to people’s hearts and to prompt them toward application.

To better prepare everyone for the ministry of the proclamation of the Gospel, either this course or an in-person Preaching Seminar is recommended. This course is required to achieve a Certificate of Ministry.

Prerequisites:

  • CCF01 - Biblical Interpretation (required)
  • CCF02 - Survey of the Old Testament (recommended)
  • CCF03 - Survey of the New Testament (recommended)
  • CCF04 - Introduction to Theology (recommended)

Textbook: Robinson, Haddon. Biblical Preaching. Baker Academic, 2014.

Workload: Challenging due to the amount of reading and work


This course is suitable for laypeople of all types (anyone in an official ministry capacity should consider taking COM06 - Pastoral Care instead). In this course you will learn the essential aspects of caring for friends, family, and community in times of crisis and grief. This course is required to achieve a Certificate of Christian Studies.

Prerequisites: CCF04 - Introduction to Theology (required)

Textbook: TBA

Workload: Challenging due to depth and subject matter

Registration Coming Fall 2020

This course is suitable for laypeople and ministers of all types who want to become better equipped to share the Gospel in an ever-changing world. Additionally, the goal is to help believers with their relationship with the world and with God through the continued study of the Gospel. This course is required to achieve a Certificate of Christian Studies.

Prerequisites:

  • CCF01 - Biblical Interpretation (required)
  • CCF02 - Survey of the Old Testament (recommended)
  • CCF03 - Survey of the New Testament (recommended)
  • CCF04 - Introduction to Theology (recommended)
  • Textbook: TBA

    Workload: Challenging due to reading and work

    Registration Coming Fall 2020