Ordination Preparation (C.OP366)

Ordination Preparation (C.OP366)

This is a self-directed online course which is required for individuals seeking to be ordained with the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World. Prerequisite includes the Ministerial Introduction Course. The course addresses issues of human development and dealing with people at various stages in the life cycle; evangelism and evangelistic methods; and pertinent issues relating to Pastoring. It also examines the move of the Holy Spirit in the days of the Apostles and the history of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World. This course has been labeled a six-month study, but this does not mean that you are rigidly bound to take six months to complete it.  Some may require only three to four months, others longer.  It all depends on the individual student’s inclination, ability, and the number of outside responsibilities making demands on his or her time.  However, the maximum time you are allowed in which to finish the course is six months, after which you must apply for an extension.

I. Human Development: An overview of the physical, Psychological and Spiritual development of me and women from birth through childhood, adolescence, young adult and maturity to the end of life. The focus is on the maturation process, crises, and vital choices inherent in each growth level with emphasis on the effects of society and culture upon human development. 

II. Christian Discipleship: A general review of the effective witnessing and soul winning techniques with additional information on  the "Gifts of the Spirit"

III. Christian Pastorate: An exploration of the origin and significance of Christian pastors. Also deals with a pastor's commission, Preparation, pulpit conduct, church administration , and personal life.

IV. History of Pentecost: A Comprehensive history of the twentieth-century Pentecostals and the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, 1901-1930

V. Section E: An Exploration of Ministerial Ethics
·        Doing Right While Doing Good

VI. Section F: Intro to Budgeting in the Church
         Basic Budgeting for Churches

There will be five (7) core curriculum required books to read. All books but three (3) are included in this course in PDF format. See below for direction to acquire these books.  These Seven (7) books are placed in six (6) sections. Each section will have assignments and an open book quiz, which will constitute a portion of your grade.  There will be a final examination for this class which is a proctored closed book exam. 

Books Required:

1.  Study Bible (Kings James Version preferred)

2.Understanding People: Ministry to All Stages of Life
Author: Cheryl Fawcett, Ph. D. | Zondervan Publishing House
 (External Book, May be purchased at Amazon.com or etaworld.com)

ISBN-10: 0910566992 ISBN-13: 978-0910566995

3.Your Ministry of Evangelism: A Guide for Church Volunteers (PDF Included in this course or www.etaworld.com)
Author:  Elmer L. Towns, Th. M., D.D.
               Evangelical Training Association

4.The Christian Pastorate: The Scriptural View (PDF Included in this course or PAW Bookstore)
Author:  Bishop Karl Franklin Smith

5.The Birth of the Spirit: In the Days of the Apostles (PDF Included in this course) or PAW Bookstore
Author: Elder Garfield T. Haywood

6. Early Pentecostal Revival (PDF Included in this course or PAW Bookstore)
Author: Bishop James L. Tyson

7.Doing Right while Doing Good (Requires student to order book - See course link to purchase from amazon)
Author: Kenneth Bickel (Author), Kevin Vanderground
ISBN-10: 0884692825
ISBN-13: 978-0884692829

8.Basic Budgeting for Churches (Requires student to order book - See course link to purchase from amazon)
 Author: Jack A. Henry
                ISBN-10: 0805461752
                ISBN-13: 978-0805461756