Pastoral Assistant (Men)

This academic program is designed specifically for prospective assistant pastors, youth directors, bus directors, and evangelists. Students will receive instruction in areas such as Biblical languages, discipleship, homiletics, hermeneutics, youth ministry, and church business. All Bible majors include extensive education in Bible doctrines.

While attending the First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana, students learn from pulpit preaching, invitations, baptismal services, funerals, weddings, business meetings, and much more. Each student studies the varied, successful ministries of the First Baptist Church and has the opportunity to be involved in these ministries, which include the following:

  • Church planting
  • Truck stop ministry
  • Sunday schools
  • Choirs
  • Discipleship
  • Orchestra
  • Reformers Unanimous
  • Deaf ministry
  • Bus ministry
  • Blind ministry
  • Soul-winning visitation
  • Jail ministry
  • Spanish work
  • Rest home ministry
  • Youth work
  • Developmentally challenged ministry

We believe that you don’t have to wait until you graduate to be in the ministry; you can be in the ministry while you are training for the ministry. What is taught in the classroom Monday through Friday is made practical on the weekends in the Chicagoland area.

Freshman

Church Education This course teaches church work including Sunday school, promotion, nursery work, bus ministry, deaf work, Spanish work, youth work, rescue mission work, and work with the educable slow. The duties of pastor as an administrator are emphasized, including church financing, building design, church planting, and pastoral duties.


Old Testament Survey This course is a foundational survey of the Old Testament. The purpose, distinctives, characteristics, and broad outline of each book are presented to give a grasp of the entire Old Testament.


English A student will be placed in an English class based on his English scores on the American College Test (ACT).


Personal Evangelism This course provides an emphasis on the man, methods, message, and means of evangelism, and it includes a careful study of the Spirit-filled life of the soul winner as well as the work.


Discipleship This course emphasizes the Biblical and practical principles of training believers to become spiritually mature.


Life Skills A course covering a variety of topics including finances, study skills, health, critical-thinking skills, time management, life planning, and more.


Acts of the Apostles This course covers the book of Acts with its evangelism and church growth.
Church Education This course teaches church work including Sunday school, promotion, nursery work, bus ministry, deaf work, Spanish work, youth work, rescue mission work, and work with the educable slow. The duties of pastor as an administrator are emphasized, including church financing, building design, church planting, and pastoral duties.


New Testament Survey This foundational survey of the New Testament covers the author, background, and purpose, as well as a broad outline of each book to give a grasp of the entire New Testament. Special emphasis is placed on the beginning, purpose, place, and instructions concerning the New Testament Church.


English A student will be placed in an English class based on his English scores on the American College Test (ACT).


21st-Century Missions


Basic Homiletics This study of the preparation and delivery of sermons is designed to instruct in selecting, outlining, and gathering materials, as well as in delivering the message.


Personal Finance This course, presented with a Biblical view of money and finances, trains students to handle financial matters, including the basics of setting up a family budget, dealing with credit, types of insurance coverage, and bank accounts.

Sophomore

Church Education This course teaches church work including Sunday school, promotion, nursery work, bus ministry, deaf work, Spanish work, youth work, rescue mission work, and work with the educable slow. The duties of pastor as an administrator are emphasized, including church financing, building design, church planting, and pastoral duties.


English A student will be placed in an English class based on his English scores on the American College Test (ACT).


Bible elective

Baptist Principles and Preachers A course covering the foundational beliefs of Baptists and the leaders of fundamental, independent Baptists in America.


Advanced Homiletics Further instruction in preparation and delivery of sermons is given with an emphasis placed on the preparation of messages for special occasions as well as on regular preaching. Practice preaching with careful evaluation is included


Philosophy of Education This study places Christian education in its proper perspective with an emphasis upon its historical and philosophical developments. The course also emphasizes the philosophy behind the methods and goals of Christian education.


Music in the Soul-Winning Church A basic course on church music for the preacher, with the pastor and his congregation in mind. Instruction is given regarding music personnel, congregational singing, the pastor and the music program, and the purpose of music.
Church Education This course teaches church work including Sunday school, promotion, nursery work, bus ministry, deaf work, Spanish work, youth work, rescue mission work, and work with the educable slow. The duties of pastor as an administrator are emphasized, including church financing, building design, church planting, and pastoral duties.


United States History I The history of the United States from the Pre-Columbian civilizations to 1877, studying the political, social, and economic developments of America.


The Second Man An in-depth study of the relationships, duties,and responsibilities of the “second man.”


Theology of Finance This course examines various aspects of finance from a Biblical perspective. Hard work, thriftiness, generosity, and more is covered.


Marriage and Ministry


Bible electives (2 credits)

Junior

Church Education This course teaches church work including Sunday school, promotion, nursery work, bus ministry, deaf work, Spanish work, youth work, rescue mission work, and work with the educable slow. The duties of pastor as an administrator are emphasized, including church financing, building design, church planting, and pastoral duties.


Counseling Moral Failures This course seeks to examine and practically address moral issues that people face including adultery, pornography, fornication, and more. These moral issues are explored from their deepest root source in the heart with the doctrines of guilt, shame, fear, deliverance, and redemption emphasized in the Scriptures.


Systematic Theology I A study of the Bible doctrines of the Trinity, the Church, Heaven, and Hell.


Preachers' Writing Seminar The mechanics of writing with a review of punctuation and sentence structure are taught. Assignments include the writing of a brochure, letters, a church bulletin, a Sunday school lesson, and a narrative.


Credits toward minor (5 credits) Courses will be assigned based on the student's minor.
Church Education This course teaches church work including Sunday school, promotion, nursery work, bus ministry, deaf work, Spanish work, youth work, rescue mission work, and work with the educable slow. The duties of pastor as an administrator are emphasized, including church financing, building design, church planting, and pastoral duties.


Systematic Theology II A study of the Bible doctrines of salvation, sin, man, angels, and Satan.


Evangelistic Song Leading This practical course is designed to train Christian workers to effectively lead congregational singing. Music fundamentals, technical aspects of song leading, and leadership are discussed.


Ministry Finance This course covers basic financial principles, both Biblical and practical, which are necessary for anyone involved in the ministry. Special emphasis is given to correct Biblical thinking concerning finances, caring for both personal and ministry finances, creating budgets, and working with financial professionals.


Bible elective

Credits toward minor (4 credits) Courses will be assigned based on the student's minor.

Senior

Church Education This course teaches church work including Sunday school, promotion, nursery work, bus ministry, deaf work, Spanish work, youth work, rescue mission work, and work with the educable slow. The duties of pastor as an administrator are emphasized, including church financing, building design, church planting, and pastoral duties.


Credits toward minor (4 credits) Courses will be assigned based on the student's minor.


Practical Youth Work I An overview of the church and school’s youth program, developing teens to serve the Lord.


Systematic Theology III A study of the Bible doctrines of Christ, the Holy Spirit, last things, and the Scriptures.


Introduction to Biblical Counseling This course provides the foundation for a Biblical counseling ministry, including an accurate view of man, the doctrines of Biblical sufficiency and progressive sanctification, the role of the counselor, and ethics. Practical help is provided in gathering information, determining the problem, working on change, and using homework.
Church Education This course teaches church work including Sunday school, promotion, nursery work, bus ministry, deaf work, Spanish work, youth work, rescue mission work, and work with the educable slow. The duties of pastor as an administrator are emphasized, including church financing, building design, church planting, and pastoral duties.


Electives (2 credits)

Credits toward minor (9 credits) Courses assigned based on the student's minor.


Church and School Transportation Designed to instruct the students to become proficient in operating buses and vans used in church transportation, this class will give comprehensive training in general driving and safety education.

For more information, please consult the college catalog.

You may also contact the Academic Office at 219.365.4031, ext. 1210.

Pastor John Wilkerson teaching Discipleship