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A New Vision of Ministry Training: Haskins School of Christian Ministry

The Robert Haskins School of Christian Ministry (RHSCM) offers its first courses in September. Courses are offered online in a 14-week semester format with small group mentoring for every student.

The RHSCM is a unique, non-degree, multi-contextual school of practical ministry training. It is particularly designed to provide bi-vocational pastors and church ministry leaders with excellent training that fits their busy schedules and fits their particular ministry context. Students can study to complete a diploma in pastoral ministry or church ministry. Courses are also open to students who may not want to complete a diploma, but want to receive training that will assist them to fulfill their ministry. 

Each course is three credit hours, and requires approximately four hours of time each week, which includes personal instruction by video online, reading, practical application assignments, and small group mentoring. For students who enroll in more than one course, there is no additional hour of mentoring for the additional courses.  Courses are offered for several ministry contexts. 

One of the courses offered this semester will appeal to students in several ministry contexts, “Prayer and Biblical Spirituality” taught by Don Whitney, professor of biblical spirituality and associate dean of the school of theology at the Southern Seminary.  His book Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life is a classic on that topic, and is used around the world, published in many languages. His new book, Praying the Bible, is already widely read and influential among Christians. He is one of the leading authorities on prayer, spiritual disciplines, and biblical spirituality in the world.  This is a course for everyone.

Where do you study in your courses?

You study with your computer at home, at church, in a coffee shop, or at any location you choose. Each instructor teaches by video recording that the student accesses for the length of the course. Videos may be viewed as often as desired. There are weekly discussions between students and the instructor conducted online. There are weekly reading assignments and projects of practical ministry application. All of these components of the course are done by the student according to the individual student’s schedule.Times to meet in a small group with the course mentor are flexible each month, and the meetings will take place in an informal setting chosen by the students and mentor.

How do you become a student in the Haskins School?

THERE IS NO APPLICATION FEE.  The only requirement is to be a member of an Oklahoma Baptist church with a desire to prepare for Christian ministry. To receive and complete the application for admission, contact the Robert Haskins School of Christian Ministry at the BGCO, 3800 N. May Ave., Oklahoma City, 73112. Phone, 405/942-3800, Ext. 4310, or 4325, email, tmatlock@bgco.org, or gobregon@bgco.org.

Mark McClellan

Author: Mark McClellan

Mark McClellan is the Ethnic Evangelism Specialist for the BGCO and the Robert Haskins School of Christian Ministry Dean.

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