RLED 1301--CHURCH AND DENOMINATIONAL ACTIVITIES
WAYLAND BAPTIST UNIVERSITY, SAN ANTONIO CAMPUS
WINTER TERM (November 16-February 20, 1999)
Mondays, 6:00-10:00 pm, 1802 NE Loop 410
Classroom cell-phone FOR EMERGENCY DURING CLASS ONLY: 215-9565John M. Andrewartha, Ph.D., Instructor
Office: WBU, Loop 410; phone 826-7595 (Mon, Wed, Fri: 9-12; 1-5)
FSH: Bldg. 2248, Rm. 206; phone 221-1373 (Tue: 8-3:30; Thur: 8:00-2:00)Email address: email@example.com
COURSE DESCRIPTION:A study of the organization, work, and cooperative endeavors of Southern Baptists in the local church, Associations, State Conventions, Southern Baptist Convention, Baptist World Alliance, and other Baptist bodies.
CLASS OBJECTIVES: The student will demonstrate understanding of the organization, work, and cooperative endeavors of Southern Baptists by such means as:
1. Briefly tracing the history of Southern Baptists
2. Discussing the major doctrines that define Baptists
3. Discussing the Baptist view of the Church
4. Defining and discussing polity and its development and describing the Baptist approach to polity
5. Discussing the Cooperative Program as a means of financing Southern Baptists' worldwide work
6. Describing the Southern Baptist Convention, its component parts, and cooperative ministries
CLASS PROCEDURE: The major class activities will be lectures by the instructor and guided discussion by the students based on their reading of the texts, prior experience, and theological stance. The class meets for four hours each Monday for eleven weeks (except holidays).
COURSE REQUIREMENTS:1. Class attendance according to the policies of the current WBU catalog (see appendix attached)
2. Reading of the assigned passages in the texts
3. Active, informed participation in class discussions
4. Two major exams as indicated below
5. One book review as indicated below
6. Occasional unannounced quizzes over the class work and reading assignments to date
TEXTBOOKS: Greer, E. Eugene, ed., Baptists: History, Distinctives, Relationships;
Shurden, Walter B., Not a Silent People, 1995 edition
GRADING: Students will be graded on their knowledge of the course material, as demonstrated by their performance on exams, quizzes, and book review, along with their active participation in class discussions.
1. MAJOR EXAMS:Two exams will be given, each being complete in itself over the covered material.
Exams missed due to "excusable" absence may be made up.
2. POP QUIZZES:The instructor will give occasional unannounced ("pop") quizzes over the class material to
date, including the current week's assigned readings. Quizzes missed due to "excusable" absence may be
3. BOOK REVIEW:Each student will prepare a book report on Not a Silent People. This will be a summary of
the book's contents with student comment and evaluation. It will be typed, double spaced, using correct
form, grammar, etc., 15-20 pages in length
4. EVALUATION:The grading elements will be weighted as follows:
a. Major Exams . . . . . . . 70% The WBU grading system is: A = 90-100
b. Book Review . . . . . . . 15% B = 80-89
c. Pop Quizzes . . . . . . . 10% C = 70-79
d. Class Participation . . 5% D = 60-69
F = below 60
CLASS ASSIGNMENTS: Students are expected to have read the text materials prior to the dates assigned for discussion and to be prepared to enter into meaningful discussion of the topics.
DATES: TOPICS: STUDY PAGES IN: GREER SHURDEN
NOV 16 Introduction, Baptists Before 1845 ii-10
23 CLASSES WILL NOT MEET NOV 23-29—THANKSGIVING HOLIDAYS
30 The Southern Baptist Convention & Southern Baptists' 2d Century 11-26 vii-18
DEC 7 Baptist Doctrine 27-34 19-28
14 The Local Church & Baptist Polity 35-58 29-38
21/28 CLASSES WILL NOT MEET DEC 21-JAN 2—CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS
JAN 4 Baptist Perspectives on the Christian Life 59-66 39-52
11 MID-TERM EXAM
18 Financing Baptist Work 67-72 none
Baptist Associations & Texas Baptist Conventions 73-96 53-68
25 The Southern Baptist Convention 97-110 69-82
FEB 1 The Baptist World Alliance & Other Texas Baptist Entities 111-122 83-112
BOOK REPORTS DUE
8 Baptists and the Ministry & Trends and Issues 123-134 113-18
15FINAL EXAM & STUDENT EVALUATIONS OF COURSE AND INSTRUCTOR
Please do not call or come to the office to request your grades. University policy forbids giving them out from the office. All students receive official grade notices
by mail from the University.
The University has adopted an absence policy that applies in all cases in all classes, as follows:
H. A student may petition the Academic Counsel for exceptions to the above stated policies. Adopted 4-25-86
ADDENDUM AND COMMENTS
Please do not assume that you can miss almost 25% of the class meetings with no penalty at all. Very few students can be absent that much and still pass the course. Almost inevitably, students who miss class perform less well than they expect, and their grades are lower.
NOTE THAT THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS AN EXCUSED ABSENCE FROM ANY CLASS. IF YOU ARE NOT IN CLASS, YOU ARE ABSENT. If you are obviously ill, especially if your illness may be contagious, please stay home until you have recovered. Anyone who is ill 25% of the time probably needs to drop the course and rest to get well. If your situation is special, discuss it with the instructor. He will make every effort to be reasonable and helpful.
The philosophy behind this policy is twofold: we believe that attendance in class indicates that you are serious about getting a quality education and that such attendance greatly increases your chances to succeed. On the other hand, tuition covers only about one-third of the cost of delivering a course to you. Since we have to find the other two-thirds from the gifts and offerings of the Baptist people of Texas and friends of the university, we have twice the investment in you that you have in us. We want to see you succeed!
So there will be no doubt, 3 weeks of a course lasting 11 weeks is more than 25%, and attendance in a class means being present from the time it is called to order until it is dismissed by the instructor. Being tardy means arriving after the class has been called to order. Leaving at break time means being absent for half the class. Two such half-absences equals one week of absence.
PRINCIPLES THAT APPLY IN THIS CLASS (AND MOST OTHERS):
This is a University. It will be harder and require more commitment of time and effort from you than high school, technical school, or most community colleges. We are a Christian University. That doesn’t mean we require less; it means we expect more. The average university course expects you to put in two hours of outside work—homework, study, research, writing projects, etc.—for every hour of class time. A class that meets four hours a week thus will require about eight additional hours of preparation time—a total of twelve hours a week! If you cannot give this much time, you probably won’t do well in the course.
We will do everything academically and ethically permissible to help you reach the standards of excellence we set, but the ultimate responsibility is yours. We cannot, must not, lower the standards for someone’s "special circumstances." That would reduce the value of a university education for everyone.
Decide up front that you are here to get an education, not just a diploma, and that you will do whatever it takes to succeed.
Come to class prepared to learn and participate. Have your assigned readings, papers, etc. done before class begins. Listen, read, and take notes. A short pencil will beat a long memory every time! Focus your thoughts, not just on the facts, but on what the fact mean. Grasp the "Big Picture," and the facts will be more easily remembered. Learn and understand the concepts, not just memorize the facts. The details will change, or you can look them up.
Class attendance is expected, encouraged, and greatly desired. Students who miss class always have a more difficult time with the material and fare less well than they would otherwise (see Appendix Comments).
At any time you have a question, ASK IT. The only dumb question is the one you have but don’t ask. We are all ignorant about something. Being ignorant is no shame; staying ignorant is!
Like every other class, this is a course in communicating—orally and in writing. Your arguments need to be logical, make sense, and be clearly understandable. Most of us use language loosely in everyday life. Theology (and other subjects) uses language very precisely. Learn to speak (and thus to think) with precision. Make the dictionary one of your best friends.
The course content you learn in most courses will probably be obsolete by the time you graduate, if it is not already! The real value of a college education is in the discipline, dedication, and commitment you gain; in learning how to learn and keep on learning; in finding out how to find out what you need to know when you need to know it (we call that "research"); in learning how to read and listen critically and with understanding; and in practicing and perfecting your "people skills," cooperating and getting along with others. These are some of the skills people expect of a college graduate, and they will help you in whatever career or endeavor you choose to enter!