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SOUTHERN OAKS INSTITUTE OF LEARNING (S.O.I.L)

in partnership with Spurgeon College and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Contextualized Leadership Development (CLD)

Summary
Through Contextualized Leadership Development (CLD), Southern Oaks Baptist Church has partnered with Spurgeon College at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (one of the six SBC seminaries) to deliver accredited, accessible, and flexible ministry training in unique or underserved environments.

Courses in the CLD program are equivalent to college courses offered at Spurgeon College, the undergraduate division of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Because of this, these courses offer a pathway to tuition-free undergraduate credit applicable to a certificate, diploma, or degree for qualified students. It also serves to gain advanced standing for master level degrees at MBTS and potentially other seminaries. 

These courses, however, are not only for those who desire formal educational credit. Those who take these courses can engage at different levels: 

  • Level 1: Those who would like to attend/"audit" the course lectures with no class preparation
    or homework.
  • Level 2: Those who would like to engage in some recommended reading/assignments outside of class to supplement the lectures.
  • Level 3: Those seeking undergraduate credit or graduate credit advanced standing.

There is no tuition cost for any level of engagement. Those who desire to pursue credit will be responsible for purchasing their own required reading textbooks and materials to fulfill course assignments in the syllabus. If this would a hindrance, please speak to the class instructor. 

CLD courses are built to equip those who serve in a variety of roles: small group leaders, Sunday School teachers, ministry staff, pastoral residents, missionary team members, interns, and more. In short, this program is meant for growing disciples and developing church leaders.

Fall 2022 Courses:


U-BS 204 - Intro to Hermeneutics (Interpreting the Bible)

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Description: A study of the approaches and principles of interpreting the Bible. This will look at the genres, forms, features, and functions of the Biblical text and understand them in their historical, literary, and theological contexts. 
Instructor:
Brandon Holiski
Start and End Dates: August 16 – December 13
Class Times: Tuesdays, 6:15 pm – 7:45 pm
Class Location: Room B102/3 - Southern Oaks Baptist Church (601 E. Amherst Dr., Tyler, TX)
Syllabus: View here (subject to change)


 U-BS 115 - Old Testament Survey I  *(Women Only)*

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Description: A survey study of the Old Testament focusing on the Pentateuch and Historical books (OT Survey II covers the Wisdom and Prophetic books).  This class will examine the message and structure of these books in historical, literary, and theological context while employing sound theological analysis to situate these books within the broader story of Scripture in light of inspiration, progressive revelation, and the supremacy of Christ.
Instructor: Miranda Webster
Start and End Dates: August 14, 2022 – December 11, 2022
Class Times: Sundays, 5:30pm-7:00pm
Class Location: Room B102/3 - Southern Oaks Baptist Church, Bethlehem Room
Syllabus: View here (Subject to change)


 U-BS 115 - Old Testament Survey I 

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Description: A survey study of the Old Testament focusing on the Pentateuch and Historical books (OT Survey II covers the Wisdom and Prophetic books).  This class will examine the message and structure of these books in historical, literary, and theological context while employing sound theological analysis to situate these books within the broader story of Scripture in light of inspiration, progressive revelation, and the supremacy of Christ.
Instructor: Evan Webster
Start and End Dates: August 14, 2022 – December 11, 2022
Class Times: Sundays, 5:30pm-7:00pm
Class Location: Room A122/A123 - Southern Oaks Baptist Church, Golden Room
Syllabus: View here (Subject to change)


If you have any questions about S.O.I.L. or courses offered, please contact the church office at (903) 561-8025