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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.

Spring 2022 Courses:


U-BS 116 - Old Testament Survey II

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Description: A survey study of the Old Testament focusing on 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. You DO NOT need to have participated in OT Survey I to join. 
Instructor: 
Miles Morrison
Start and End Dates: January 22 - 
Class Times: Sundays, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Class Location: Room B102/3 - Southern Oaks Baptist Church (601 E. Amherst Dr., Tyler, TX)
Syllabus: Linked Here

U-HT 460  - Biblical Theology

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Description: A study of discerning  theology and tracing themes throughout Scripture or one of its sub-sections. It will also help students understand and communicate the broader storyline and subplots of Scripture.
Instructor: 
Brandon Holiski
Start and End Dates: January 24
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: Linked Here


Previously offered courses

fall 2022

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

 U-BS 115 - Old Testament Survey I 


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