Congress Information

GREETINGS FROM THE CONGRESS PRESIDENT

Beloved Pastors, Faculty, Staff, and Delegates to the 60th Annual Session of the Congress of Christian Education of the General Missionary Baptist Convention of Georgia, Inc.:

Grace and peace to you from God our Father, Our Lord Jesus, and The Holy Ghost

lettIt is with great honor, humility, joy, and excitement that I welcome you to this Annual Session of our Congress of Christian Education and the convening of the GMBC Youth Convention. A tremendous amount of prayer, planning, preparation, and work has already gone into making this session a God-glorifying and saint edifying time of worship, learning, and fellowship. We are thankful that, by the grace of God, we have overcome many obstacles as we prepared for this session, and we are trusting that God will continue to enable us to execute a program that will honor our Lord Jesus and His Kingdom.

I extend a heartfelt thanks to President Anthony Q. Corbett, Sr., the Congress Staff, Dean Mitchell and faculty, Rev. Paul Little and the staff of the Youth Auxiliary, the GMBC Headquarters Staff, Pastor James Bumpus, the New Fellowship Baptist Church family, and Convention Officers for your work, support and prayers. We have communicated with pastors and churches across the state, and we hear the challenges and successes.

The great commission compels us to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ and intentionally make disciples of all. When Jesus told his disciples, “You shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and Judea,” He placed a priority on self and community godly development. We gather in Macon to prepare our house for our present calling and future challenges as soldiers in the Army of the Lord. We are here to prepare our youth and adults for the present and the days to come and to give ourselves time to show love, support, and comfort to each other. We are here and we are with others who join us virtually to impact lives and prepare us to further the cause of Christ as we preach and teach. We are here as witnesses to the amazing love and grace of God.

Continue to pray for the work of the GMBC, its Youth Convention, and the Congress of Christian Education.

 

In HIS Joy,

Rev. Benjamin E.V. Lett

GREETINGS FROM THE DEAN

Greetings Delegates of the 60th Annual Congress of Christian Education,

KEITH MITCHELLI greet you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As we gather in the great City of Macon, GA, to continue our legacy of Christian Education, I am truly excited what this moment in time has for us. On behalf of the entire Dean’s Office team, we are humbled by the opportunity to provide for you an educational program we feel is needed for today’s time.

We have worked over the past ten months to develop a comprehensive Christian Education Program that offers a challenging curriculum. You will see an opportunity to enter a Leadership Tract program where delegates take five classes within any of the ten developed tracts to earn a leadership certificate from GMBC of GA, seminars that address challenges we currently face as a denomination, COPP classes for students seeking to earn a Christian Education Diploma or becoming a certified dean or certifiable to teach, and Specialization Education Studies Program (SESP) for students who have completed COPP and are seeking a more advanced course of study.

2 Timothy 3:16,17 reminds us that all scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. It is more critical now than ever before that as Christian Educators we are extremely active in the teaching of God’s Word to God’s people to guide them toward a clearer understanding as to what is required of God’s people. After over 18 months of adjusting to Covid and its many strains that impacted our communities, one thing should have been clear––God is still God and He is still in control.

So, as we come together to experience a sense of normalcy during this year’s Congress, let us not forget the main reason we assemble under the GMBC of GA Congress of Christian Education banner. We do so to become equipped to carry out the mandate of Jesus Christ.

 

Yours in Christ,

Keith W. Mitchell, GMBC of GA Dean

SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE

MONDAY, JULY 18, 2022
3:00 – 7:00 p.m. Registration
           4:00 p.m. Class Secretary Virtual Meeting
           5:00 p.m. Chaperones Meeting

 TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2022
8:30– 10:30 a.m. Class Period
          11:00 a.m. Congress Dean – Worship and Keynote Address
          12:15 p.m. Lunch
 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Class Period
            7:00 p.m. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Night
            9:00 p.m. Late Night Evangelistic Service

 WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2022
8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Class Period
           11:00 a.m. Youth Worship
           12:15 p.m. Lunch
  1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Class Period
             7:00 p.m. Oratorical Contest, Scholarship and Education Recognition
             9:00 p.m. Late Night Evangelistic Service

 THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2022
8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Class Period
           11:00 a.m. Congress President – Worship and Message
12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Lunch on the Grounds
             1:00 p.m. Faculty Wrap-Up Meeting
             7:00 p.m. Youth Rally
Congress Closing

Congress Course Descriptions

LEADERSHIP TRACT – CERTIFICATE PROGRAM COURSES

 This program is designed to offer a series of five (5) leadership level courses in distinct areas of ministry for Ministry Leaders. At the completion of the tract, Leaders will be awarded a GMBC of Georgia Congress Leadership Certificate. Please note that students enrolling in a Leadership Tract course must attend and take three of the five (3 of 5) courses at the Congress in order to receive the Leadership Certificate.

*Zoom courses.

+Hybrid courses will be a combination of both, in-person and Zoom delegates.

Courses without a notation are in person.

Students enrolling in the Specialization Education Studies Program must pay an additional $25 program application fee. This fee goes to the Sunday School Publishing Board.

  

1004* – Effective Bible Reading – General Studies Tract (COPP) Phase 1
This course identifies the appropriate methods and approaches to Bible study that lead to spiritual growth and Christian maturity. Areas that will be covered include the structure of the Bible and resources for personal study that will add meaning to reading the Bible.
TEXTBOOK: Scruggs, Julius R. How to Study and Teach the Bible (paperback or digital). ISBN: 978-0910683227, Sunday School Publishing Board.
ALTERNATE TEXTBOOK: Eichenberger, Jim. Training for Service. ISBN: 978-0784733011
Sis. Gerthlene Quzack Enrollment Capacity: 25

2019* – Guide to Curriculum Development, Evaluation & Selection – Christian Education Director Tract
The course will familiarize the students with resources such as needs assessments, curriculum, National Baptist literature and strategies of the local church and their implementations.
TEXTBOOK: Powers, Bruce. Christian Education Handbook: A Revised and Completely Updated Edition, ISBN: 978-0805410600.
Min. Joice Tinsley Enrollment Capacity: 25

2092+ – A Christian View toward Racial Understanding – Mission Tract
Students will become familiar with the meaning of prejudices from a spiritual perspective and the responsibilities of Christians as they relate to judging persons based on various life categories in addition to race—such as age, religious beliefs, sexual preferences, economic status and the like.
TEXTBOOK: Ayers, Danielle L. and Williams Jr., Reginald W. To Serve This Present Age: Social Justice Ministries in the Black Church. ISBN: 978-0817017286. Amazon and Christianbook.
ALTERNATE TEXTBOOK: Worthen, Carlton. To Serve the Present Age: A Practical Guide to Church Growth and Development.
Dr. Alvin Bunch Enrollment Capacity: 15 in-person, 20 Zoom

 2096+ – The Role of the Christian Education Director – Christian Education Director Tract
This course is designed to examine the role and responsibility of the director of Christian education. Students will become acquainted with how the director is to work with the pastor in planning, evaluating and coordinating a comprehensive ministry of Christian education in the local church.
TEXTBOOK: Gangel, Kenneth O. and Wilhoit, James C. The Christian Educator’s Handbook on Adult Education. ISBN: 978-08011021688. Reed, James E. and Prevost, Ronnie. A History of Christian Education.
ALTERNATE TEXTBOOK: Worthen, Carlton. The Teaching Church at Work.
Dr. Albertine Marshall Enrollment Capacity: 15 in person, 20 Zoom

5018* – Strategic Planning: Analysis, Needs Assessment, Goals, Objectives and Action Plan – Christian Administrative Tract
This course applies principles of strategic planning and assessment in organizational structure. Students will apply principles to given case studies to assess needs, design objectives and develop a plan of action.
TEXTBOOK: Malphurs, Aubrey. Advanced Strategic Planning: A 21st Century Model for Church and Ministry Leaders. ISBN: 978-0801014550. Amazon and Christianbook (paperback or eBook).
ALTERNATE TEXTBOOK: Blazer, Kenneth and Isham, Linda R, The Teaching Church at Work. ISBN: 978-0817011918.
Rev. Kelda Cubit Enrollment Capacity: 25

6005* – Financing and Budgeting the Work of the Church – Christian Administrative Tract
This course will provide information critical to the development and operation of a total church budget that integrates the mission, money and message of the church. The course will emphasize tithing, corporate management responsibility, planning strategies and a strong emphasis on immediate needs and long-range goals.
TEXTBOOK: Guns, Geoffrey. Church Financial Management: A Practical Guide for Today’s Church Leaders. Powers, Bruce P. Church Administration Handbook. ISBN: 978-0805444902.
Rev. Calvin Thomas Enrollment Capacity: 25

6025+ – Teaching Adults Transformational Teaching I – Instructor/Teacher Tract
This course is designed to explore methods and materials for an effective adult education program. Leaders of adult work will become acquainted with the needs of adults and the methods of instruction that are appropriate for adult Christian education programs.
TEXTBOOK: Gangel, Kenneth O. and Hendricks, Howard G. The Christian Educator’s Handbook on Teaching. ISBN: 978-0801021685.
ALTERNATE TEXTBOOK: Simon, W. Bradley. Teaching to Transform Not Inform 1. ISBN: 978-1939257116
Sis. Cynthia Hillery-Jackson Enrollment Capacity: 15 in person, 20 Zoom

7005 – Christian Evangelism – Christian Evangelism Tract COPP 3
This course is designed to teach the basic steps in developing a program of evangelism. Students will discover the appropriate Scriptures to use, and the methods, techniques and media best suited for witnessing to nonbelievers.
TEXTBOOKS: Collier, Jarvis. Whatever Happened to Christian Evangelism? ISBN: 978-1939225238. Sanders, Oswald. Spiritual Discipleship. ISBN: 978-0802482518.
ALTERNATE TEXTBOOK: Sanders, Oswald. Spiritual Discipleship. ISBN: 978-0802482518.
Rev. Al Robinson Enrollment Capacity: 25

8015* – The Work of the Youth Director – Youth Director Tract
This course is designed to acquaint the youth director with the work of the Youth Department of the National Baptist Convention. The organizational structure, goals and objectives of youth work will be the focus of the course. Students will be introduced to resources that are appropriate and available for Youth Ministry leadership.
TEXTBOOKS: Hutchcraft, Ron. The Battle for a Generation. ISBN 978-0802471314. Fields, Doug. Purpose Driven Youth Ministry: 9 Essential Foundations for Healthy Growth. ISBN: 978-0310694854
ALTERNATE TEXTBOOK: Generation X
Rev. Bobby and Sis. Peggy Berryman Enrollment Capacity: 25

9025 – Computers in the Life of the Church for Advanced Students – Technology Tract
This course will teach on equipping today’s church to effectively develop a technology ministry and social media ministry and to address the security and ethical challenges that must be considered with policies and procedures.
TEXTBOOK: Spiegel, Aaron, 40 Days and 40 Bytes: Making Computers Work for Your Congregation. ISBN: 978-1566992985 SSPB
Rev. Keith H. McIntosh Enrollment Capacity: 25

9902+ – The Spiritual Life of the Minister – PATP Phase 3
This course will explore the dimension of spirituality that should characterize the life of the faithful ministers. It also will deal with their devotional life, their family relationships and their time of study and meditation. The course instructor will share with ministers those activities that keep them in touch with God and keep them ready to serve people effectively.
TEXTBOOK: Foster, Richard, Celebrating Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth. ISBN: 978-0764230790. Amazon and Alibris.
Rev. Mark Seals Enrollment Capacity: 15 in person, 20 Zoom

9914 – Connecting the Local Church to the Community – PATP Phase 3
This course examines the mission of the church to serve the community. It will consider the biblical mandate for the church to be missionaries to the community and serve the spiritual, social and physical needs of the people. The course will help students to better understand the spiritual nature of the church, thus creating an incentive to reach out as servants to the community.
TEXTBOOK: George, Rusty. Better Together: Discover the Power of Community. ISBN: 978-0764230790. Amazon and Christianbook ebook.
Dr. Joseph McKenzie Enrollment Capacity: 25

 

COPP DIPLOMA – TEACHER CERTIFICATION COURSES

*Zoom courses.

+Hybrid courses will be a combination of both, in-person and Zoom delegates.

Courses without a notation are in person.

 

1075* – Synoptic Gospels (COPP) Phase 2
This course focuses on the synoptic gospels—Matthew, Mark and Luke. Students will study the life and ministry of Jesus Christ as portrayed by these three writers. Through this comparative study, students will gain a more comprehensive understanding of Jesus’ ministry.
TEXTBOOK: Nickle, Keith F. The Synoptic Gospels, Revised and Expanded: An Introduction. ISBN: 978-0664223496. Alibris, Amazon and Christianbook and ebook.
Min. Lizzie Baker Enrollment Capacity: 25

1079 – Survey of John (COPP) Phase 3
This course focuses on the fourth gospel and its uniqueness. It will identify the specific features that characterize John’s gospel and distinguish it from the synoptic gospels, with emphasis on John’s writings and the ministry of Jesus Christ.
TEXTBOOK: Barclay, William. The Gospel of John. ISBN: 978-0664224899.
Rev. Anthony Shealy Enrollment Capacity: 25

1112 – Survey of Revelation (COPP) Phase 4
This course will explore the book of Revelation, with emphasis on authorship, date, theme and recipients. The instructor will also discuss the prophetic themes, symbols and interpretation of various revelations.
TEXTBOOK: Ryrie, Charles C. Revelation (Everyday Bible Commentary Series). ISBN: 978-0802418258.
Dr. Robert Dickerson Enrollment Capacity: 25

2011* – Baptist Doctrine (COPP) Phase 1
This course examines, with simplicity and clarity, the basic teachings of the Baptist faith. Students will explore each doctrinal position and biblical basis for principles taught in the class.
TEXTBOOK: Mullins, Judson. Baptist Beliefs. ISBN: 978-0343131517.
Sis. Helen B. Thompson Enrollment Capacity: 25

3007 – History of Baptists (COPP) Phase 3
This course will examine the roots of the Baptist faith. Students will study the historical development of the Baptist denomination.
TEXTBOOK: Freeman, Curtis. Baptist Roots: A Reader in the Theology of Christian People. ISBN: 978-0817012816. Amazon and Christianbook.
Dr. James Logan Enrollment Capacity: 25

3008 – Theology and History of Christianity (COPP) Phase 2
This course will outline the development of the Christian movement from the beginning of Jesus’ ministry on earth to present times. It will focus on the history, theology, culture and times that enable Christianity to develop and grow. Prominent persons who influence the Christian movement will be identified.
TEXTBOOK: Hurlbut, Jessie Lyman. The Story of the Christian Church. 978-0310265108.
Amazon and Christianbook.
ALTERNATE TEXTBOOK: Kelly, Matthew. The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity. ISBN: 978-1635820508
Rev. Johnnie M. Perkins Enrollment Capacity: 25

6021* – Spiritual Formation (COPP) Phase 1
This course is designed to enable people to mature in their Christian walk. It will focus on a creative and dynamic approach to nurturing people–from children to spiritually mature adults–to become better disciples for Jesus Christ.
TEXTBOOK: Wilhoit, Baker. Spiritual Formations as If the Church Mattered. ISBN: 978-0801027765. Amazon.com, Christianbook and ebook.
ALTERNATE TEXTBOOK: Muholland Jr., M. Robert. Invitation to a Journey: a Road Map for Spiritual Formation. ISBN: 978-0830846177. Amazon and Christianbook.
Min. Brenda Allen Enrollment Capacity: 25

8035 – The African American Church and Social Justice (COPP) Phase 4
This course will investigate the lives, theology and methods of the great servants of God who dedicated their lives in the struggle for the liberation of people. Students will discuss the role of the African American church in the struggle for the liberation of people.
TEXTBOOK: Ayers and Williams. To Serve This Present Age: Social Justice Ministries in the Black Church. ISBN: 978-0817017286. Amazon.
ALTERNATE TEXTBOOKS: Muholland Jr., M. Robert. Invitation to a Journey: a Road Map for Spiritual Formation. ISBN: 978-0830846177. Amazon and Christianbook. Loritts, Bryan. Letters to a Birmingham Jail: A Response to the Words and Dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ISBN: 978-0802411969. Amazon and Christianbook, ebook.
Dr. Henry Baptiste Enrollment Capacity: 25

SEMINAR SERIES

*Zoom courses.

+Hybrid courses will be a combination of both, in-person and Zoom delegates.

Courses without a notation are in person.

SS1 2050/2061* – Helping Young People Develop Christian Beliefs and Millennials in Ministry
This seminar series will tackle the development of effective ministry for Children, Youth and Millennials. It will develop methods for teaching young people basic Christian beliefs. It also will engage students in the practices of the principle of Christianity.
This seminar will also help students determine the learning styles of young adult pupils. Students will learn how to set goals for these age groups and identify materials that are best suited for their learning styles. The course will focus on the betrayal of ways and methods that will help young adult pupils grow spirituality. It will foster their involvement in the life of the local church and will place emphasis on discovering the reason why the older youth often leave the church and what might be done to retain them.
TEXTBOOKS: Moore, June Hines. Social Skills Survival Guide: A Handbook for Interpersonal and Business Etiquette. ISBN: 978-0805426335. Gangel, Kenneth O. and Hendricks, Howard G. The Christian Educator’s Handbook on Teaching. ISBN: 978-0801021685.
Sis. Sonya Lacey Enrollment Capacity: 25

SS2 5003/5012* – The Leadership Style of Christ and Becoming an Effective Deacon
This seminar will address deacons serving as Spirit-led leaders and Christlike disciples.
This seminar will reveal the shepherd-spirit of Jesus Christ. Students will learn from His example how to engage in His form of leadership.
This seminar will also assist deacons in becoming aware of their biblical base. Ideas are given that will enable them to more effectively perform their duties and work harmoniously with the pastor and other church leaders.
TEXTBOOKS: Briner, Bob and Pritchard, Ray. The Leadership Lessons of Jesus: A Timeless Model for Today’s Leaders. ISBN: 978-0805445306. McMickle, Marvin. Deacon in Today’s Black Baptist Church. ISBN: 978-081701640. Amazon and Christianbook. Naylor, Robert E. The Baptist Deacon. ISBN 978-0805419863. Amazon and Christianbook. Chappell, Paul. The Ministry of a Baptist Deacon. ISBN: 978-1598941142. Amazon and Christianbook.
ALTERNATE TEXTBOOK: Morgan, Dr. William C. Deacon’s Guide.
Bro. William C. Morgan Enrollment Capacity: 25

SS3 6015/6017* – Administering Christian Education in the Small Church and Developing a Christian Education Program for a Rural Church
This seminar will seek to provide strategies to Christian Education leaders for developing an effective Christian Education Ministry for their local church.
This seminar will explore the basic principles and procedures of Christian education pursuant to the uniqueness of the membership, particularly in small congregations.
This seminar also will assist rural church leaders to assess the needs of the community. Emphasis will be placed on the uniqueness of the rural community, resources available to the church community and strategies for rural church development. Students will compare and contrast the programmatic elements of both rural and urban church ministries.
TEXTBOOK: Powers, Bruce P. Church Administration Handbook: A Revised and Updated Edition. ISBN: 978-0805444902
Rev. Dr. Brandon Isome Enrollment Capacity: 25

SPECIALIZATION EDUCATION STUDIES

NOTE: Students enrolling in the Specialization Education Studies Program must pay an additional $25 program application fee. This fee goes to the Sunday School Publishing Board.

*Zoom courses.

+Hybrid courses will be a combination of both, in-person and Zoom delegates.

Courses without a notation are in person.

SP0009* – Planning a Christian Education Year – Christian Education Certificate
This course will keep the directors of Christian education how to prepare for an annual work of Christian education. Students will be involved in developing plans, as well as learning how to execute them.
TEXTBOOK: Powers, Bruce P. Church Administration Handbook: A Revised and Updated Edition. ISBN: 978-0805444902
Rev. Roderick Green Enrollment Capacity: 25

SP0022 – Holy Spirit-Led Evangelism – Evangelism Certificate
This course is designed to examine the content and context of the book of Acts. Students will consider the inspiration of the Holy Spirit as a motivational factor for the implementation of evangelistic activities.
TEXTBOOKS: Kennedy, D. James. Evangelism Explosion. ISBN 978-0842307648. Collier, Jarvis. Whatever Happened to Christian Evangelism? ISBN: 978-2939225238.
Rev. James Davis Enrollment Capacity: 25

SP0024 –Christian Service and Outreach Ministry – Evangelism Certificate
This course will look at Christian service as an instrument of evangelism and ministry. Students will look at practical ways of reaching people within the church and community with Spirit-led service to God’s people.
TEXTBOOKS: Woods, Dianne E. Soul Winning. ISBN: 978-1480055186. DiGiacomo, James. So You Want to do Ministry? ISBN: 978-088344914.
Rev. Dr. David Stallion Enrollment Capacity: 25

YOUTH SESSIONS - THEME: “Growing through Pandemic Pressure”

MIDDLE SCHOOL SESSION

1 – Pushin’ P: Growing through Pandemic Pressure
This class is designed to guide middle school students on how to overcome the prolonged effects of the pandemic.
Minister Kayla Smith

HIGH SCHOOL SESSION

2 – Pushin’ P: Growing through Pandemic Pressure
This class is designed to guide high school students on how to overcome the prolonged effects of the pandemic.
Brother Nick Farley