Full course description


This course is an overview of 2000+ years of church/Christian history. It is meant to connect with what was learned in CMP04 - Introduction to Theology, and certain theological terms and concepts will be built on as they pertain to certain developments in the history of the church. In addition, students will learn about the history of Baptists in the United States.

The goal is to have an engaging study of our Christian story, rather than dry facts about people, places, and events - to look backwards and understand how we came to where we are today, and possibly to learn from our past mistakes and/or successes.  


This is not a comprehensive look at church history, but it is an overview. The primary book that is used is the bare essentials, and does not delve into the tedium of people and dates as much as other more comprehensive books. 

The secondary text for the course covers the history of the Baptist denomination in the United States. It is comprehensive enough for Baptist students, but not overwhelmingly so for those students who are not.

Students will be asked to do most work in short answer form - generally 1-3 paragraphs. This will often require a student to summarize events or the influence of people, and to use critical thinking skills.

This is an introductory course, and the fifth part of the Certificate of Ministry Program’s six core courses. 

Though not required, it is recommended that students take CMP01-CMP04 prior to this course.

Textbooks Used
For this course students will utilize two textbooks which are provided.

            Durso, Pamela R., Keith E. DursoThe Story of Baptists in the United States. Baptist History and Heritage Society, 2006.

            Jones, Timothy Paul. Christian History Made Easy. Rose Publishing, Inc., 2009. 

Time frame
This course is structured to be completed in 12 weeks, though a self-paced student's speed may vary based on individual learning pace and priorities.

What is included
The registration fee for this course covers all technology fees, administration costs, course registration fees, and book fees. It is an all inclusive price that includes everything a student needs to pursue a Certificate of Ministry through Truett Seminary at Baylor University.

There are no additional fees, taxes, or additional paid resources that will be required.
About the Certificate of Ministry Program 
The Certificate of Ministry Program (CMP) is meant to be a self-paced, distance learning program. Course work involves reading and using a variety of online and/or video resources, and then there are accessible assignments based on those materials. As a non-accredited program, academic grades and credit are not received, but quality feedback is provided for all assignments to foster effective learning and to offer encouraging motivation. Students are encouraged to participate in the online community for each course, and to pursue developing their own personal community of learning with the input of a mentor or peers.
Goals and Benefits
This program is here to shepherd you through a journey of growth in understanding and knowledge and you will have access to the a variety of resources and wisdom through the seminary community. Our goal is to help ministers and lay people of all kinds pursue knowledge, personal faith, and ministry effectiveness. In addition students become a part of the Truett Seminary community and the legacy of Truett and Baylor University.

We want our students to be equipped and confident in faith, understanding, and ministry effectiveness.