SWIST

Southwest Illinois School of Theology (SWIST) is a program of the Contextualized Leadership Development (CLD) program offered by the local association and Gateway Baptist Seminary (GBS) in Ontario, CA.  The CLD program is designed for on-site leadership development that seeks to provide quality, Bible-based ministry training in a geographically convenient and contextualized setting.  The goal is to develop church leaders and planters with a broad vision for God’s work.   The director is Rev. Sherman Smith, pastor of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church, Collinsville, IL.

  • Classes can be offered in any language and adapted to your context and setting.
  • Students are eligible if they have completed high school (with exceptions for those who have not).
  • Instructors are selected based on a combination of education and experience.
  • Diplomas are offered by GBS so that students can graduate on campus.
  • Administration of the SWIST CLD center is a joint effort of the local churches, associations, or state convention together with GBS.

The SWIST CLD program is offered locally through the Gateway Baptist Association and the Metro-East Baptist Association in Illinois.  SWIST is for ALL CHURCH MEMBERS, not just pastors.  (You must be at least 21 years of age and have been a Christian for at least one year to enroll.) 

Click this link for a list of upcoming SWIST CLASSES being offered.

TO ENROLL:  New students may go online to complete their admission application at: https://www.ggbts.edu/cld/english/admissionForm.aspx.  Or you may call the MEBA office at 618-624-4444 and set up a time to come in and we will get you enrolled.   After enrolling you will need to complete the Church Endorsement Form and $30 non-refundable application fee plus the $125 course fee (total of $155 for new students).  Checks to be made payable to MEBA. Cost for returning students is $125.

SWIST

DIPLOMA PROGRAMS

The CLD diploma programs are designed to facilitate completion in 1-2 years (for the Diploma in Christian Ministries) and 3-4 years for the Diploma in Theology or Church Planting.

Diploma in Christian Ministries (DCM): Total of 24 hours

■Old Testament survey

■New Testament survey

■Baptist history and polity

■Christian theology introduction

■Ministry foundations

■Communicating the Gospel: preaching and teaching that transforms

■Missions, evangelism and church planting

■Three hours of electives

Diploma in Theology (DTH): Total of 28 hours (in addition to the DCM for a total of 52)

■Intermediate Old Testament

■Intermediate New Testament

■Survey of Christian history

■Intermediate Christian theology

■Spiritual & leadership information

■Leadership in ministry practicum (two courses)

■Planned pulpit leadership OR Principles of Bible teaching

■Educational ministry of the church

■Three hours of elective

Diploma in Church Planting (DCP): Total of 28 hours (in addition to the DCM for a total of 52)

■Intermediate Old Testament

■Intermediate New Testament

■Survey of Christian history

■Intermediate Christian theology

■Spiritual & leadership formation

■Leadership in ministry practicum (two courses)

■Planned pulpit leadership OR Principles of Bible teaching

■Educational ministry of the church

■Introduction to church planting

 NEW CLD CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

The Gateway Baptist Seminary Faculty has approved four new CLD certificates for our local CLD centers.  The CLD certificates require four 3-hour classes for a total of twelve hours to earn a certificate.  Certificates are designed to have your church leaders develop skill sets by themselves and may use the classes toward a diploma as well.

The new CLD certificates include:

  1. Bible Teaching Certificate – CLD (Designed for someone teaching Sunday School, Bible studies small groups, or discipleship.)  Classes needed: Old Testament Survey, New Testament Survey, How to Understand the Bible and Principles/Approaches to Bible Teaching.
  2. Mission Studies Certificate – CLD (Designed to fulfill the minimum theological work required of a mission candidate spouse for IMB appointment.) Classes needed: Old Testament Survey, New Testament Survey, Christian Theology Introduction, and an elective.
  3. Pastoral Ministry Certificate – CLD (Designed to give students basic pastoral skills to serve in a shepherding role such as associate pastor, deacon, elder.) Classes needed:  Old Testament Survey, New Testament Survey, Preaching & Teaching that Transforms, and Pastor Ministry.
  4. Small Church Leadership Certificate – CLD (Designed to provide knowledge and development of leadership skills for the small church. ) Classes needed; Ministry Foundations, Organizing and Leading the Small Church, Maturing & Multiplying God’s People/Principles of Discipleship, and Pastoral Ministry OR Introduction to Counseling for Church Leaders. 

Today is a great time to start or continue your spiritual education. For a class syllabus or more information contact:

Metro East Baptist Association (SWIST Registrar) 618-624-4444 or

Pastor Sherman Smith  phone: 618-345-0770 or email: brsherm3@gmail.com 

Course Fee:  

New students:  $155 (Includes $30.00 application fee)

Returning students:  $125

 

Sponsored by Gateway Baptist Seminary