Layperson’s I – Section 1 – Benefits of the Cross

     Layperson’s Bible School began in the fall of 1981. It was founded by Bishop Keith A. Butler, Sr., Founder/Pastor of [...]
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     Layperson’s Bible School began in the fall of 1981. It was founded by Bishop Keith A. Butler, Sr., Founder/Pastor of Word of Faith International Christian Center in Southfield, Michigan. Its purpose is to give laypersons and layministers a basic working knowledge of Bible truths. Layperson’s Bible School is not only a systematic study of the Bible, but also a detailed study of your authority as a believer in Jesus Christ. It will strengthen you in your walk of faith, and give you a solid foundation and insight into your devotional and church life.  The success of the program is known throughout the United States and abroad, for many churches have adopted this program as a vital part of their ministry. Layperson’s Bible School is currently a non-degree diploma program. It is not necessary to be a member of Word of Faith Church to attend. In 2003, Pastor Ronald D. Walker, Jr. was led by God to to adopt the program in the Virgin Islands.  The charter class had a total of nine (9) eager students ready to tackle their new assignment in God.  It was a rigorous 2-years however seven (7) students crossed the stage to receive their diplomas in June of 2005. A second class with a total of six (6) students graduated in 2006. Graduates from both classes are currently being used in various capacities within this ministry.  Classes were halted for a period and resumed in 2013.  New instructors were added to the teaching roaster Sister Maria Creque and Sister Clara Lewis an additional instructor Sister Denise Donadelle was added in 2014. Currently five (5) students will cross the stage in the fall of 2015. This two-year school (September – June) is a systematic Bible Study course. Pastor Ronald Walker strongly advocates this program for anyone desiring a basic working knowledge of the truths of the Bible.

2015-16 School Year

Mandatory Orientation: Thursday, September 3, 2015 – 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm All interested students please sign up with Sister, Denise Donadelle after services. FALL 2015
Classes held on Thursday's, 7:00 – 9:00 pm 1st Semester 2015 Classes Begin September 10, 2015 Thanksgiving Praise & Worship Day November 26, 2015 Harvest Festival 2015 October 24, 2015 Thanksgiving Day November 26, 2015 Christmas Break December 19, 2015 to January 6, 2016 Old Year's Night Service December 31, 2015 - Doors Open at 9:00 p.m. WINTER 2016
Thursdays, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Second Semester 2016 Classes Begin January 7, 2016 (*Subject to change) Word of Faith Convention June 6-10, 2016 Last Day of Class June 2, 2016 Graduation To Be Determined Summer Break June 3, 2015 - August 31, 2016 Year 2 Orientation September 1, 2016
  ***Calendar dates, course subjects may be adjusted as needed throughout the school year. TOTAL COST: $230.00 Payment Deadline: September 6, 2015 SPACES ARE LIMITED – EARLY REGISTRATIONS RECOMMENDED, Please sign-up with Sister, Denise Donadelle at the Church The Word of Faith does not accept vouchers for tuition assistance from the government, or any corporation, institution, organization or union. Entrance Requirements: Applicants expecting to enter Layperson's I Bible School must have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.

Curriculum / Course Descriptions:

The Layperson’s Bible School Curriculum was developed to foster personal and spiritual growth by conveying biblical truths in a systematic way.  Courses include:

Layperson's I

  • Benefits of the Cross
  • Authority of the Believer
  • Supplication, Prayers & Intercessions
  • Ministry Gifts
  • Nature of Man
  • Life of Christ
  • Faith of God
  • Dispensations
  Benefits of the Cross - Instructor Minister, Sherri Abbott (9/10/2015 - 10/8/2015) A study of the foundational doctrines of Christ found in Hebrews 6:12. Students will learn the benefits of the Cross through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Authority of the Believer - Instructor Sister, Clara Lewis (10/15/2015 - 11/12/2015) This course presents a clear picture from the Scriptures of the believer’s authority; it defines authority, details the source of the authority, and shows the believer how to walk and live in that authority provided in the redemptive work of Jesus Christ (Luke 10:19). Supplication, Prayers, & Intercessions - Instructor Minister, Sharon Walker (11/19/2015 - 12/21/2015) This course offers a scriptural look at three of the various methods and types of prayer, including payers of supplication and intercession. Ministry Gifts - Instructor Minister, Sherri Abbott (1/7/2016 - 2/4/2016) This is a study of each ministry gift Jesus gave the Church: Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor, and Teacher. We will also cover their function in the Body of Christ and the local church. Nature of Man - Instructor Sister, Ana Maria Creque (2/11/2016 - 3/17/2016) A study of man’s tri-part nature and how God desires to restore man to his original status with Him. Life of Christ - Instructor Sister, Ana Maria Creque (2/11/2016 - 3/17/2016) An in-depth study of the humanity and deity of Jesus Christ and what it means to us. Faith of God - Instructor Sister, Denise Donadelle (3/24/2016 - 4/21/2016) A study of what faith is and how faith works. The student will gain insight into the areas of confession, love, hope, faith for finances and the power of words. Dispensations - Instructor Pastor, Ronald D. Walker  (4/28/2016 - 6/2/2016) A study of God’s various dealings with man to reveal Himself. The student will learn the advantages we have of God’s revelation during the Dispensation of Grace as opposed to other dispensations.  

Course Related Documents

Layperson's Bible School - Student Handbook - 2015-2016 - 09-02-15 SWAT Brochure 2015 (Coming Soon) Absence Form - Layperson's Bible School Word of Faith - STT - Course Schedule -2015-2016 - Students ONLINE FORUM INTERACTION EXPECTATIONS -09-09-15  

Grading Scale:

 Grade              Description                 Percentages               Grade Points
  1. A                      Superior                          93-100                            4.0
  2. B                      Excellent                         85-92                              3.0
  3. C                      Average                           77-84                              2.0
  4. D                      Below Average         70-76                              1.0
  5. F                       Failing                         0-69                                0.0
  6. W                     Withdraw                                                                0.0
  7. I                       Incomplete                                                              0.0

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