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An intensified Collegiate Program of Preacher Training Conducted by Forest Hill Church of Christ
Memphis School of Preaching
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    A few years before the beloved N. B. Hardeman was taken home by the Lord he made this statement, "If I could start over I would have a school in which only the Bible would be taught." He could see the need for greater emphasis on Bible teaching. He was in no wise opposed to secular education, but his main interest was in the purity of the church and the propagation of sound doctrine. His statement would not exclude such related courses as would be beneficial to the preacher, such as Bible Geography, Church History, etc., but he recognized the growing interest in the secular and the decreasing interest in the sacred and divine. No man in this century has done more to promote the restoration of primitive Christianity than did Brother Hardeman through his influence at Freed-Hardeman College.
    With this idea from Brother Hardeman in mind, and having observed the beginning of such effort, it was decided to launch such a school east of the Mississippi river. Trips were made to several cities and the proposition laid before elderships. After two years of effort it was arranged to begin the school in Memphis, Tennessee. This was because of the fact that considerable interest in such a school was generated in Memphis, and the location seemed ideal to serve the eastern part of the nation, since no other school of this kind existed then east of the Mississippi. The school was launched in September 1966, with fifteen men enrolled from seven states. Since then the school has enjoyed substantial growth and considerable success can be claimed for the graduates who are now in the field.
    The elders of the Forest Hill Church of Christ, along with those who serve as faculty of the school, strongly adhere to the principles of the Restoration Movement. They believe the Bible to be the verbally inspired word of God, perfect, sufficient, and fully authoritative, and that it is just as applicable today as when given by the Holy Spirit through inspired men, and that it shall always be able to supply every need of man morally, spiritually, socially, and even in the realm of economics.
    It is the desire and intent of this school to send forth men who love the Lord into the fields of labor, and who will always be set for the defense and proclamation of the gospel of Christ. Effort will always be made to conduct this school in a manner worthy of the confidence and support of those who love the truth.

    The Memphis School of Preaching is located in the metropolitan area of Memphis, a hub city that serves the Mid-South. Memphis is a beautiful, fast-growing city of 600,000 population, with another 200,000 in adjoining communities. There are about fifty churches of Christ in Memphis and environs, with many more in surrounding towns and rural areas.
    Memphis School of Preaching is well-located in a fast-growing section of Memphis, with an enthusiastic and growing church. It is within easy access of the Nonconnah Parkway, and Interstate 240 which connects other major highways. Public schools and a library are near, as well as shopping centers and apartments.

    The Memphis School of Preaching exists for the purpose of training men to be ministers of the gospel, offering such courses in Bible and related subjects as necessary to that end. It is proposed to give such assistance as needed to men who for various reasons are unable to attend a regular college, or who have degrees and do not find it practical or expedient to do so. This school shall strive for the highest quality possible in teacher, student, and courses of study. This school shall also be open to others than preachers, who desire to better themselves in the Lord's services, and who will comply with all requirements of the school.


    Money is now being raised to increase considerably the library. With books owned by the church, and personal libraries of faculty members opened to them, over thirty thousand volumes are available to students. Other library facilities in the city are also available, and the MSOP library is equipped with microfilm, microfilm reader and student available computers. There is ample reading and study space in the new library room, and nearby classrooms. Advisor to the Library-Annette B. Cates, B.S., M.L.S.

The Name
    In order that one church should not receive undue credit in this great work, the elders of Forest Hill church decided to call the school after the city. Too, in view of the fact that up until now churches and individuals around the brotherhood have contributed over $ 400, 000 yearly to the support of the school, nearly $900,000 to the new school building, $400,000 for the new library building, and also are helping students directly and indirectly in other ways, it seems best not to confine the honor to one church. It is felt that the school really belongs to the brotherhood, and that all of us and what we have belong to the Lord (I Chronicles 29:11-13).

A Word of Explanation
    Everywhere there is grave concern about the shortage of gospel preachers. It is estimated that from one-third to one-half of the churches of Christ do not have preachers to work with them, not to mention needs of mission areas of the United States and foreign countries. There is a bright side. It has been learned that scattered over the land there is a veritable army of mature men who desire to become gospel preachers and devote their lives fully to the Lord's work. For various reasons they do not find it practical or expedient to go to a regular liberal arts college for such training. Some already have degrees. Others do not have high school diplomas. Some have only in recent years obeyed the gospel, and long to preach the truth they have learned. These men are willing to leave homes, jobs, and professions in order to preach the word. Most of these men desire and need help in preparing. To this end various schools of preaching have been established.
    Today the church of the Lord is faced with many dangers, as well as great opportunities. While we need many more men to go into the highways and byways, we also need men who are well grounded in the truth. In the Memphis School of Preaching the Bible is the principal course, with other such subject matter as will offer a well-rounded program for those who wish to preach, or otherwise prepare themselves for more effective service in the Lord's church. It is our firm resolve that the school be staffed with men sound in doctrine and in life, and who are well qualified from the standpoint of formal education and experience.
    It is the aim of the Forest Hill church fully to support the school financially and furnish all necessary equipment, as far as possible. It is urged that sister churches give hearty support to men who are ready to leave homes and jobs to give their lives to the Lord's service, that they may attend Memphis School of Preaching or other such schools in order to prepare themselves.
    That the value of such schools is recognized is evidenced by the fact that more are being established around the country. Every church should become a training school for preachers. Young men should be used in such ways, and taught the value of saving souls, that they may develop also a burning desire to preach the word. As they come to years they can attend preacher training schools or Christian colleges to prepare more intensively for the Lord's work.
    The fervent prayers of the saints everywhere are solicited in behalf of the work being done in Memphis School of Preaching and also for other schools alike in nature.

                                                                                                            The Elders
                                                                                                            Forest Hill Church of Christ

Curtis A. Cates, Director and instructor, holds the A.A. and B.S. from Faulkner University, B.S. from Livingston University
    and M.S., Samford University. He received the M.R.E. and M.Th. from Southern Christian University and the Ed.D. from
    the University of Alabama with postdoctoral study at Abilene Christian University. He is on the adjunct faculty at Southern
    Christian University and began preaching in 1958.

Keith A. Mosher, Sr., Dean of Academics, attended Cleveland State University and the University of Louisville. He holds the
    B.A., M.A. and M.Th. from Southern Christian University and is a 1975 graduate of Memphis School of Preaching. He
    earned the D.Min. from Harding Graduate School of Religion in 1992 and began preaching in 1965. He is on the adjunct
    faculty of Southern Christian University.

Billy W. Bland, Dean of Students and full-time instructor. Graduate of the Memphis School of Preaching. He recieved the B.A.
    from Southern Christian University. He directs the Memphis School of Preaching's work in Russia. He began preaching in

Garland Elkins, Dean of Public Relations and full-time instructor, attended Freed-Hardeman College, Middle Tennessee State,
    and University of Tennessee. He is a debater, writer, brotherhood lecturer who has been preaching since 1949.

Bobby Liddell, Dean of Admissions and full-time instructor, is a 1979 graduate of Memphis School of Preaching. He attended
    Walker College and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. and holds a B.A. in Bible, and M.A. majoring in Old
    Testament studies, with additional hours above the M.A.  from Southern Christian University. He has preached since 1978.

Richard L. Curry, part-time instructor. He received his training at Freed-Hardeman College, at University of Mississippi,
    (B.A.), and graduate work at Harding Graduate School of Religion. He served in local work for twenty-eight years before
    joining the faculty. He began preaching in 1942. He taught in the School full-time for twenty-six years.

    These men represent a total of about two hundred and fifty years of preaching and teaching, which has led them through many and varied experiences, the results of which enable them to give valuable advice and assistance to the students that they may be prepared for nearly any problem that they may face as they go forth into the Lord's work full time. The faculty is experienced in radio and television, public debates, counseling, personal work, writing for publication, gospel meetings, various church problems, etc. Their dedication and loyalty to truth have been credited with forming one of the strongest schools in the brotherhood. They believe the world's greatest need is a return to Bible preaching and practice

Reasons For Considering
Memphis School Of Preaching

FIRST QUARTER, August 21-November 3, 2000

        Registration, Orientation, Enrollment.........................................August 21
        Classes......................................................................August 21-October 27
        Research Week.................................................................September 18-22
        Final Exams.........................................................................October 26-27
        Campaign...............................................................October 30-November 3
SECOND QUARTER, November 6, 2000-January 19, 2001

        Classes and Enrollment............................................................November 6
        Thanksgiving.....................................................................November 23-24
        Research Week..................................................................December 11-15
        December Holidays................................................December 24-January 2
        Classes...................................................................................January 2-19
        Final Exams.........................................................................January 18-19
THIRD QUARTER, January 22-April 6, 2001

        Classes and Enrollment.............................................................January 22
        Final Exams............................................................................March 22-23
        M.S.O.P. Lectureship...............................................................March 25-29
        Campaign......................................................................................April 2-6
FOURTH QUARTER, April 9-June 17, 2001

        Classes...............................................................................April 9-June 17
        Research Week...........................................................................May 14-18
        Graduation Banquet.........................................................................June 9
        Final Exams..............................................................................June 14-15
        Graduation.....................................................................................June 17
        Intermission.............................................................................June 18-24
SUMMER SCHOOL, June 25-August 3, 2001

        Registration and Enrollment..........................................................June 25
        Classes............................................................................June 25-August 3
        Final Exams..................................................................................August 3
        Intermission............................................................................August 4-19

Program Of Training
(NOTE: Numbers in parenthesis pertain to information required by State Board of Education and V.A.)

Academic Standing
    Even though the MEMPHIS SCHOOL OF PREACHING offers approximately 164 semester hours (2960 clock hours) in Bible and related subjects, no affiliation with accrediting agencies shall be sought. While accreditation may serve a good purpose in secular fields, the officials of such agencies are limited in knowledge of the aims and purposes of preacher training schools operated by and for churches of Christ, hence, the unwillingness to be controlled by such outside agencies. The two-year program is equivalent to that in a regular four-year college program. The school is conducted on college level.
    This school does have a regular graduation service and exercise, and awards a certificate of graduation and achievement to those successfully completing the work. The products of this school will be respected and used universally. Presently, the demands far exceed the number enrolled in all schools of this nature. Every year more calls come for products of Memphis School Of Preaching than we can possibly fill.

Enrollment Procedures (4)

    Since students are involved twelve hours a day in class work and outside study, they cannot engage in secular employment; hence, every applicant should be assured of sufficient financial support, and be free of debt before entering, or have definite arrangements made for all financial matters. If one has not been able to raise sufficient funds, write to the school for information.
    Foreign students must have a letter of acceptance from the school and a student's permit to satisfy U.S. government requirements before entering the country and the school.
    Students accepted must honor a signed agreement to do all assigned work to enter and remain in school. This is included on the application. The same entrance requirements apply to all courses alike.
    Students cannot be accepted after school has been in session one week. There are three enrollment dates which are indicated on the school calendar, which is prepared a year in advance.

Class Attendance (5)
    Classes meet six hours a day, five days a week. Each student is expected to be in his respective class on time at every session. All necessary tardiness or absence must be arranged for with director and respective instructor, to be governed by the following:

Student Load
    All students living in Memphis, or close enough to attend daily, are required to do so and take a full load of six courses, four of which meet six hours a week and two which meet three hours each week, in each division. Those students entering school at the same time cover the same material and graduate together.
    It is not the intent of the school to accept part time students. Such may be admitted only after thorough investigation by the administration in order to decide if any case is worthy of consideration. The school does not accept auditors only. Anyone other than full time students' wives will be expected to register and do all the work, including examinations, written, and memory work.

Grading System (6)
    The quality of work done by each student is expressed in the following table:
         95-100         A-Excellent                    4 Quality points per term
         85-94           B-Above Average          3 Quality points per term
         70-84           C-Average                     2 Quality points per term
         60-69           D-Low Passing               1 Quality point per term
         0-59             F-Failure                        0 Quality points per term
                              I-Incomplete                  0 Quality points per term
    A student who has an incomplete must make it up within six weeks of the next term, or it becomes an "F." An "F" may be removed by repeating the course, or fulfilling special work requirements as may be imposed by the instructor and approved by the director. All students will be counseled when such seems necessary. A notice of deficiency is placed in the student's file and a copy is given to each one of the faculty.

Scholastic Probation (6)
    Graduating students are required to achieve a 2.0 grade-point-average (GPA) based on hours attempted.
            Hours Attempted    GPA Required
            0-23                      1.50
            24-40                    1.70
            41-56                    1.90
            57 and above         2.00
    Any student failing to achieve the minimum satisfactory GPA is placed on probation for one quarter. At the end of the probationary period any student failing to achieve the minimum GPA for hours attempted will be terminated. Any student so terminated will not be allowed to apply for readmission for at least one quarter. His readmission is subject to approval of director and faculty. No student can graduate from Memphis School of Preaching with an "F" on his record. Any failure must be removed by repeating the course, or by completing a satisfactory project. Permanent records shall be kept by the school.

Progress Reports (6)
    In addition to papers returned, a grade report card will be given to each student at the end of each quarter. On demand, progress reports will also be given to those who provide support directly to the student.

Rules Of Conduct (7)

Tuition And Fees (8)
    There shall be no charge for tuition or fees. All the costs of administration and instruction are to be borne by the Forest Hill Church of Christ. This expenditure is approximately $300,000 a year. The student is expected to provide only for living expenses, books, and materials.

Scholarship Funds
    Friends and alumni have through the years established specific scholarship funds, often in honor of those who have made/make significant contributions to the cause of Christ -- including to the Memphis School of Preaching. These funds, a number of which are perpetual in nature, have as their purpose the underwriting of the financial support of needy and deserving students in the School.
 Evangelistic Fund of the Memphis School of Preaching
 Gary and Maggie Colley Scholarship Fund
 J. M. and Ann C. Whitson Scholarship Fund
 Pervie Nichols Scholarship Fund
 Richard L. Curry Scholarship Fund
 Roy J. Hearn Scholarship Fund
 R. L. and Elgie R. Colley Scholarship Fund
 Vernon Mullins Scholarship Fund
 Finis Leath Family Scholarship Fund
 Beth A. Beardslee Scholarship Fund
 Callie Beaird Barkley Scholarship Fund
 J. A. and Clara McNutt Scholarship Fund
 Charles William Hart, Jr. Scholarship Fund
 Harold and Dorothy Sain Scholarship Fund
 Garland Snow Scholarship Fund
 Joseph H. and Marie B. Shipp Memorial Fund
 Guy N. Woods Scholarship Fund
 E. L. Whitaker Scholarship Fund
 Marjorie Essary Scholarship Fund
 Elton B. Ritch Scholarship Fund
 N. J. & Nina H. Stanford Scholarship Fund
 Darwin H. and Josephine Setliff Scholarship Fund
 Afton H. and Mary Davis Beard Scholarship Fund
 Hugh M. and Maybell R. Bobo Scholarship Fund
 F. Wade and Inez H. Nowlin Scholarship Fund
 Virginia Thomson Endowment Fund
 Richard and Pamela Trump Scholarship Fund
 Joe and Joy Gilmore Scholarship Fund

Refund Policy (8) (9)
    Since there is no expense involved for tuition or fees, or other charges by the school, as pertaining to any student, including veterans and other such eligible persons, a refund policy is not applicable or necessary.

Textbooks And Materials (8)
    Book prices average about $100.00 for the first quarter each year. Books and materials for other quarters will average about $75.00 to $85.00 per session. A list of books used during the two-year program is found below. Prices are subject to change without notice. A reasonable discount on textbooks, for students' personal use only, has been arranged.

Bible (KJV or ASV) Various Publishers, Price optional                                                                                   20.00 up
Baker's Bible Atlas, C.R Pfeiffer, Baker Book House                                                                                      19.95
Warriner's English Grammar & Composition, John E. Warriner, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich                             40.00
Hermeneutics, D. R. Dungan, Gospel Light Pub. Co.                                                                                       12.00
The Eternal Kingdom, F. W. Mattox, Gospel Light Pub. Co.                                                                           12.00
Matthew-Mark Commentary, J. W. McGarvey,  Gospel Light Publishing Company                                         12.00
A Commentary on Luke, H. Leo Boles, Gospel Advocate Company                                                               14.95
A Commentary on John, Guy N. Woods, Gospel Advocate Company                                                            14.95
Commentary on Acts, J. W. McGarvey, Gospel Light Pub. Co.                                                                      13.50
A Commentary on Romans, R. L. Whiteside, Guardian of Truth                                                                      11.95
A Commentary on I Corinthians, Lipscomb & Shepherd, Gospel Advocate Company                                     14.95
A Commentary on II Corinthians, Lipscomb & Shepherd, Gospel Advocate Company                                    14.95
A Commentary on Ephesians-Colossians, Lipscomb & Shepherd, Gospel Advocate Company                        14.95
A Commentary on Thess.-Philemon, Lipscomb & Shepherd, Gospel Advocate Company                                14.95
A Commentary on James, Guy N. Woods, Gospel Advocate Company                                                           14.95
A Commentary on Peter, John and Jude, Guy N. Woods, Gospel Advocate Company                                    14.95
A Commentary on Revelation, Homer Hailey, Religious Supply Center                                                            17.95
A Commentary on Isaiah, Homer Hailey, Religious Supply Center                                                                   17.95
A Commentary on the Minor Prophets, Homer Hailey, Religious Supply Center                                               19.95
General Biblical Introduction, Geisler & Nix, Moody Press                                                                              34.95
Search For the Ancient Order, Vol. I, Earl West, Religious Book Service                                                        29.99
Getting Acquainted with the Old Testament, Vol. 1, Charles A. Pledge, Pledge Publications                             11.95
Sermon Design and Delivery, Tom Holland, Penman Press                                                                                6.95
Essential Elements of Expository Preaching, Tom Holland, Penman Press                                                          3.95
Go Ye Means Go Me, Ivan Stewart, Ivan Stewart, Ivan Stewart Publication                                                   14.95
House to House, Ivan Stewart, Ivan Stewart, Ivan Stewart Publication                                                              6.95
Genesis Flood, Whitcomb and Morris, Baker Book House  11.95 Genesis Record, Henry M. Morris, Baker Book
    House                                                                                                                                                        11.95
Webster's Tenth New Collegiate Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Publishers                                               25.99
Premillenialism, True or False, Winkler Publication                                                                                          14.95
Deuteronomy, Memphis School of Preaching                                                                                                  14.95
Ecclesiastes & Song of Solomon, Memphis School of Preaching                                                                     17.95
Ezekiel and Lamentation, Memphis School of Preaching                                                                                  18.95
Manual for Writers (Turabian), University of Chicago Press                                                                             12.95
Logic and the Bible, Thomas B. Warren, National Christian Press                                                                      8.00
My God and My Neighbor, Malcolm Hill                                                                                                          5.00
Leviticus & Numbers, Southwest School of Preaching                                                                                     14.00
Psalms, Vol. 1, Southwest School of Preaching                                                                                               13.00
Psalms, Vol. 2, Southwest School of Preaching                                                                                               13.75
Studies in Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther, Denton Lectures                                                                                 14.00
Studies in 1, 2 Samuel, Denton Lectures                                                                                                         14.00
Studies in 1, 2 Kings and 1, 2 Chronicles, Denton Lectures                                                                             14.00
Studies in Joshua, Judges, and Ruth, Denton Lectures                                                                                      14.00
Studies in Matthew, Denton Lectures                                                                                                              16.00
Minor Prophets, Power Lectures                                                                                                                    10.00
Ascertaining Bible Authority, Roy Deaver                                                                                                          5.00
G. K. Wallace's Lectures on Denominational Dogmas, Freed-Hardeman College                                               6.00
Daniel, Rex Turner, Sr.                                                                                                                                    25.00
A Manual In Non-boring Preaching, Jerry Moffitt                                                                                              5.00
Greek New Testament                                                                                                                                    25.00
Essentials of New Testament Greek, Ray Summers, Revised by Thomas Sawyer                                             24.99
Greek Workbook                                                                                                                                           10.50
The Analytical Lexicon to the Greek New Testament, William D. Mounce, Zondervan                                     42.99
(Discount to students. Prices subject to change without notice.)

Physical Plant (10)
    Since MEMPHIS SCHOOL OF PREACHING is a major part of the work of the church of Christ, located at 3950 Forest Hill Irene Road, all facilities are available for use by the school.
    The school building is of brick and steel construction. This building is located next to the church building, and covers 20,188 square feet of floor space. In this unit there are classrooms, offices, supply room, rest rooms, water fountains, a printing room, two lecture halls, and a break room.
    A fellowship hall has been completed for occupancy by the School of Preaching and church use. It is also of brick, concrete and steel construction. It contains 15,845 square feet of floor space.
    The new auditorium building covers 21,552 square feet and includes seating for 1,000 including a balcony. The church offices are contained in this building and there is space for some classrooms.
    These structures are well equipped for good teaching situations. It is constructed so as to be approved by the State. Both units are properly and adequately ventilated, cooled and heated.

Correspondence Courses
 MEMPHIS SCHOOL OF PREACHING has no provision for correspondence courses.

Credits (11)
    Each full-time student must attend classes a total of thirty hours a week, on a regular schedule. During the regular school year there will be four such ten-week sessions, or a total of forty weeks each year, eighty weeks in two years. Each student must also take one summer term of six weeks during his program of work. An additional six weeks of summer school is offered.
    On a "clock-hour" basis, during two years of intensive study, each student will have spent a minimum of 2,960 hours required for graduation, including class work, chapel, lectureship, campaigns, and a tour of the "Restoration Sites" every other year as a peripheral requirement of the overall program of study and in lieu of one campaign. The same time and degree of experiential requirements exist as with the campaigns. On the basis of three hours a week for a normal credit hour, this equals a total of 164 semester hours.
    If the student elects to take an additional summer's work on different material for 180 more clock hours, his program will total 3,140 clock hours, or the equal of 174 semester hours.
Clock Hour Credit (11)
    Classes meet six hours a day, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., five days a week, making a total of thirty hours net instruction.

Course Numbers (11)
    Each course is designated by number. Courses in the 100 group are classed as freshman; 200 as sophomore; 300, junior, and 400, senior. All classes whose numbers end with 1, 2, 3, or 4, meet sixty hours a term, or the equivalent of a 20 week semester, 3 hours a week, plus. Courses with numbers ending in 5 or 6 run the entire school year, and equal six semester hours. Semester hour credit equivalent is shown in parentheses by each course. Summer school courses, 451 to 456.


FIRST YEAR–FRESHMAN COURSES (*Semester Hours    * *Clock Hours)

First Quarter
111   Genesis * (3) * * (60)
112   Bible Geography (3) (60)
113   Life of Christ, I (3) (60)
114   Exodus and Leviticus (3) (60)
115   English Grammar, I (1.5) (30)
116   The Preacher and His Work, I (l.5) (30)

Second Quarter
121   Hebrew History, I (3) (60)
122   Numbers and Deuteronomy (3) (60)
123   Life of Christ, II (3) (60)
124   Hermeneutics (3) (60)
125   English Grammar, II (1.5) (30)
126   The Preacher and His Work, II (1.5) (30)


Third Quarter
211   Hebrew History, II (3) (60)
212   The Gospel According to John (3) (60)
213   Thessalonians, Timothy and Titus (3) (60)
214   First Corinthians (3) (60)
215   English Grammar, III (1.5) (30)
216   The Preacher and His Work, III (1.5) (30)

Fourth Quarter
221   Second Corinthians and James (3) (60)
222   Acts of Apostles (3) (60)
223   General Epistles of Peter, John and Jude (3) (60)
224   Church History (3) (60)
225   English Grammar, IV (1.5) (30)
226   The Preacher and His Work, IV (1.5) (30)

 (Summer Courses–See Below)

First Quarter
311   General Biblical Introduction (3) (60)312   Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes (3) (60)
313   The Restoration Movement (3) (60)
314   Hebrews and Philemon (3) (60)
315   New Testament Greek, I (1.5) (30)
316   The Preacher and His Work, V (1.5) (30)

Second Quarter
321   Christian Evidences (3) (60)
322   Romans (3) (60)
323   Hosea through Malachi (3) (60)
324   Psalms and Song of Solomon (3) (60)
325   New Testament Greek, II (1.5) (30)
326   The Preacher and His Work, VI (l.5) (30)


Third Quarter
411   Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians (3) (60)
412   Doctrines of Denominations (3) (60)
413   Ezekiel and Daniel (3) (60)
414   Isaiah (3) (60)
415   New Testament Greek, III (1.5) (30)
416   The Preacher and His Work, VII (1.5) (30)

Fourth Quarter
421   Jeremiah and Lamentations (3) (60)
422   The Godhead, with Emphasis on the Holy Spirit (3) (60)
423   Revelation (3) (60)
424   Premillennialism (3) (60)
425   New Testament Greek, IV (1.5) (30)
426   The- Preacher and His Work VIII (1.5) (30)

 (Summer Courses–See Below)

450   Intertestamental Period (3) (60)
453   The New Testament Church (3) (60)
455   The Parabolic Teaching and Miracles of Christ (3) (60)

452   Gospel Plan of Salvation (3) (60)
454   Logic (3) (60)
456   Archaeology and the Bible (3) (60)
Description Of Courses (11)

Biblical Field - Old Testament
(Note: The numbers in the first set of parentheses represent semester hours, and the numbers in the second set represent clock hours.)
111 Genesis (3) (60)
    In view of the value of the Pentateuch in contributing to an understanding of the New Testament, it is studied thoroughly. Special emphasis is given to the creation, the beginning of the unfolding of the Scheme of Redemption, the promises and providence of God.
114 Exodus, Leviticus (3) (60)
    This is a continuation of the study of the Pentateuch. Attention is to be given to the mission of Moses, plagues, Passover, Exodus and journey to Sinai, Decalogue, Tabernacle, and other detail. Special emphasis is to be made in study of types that will be used in preaching. In Leviticus special emphasis is to be made to a study of types that will be used in preaching and to the legal offerings and their relation to the plan of salvation.
121 Hebrew History I, Joshua through First Samuel (3) (60)
    This course is designed to familiarize the student with the rise and fall of Israel, the social and religious customs of that day, and the influence of prophets and kings. Parallels between the history of Israel and that of the church will be noted.
211 Hebrew History II, Second Samuel through Esther (3) (60)
    A continuation of 121.
122 Numbers and Deuteronomy (3) (60)
    The Pentateuch is concluded. Numbers affords a study of the wanderings of Israel from Sinai to the Promised Land. In Deuteronomy further emphasis will be given to the binding of the Decalogue, especially the sabbath, as to whom it applied. Some of the criticism of Deuteronomy will be considered, showing beyond doubt it was a production inspired of God and Moses its author.
311 General Biblical Introduction (3) (60)
    A study of inspiration, canonicity, and textual criticism of the Scriptures. Attention will be given as to how we got the Bible, including a discussion of various versions.
312 Wisdom Literature: Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes (3) (60)
    In Job the problem of human suffering is analyzed. Valuable internal evidences of inspiration are observed. Proverbs and Ecclesiastes also set forth words of wisdom far above human philosophy.
323 Prophets: Hosea through Malachi (3) (60)
    A study of the last twelve books of the Old Testament provides an additional index to God's dealings with the nation. Besides the messages of the prophets for their day, emphasis is placed upon Messianic prophecies and values of these books in practical preaching for today.
324 Psalms and Song of Solomon (3) (60)
    The Psalms will be analyzed for insight into the love and mercy of God, and how better to praise him. Messianic prophecies will be noted. Along with Psalms, the demands for purity of life will be noted in Solomon's Song.
413 Ezekiel and Daniel (3) (60)
    This study emphasizes the responsibility of preacher and people. Attention will be given to the symbolism of Ezekiel, and prophecies of restoration. In Daniel, conditions in captivity are noted, with special attention to prophecies of the coming kingdom.
414 Isaiah (3) (60)
    A thorough study is made of this great prophecy, giving consideration to problems of criticism, condition of the nations, warnings and threats, prophecies of captivity and return, and messianic prophecies.
421 Jeremiah and Lamentations 13) (60)
    Attention is given to the courage and concern of this great man of God. Warnings to Judah and prophecies of captivity and return are noted, along with New Testament connections.

Biblical Field - New Testament
113 Life of Christ, I, Matthew (3) (60)
    The life and ministry of Christ are introduced. Biographical and didactical phases of these books are emphasized. The Synoptic Problem will be considered.
123 Life of Christ, II, Mark and Luke (3) (60)
    A continuation and completion of 113.
212 The Book of John (3) (60)
    The thesis of John is "Jesus Christ, the Son of God:' The pre-fleshly state of Christ is considered. Evidence of the deity of Christ is emphasized, as set forth in the "miracles, signs, wonders."
213 Thessalonians, Timothy and Titus (3) (60)
    Thessalonians deals with the doctrine of final things. Studies in Timothy and Titus serve to further emphasize character and responsibilities of evangelists.
214 First Corinthians (3) (60)
    Many problems plagued the Corinthian church. This study investigates the means and methods prescribed by the Holy Spirit to correct unfavorable conditions and solve the problems. The practical lessons are of great help for today.
221 Second Corinthians and James (3) (60)
    A continuation of 214. The first part of the course deals with a defense of Paul's apostleship, and sundry matters that deal with faithfulness to Christ. The book of James presents Christians principles designed to aid the readers to overcome sins prevalent then and now, and furnishes a panacea for the ills of humanity.
222 Acts of Apostles (3) (60)
    A study of the establishment and spread of the early church. Each case of conversion will be thoroughly analyzed. The historical setting of Acts also provides background for the epistles.
223 General Epistles of Peter, John and Jude (3) (60)
    Peter sets forth instructions as to how to remain steadfast, confirming faith in the gospel. The second epistle involves dangers of apostasy and exhortations in view of the end of time. I, II, and III John give evidence essential to faith, refutation various "isms," and encouragement in faithfulness to Christ and his doctrine. Jude deals with various moral and spiritual issues which yet need emphasis, as well as warning against false teachers.
314 The Book of Hebrews and Philemon (3) (60)
    This book glorifies Christ and seeks to prevent the apostasy of Hebrew Christians. Distinguishing features between the law of Moses and the gospel are observed, and emphasis given to practical aspects needed especially for the Christian today. Philemon deals with certain social attitudes.
Introduction to the New Testament
    The first part of the course deals with General Introduction to the New Testament, giving consideration to canon, textual criticism and inspiration. Special introduction investigates the origin, historical background, occasion, purpose, date, and authorship of New Testament books, and gives an outline of each. Not studied as a separate course, but considered as each book is studied.
322 Romans (3) (60)
    An analysis of this book, as well as other New Testament epistles, shows salvation is by grace through faith, in contrast to the works of the Mosaic system; yet at the same time clearly shows grace does not dispense with conditions of salvation. This is of special importance.
411 Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians (3) (60)
    Galatians deals further with the law of God's promise, Ephesians gives a summing up of God's eternal purpose in the church, which is exalted and glorified as the body of Christ. Philippians contains valuable instructions to the church. Colossians deals with false doctrine and gives instructions to Christians.
423 The Book of Revelation (3) (60)
    The practical values of the book are emphasized; various methods of interpretation are given; the fortunes of the church are considered.
453 The New Testament Church, (3) (60) (Summer School)
    In view of the misunderstandings of the church as revealed in the New Testament, and the fact that many today would advocate a "restructing" of the church, this is a study of great importance. The study will be conducted topically.
454 Logic (3) (60) (Summer School)
    The science of valid reasoning is explored with emphasis on language and logic, deductive logic, and the possibility of knowing.
455 The Parabolic Teachings and Miracles of Christ (3) (60) (Summer School)
    The Parables provide some of the richest material among the teachings of Christ, and are highly profitable for exposition today. In addition to the great lessons to be learned from them, the students will receive much material for many good sermons.
    Practical lessons from the miracles will also be exposed. Of the sixty hours total for this course, at least twenty should be devoted to studying the miracles.
124 Hermeneutics (3) (60)
    This deals with the science of interpretation, especially the figurative language found in the Bible. It is of great value in showing how to exegete the Bible.
321 Christian Evidences (3) (60)
    This course sets forth the basis of the Christian faith, giving evidences of the existence of God, divinity of Christ, inspiration and integrity of the Bible as God's divine revelation. Evolution will be investigated.
412 Doctrines of Denominations (3) (60)
    This is a study of major religious bodies and their beliefs, past and present, which are examined in the light of Bible truth. The class is conducted in a debate setting and principles of public discussion are taught.
422 The Godhead; Emphasis on Holy Spirit (3) (60)
    The nature, mission and work of the Holy Spirit are given careful consideration. This is especially important in view of a revival of tongue speaking and other claims for the miraculous.
424 Premillenialism (3) (60)
    The false theory that Christ will return to earth to establish a literal reign on David's throne is in no wise dead. This important course deals with fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies that pertain to the questions: The Church Age, The Second Coming of Christ, Seventh-Day Adventism, Consequences of Premillenialism and other pertinent matter.
450 Intertestament Period (3) (60) (Summer School)
    The years between the testaments are studied with emphasis on the economy of God and New Testament backgrounds.
452 Gospel Plan of Salvation (3) (60) (Summer School)
    The text is that of the above title by T. W. Brents. With great preachers of the past it has been a standard work, and continues to be of great value after a hundred years of publication. It is designed to aid young preachers in gaining a more extensive knowledge of Bible truth, as well as some doctrines based upon perversions of truth.

The Historical Field
112 Bible Geography (3) (60)
    A highly valuable course in historical geography of the Bible. The origin and spread of the nations is traced. Important Bible events are connected with places to give reality to Bible accounts. This course provides excellent foundation for general Bible knowledge.
224 General Church History (3) (60)
    This course summarizes church history, beginning with Imperial Rome, the establishment of the church, development of apostasy, through the Protestant Reformation. Included is a brief introduction to the Restoration.
313 Restoration Readings (3) (60)
    This involves a study of the origin and development of the efforts of great men to restore primitive Christianity. The student will become acquainted with writings of the Restorers.

The Practical Field
115 English Grammar, I (1.5) (30)
    English grammar is considered a necessary tool in preaching from the English translations. It is the conviction of the administration and faculty of MEMPHIS SCHOOL OF PREACHING that every preacher should use good English. The English sentence is studied in all its parts. Special emphasis is given to areas in which most grammatical errors are made. The first course deals with parts of speech.
125 English Grammar, II (1.5) (30)
    A continuation of 115, wherein parts of speech will be given further study. Included also will be a study of sentence structure.
215 English Grammar, III (1.5) (30)
    This course involves usage, parallelism, and composition.
225 English Grammar, IV (1.5) (30)
    A continuation of 215. Emphasis will be given to proper composition, papers, and test-taking. Part of the time will be devoted to spoken English in which short talks will be made and criticized in all areas.
116 The Preacher and His Work, I (1.5) (30)
    This course has eight divisions and will meet three hours a week for two years. This number deals with methods of study, general outlining, and speech with major emphasis on speech and communication including media presentation.
126 The Preacher and His Work, II (1.5) (30)
    A continuation of 116. The student will be involved in the actual preparation and delivery of topical sermons. A critique sheet will be made on each student as he speaks. This will cover appearance, gestures, voice, language, pronunciation, enunciation, organization of material, sentence structure, etc. The student will benefit by this individual criticism. Additional opportunities will be afforded in classes and chapel.
216 The Preacher and His Work, III (1.5) (30)
    With the increased emphasis on personal work and recognizing its importance, this quarter will be devoted to acquainting the student with materials and methods, use of filmstrips and literature in house to house teaching. Provision will be made for students to put into actual practice what is learned.
226 The Preacher and His Work, IV (1.5) (30)
    A continuation of 126, wherein the student will receive further instruction, and gain more practice, in preparation and delivery of various types of sermons, such as funerals, wedding ceremonies.
316 The Preacher and His Work, V (1.5) (30)
    This quarter will deal with practical aspects of the preacher's life and work. Included will be character, work, library, visiting the sick, various problems faced by preachers.
326 The Preacher and His Work, VI (1.5) (30)
    A study of preparation of expository sermons in the New Testament will be emphasized.
416 The Preacher and His Work, VII (1.5) (30)
    A study of preparation of expository sermons in the Old Testament will be emphasized.
426 The Preacher and His Work, VIII (1.5) (30)
    A study of the worldwide mission of the Lord's church. The course will cover Biblical principles of evangelism, a brief history of mission efforts with emphasis on the work of churches of Christ in the 20th century, methods of successful foreign evangelism and preparation to go to the field.
315, 325 New Testament Greek, I, II (1.5) (30)
    The first two quarters will be devoted to alphabet, vocabulary, syntax, forms and preparation to translate.
415, 425 New Testament Greek, III, IV (1.5) (30)
    The second half of the school year will be devoted to verbs, participles, etcetera and translation, with some further study of materials introduced the first two quarters.
456 Archaeology and the Bible (3) (60) (Summer School)
    Archaeology of Bible lands will set forth further evidences which corroborate the Biblical account. Amazing discoveries have been uncovered by the spade. The course is designed to strengthen faith in the Bible record.

Previous Credit (12)
    Credit for previous education and training will be given to students, including veterans and other eligible persons, transferring to this school after being evaluated. Such transfer students will be placed at the level to which they have attained.

A Statement Of Policy For Veterans And State Requirements (13)
    Memphis School of Preaching has been accepted and approved for V.A. benefits for 3,160 clock hours (174 semester hours). Memphis School of Preaching does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, age or handicap in administering its educational policies and school-sponsored programs.

Requirements For Graduation

School Sessions
    Each school year is divided into four terms of eleven weeks each. No regular class schedule is met during the eleventh week. Assignments for the next quarter will be given. During the eleventh week, campaigns will be conducted by students. During one eleventh week period every two years, a supervised study tour of the "Restoration Sites" will be taken by the students.
    In addition, there will be a summer session, beginning one week after the close of the regular school year and continuing for 6 weeks. Total class hours will be 180 for the summer. Three or four courses will be offered each summer, alternating odd and even years. Summer courses are numbered 451, 453, 455 for odd years and numbers 452, 454, 456 offered even years.

    A period of devotion is held daily, at 8:30 A.M. Every student is expected to attend. Tardiness and absence, unless there is legitimate reason, will be reflected in the student's conduct and credit record. Three times tardy equals one unexcused absence. Each unexcused absence will be penalized by loss of five quality points.
    This service will be composed of songs, scripture readings, prayers, and messages by students, faculty, and visiting speakers. It is one of the most profitable periods of the day. There is a brief chapel service at 1:00 P.M. consisting of song and prayer.

Attendance At Worship
    Every student is required to attend all regular services of the church. This would normally include Sunday Bible classes, morning and evening worship, and the mid-week service.
    All students and their families are expected to attend classes and services at Forest Hill Church of Christ. Exceptions: (1) Local students attend home congregations; (2) working with other churches; or, (3) if obligated to other places that are giving financial assistance.


Cost of Living
    The cost of living in Memphis is about the average of most southern towns and cities.  An unmarried student can live and buy necessary materials for about $600.00 a month.  A family of four living economically will require about $1,200.00 to $1,500.00 a month.  Some make out on less, but this should be the minimum. This is strictly subsistent level living.

    All students must arrange for their own living quarters.  The school will assist with contacts.  Unfurnished apartments range from $330-00 up.  Two bedroom houses may be found from $350.00 and three bedrooms, $450-00 and up. The amount paid is largely up to the student.
    Trailer parks are located not too far distant.  Space, with facilities, rents for about $160.00 a month.  If one does not have to move too far, it is better to bring his own furniture.  Add about 10% annually.

Student Support
    Some students furnish their support by selling property, or using savings accounts.  Some mortgage their holdings; others borrow money to supplement their support.  Some of the wives work, while other men receive help from relatives and friends.
    Most of the students receive assistance from one or more churches.  Much has been spent to send out men to explain the operation and purpose of the school.  It is good to note that more churches are seeing the value of such schools. This is as it should be.
    First Corinthians 9:15-17 teaches that those who give their lives to preaching the gospel are worthy of support, financially and otherwise.  Churches are ready and willing to hire a man after he is prepared.  It is just as scriptural and important for the church to support dedicated and qualified men while they are training.  Truly, the hardest time most men have financially is during the period they are in school.  Literally hundreds more could be enrolled if they had financial support.
    Those who need assistance should go personally to talk to elders and churches.  Explain your needs and aspirations and outline to them the work done at the school of preaching.  Begin with your home congregation.  Arrange for a representative of the school to visit and explain the work and needs.  A representative will go reasonable distances at no obligation to the church where he is invited to speak.

Employment for Wives
    Any woman willing and able to work can find some kind of employment in Memphis, Substitute teachers in public schools receive at least $50 a day; more for full-time.  Supermarket checkers receive about $175 a week.  There are opportunities for secretaries, clerks, nurses, etc.  A good place to apply is Tennessee State Employment Office.

Veterans Assistance
    MEMPHIS SCHOOL OF PREACHING has been approved by Tennessee State Board of Education, approving agency for Veterans Administration, for benefits for veterans, war orphans and other eligible persons, under "G.I. Bill of Rights, Title 38, USC, Chapters 34 and 35." Veterans who qualify should apply directly to Veterans Administration, in their home state, and send Certificate of Eligibility to the school when received, or present it upon the day of registration.

Preaching Opportunities
    While there are scores of churches in the Memphis area, the school cannot guarantee appointments.  However, frequent calls are received, and many of the students are preaching one or more times a month, some regularly.  More calls are expected as the school grows and becomes better known, and when churches are made aware of the quality of work being done.

Selective Service
    Thus far schools of preaching, such as this one, are recognized by local draft boards.  The law provides exemption for those who are satisfactorily pursuing full-time ministerial studies in a recognized religious school.  Certain conditions must be met, in time.

Alumni Scholarship Fund
    The graduates of the school here have agreed among themselves to make monthly contributions to a fund to help worthy students who need financial assistance in attending the school.

Financial Assistance
    A limited number of cash scholarships are provided from a special school fund.  Students must give proper evidence of this need and worthiness to qualify.  From the fund also is given assistance in case of emergency.  This fund is provided for by contributions from churches and interested individuals.  Those who lack sufficient funds may make application for some assistance. This fund is not available to pay car notes or retire other debts, but to assist students to live while pursuing their studies.

Classes for Wives
    Special classes are provided for wives of students, dealing especially with their lives and work as preachers' wives.  Various ladies' classes at different churches also provide for Bible study.  Special Bible classes are planned to help them to a better knowledge of the Bible.  Wives are required to attend, except for unusual circumstances.  These meet from 6:30 to 9:00 P.M. Monday evenings during the school year.  The schedule of the classes for wives is:
        FIRST YEAR
        Orientation-Library and How to Study the Bible
        New Testament Survey
        Methods of Teaching and Visual Aid Preparation
        Acts: Emphasis on Missions and Personal Work
        Old Testament Survey
        The Preacher's Wife
        How to Teach With Success
        Christian Marriage

Opportunities for Graduates
    The school does not act as a placement bureau.  However, many letters are received seeking men who graduate from this school and others like it.  More and more churches are looking for preachers who are schooled in the Scriptures and have received the kind of training given here.  Although many inquiries are received from the States and other places, students must make their own arrangements with churches.

    If possible, students should arrange for some kind of insurance in event of illness or other emergencies.  Perhaps supporting churches will consider this.  The school cannot assume financial responsibility for any student.

    A closeness exists among the students which is heartwarming to observe.  Often they contribute to the needs of one another.  The spiritual atmosphere is greatly appreciated by all who attend or visit with us.  Singing and praying together strengthens everyone.
    The daily associations are most enjoyable, Picnics and other gatherings are periodically enjoyed by the students and their families. A banquet is held each year for those graduating, with all students and wives attending.  Truly, the ties that bind are strong.

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Rules of Conduct