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Caragua Baptist Seminary

              Spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ Through the Training of Brazilian Pastors and Lay Leaders

Information on Courses, Textbooks, Degrees and Instructors

Courses

Courses include 20 hours of on-site instruction, typically over five days. A R$200 registration fee is charged that covers the lectures, and a lecture manual. Textbooks are required and students will purchase those independently. The Seminary works hard to keep the cost of textbooks and registration fees to a minimum. Scholarships are available. Attendance is required as well as completion of the final written exam and in the case of the Masters courses (BBM prefix) completion of an essay submitted through the website within 6 weeks after the last day of class.

See below for a description of the certificate (BBC) and masters (BBM) courses.    

click here for Course Description pdf

BBC-101 Systematic Theology 

The Christian church has a long tradition of systematic theology, that is, studying theology and doctrine organized around fairly standard categories. This course presents material in each of these categories for the purpose of preparing students for ministry within the local church. The categories are examined in depth with an in depth focus of contemporary application for today’s church. 

BBC -102 Survey of the Old Testament

This course is designed to provide a basic introduction to each book of the Old Testament. While traditional topics such as authorship, date, and historical context will be covered, there will be special focus on the revelation of Jesus Christ in each book. There also is a focus on providing keys to understanding each book in the context of the entirety of the Scriptures. 

BBC -103 Survey of the New Testament

This course is designed to provide a basic introduction to each book of the New Testament. While traditional topics such as authorship, date, and historical context will be covered, there will be special focus on the revelation of Jesus Christ in each book. There also is a focus on providing keys to understanding each book in the context of the entirety of the Scriptures.

BBC -104 Pastoral Ministries

This course is designed to equip students for pastoral ministry by examining the various aspects of ministry required of pastors serving in local congregations. Also, it includes identifying the biblical absolutes, priorities, and qualifications needed for effective pastoral ministry within the local church. 

BBM -105 Theology of Evangelism

This course provides a general introduction to the theology of evangelism. The course is divided into three major units: (1) Foundational Tenets of Evangelism; (2) Preaching Components of Evangelism; and (3) Practical Aspects of Evangelism. The purpose of this course is to provide the local pastor with basic theological understanding and tools for implementing a biblical plan of evangelism in the local church.

BBM-106 Theology of Discipleship

This course provides a general introduction to the theology of discipleship. The course is divided into three major units: (1) Evaluation of Today’s Discipleship in the Local Church; (2) Biblical Foundations for Discipleship; and (3) Church-Based Discipleship. The purpose of this course is to provide the local pastor with basic theological understanding and tools for implementing a biblical plan of discipleship in the local church.

BBM-107 Lexical Hebrew

This course provides the student with the basics for working in the Hebrew biblical language. It includes a basic presentation of Hebrew grammar, such as recognizing vowel markings and sentence structure. This is not a language course, per se, but provides tools for use such as lexicons, dictionaries, and grammars, to assist the student in gaining a better understanding of a biblical text.

BBM-108 Lexical Greek

This course provides the student with the basics for working in the Greek biblical language. It includes a basic presentation of Greek grammar, such as recognizing verb endings and sentence structure. This is not a language course, per se, but provides tools for use such as lexicons, dictionaries, and grammars, to assist the student in gaining a better understanding of a biblical text.

BBM-109 Biblical Proclamation—Part 1

This course provides a general introduction for developing an expository sermon. The course is divided into three major units: (1) The Need for Expository Preaching; (2) Expository Sermon Preparation; and (3) Expository Preaching Hermeneutics. The purpose of this course is to provide the local pastor with basic theological understanding and tools for preparing expository sermons.

BBM-110 Biblical Proclamation—Part 2

This course provides a general introduction for delivering an expository sermon. The course is divided into two major units: (1) Crafting an Expository Sermon; and (2) Delivering an Expository Sermon. The purpose of this course is to provide the local pastor with basic theological understanding and tools for delivering expository sermons.

BBM-111 Survey of Church History

This course provides a general overview of the history of the church. The course covers the major events and philosophies of the church from 6 BCE to the end of the 20th century. It focuses on the historical setting and explanation of Christian ideas and institutions. The purpose of this course is to provide students with an annotated timeline of the churches develop from the 1st century through the 20th century.

BBM–112 Introduction to Apologetics

This course studies Christian apologetics and its implications for and application to evangelism. It provides students with an explanation of key components within Christian apologetics. Points of tension between and within various apologetic methods are explored in the course as well. The purpose of this course is to aid students in the development of effective apologetic approaches for evangelizing people in the contemporary culture.

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Textbooks

The Seminary uses "The Pastors Reference Library" series developed specifically for our students. This hardbound series provides reference notes for each course. Instructors may choose to provide other recommended

textbooks in addition to "The Pastors Reference Library". The Pastors Reference Library volumes are available to students in Brazilian Portuguese and are provided as a part of the course fee at a highly discounted rate. Individual books in the series can also be purchased through BookBaby (see below). Donations are always welcome to help offset text book purchases for needy students.

The Pastors Reference Library Series 

Completed Titles 

Survey of the Old Testament

Coleman, Derek, 2020. Panorama do Velho Testamento: Biblioteca De Referência Do Pastor. BookBaby: Pennsauken, NJ. 196pp. ISBN: 978-1-09830-177-4 click here for website to order

Survey of the New Testament

Coleman, Derek. 2019. Pesquisa Do Novo Testamento: Biblioteca De Referência Do Pastor. BookBaby: Pennsauken, NJ. 315pp. ISBN 978-1-54398-240-4 click here for the website to order

Pastoral Ministries

Coleman, Derek. 2019. Ministério Pastoral: Biblioteca De Referência Do Pastor. BookBaby: Pennsauken, NJ. 157pp. ISBN 978-1-54398-499-1

click here for the website to order

Theology of Evangelism and Discipleship

Coleman, Derek. 2019. Teologia da Evangelização e Discipulado: Biblioteca De Referência Do Pastor. BookBaby: Pennsauken, NJ. 223pp. ISBN 978-1-54398-511-5 click here for the website to order

In Progress

  • Systematic Theology

Up Coming

  • Lexical Greek
  • Lexical Hebrew
  • Biblical Proclamation
  • Survey of Church History
  • Introduction to Apologetics 

Other References

Systematic Theology (BBC 101) - Teologia Sistematica (Systematic Theology) by Wayne Grudem. Click here to order an English version from Amazon.

The Portable Seminary edited by David Horton - BBC 102,103,104. Click here to order an English version from Amazon.

Certificates and Masters Degree

The Seminary offers twelve courses taught by faculty and lectures in person at locations, scattered across Brazil, to facilitate attendance by underserved pastors and church leaders. As is the custom in Brazil, we require students provide evidence of their pastor or missionary position or are a church leader in the local church, the latter typically conveyed by a letter of recommendation. Students that successfully complete four introductory courses (denoted by a BBC prefix); Systematic Theology, Survey of the Old Testament, Survey of the New Testament, and Pastoral Ministry, can earn a Certificate of Pastoral Ministries. Students can also earn a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Ministries by completing six of the eight masters courses (denoted as BBM) along with the four introductory courses. Our courses are recognized by non-state seminaries and institutes in Brazil.

Lectures are typically compressed into a five-day period with classes often taught in the evenings. Students complete two assignments, an exam given in the last class period and an essay submitted one month after the final lecture. Successful course completion requires class attendance and a passing grade of 70 percent. Students are required to pay a nominal class registration fee (scholarships are provided on an as-needed basis) and purchase their Portuguese text books. The Seminary has created the Pastors Reference Library, to provide appropriate Portuguese textbooks at a low price. These titles are used as text books in the courses. However, instructors may also require other text and references. Each enrolled student is provided a syllabus, student lecture manuals and outlines, and other educational and instructional materials for each class.

Certificate in Pastoral Ministries

Our basic four course series (BBC 101-104) provides students with a Diploma in Pastoral Ministries.

Masters of Arts in Pastoral Ministries

Responding to the demand of our students and their need for a deeper understanding of God's word we have developed a 12 course curricula by adding BBM 105 to 112 leading to a Masters of Arts in Pastoral Ministries degree. 

    Instructors    

The Seminary has both faculty and lecturers. All have degrees from U.S. evangelical seminaries as well as pastoring experience, the majority are currently pastoring in the U.S. Faculty possess terminal doctorate degrees and lecturers posses a D. Min. Each teaches in their area of speciality. Lecturers provide instruction in four basic courses used for our Certificate (Diploma) of Pastoral Ministries. Faculty can instruct in all courses including courses leading to our Masters of Arts in Pastoral Ministry.Click here for our Instructors Page.

Survey of the Old Testament at Hotel Mar, Caraguatatuba - September 15, 2014