BTI Concludes with Commencement and Heritage Day

Press Release

Heritage Day, along with the celebration of Flag Day and Bible Training Institute commencement, will be held Saturday at The Church of God, Zion Hill, on Tillie Road.

The commemoration ceremony and graduation service will begin at 2 p.m. The Heritage Day message will be given by James Horne of Bessemer, AL.

Bible Training Institute is a two-week course consisting of four terms. Terms 1 through 3 are courses of general Bible knowledge as well as Church history and polity. The fourth term – Leadership Pastoral Development – is geared more toward those called into ministerial leadership. Each term completes five class subjects.

Ray C. Dupre is the director of BTI and also a field secretary for The Church of God. James Cox served as principal and he and his wife, Allene, were deans of the student body. Morning devotions were coordinated by Sister Cox with participation of the students as singers, musicians, readers and speakers – a part of the training in the ministry.

On Wednesday evening, as a part of both worship and training, the school’s students and staff observed Communion service and the ordinance of feet washing to commemorate the Lord’s last meeting with His disciples before His Crucifixion. On Thursday afternoon, a baptismal service was held in the Zion Hill church.

Final exams will be given on Saturday morning.

During the BTI term, a commemorative coin was introduced in honor of former General Overseer Stephen Smith. The coin sales will go toward the expense and publication of the Church’s international magazine, The Evening Light, which highlights and promotes activities in the church worldwide. The coin was presented to Vicki Smith, wife of the former General Overseer, by Oscar Pimentel, the present General Overseer.

During Bible Training Institute, paintings of the Central Avenue Church of God of Prophecy tabernacle by local artist Ruther Turner were made available to the students for a donation to the organization for schools abroad.

A revival with a BTI student, Jacob Anders of North Carolina, will continue at The Church of God Southside, 1213 Chippewa Ave., with a Heritage and Children’s Day service on Sunday, going through Wednesday. Services on Sunday begin with Sunday school at 10 and morning service at 11. The revival meeting will continue at 6 p.m. on Sunday and at 7 p.m., Monday through Wednesday.