St. Athanasius Pre-Servant Program “Serve the Lord with gladness” Psalm 100:2 “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15 Mission Statement To equip individuals to serve the body of Christ, in love, through the Grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The How… • Didactics • Classroom lessons with guest speakers • Take home tests and written assignments • Student presentations • Spiritual • Sacraments • Spiritual Retreats • Behavior • Service • Community Service • Church Service – website, cleaning, retreats, kids activities • Family service Areas of Focus • Service – Types of service, spirituality of the servant, how to serve • Church History - Church Fathers, Councils • Bible Study - Old and New Testament • Orthodox Tradition - Liturgy, prayers, calendar • Theology and Dogma – what we believe and why • Comparative Theology - Why Orthodoxy? • Church Perspectives on modern issues (Evolution, birth control, death penalty, stem cell, dating,…..) Faculty • • • • • • Father John Bishara Raymond Girgis Samy Faltas George Makar Mina Makar Guest speakers Requirements for acceptance into the program • Regular meeting with a Father of Confession • Father of Confession must recommend you for participation in the program • Demonstrate consistent attendance in the Liturgy and Sunday School • Demonstrate behavior inside and outside the Church that is a positive example for other youth AND adults, that is consistent with the behavior of a Servant. Detailed curriculum - Service Topic 1 Learning from Christ the True Servant The Good Shepherd The Blessings of Service 2 Serving is an immense responsibility Our call to serve demands a life of fullness The commitment to serve 3 Service Requires a Passionate Heart/Spirituality of the servant Service Requires Prayer/an Open Bible/Fasting… Service is Discipleship 4 The Unacceptable service The Acceptable service (seriousness in the service) 5 Types of Services/Different Ways of Serving Detailed curriculum - History Topic 1 Timeline of Christian Church History: The Apostolic Age Patrology – Anti-Nicene, Nicene, Post-Nicene Fathers Introduction to the Church Councils The Great Schism The Protestant Reformation 2 Monasticism 3 Martyrdom 4 1st Ecumenical Council of Nicea – Divinity of Christ 5 2nd Ecumenical Council of Constantinople – Divinity of the Holy spirit/Humanity of Christ 6 3rd Ecumenical Council of Ephesus 7 Council of Chalcedon Detailed curriculum – Bible Study Topic 1 Introduction to the Bible 2 Why we believe the Bible? 3 Introduction and overview of the Deutero-Canonical Books 4 Introduction to the Book of Genesis 5 The Major Prophets 6 The Minor Prophets 7 Psalms 8 A comparison of the Four Gospels 9 The Gospel of St. John 10 The Holy Spirit and the Book of Acts 11 Pauline Epistles 12 The Epistle of St. James 13 Catholic Epistles 14 (Revelation – will be covered in Theology section) Detailed curriculum – Theology and Dogma Topic Topic 1 The Holy Trinity-Trinity in one and One in Trinity 11 Orthodox view of the Virgin Mary, the Theotokos 2 God the Father 12 Intercession of Saints 3 God the Son 13 The Church Tradition 4 God the Holy Spirit 14 Faith vs Works 5 Incarnation of the Son 15 Predestination 6 Salvation/Redemption 16 Moses Laws between the two Testaments 7 Baptism and Chrismation 17 Angels 8 Repentance and Confession 18 Judgment at end of days/Revelation 9 Eucharist 10 Anointing the Sick/Holy Matrimony/Priesthood Detailed curriculum – Comparative Theology & Social issues Topic Topic 1 Coptic Orthodoxy – What do I believe & defend 12 Evolution /Atheism Science and Christianity – conflict? 2 Why must there only be one correct religion? 13 Homosexuality 3 Catholicism vs Orthodoxy 14 Orthodox Bioethics – I – Life (birth control, artificial insemination, stem cell research, abortion) 4 Protestantism vs Orthodoxy 15 Orthodox Bioethics – II End of life (capital punishment, euthanasia, assisted suicide). 5 Islam 16 Modern attacks on Christianity/The Davinci code 6 Judaism 17 Persecution 7 Seventh Day Adventists, Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses 18 Atheism 8 Humanism 19 Religion and Politics 9 Paganism, Buddism, The New Age movement – same old movement 10 Absolute truth/Moral Relativism 11 Does Evil really exist? Curriculum references • Southern diocese servant prep curriculum • http://www.suscopts.org/servantsprep/ • St. Mina Holmdel Servant Prep curriculum • http://saintminaholmdel.org/new/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=31&Itemid=97 • St. Mark Chicago Servant Prep curriculum • http://www.copticservant.com/ • Various other topic specific references will be used: Coptic language; Pope Shenouda books, Father Tadros Malaty, Social issues references Requirements for graduation • Attendance of at least 80% of all lectures and makeup of all mandatory missed lectures. • Completion of program activities including projects, presentations, exams as well as service activities. • Ongoing performance of the activities needed for acceptance into the program. What if I do not want to be a servant in the Church? • Our hope is that everyone who is able to be a servant will choose to enroll in the Pre-servant program. • If you are not yet ready to be a servant, we strongly encourage you to attend as many of the activities and lectures as you can attend, for your own spiritual benefit and learning.