Christian Leadership School

Boise Kimber Christian Leadership School

Rev. Dr. Boise Kimber, President
Rev. Carleton Giles, Vice-President at Large
Rev. Dr. Jeff Powell, President Congress of Christian Education
Rev. Tracye C. Penn, State Director
Sister Carolyn Sears
Deacon Rosa Murray

2021 Registration

General Information

The CSMBC, Christian Leadership School is a division of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Christian Education Ministry and a collaborative work of the National Congress of Education, the American Baptist College, and the Division of Christian Education of the Sunday School Publishing Board. In addition, the SSPB has the responsibility for oversight of the CLS.

That responsibility includes:

  • Accrediting the School
  • Certifying instructors to teach in the CLS
  • Formulating policies and procedures governing the Christian Education Program

The Certificate of Progress Program (COPP)

This program was organized at the SSPB in 1937 and is designed to produce qualified church leaders that will lead church members into the 21century. This is a four-year program that is implemented in four phases. Upon completion of Phase 1, 2, 3, students will receive a Certificate of Progress for each phase. A Christian Education Diploma will be awarded upon completion of Phase 4. The objective of the COPP and the CSMBC CLS are to:

  • Increase biblical knowledge
  • Create a better understanding of the Baptist Church
  • Provide educational structure that will develop candidates
  • Qualified for teaching and leadership positions
  • Produce trained church leaders
  • Prepare for Christian Service

Student of the CLS (COPP) requirements:

Admissions & Registration:

All students must complete and submit a Form 12-Admissions Application for this program, along with your student registration form and NON-Refundable registration fees.

The Informer:

The participant must subscribe to the Christian Education Informer (a fee of $30 per year) – a Christian Education Journal published quarterly by the Sunday School Publishing Board.

Tuition & Late Fees:

Tuition for the 2021/2022 school year will increase by $25 per session. The new fee for the 1st session is $190 and $215 for the 2nd. One half of the tuition will be due at the time of registration. The final payment is due in April 2021 for the 1st semester. Similarly, for the 2nd semester, half will be due at the time of registration in November, and the final will be due in January 2022.

Course Cards, Certificates & Diplomas:

Students will receive course cards at the end of the semester for all completed courses, provided that all financial obligations have been met. Phase I, Phase II and Phase III students will receive a Certificate of Progress in May at the annual Commencement Service, provided all financial and required writing assignments have been completed. Phase IV students will receive a Diploma of Christian Education upon completion of requirements. Any lost or misplaced course cards will be charged a $2.00 replacement/duplication fee.

Writing Assignments:

Phase II – “Salvation Through Jesus Christ” – This paper should be at least two typed, double-spaced pages.

Phase III – “Contemporary Issues Affecting the Church” – This paper must be at least five to seven typed, double-spaced pages.

Phase IV – “The Role of Christian Education in the Local Church” – This paper must be at least five to seven typed, double-spaced pages. Provide at least five to eight different references.

Attendance & Tardiness

All students are required to attend class on both days; Friday 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and on Saturday 8:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Extreme tardiness will not be tolerated. Extenuating circumstances, please confer with the Dean. At no time will a paper be acceptable for missing class; you must be present to receive proper credit.

Caps & Gowns:

Phase I, Phase II and Phase III students will wear black and their appropriate class scarf for commencement service. Only Phase IV graduating students will be required to purchase caps and gowns.

Scarfs – $25.00

Cap & Gown $75

Please take note:

All classes for the 1st session will be virtual with break times, as necessary.

All questions regarding your participation in the Christian Leadership School should be directed to:

Rev. Tracye C. Penn (
Sister Carolyn Sears or
Deacon Rosa Murray

*** We will do most of our correspondence by email and/or text (updates, cancellations, class changes, etc.) Please check your email!!! It is the student’s responsibility to inform the CLS team of any email changes or updates ***