For pastors, lay leaders and others seeking sound biblical education, Samford University’s Ministry Training Institute provides an affordable local option.
MTI offers certificate programs in disciple making, pastoral leadership, women’s leadership, worship administration and worship leadership, as well as extension classes for those interested in learning more about a particular ministry or digging deeper into a single book of the Bible.
MTI classes are held locally in many Alabama Baptist associations. Spring B term classes begin in March. Many of the classes are available online (Web-Ex or Zoom) or with social distancing parameters in place due to COVID-19 concerns.
Classes can be taken in any order and based on interest, but three program tracks are available:
- Certificate: Each certificate track consists of four classes. Students may pay for each class separately or pay a one-time discounted rate for all four classes.
- Extension: Extension courses last 6 weeks and cover a range of topics from Christian leadership to studies of individual books of the Bible. Students pay a per-course fee and purchase their own textbooks. Financial aid may be available for Southern Baptists, licensed or ordained ministers, spouses of ministers and approved church lay leaders.
- Diploma: Students may work toward a diploma in biblical studies, an advanced diploma and the biblical studies diploma of distinction. A student is awarded the diploma in biblical studies after completing eight courses from the 24-course curriculum. The advanced diploma is awarded upon completion of 16 courses, and the diploma of distinction after completion of 24 courses.
For more information, visit samford.edu/programs/ministry-training-institute or email email@example.com.
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