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    Ministry Training Institute


    MTI's certificate in Pastoral Ministry is available online! Earn this certificate from the comfort of your home or office. Registration for the online Pastoral Counseling class is now open.

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    Samford's Ministry Training Institute exists to equip Christians to be leaders in their churches and communities through theological education and practical ministry training.


    Ministry Training Institute is a non-degree certificate program of quality biblical, theological,and practical ministry courses that prepares and equips ministers and lay leaders for service in God's Kingdom. The courses are held in a variety of locations all over the state of Alabama. The instruction is led by qualified and experienced instructors and is biblically based and administered with the highest integrity.

    Core Values

    • The Sufficiency of Jesus Christ as Savior and head of the church. Colossians 1:18-20
    • The Authority of Scriptures as the inspired Word of God. 2 Timothy 3:16.
    • The Holy Spirit as the one who enlightens and empowers the believer to know the Scriptures. John 15:26.
    • The Church is God's redeemed people actively engaged in knowing him and making him known. Acts 2:43-47.
    • Christians are called to have a great commitment to the great commission and the great commandment. Matthew 28:19; Matthew 22:37-40.
    • Christians are called to be lifelong learners of the Bible and active in using their spiritual gifts for the benefit of the church. Acts 2: 41-42; 1 Corinthians 12:7.

    Stated Goals

    • To engage God's people in the Scriptures.
    • To train Christians to carry out the great commission.
    • To equip Pastors, Ministers and church leaders to have a deeper understanding of their calling and their unique design to serve the Body of Christ.
    • To provide opportunities for students to be trained and prepared for ministry opportunities in their churches and communities.
    • To guide students to serve God with greater confidence as they are equipped with tools for ministry and service.

    Program Overview

    Diplomas are available in two areas of study, Biblical Studies and Pastoral Ministry. An Advanced Certificate in Christian Ministry can be earned after the completion of core classes for both certificates plus 4 electives. The student will earn the Biblical Studies and Pastoral Ministry Diplomas after the completion of 6 classes of concentration in the appropriate area of study plus an additional 4 classes of electives chosen by the student. There are classes that are specifically marked as elective classes, but a student can take courses from the other core certificate courses and it will be counted as an elective as well. Students must take a total of 30 credit hours for completion of a diplomas. The Advanced Diploma in Christian Ministry will be attained with a total of 48 credit hours. If a student chooses to take a class from the other diploma courses it will count as an elective, but they will still need to supplement with another elective for a total of 48 hours. All classes are 3 credit hours. The Certificate in Pastoral Ministry is only available online and is distinct from the diplomas offered through the extension network. 

    Courses of Study

    Certificate in Pastoral Ministry (Online)

    The Certificate in Pastoral Ministry can be completed online within one academic year.  The certificate is awarded upon the completion of these four courses:  ZMTI 107: Intro to Preaching, ZMTI 108: Pastoral Leadership, ZMTI 109: Pastoral Counseling, ZMTI 111: Church Administration.  Online courses are offered at $199 per course.  The online certificate courses are led by instructors that have a minimum of Master's level education and many years of experience in their field of expertise.  

    Diploma in Biblical Studies

    ZMTI 101: Biblical interpretation, ZMTI 102: Old Testament, ZMTI 103: New Testament, ZMTI 104: Paul’s Letters, ZMTI 105: The Minor Prophets, ZMTI 106: Biblical Foundations.

    Diploma in Pastoral Ministry

    ZMTI 107: Intro to preaching, ZMTI 108: Pastoral Leadership, ZMTI 109: Pastoral Counseling, ZMTI 110: The Church and its Mission, ZMTI 111: Church Administration, ZMTI 112: Church Renewal and Revitalization.


    ZMTI 113 The Person of the Holy Spirit, ZMTI 114: Baptist Doctrines, ZMTI 115: Spiritual Disciplines, ZMTI 116: Overcoming Church Conflict, ZMTI 117: Christian Ethics, ZMTI 118: The Book of Revelation.