Ministry Training Institute

Samford's Ministry Training Institute offers educational opportunities in ministry training and biblical studies.  Our courses are conveniently delivered both online or through our vast extension network. Samford is committed to providing the most affordable and accessible education to our students. Please take time to view the many opportunities we have made available for you by clicking the options below. Should you need help navigating the site don't hesitate to call our office at (205) 726-4055 or email us mti@samford.edu

Register for a Free Online Course, "Mastering your Finances"

Beginning July 24th the Ministry Training Institute will offer a free online course teaching biblical stewarship and finance management.  "Mastering your Finances" will lead you to become more intentional in being the best possible steward of the finances God has blessed you with.  Space is limited so register today.  Register Here 

Defending the Faith Apologetics Conference

Be sure to join us at Samford University on Monday August 7th for the Defending Your Faith Apologetics Conference.  Dr. Gary Habermas and Jay Watts will lead sessions regarding Christ and culture.  The workshop is presented by the Ministry Training Institute.  Because of our generous sponsors the workshop is only $20 but seating is limited.  Price includes lunch and workshop materials.  Register today! 

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Purpose

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

Description

Samford’s Ministry Training Institute is a non-degree program that equips ministers and lay leaders for service in God's Kingdom through quality biblical, theological and practical ministry education.  We offer an array of educational opportunities including a variety of online certificates, pre-seminary training for college students, and diploma courses administered all over the southeast. The Ministry Training Institute also provides workshops and seminars throughout the year in a number of ministry related fields. Each course, seminar, or workshop is biblically based and administered with the highest quality and integrity. Whether online, in a classroom or through a workshop, highly qualified and experienced instructors lead each educational opportunity.

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, Missionaries 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

The Diploma in Biblical Studies and Advanced Diploma are offered through our extension network. Students will earn the diploma in Biblical Studies after the completion of 8 courses. The advanced diploma is awarded after the completion of all 16 courses. These diplomas are only attainable by participating in the extension network and does not allow courses to transfer in from other entities or from one of the other MTI certificate programs.

Certificates

Certificate courses are offered exclusively online and include Pastoral Leadership, Student Ministry and Worship Leadership. Certificates are earned after completing 4 courses of concentration. Courses are offered in a one-year cyclical format that provides convenience and flexibility for busy schedules.

Pre-Seminary Training

The pre-seminary training is a partnership between Samford and the Alabama State Board of Missions Collegiate and Student Ministries. This course of study consists of 4 classes that have been created to prepare students for their seminary experience. Upon the completion of the 4 courses, pre-seminary students will receive a Certificate in Christian Studies from Samford University. The courses are currently offered at Auburn University and Jacksonville State University through the Baptist Campus Ministry.

The Certificate is awarded upon the completion of these four courses:

  • ZMTI 102: Intro to Old Testament
  • ZMTI 103: Intro to New Testament
  • ZMTI 201: Theology I
  • ZMTI 202: Theology II

Online Certificates

Certificate in Pastoral Leadership 

The Certificate in Pastoral Leadership gives an overview of the critical components of successful pastoral leadership. Each course is led by experienced instructors who will offer academic insights and practical wisdom that will assist the student to maximize their leadership potential. The courses are designed to equip students to have greater confidence in the most difficult areas of pastoral leadership.

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

Cost: $699 for full certificate. (Includes one Amazon Fire Tablet, enrollment in all required courses and a dedicated support staff.) Register

Note: Students have two options of payment for the online certificates: First, students can pay for the certificate at the beginning of his/her first class ($699). This one-time payment is an advantage to the student as it includes a significant discount and a free Amazon Fire Tablet. Second, students can pay per class ($199) as they work through the four courses. 

The online certificate courses are led by experienced instructors that have a minimum of Master's level education. This certificate can be completed in one academic year. 

Important information for the Certificate in Pastoral Leadership

If you would like to register for the entire online certificate (all 4 courses) up front, please follow these steps:

  1. Click on “register."
  2. Enter required information and payment.  If you register for the entire certificate up front you will not need to register another time during the duration of the year and you will receive a free Amazon tablet.  The tablet will be mailed to the address you provide.

Certificate in Student Ministry

This certificate addresses the growing complexities of ministry to adolescents. Those who work with youth as a minister or volunteer and are seeking formal training in student ministry will find these courses to be beneficial. The courses will greatly enhance a person's knowledge of effective outreach, teaching and leadership needed to build a great student ministry. 

The certificate is awarded upon the completion of these four courses:

  • ZMTI 401: Introduction to Student Ministry
  • ZMTI 402: Adolescent Learning Behavior
  • ZMTI 403: Discipleship and Evangelism in Student Ministry
  • ZMTI 404: Student Ministry Leadership

Cost: $699 for full certificate. (Includes one Amazon Fire Tablet, enrollment in all required courses and a dedicated support staff.)  If registering for individual courses the cost is $199 per course. Register

The online certificate courses are led by experienced instructors that have a minimum of Master's level education. This certificate can be completed in one academic year. 

Important information for the Certificate in Student Ministry

If you would like to register for the entire online certificate (all 4 courses) up front, please follow these steps:

  1. Click on “register".
  2. Enter required information and payment.  If you register for the entire certificate up front you will not need to register another time during the duration of the year and you will receive a free Amazon tablet.  The tablet will be mailed to the address you provide.

Certificate in Worship Leadership

Created in partnership with anima: the Forum for Worship and the Arts in Samford University’s School of the Arts, the online certificate in worship leadership offers an introduction to the basic principles and practices of worship leadership.  Each course will present vital worship leadership practices as well as the principles that shape and sustain them.  This will include choosing music for worship, praying in public, setting up a sound system, projecting music, and other key topics.  Supplemented by testimonies, stories, and exercises, students will have many opportunities to practice skills and gather valuable resources for planning and leading worship in their congregations. 

The certificate is awarded upon the completion of these four courses:

  • ZMTI 701 Introduction to Worship Leadership
  • ZMTI 702 The Worship Leader as Pastor
  • ZMTI 703 Biblical Foundations for Worship
  • ZMTI 704 Designing Creative Worship

Cost: $699 for full certificate. (Includes one Amazon Fire Tablet, enrollment in all required courses and a dedicated support staff.)  Students can also register for individual courses at a cost of $199 per course. Register

Important information for the Certificate in Worship Leadership

If you would like to register for the entire online certificate (all 4 courses) up front, please follow these steps:

  1. Click on “register".
  2. Enter required information and payment.  If you register for the entire certificate up front you will not need to register another time during the duration of the year and you will receive a free Amazon tablet.  The tablet will be mailed to the address you provide.

Cost: $699 for full certificate. (Includes one Amazon Fire Tablet, enrollment in all required courses and a dedicated support staff.)  Students can also register for individual courses at a cost of $199 per course.  

Diplomas

Diploma in Biblical Studies & Advanced Diploma

The Diploma in Biblical Studies is offered through our 26 extension centers across the southeast.  Our curriculum includes 16 standardized courses.  A student is awarded the basic diploma after completing 8 courses and awarded the Advanced Diploma after completing all 16 courses.   The cost is $50 per course.  Students who register using our online registration system will not be subject to the $10 processing fee.  

Diploma Courses

ZMTI 101: Biblical interpretation

ZMTI 102: Intro to Old Testament

ZMTI 103: Intro to New Testament

ZMTI 104: Paul’s Letters

ZMTI 105: The Minor Prophets

ZMTI 106A: Biblical Foundations I

ZMTI 106B: Biblical Foundations II

ZMTI 113: The Person of the Holy Spirit

ZMTI 114: Baptist Doctrines

ZMTI 115: Spiritual Disciplines

ZMTI 118: The Book of Revelation

ZMTI 120: The Origins of the Bible

ZMTI 121: The Writings of Moses

ZMTI 122: Christian Apologetics

ZMTI 123: Parables of Jesus

ZMTI 124: The Life and Ministry of Jesus