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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, Worship Leadership, Church Planting and Disciple Making. 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.

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:

  • Introduction to Preaching
  • Pastoral Leadership
  • Pastoral Counseling
  • Church Administration

Cost: $699 for full certificate. (Includes enrollment in all required courses and a dedicated support staff.)

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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. 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 degree 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.

Certificate in Disciple Making

The certificate in Disciple Making will teach participants the essentials of being a disciple maker and implementing a disciple making culture in a church context. Participants will learn the key aspects of Jesus’ model and method of disciple making as revealed in the Gospels. Special attention will be given to the centrality of the Gospel in disciple making and the seven steps necessary to transition any ministry into an intentional disciple making model.

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

  • The Centrality of the Gospel in Disciple Making
  • The Jesus Model of Disciple Making
  • Creating a Culture of Disciple Making
  • Implementing a Multiplying Lifestyle

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

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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 Disciple Making

If you would like to register for the entire online certificate (all 4 courses) up front, 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.

Certificate in Worship Leadership

Created in partnership with the Center for Worship and the Arts in Samford’s
School of the Arts, this certificate 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.

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

  • Introduction to Worship Leadership
  • The Worship Leader as Pastor
  • Biblical Foundations for Worship
  • Designing Creative Worship

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

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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.

Certificate in Church Planting

The Certificate in Church Planting is designed to teach the biblical components critical to successful planning and implementation for new churches.  Participants will learn the foundational elements needed to plant a healthy church.  While the courses are intended for the lead church planter, they would also be helpful for a church planting team member or denominational leader.  All courses are taught by experienced church planters who have a theological framework, practical knowledge and information regarding current trends. This certificate comes with a 50% discount for church planters affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions. For more information, please call our office. 

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

  • Introduction to Church Planting
  • Church Planting Models and Methods
  • Church Planting essentials: Evangelism, Disciple making, Leadership Development
  • Strategic Planning for Planting a Church

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

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Important information for the Certificate in Church Planting

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.

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