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Samford’s Ministry Training Institute at the Hamilton County Baptist Association 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.
- 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.
The Diploma in Biblical Studies, Advanced Diploma in Biblical Studies and Biblical Diploma of Distinction are offered through our extension network. The extension network offers 24 courses of standardized curriculum. When students finish 8 courses they are awarded the Diploma in Biblical Studies. When a student completes 16 courses they are awarded the Advanced Diploma in Biblical Studies. When a student successfully completes all 24 courses they are awarded the Biblical Studies Diploma of Distinction.
Diplomas are only attainable by participating in the extension network and Samford does not allow courses to transfer from other entities or from one of the other MTI certificate programs.
Certificate courses are offered exclusively online and include Pastoral Leadership, Student Ministry, Worship Leadership, Ministry Communication and Global Missions. 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.
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
ZMTI 125: John’s Epistles
ZMTI 126: Exploring the Psalms
ZMTI 127: The Synoptic Gospels
ZMTI 128: The Acts of the Apostles
ZMTI 129: Personal Evangelism
ZMTI 130: Effective Disciple Making
ZMTI 131: The Book of Hebrews
ZMTI 132: Christian leadership