OBU Reaches Many Cities, States Through MTI

Oklahoma Baptist University, through a partnership with the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, is making higher education more accessible this fall through Ministry Training Institute courses in 16 cities in Oklahoma and 12 cities in eight other states.

OBU, which has offered classes through MTI since 1983, has centers in Oklahoma, Idaho, Indiana, Montana, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin.

Credit for MTI courses can be applied to degree programs at OBU or other colleges and universities. Through the program, OBU offers a diploma in Christian studies for the completion of 42 hours.

Students can earn an associate of arts degree from OBU with the completion of 64 hours, or a bachelor's degree in Christian studies with the completion of 128 hours. Some of the requirements for the associate's and bachelor's degree are not offered through the local MTI center, but can be accepted from other accredited colleges and universities.

"Adults who want to learn more about the Bible and how to minister effectively can find the courses they need through the Ministry Training Institute courses from OBU," said Dr. Dick Rader, dean of the OBU School of Christian Service.

These reasonably-priced classes ($45 per credit hour) meet once each week and are taught by qualified instructors. Materials for the courses are prepared for these classes by members of the School of Christian faculty at OBU.

These courses are focused toward adult learners and their desire to learn something practical. Since the instructors are people involved in ministry and many of the students are also working in churches, the discussions become times of exchanging ideas and applications of the material studied.

Many people have taken these courses over the past 17 years and gone on to complete either a diploma, Associates or Bachelor's degree in Christian Studies.

"For some, this is the only way they can receive training for Christian ministry without leaving their homes and places of service," said Rader. "Some have taken these courses to learn more about their faith or how to be a better Bible teacher in their church. A few have found this training helpful as they began a new career of volunteer Christian ministry."

For more information on MTI courses available in your area, click on the icon at the top the page, or contact OBU at 405-878-2230 or email marilee_breedlove@mail.okbu.edu or dick_rader@mail.okbu.edu.