Oklahoma Baptist University

Ministry Training Institute Courses Begin in January

OBU's Ministry Training Institute will offer 57 classes in five states and online beginning in January.

Ministry Training Institute offers courses for college credit that can be applied to degree programs at OBU or other colleges and universities. OBU's MTI is directed by Dr. W. Michael Clark, OBU assistant professor of applied ministry.


Students participate in OBU's Ministry Training Institute courses in Oklahoma City during the fall 2010 semester.


New course offerings will include:

ARKANSAS
Fort Smith: "Baptist History and Theology" beginning Jan. 24; "The General Epistles" beginning Jan. 25; and "Preaching: Preparation and Delivery of Sermons" beginning March 21. For information about the Fort Smith courses, contact Jeff@concordbaptistassn.org.

INDIANA
Evansville: "Planting and Growing Churches" and "History of Christianity: Reformation and Modern," both beginning Jan. 24.

Indianapolis: "History of Christianity: Early and Medieval" beginning Jan. 24.

Muncie: "The General Epistles" beginning Jan. 27.

For information about the Indiana courses, contact bmartin@scbi.org.

MISSOURI
Anderson: "Pastoral Ministry" beginning Jan. 25.

Neosho: "Introduction to Evangelism" beginning Jan. 24 and "Old Testament History and Literature" beginning Jan. 27.

For information about the Missouri courses, contact crowderbsu1@att.net.

MONTANA
Billings: "History of Christianity: Early and Medieval," "Life and Literature of Paul," "Biblical Ethics," "Preaching: Preparation and Delivery of Sermons," "Baptist History and Theology," "Christian Doctrines," "The Educational Ministry of the Church," "Elementary Greek II" and "New Testament History and Literature." All courses will begin Jan. 24. For information about the Billings courses, contact bcannon@yellowstonebaptist.edu.

OKLAHOMA
Ardmore: "Foundations of Ministry" and "Church Leadership," both beginning Jan. 24. For information about the Ardmore courses, contact enonadom@gmail.com.

Broken Arrow: "Christian Doctrines" beginning Jan. 27. For information about the Broken Arrow course, contact mshaw@fbcsapulpa.com.

Durant: "Elementary Greek II" and "Christian Doctrines," both beginning Jan. 11. For information about the Durant courses, contact Terrell@bryanbaptistassociation.com.

Miami: "Foundations of Ministry," "1 Corinthians," "Foundations of Ministry," "History of Christianity: Early and Medieval," "The Educational Ministry of the Church," and "Christian Worship." All courses will begin Jan. 24. For information about the Miami courses, contact nwbcmiami@sbcglobal.net.

Norman: "Old Testament History and Literature" beginning Jan. 10. For information about the Norman course, contact prestonc@swbell.net.

Oklahoma City-Capital: "The Life of Christ" and "Survey of Christian History" beginning Jan. 17; "Christian Doctrines" and "Old Testament History and Literature" beginning Jan. 18; and "World Religions" and "Church Leadership" beginning Jan. 20. For information about the Oklahoma City-Capital courses, contact stephany@cbaokc.org.

Oklahoma City-North: "Survey of Cross Cultural Ministry" beginning Jan.19; "World Religions" beginning Jan. 20; and "Teaching and Learning in Churches" beginning Mar. 31. For information about the Oklahoma City-North courses, contact cfletcher-knight@cox.net.

Oklahoma City-St. John: "1 Corinthians" and "World Religions" beginning Feb. 7; "New Testament History and Literature" beginning Feb. 8; and "Latter Prophets" beginning Feb. 10. For information about the Oklahoma City- St. John courses, contact lckirk@stjohnokc.org.

Tulsa: "Foundations of Ministry" beginning Jan. 11; two sections of "New Testament History and Literature," beginning Jan. 13 and Jan. 31; and "Survey of Cross-Cultural Ministry" beginning Jan. 27. For information about the Tulsa courses beginning Jan. 11 and Jan. 13, contact bellchapbell@aol.com. For information about the courses beginning Jan. 27 and Jan. 31, contact mshaw@fbcsapulpa.com.

Wilburton: "Intermediate Greek II" beginning Jan. 24. For information about the Wilburton course, contact jpsodbuster@att.net.

ONLINE
"History of Christianity: Early and Medieval," "Old Testament History and Literature," "The General Epistles," "New Testament and Literature," "The Pastoral Ministry," "Preaching: Preparation and Delivery of Sermons," "Baptist History and Theology," "History of Christianity: Reformation and Modern," and "Christian Doctrines." All online courses will begin Jan. 24. For information about the online courses, contact Michael.Clark@okbu.edu.

The registration deadline is the first day of classes at all locations.

The mission of OBU's Ministry Training Institute is to facilitate instruction and learning for adult students that will help them acquire competency in the skills, attitudes and knowledgenecessary to become effective agents of Christian ministry. That facilitation is carried out by instructors currently involved in ministry of their own, allowing them to provide both conceptual and practical teaching to the students. Course credit earned through MTI classes can be applied toward a diploma, associate of arts degree or bachelor of arts degree in Christian studies.

In 1983, the School of Christian Service at Oklahoma Baptist University began the Ministry Training Institute at the request of Dr. Joe L. Ingram, the Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. Ingram, together with Clyde Cain, director of the Office of Ministerial Services at the BGCO, felt that many pastors and church leaders needed access to opportunities for a serious study of the Bible and related Christian disciplines on the college level. Since then, the program has grown to include more than 30 centers in seven states. In addition to classes held in these centers, online courses are also available.

The MTI program is primarily designed to offer college-level training to adults involved in ministry or who feel called by God into this area. Current students include full and part-time pastors, church staff members and lay Christians who serve a ministry role in their churches. Others are involved in ministries in prisons, college settings or business.

To see a full list of classes beginning in January, click here. For more information about the Ministry Training Institute, call Clark at (405) 878-2230.

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