Do you feel like your ministry is stuck in neutral because you don’t have the pastoral education you need? Whether you’re a preacher in a small congregation or a Sunday School teacher, or simply a serious student of the Bible, a Biblical Studies Diploma from Samford University is the most convenient, affordable way to get the pastoral education and training you need to succeed. This program is brought to you by the Samford University Ministry Training Institute (MTI) and Eden Westside Baptist Church.

Pastoral Education and Training

A Biblical Studies Diploma takes just 10 8-week courses to achieve. You will receive intensive training and instruction from qualified instructors on deep Bible subjects. The Ministry Training Institute program was developed to help small town pastors, lay ministers, and other preachers and teachers to obtain the training and doctrinal instruction they need to lead classes, congregations, and entire church bodies.

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The classes are held once per week, on Monday evenings, from 6-9 p.m. Each class is just $50, a small fraction of the cost for the same number of credit hours at Samford University. Each class is worth 3 credit hours. Classes are held at Eden Westside Baptist Church Eden campus, building A, next to the sanctuary. Rick Earnest is the instructor. Classes are developed and administered through Samford University and Director Dr. Kevin Blackwell. A real Samford diploma is issued to all students who successfully complete all of the required courses plus four of the elective courses (a minimum of 30 credit hours).

The first of the required courses begins on August 22, 2016, with a new course scheduled to begin every three months thereafter. Check back for the next set of dates as they are announced. A Biblical Studies Diploma is achieved by completing 6 Required Courses and 4 Electives.

Biblical Studies Required Courses:

Biblical Interpretation
Old Testament
New Testament
Paul’s Letters
The Minor Prophets
Biblical Foundations
Biblical Studies Electives (Student May Choose Any 4):

The Person of the Holy Spirit
Baptist Doctrines
Spiritual Doctrines
Overcoming Church Conflict
Christian Ethics
The Book of Revelation
If you missed the deadline to register for our first session on August 22, 2016 no worries! You can jump in at the beginning of any of the courses and work your way through them one by one. Just sign up for the next round of classes. To register, go to For more information, call our church office at 205-338-7711.