About the Ministry Training Institute

The ERC Ministry Training Institute is a ministry of the Eastern Regional Conference of the Churches of God, General Conference.

It provides professional training to those in the ERC and cooperating denominations seeking credentials in ministry. This occurs in the Pastoral Track of the MTI.  It also provides training for pastors seeking to deepen their ministry and to gain continuing education credits acceptable to their parent denomination.

A second track, Ministry Enrichment, focuses on providing training and Christian education to lay persons seeking to deepen their understanding of the Bible, the ministry of the church, and skills for serving as lay leaders within congregations.

The MTI is governed by a Board of Directors, which is elected by the ERC Administrative Council and, ultimately, to the ERC Ad Council.

The MTI has a formal Director, Dr. Steve Dunn, who is responsible for the daily operations, admissions, academic affairs, course scheduling and development, faculty hiring and oversight, and student relations.

The ETC MTI is not accredited by theological associations and is not certified to grant formal academic degrees.  It does, however, attempt to provide Pastoral Track courses of Master’s Level Quality and Ministry Enrichment at a bachelor’s level of instruction.  All of our instructors are continuing to be engaged in Christian ministry, primarily in local churches.

Two tracks of study are offered by the MTI:

The Pastoral Track focuses on preparing persons for professional ministry, particularly in congregations. Students may take Pastoral Track courses either for credit or for audit. None of these courses are credited towards the completion of a Certificate of Completion unless the student is formally enrolled as a student in the Pastoral Track.

Enrollment in the Pastoral Track requires the completion of an application and payment of an enrollment fee of $15.  A student may enroll after taking courses upon completion of the application for enrollment.

The Ministry Enrichment Track focuses on raising the biblical understanding and ministry skills of lay persons involved in the church’s ministry.  Students may take these courses for credit or audit. A Certificate of Completion is offered in this track, as well. None of these courses are credited towards the completion of a Certificate of Completion unless the student is formally enrolled as a student in the Ministry Enrichment Track.

Continuing Education Credits.  Both tracks can be used by ministry professionals to earn continuing education credits to satisfy the expectations of their adjudicatory. Students must complete the audit requirements of a course to be awarded these units.