Strengthening Ministries Training Institute (SMTI) was established in 2010 and exists to promote excellence in Biblical Counselling in the local church in South Africa by training and equipping pastors and other Christians in the theologically accurate and practical use of Scripture in understanding and solving the problems of people, and thus promoting growth in and usefulness for Christ in the Church and the world.
SMTI provides the option of completing the biblical counselling programme though an auditing track or an accredited track;
- Auditing Track: this track presents the opportunity to attend the biblical counselling programme, without requiring the completion of assignments and exams.
- Accredited Track: this track requires you to attend all modules over the two years, class participation, completion of all tests and assignments.For entering the accredited track, applicants must have a BA/Honours in any field of study. Preference is given to applicants for the accredited track.
Prerequisite for the Accredited Track.
SMTI seeks to achieve a high standard of academic excellence and satisfy the requirements of a master’s degree. The students enrolled in the accredited track are required to complete a thesis. Therefore, SMTI will be presenting a Research Module with training on how to organise and present the content of course assignments and research writing in the thesis, prior to beginning the first module of the programme.
Attendance and completion of this Research Module are a prerequisite for all individuals seeking enrolment in the accredited track of the Biblical Counselling Programme, unless they have completed a research module or the equivalent previously. Students enrolled in the auditing track do not need to complete this module to be considered for the programme as their assignments and thesis will not be submitted for grading.
Accreditation of SMTI
SMTI has submitted an application for obtaining accreditation from the Department of Higher Education, the Council on Higher Education and Training, and the South African Qualifications Framework. This will present the opportunity for students who complete the programme at SMTI, to obtain a Master’s Degree in Biblical Counselling in South Africa.
The programme presented at SMTI is recognised by various universities in the United States. Credits obtained through the programme can be transferred to the following universities for completing a Masters degree in Biblical Counselling:
- The Masters University
- Faith Bible Seminary of Lafayette
- The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
- Crossroads Bible College
- Introduction to Biblical Counselling—February 4-8
- Methods of Biblical Change—April 1-5
- Theological Basis for Biblical Counselling—October 7-11
- Christian Life Issues—November 4-8
- Marriage and Family Counselling—TBD
- Marriage and Family Topics—TBD
- Counselling Issues and Procedures—TBD
- Observation and Practicum—TBD