So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers to equip  the saints for the work of ministry, so that the body of Christ may be built up

Ephesians 4:11-12



What is the Ministry Training Center?


The Ministry Training Center is a training program for men and women who are pursuing a call to local-church ministry. Residents receive ministry experience, theological training, and personal mentorship all within the church setting. Also, MTC Residents are able to earn up to 36 credit hours toward eligible masters degrees at Southeastern Seminary.




The MTC exits to make disciples of Jesus Christ and to send them out to serve the Church. Thus, it is structured to develop Residents in the following areas:


Spiritual Formation


Spiritual Disciplines

Theological Understanding

Servant Leadership 


Hands-On Experience


Expository Teaching/Preaching

Evangelism and Discipleship

Gospel-Centered Ministry



The MTC follows an academic calendar (with Fall, Spring, and Summer terms) to coincide with Southeastern's EQUIP classes. The program runs August through July and Residents must reapply each year. Applications are due each June for the following cycle and accepted students are expected to stay for the complete duration of the program (August-July).





All Residents will become members of Fairview and are expected to participate in all aspects of church life. Residents will keep regular office hours on Wednesdays, but will also serve on Sunday mornings, Wednesday evenings, and at occasional events and leadership meetings. Residents may participate in the following activities each week:


  1. Discipleship groups with church members and other residents.

  2. Reading and round-table discussion of ministry-related texts with Fairview's pastors and staff.

  3. Theological and ministerial position papers on a variety of relevant topics.

  4. Weekly sermon planning with the pastors.

  5. Teaching and serving in a variety of ministry areas.

  6. Pastoral care visits and other pastoral duties such as weddings and funerals.


Residents will work 8-10 hours a week and will receive a modest stipend in order to help with seminary costs and travel expenses.





Q: Is the MTC for men only?

A: No, we desire to train up and send out both men and women to serve the Church in a variety of different capacities


Q: Does the MTC emphasize theological training or practical ministry experience?

A: Both! While some church internships lean havily toward either theory or praxis, our goal is for the MTC to be both intellectually rigorous and immensely practical. We believe that one's seminary training is not complete until it is applied in the local church.


Q: How does an MTC Resident pay for their SEBTS tuition?

A:  Students pay the standard tuition rate directly to SEBTS even though their practicums and interships are hosted by Fairview.


Q: Are MTC Residents placed in just one area of ministry?

A: No, we believe that Residents should serve in a variety of church ministries in order to be more experienced and well-rounded.


Q: How long can a Resident stay in the MTC?

A: Residents are accepted for one year (August-July) at a time and must reapply each year.


Q: Is housing provided for MTC Residents?

A: No, housing is not provided at this time.