The Institute for Nouthetic Studies

After Dr. Adams retired from the pastorate he began holding regular classes in biblical counseling in the upstate of South Carolina. When word got out that he was teaching again, requests poured in for video and audio recordings of those lectures. In response Dr. Adams, along with Donn Arms, decided to assemble a structured curriculum to meet the demand for Dr. Adams’ teaching.


The first lectures were recordings of Jay teaching a live class and were distributed by shipping huge boxes of VHS tapes to students. Later Dr. Adams taped his lectures in a closed setting to give students watching by video a better experience. We also replaced the bulky VHS tapes with DVDs.


About five years ago we were able to move our curriculum to an online platform and students are now able to study online from anywhere in the world. Today we have over a thousand students who have studied with us from every continent around the world.


For complete information about the Institute navigate to our website where you can get complete information about our curriculum and how you can study with the founder of the modern biblical counseling movement.

Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary

Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary has been training men for the gospel ministry since 1972. It was established to stand as a faithful, conservative alternative to the Southern Baptist Seminaries which, at that time, had been overrun by liberalism.


Several years ago, MABTS came to understand the need to strengthen their curriculum in the area of biblical counseling with a commitment to the sufficiency and usefulness of the Scriptures. That commitment led them to Jay Adams and Donn Arms at the Institute for Nouthetic Studies and a warm relationship quickly developed between the two institutions.


After several years of working together it became apparent that each would be strengthened in their mission by joining forces, so in 2015 MABTS and INS formally merged making INS one of the five “campuses” or ministries of MABTS. For more information about each ministry click on the links below.