Master of Divinity with a Concentration in International Church Planting (2+2/2+3)

Roy J. Fish School of Evangelism and Missions

Master of Divinity with a Concentration in International Church Planting

Theological foundations with a focus on church planting

This degree allows students to complete their course of study while serving in international settings.

Degree Highlights

  • 83 hours
  • Complete your degree on the mission field
  • Meets International Mission Board requirements

The Master of Divinity with a concentration in International Church Planting provides a solid foundation of classical studies and an international missions focus on church planting. This concentration equips students to start and develop churches abroad. The uniqueness of this degree allows students to complete their course of study while serving in international settings. The church planting experience primarily occurs under the direction of the Southern Baptist Convention International Mission Board’s 2 to 3 year appointment programs.


Student Testimony

Entrance Requirements

The student must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. One year of Biblical Greek or Biblical Hebrew is required for completion of the program.

Successful completion of the degree presupposes successful appointment by the International Mission Board to do the field portion of the degree, unless given special permission by the Dean to go with another organization.

Educational Method

This concentration combines a strong theoretical emphasis with practical field-based learning. After completing basic Master of Divinity courses on campus, students complete the field-based portion of the degree, while serving on a two or three-year international field assignment abroad under the supervision of a veteran missionary or church planter.

Church Planting Experience

Students must meet the requirements for missionary appointment and be appointed by the IMB. The appointment must involve two years of service. The placement in most cases must include: (1) involvement with starting new congregations and/or developing a strategy for a people group, and (2) a carefully monitored supervisory relationship with a veteran church planter or missionary. Students should apply for appointment at least one year before the proposed beginning date of missionary service and should carefully plan the sequence of courses in order to coordinate with the proposed beginning date of missionary service.

Field Courses

During the student’s field assignment, he or she will have the option of taking two modular courses taught on a rotating basis at an international location.

The two field based modular courses are Animistic Folk Religions and Applied Anthropology for Church Planting. The Remaining 12 hours will include FPO, Language Acquisition, Missions Mentorship, and an online section of Cross-Cultural Ethics. If the Dean approves the student to go with another missions sending organization, the FPO course may be subbed with another appropriate course at the Dean’s discretion.

Degree Requirements

Biblical HermeneuticsBIBST 32033
Old Testament IOLDTS 33133
Old Testament IIOLDTS 33233
New Testament INEWTS 33133
New Testament IINEWTS 33233
Biblical Greek I and II orGREEK 3313 and 33236
Biblical Hebrew I and IIHEBRW 4313 and 4323 

Total Hours

1. Female students take WOMST 4043 Introduction to Expository Teaching.

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