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.
- 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.
"I learned that God wants to receive all worship from people of all nations and that we are called to partner with Him."
- John Kim, Master of Divinity in International Church Planting
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.
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.
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.
|COURSE TITLE||COURSE NUMBER||HOURS|
|Biblical Hermeneutics||BIBST 3203||3|
|Old Testament I||OLDTS 3313||3|
|Old Testament II||OLDTS 3323||3|
|New Testament I||NEWTS 3313||3|
|New Testament II||NEWTS 3323||3|
|Biblical Greek I and II or||GREEK 3313 and 3323||6|
|Biblical Hebrew I and II||HEBRW 4313 and 4323|
1. Female students take WOMST 4043 Introduction to Expository Teaching.
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