Master of Arts in Church Planting

Degree Overview

Vocational Calling

To serve as a church planter in a North American ministry setting. The concentration is designed for implementation in cooperation with the North American Mission Board.

Program Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate their ability to engage in critical and constructive theological and contemporary reflections regarding church planting.

  2. Students will demonstrate improved skills in evangelism, disciple making, leadership, contextualization and missionary practices.

  3. Students will demonstrate their understanding of the biblical, theological, and historical precedents of church planting.

  4. Students will grow spiritually through their studies, relational experiences, and practitioner interaction in the program.

For further information, please contact:

  • Dr. Greg Mathias (Program Supervisor)

  • Dr. George Ross (Program Coordinator/Advisor)

Program Requirements

Master of Arts Core (27 hours)

Biblical Studies (12 hours)

course

hours

Interpreting the Old Testament 1

3

Interpreting the Old Testament 2

3

Interpreting the New Testament 1

3

Interpreting the New Testament 2

3

Theological/Historical Studies (9 hours)

course

hours

Systematic Theology 1

3

Systematic Theology 2 

3

Baptist Heritage

3

Applied Ministry Studies (6 hours)
*One course from the Applied Ministry Studies section must be taken in a mentoring format

course

hours

Evangelism (M)

OR

Christian Missions (M)

3

Discipleship and Spiritual Formation (M)

3

Church Planting Component (12 hours)

Church Planting Core (6 hours)

course

hours

Church Revitalization (M)

3

Principles of Church Planting

3

Church Planting Electives (6 hours)

course

hours

Choose 6 hours from the following:

SEND Network Special Event Course

3

Urban Church Planting

3

Gospel in the City: Principles of Contextualization

3

Church Planting Leadership in a Post Christian Context

3

Free Electives (6 hours)

course

hours

These electives may be taken in Church Planting or in other disciplines.

6

Total Required: 45 hours

(M) Indicates course is available in a mentoring format, as well as other formats.

*One course from the Applied Ministry Studies section must be taken in a mentoring format.