Church Planting M.Div. Specialization

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.

For further information, please contact:

  • Dr. Adam Hughes (Program Supervisor)

  • Dr. George Ross (Program Coordinator/Advisor)

Program Requirements

Basic Ministerial Competency Component (66 hours)

Biblical Exposition Competency (21 hours)

course

hours

Exploring the Old Testament 

3

Exploring the New Testament 

3

Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics 

3

Introductory Hebrew Grammar

3

Intermediate Hebrew Grammar for Exegesis

3

Introductory Greek Grammar

3

Intermediate Greek Grammar for Exegesis

3

Christian Theological Heritage Competency (16 hours)

course

hours

Systematic Theology 1

3

Systematic Theology 2

3

History of Christianity: Early-Medieval

3

History of Christianity: Reformation-Modern

2

Baptist Heritage

2

Christian Apologetics
OR
Philosophy of Religion

3
OR
3

NOBTS, SBC, and Cooperative Program

*

Disciple Making Competency (7 hours)

course

hours

Supervised Ministry 1: Personal Evangelism Practicum (M)

2

Christian Missions (M)

3

Discipleship Strategies (M

2

Interpersonal Skills Competency (2 hours)

course

hours

Interpersonal Relationship Skills

2

Servant Leadership Competency (8 hours)

course

hours

Supervised Ministry 2: Ministry Practicum (M)

2

Pastoral Ministry

3

Church Leadership and Administration (M

3

Spiritual and Character Formation Competency (4 hours)

course

hours

Christian Ethics
OR
Biblical Ethics 

3

Introduction to Spiritual Formation (M)

1

Worship Leadership Competency (8 hours)

course

hours

Worship Leadership

3

Proclaiming the Bible**
OR
Teaching the Bible

3

Preaching Practicum (M)**
OR
Teaching Practicum (M)

2

Church Planting Competency Component (14 hours)

Church Planting Core (5 hours)

course

hours

Principles of Church Planting

3

Church Revitalization

2

Church Planting Electives (9 hours)

Chose 3 from the following:

course

hours

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)

Total Required: 86 hours

(M) Indicates course is also available in a mentoring format.

*All graduate students must take this course during orientation in their first semester; however, students will not receive a credit hour or be charged for the course.

**Students not called into a preaching ministry may choose to take Teaching the Bible instead of Proclaiming the Bible, and Teaching Practicum instead of Preaching Practicum.