Church Planting M.Div. Specialization

Degree Overview

Vocational Calling

To serve as a church planter in an international or a North American ministry setting. The International Concentration is designed for implementation in cooperation with the International Mission Board, while the North American Concentration is designed for implementation in cooperation with the North American Mission Board.

For further information, please contact:

  • Dr. Preston Nix (Curriculum Coordinator)

  • Dr. Philip Pinckard (Specialization Advisor)

Program Requirements

Basic Ministerial Competency Component (61-62 hours)

Biblical Exposition Competency (17 hours)

course

hours

Encountering the Biblical World

2

Exploring the Old Testament 

3

Exploring the New Testament 

3

Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics 

3

Old Testament Exegesis (English) 

3

New Testament Exegesis (English) 

3

*Students who have the biblical language skills needed may substitute Hebrew or Greek exegesis courses, including Intermediate Greek or Hebrew.

Christian Theological Heritage Competency (15-16 hours)

course

hours

Christian Apologetics
OR
Philosophy of Religion
OR
World Religions

2
OR
3

Systematic Theology 1

3

Systematic Theology 2

3

History of Christianity: Early-Medieval

3

History of Christianity: Reformation-Modern

2

Baptist Heritage

2

NOBTS, SBC, and Cooperative Program

*

Disciple Making Competency (9 hours)

course

hours

Supervised Ministry 1: Personal Evangelism Practicum (M)

2

Church Missions (M)

3

Christian Evangelism (M)

2

Discipleship Strategies (M

2

Interpersonal Skills Competency (2 hours)

course

hours

Interpersonal Relationship Skills

2

Servant Leadership Competency (6 hours)

course

hours

Pastoral Ministry
OR
Christian 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
OR
Teaching Practicum (M)

2

Church Planting Component (26-28 hours)

North American Concentration (26 hours)

Church Planting (12 hours)

course

hours

Ministry to Refugees, Immigrants, and Internationals 

3

Church Revitalization
OR
Strategic Church Planting for Multiplication

2

Principles of Church Planting

2

Spiritual Warfare in the Local Church 

3

Urban Church Planting 2 hours

2

Church Planting Practicum (11 hours)

course

hours

Internship I - Church Planting 

3

Internship II - Church Planting 

3

Ethnography and Church Planting

2

Ministry Integration Project 

3

Free Electives (3 hours)

International Concentration (28 hours)

Eight hours will be taken on campus in a combination from the following areas. The remaining 20 hours will be taken on the field overseas.

Missions (4 hours)

course

hours

Contemporary Mission Methods and Movements

2/3

Life and Work of the Missionary
(Both of these are required as on-campus courses)

2/3

Free Electives (4 hours)

On the Field Overseas Courses** (20 hours)
See description of the course schedules for either the 2-year or 3-year plan below.

Total Required: 87-90 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.

**In order to complete the 20 hours of overseas courses, a student must be approved by the International Mission Board of the SBC to serve as an ISC missionary or missionary apprentice.

On the Field Overseas Suggested Course Schedule
(Two-Year ISC Assignment) (20 hours)

Year 1:
Semester 1 (6 hours)

course

hours

International Church Planting Practicum

2

Field Language Acquisition

1

Transcultural Communication of the Gospel
OR
appropriate field-based course

3

Semester 2 (6 hours)

course

hours

International Church Planting Practicum

2

Field Language Acquisition

1

World Religions Practicum 

3

Year 2:
Semester 1 (4 hours)

course

hours

International Church Planting Practicum

2

Clinical Field Project in Evangelism

2

Semester 2 (4 hours)

course

hours

International Church Planting Practicum

2

Discipleship Practicum

2

Options for Year 2:
Guided Reading Elective (or appropriate field-based course)

On the Field Overseas Suggested Course Schedule
(Three-Year Apprentice Assignment) (20 hours)

Year 1:
Semester 1 (1 hour)

course

hours

Field Language Acquisition

1

Semester 2 (1 hour)

course

hours

Field Language Acquisition

1

Year 2:
Semester 1 (5 hours)

course

hours

International Church Planting Practicum

2

Transcultural Communication of the Gospel

3

Semester 2 (5 hours)

course

hours

International Church Planting Practicum

2

World Religions Practicum

3

Year 3:
Semester 1 (4 hours)

course

hours

International Church Planting Practicum

2

Clinical Field Project in Evangelism

2

Semester 2 (4 hours)

course

hours

International Church Planting Practicum

2

Discipleship Practicum

2

Options for Years 2 and 3:
Guided Reading Elective (or appropriate field-based course)

Entrance Requirements

  1. Those interested in this degree should be planning to work through the North American Mission Board (NAMB) or International Mission Board (IMB)of the Southern Baptist Convention. The entrance requirements are the same as those established for enrollment in the basic Master of Divinity degree at NOBTS. Any person enrolled in the degree plan who is unable to pursue working with the NAMB or the IMB should plan on completing another degree plan since a number of courses are field based while engaged in church planting.

  2. Those seeking to serve in a church plant in North America should contact the NAMB for assessment related to potential suitability for church planting. Those seeking to serve with the IMB should contact that agency to determine suitability as a potential international missionary and church planter. Enrollment in the degree plan and appointment by the IMB are separate issues.

Additional Information

Those interested in the degree plan may contact the Registrar’s Office of NOBTS or the office of Dr. Philip Pinckard. Phone: 504.282.4455, Extension 3224. E-mail address: ppinckard@nobts.edu.