Master of Divinity with a Concentration in International Church Planting


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 occurs under the direction of the Southern Baptist Convention International Mission Board's Journeyman program, International Service Corps program, or Career Apprentice program. The first-hand ministry experience acquired in international contexts fulfills the requirements for missionary candidates with SBC mission boards.

Entrance Requirements

The student must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. One year of elementary Greek is pre-requisite for the degree, but can be completed concurrently with other degree requirements.

Successful completion of the degree presupposes successful appointment by the International Mission Board to do the field portion of the degree.

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 a minimum of one year of service. The placement in most cases must include: (1) direct involvement with starting new congregations, developing a strategy for a people group, or promoting a church planting movement of multiple congregations, and (2) a carefully monitored supervisory relationship with a veteran church planter or missionary. Students should apply for appointment at least two years 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 under the auspices of the International Mission Board of the SBC, they are required to take two modular courses taught on a rotating basis in either Chiang Mai, Thailand or Prague, Czech Republic. The two field-based modular classes emphasize the cross-cultural applications of ethical decision making and nurturing the home in cross-cultural settings.

The other 18 hours of field courses are completed in the church planting setting through either online or mentoring methods.

"Jump Start 2+2/3"

This option allows graduating students from Scarborough College or other approved institutions to “Jump Start” into the M.Div. International Church Planting program at the beginning of their two to three year appointment with the International Mission Board. These students will complete the field-based portion of the degree before the campus-based portion. At the end of the two to three years on the field, students will transition to the Southwestern campus to finalize their M.Div. requirements.  Click here for more information on the "Jump Start 2+2/3".  Please contact the Dean of the Fish School of Evangelism and Missions for further information regarding the pre-requisites for "Jump Start" at (817)-923-1921 extension 6400.


Course Title Course Number Hours

Biblical Studies

Biblical Hermeneutics BIBST 3203 3
Old Testament I OLDTS 3053 3
Old Testament II OLDTS 3063 3
Old Testament III OLDTS 3073 3
New Testament I NEWTS 3053 3
New Testament II NEWTS 3063 3
New Testament III NEWTS 3073 3
Biblical Greek I GREEK 3313 (3)
Biblical Greek II GREEK 3323 (3)
Translation and Interpretation GREEK 4313 3
Biblical Hebrew I HEBRW 4313 3
Biblical Hebrew II HEBRW 4323 3

Theological Studies

Church History I CHAHT 3103 3
Church History II CHAHT 3113 3
Baptist Heritage BPTST 3203 3
Systematic Theology I SYSTH 3053 3
Systematic Theology II SYSTH 3063 3
Systematic Theology III SYSTH 3073 3

Evangelism and Missions Studies

Contemporary Evangelism1 EVANG 3303 3
Personal Evangelism Practicum2 EVANG 3000 0
Introduction to Missiology MISSN 3363 3
Missions Practicum2 MISSN 3100 0

Preaching and Pastoral Studies

Introduction to Expository Preaching3 PRCHG 3313 3
Spiritual Formation I SPFEV 3101 1
Spiritual Formation II SPFEV 3111 1

Missions Courses

World Religions: A Missionary Approach MISSN 4333 3
Globalization and Missions Strategies MISSN 3373 3
Cross-Cultural Witness to the Gospel and Ministry or MISSN 5373 or 3
Chronological Bible Storying MISSN 4633  

Courses to be taken on the Field

Modular Courses
Cross-Cultural Ethics MISSN 5393 3
The Missionary Home MISSN 5463 3
Online Field Courses
Animistic Folk Religions MISSN 3473 3
Anthropology for Church Planting MISSN 4653 3
Field-Based Mentorship & Language Courses
Mission Mentorship I MISSN 5643 3
Mission Mentorship II MISSN 5653 3
Field Language Acquisition I MISSN 3613 3
Field Language Acquisition II MISSN 3623 3
  Total 92

1Female students may take WOMST 4053 Contemporary Evangelism for Women.

2Students will be enrolled in these practicums automatically when registering for the parent course above them in the degree plan.

3Female students take WOMST 4043 Expository Communication of Biblical Truth.

Additional Resources

Students interested in more information regarding the program should contact the Fish School of Evangelism and Missions Dean's Office at 817-923-1921 extension 6400 or visit the World Mission Center.  Students may also contact the Office of the Registrar at 817-923-1921 extension 2000 or in Scarborough 104.

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