Master of Divinity with a Concentration in North American Church Planting


The Southwestern M.Div. degree concentration in North American church planting provides a solid foundation of classical studies and specific training in church planting. The degree equips students to start and develop effective churches in the many contexts of North America. The church planting experience occurs under the auspices of a partnership between the North American Mission Board, Baptist state conventions, Associations, and churches cooperating with the Southern Baptist Convention.

Degree Program Goals

Students who complete the Master of Divinity degree will:

  1. Have a solid foundation of knowledge in the classical biblical/theological disciplines for the effective practice of ministry, especially in local churches.
  2. Value and acquire ministry skills in the areas of evangelism, discipleship, missions, and pastoral ministry.
  3. Interpret accurately and communicate effectively the Word of God through preaching, teaching, and writing.
  4. Think and behave Christianly and practice both personal and corporate spiritual disciplines.

Entrance Requirements

Students must fulfill the requirements for admission into the Southwestern M.Div. degree program and obtain approval from the designated faculty advisor to be officially admitted into the North American Church Planting concentration.

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.

Educational Method

This concentration combines a strong theoretical emphasis with practical, field-based learning.

Church Planting Experience

Students must be approved by the Professor of Baptist Church Planting for a supervised ministry experience. The placement must include: (1) direct involvement with starting a new congregation, 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.

Course Title Course Number Hours

Biblical Studies

Biblical Hermeneutics BIBST 3203 3
Old Testament I OLDTS 3313 3
Old Testament II OLDTS 3323 3
Biblical Hebrew I HEBRW 4313 3
Biblical Hebrew II HEBRW 4323 3
New Testament I NEWTS 3313 3
New Testament II NEWTS 3323 3
Biblical Greek I GREEK 3313 ***
Biblical Greek II GREEK 3323 ***
Syntax Elective HEBRW 5003 or GREEK 4313 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

Ethics and Philosophical Studies

Christian Ethics (three options): The Christian Home or Basic Christian Ethics or The Bible and Moral Issues ETHIC 4303, 4313, 4323 3
Philosophy of Religion (three options): Philosophy of Religion or History of Philosophy for Theology or Christain Apologetics PHILO 4313, 4323, or 4373 3

Evangelism and Missions Studies

Contemporary Evangelism EVANG 3303 3
Introduction to Missiology MISSN 3363 3

Preaching and Pastoral Studies

Foundations for Christian Ministry or Ministry to Women1 PASMN 3313 or WOMST 40031 3
Introduction to Expository Preaching or Introduction to Expository Teaching 1 PRCHG 3313 or WOMST 40431 3
Advanced Expository Preaching or Free Elective1 PRCHG 3323 or Free Elective1 3

Additional Requirements

Church and Family Ministries Elective  Any Church and Famile Minsitries Course 3
Spiritual Formation I SPFEV 3101 1
Spiritual Formation II SPFEV 3111 1
Applied Ministry - Disciple Making APLEV 4041 1
Applied Ministry - Mentoring APLEV 4031 1

North American Church Planting Concentration

 Introduction to North American Church Planting MISSN 4493 3
Church Planting in the Urban Contexts MISSN 5453 3
Fish School Elective MISSN, EVANG, ISLST 6

Total Hours

Total Degree Hours   82
***   6
Total Degree Hours with Prerequisites  Total



1Female students enrolled in the MDiv complete these courses instead of the courses required for male students.


Additional Information

Students interested in more information regarding the program should contact the Professor of Baptist Church Planting at 817-923-1921 extension 6420.  Students may also contact the Office of the Registrar at 817-923-1921 extension 2000 or in Fleming 104.