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.

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 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

Ethics and Philosophical Studies

Basic Christian Ethics or ETHIC 4313 or 3
The Bible & Moral Issues ETHIC 4323  
The Christian Home ETHIC 4303 3
Philosophy of Religion or PHILO 4313 or 3
 Christian Apologetics or PHILO 4373  
History of Philosophy PHILO 4323  

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

Foundations for Christian Ministry I3 PASMN 3313 3
Christian Ministry Practicum2 PASMN 3000 0
Ministries of the Local Church CFMIN 3001 1
Introduction to Expository Preaching4 PRCHG 3313 3
Advanced Expository Preaching5 PRCHG 3323 3
Preaching Practicum2 PRCHG 3000 0

Additional Requirements

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
Anthropology for Church Planting or MISSN 4653 or 3
Fish School Elective MISSN, EVANG, ISLST, or APLEV  
Fish School Elective MISSN, EVANG, ISLST, or APLEV 3
Church Planting Internship MISSN 5743 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 should substitute WOMST 4003 Women's Ministries in the Local Church.

4Female students take WOMST 4043 Expository Communication of Biblical Truth.

5Female students take a free elective in lieu of Advanced Expository Preaching.

Additional Information

Students interested in more information regarding the program should contact the Professor of Baptist Church Planting at 817-923-1921 extension 6430.  Students may also contact the Office of the Registrar at 817-923-1921 extension 2000 or in Scarborough 104.

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