MA in Church Planting

Church Planting

The Master of Arts in Church Planting is a specialized degree track offered by SEBTS in partnership with denominational missions sending agencies. It is designed to prepare students for missionary service focusing on church planting. The degree combines on-campus and/or Distance Learning course options, as well as field-based ministry and practicum requirements.

Program at a glance

Total hours
This program includes 25 credit hours in the Master of Arts core and 12 hours of church planting requirements.

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Additional Admission Requirements

This degree can be earned completely online, along with the field ministry and practicum components. Students must be in an official interviewing and/or deployment relationship with either the North American Mission Board or the International Mission Board in order to participate in this degree. The curriculum requirements are coordinated with various aspects of the assessment and training processes of these denominational sending agencies.

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What are some courses I will take?

Below is a sample of the required courses. To see a complete list, view the academic catalog.

  • PMN 6500 - Pastoral Ministry and Leadership 
  • MIS 6550 - Developing a Church Planting Methodology 
  • MIS 7561 - Practicum in North American Church Planting I 
  • MIS 6901 - Missions Practicum 
  • PMN 7900 - Mentored Internship 
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What can I do with this degree?

  • Become a missionary with the IMB, NAMB or other missions entity
  • Plant churches in all contexts – both domestic and continental
  • Equip a local body of believers to be missions-minded
  • Lead missions teams in a variety of church and denominational settings

Learn from over 60 professors who know what it's like to be in ministry. Our world-class faculty will teach you how to think critically about the Bible so you can minister faithfully throughout the world.

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