MDiv in International Church Planting

International Church Planting

The Master of Divinity in International Church Planting is a specialized, 85-hour degree offered by Southeastern primarily in partnership with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention (IMB). This track combines a campus-based curriculum with a term of field service where academics are applied in an international church planting context.

The campus curriculum can be completed in two years of full-time study. Students may opt for a two-year or three-year assignment with the IMB or another approved Great Commission agency to complete the field curriculum.

Selection into the International Church Planting program is contingent upon acceptance by Southeastern and the IMB, or another approved Great Commission Agency. Consideration is given to the number of applicants that may be deployed to the designated field site in a given year. Once accepted by Southeastern, students and their spouses enter the application process for service with the IMB, or another approved Great Commission Agency. Those opting for a two-year term will apply for the IMB’s International Service Corps, and those anticipating future career service are encouraged to apply for the three-year career apprenticeship. More information on these requirements is available from the Center for Great Commission Studies at Southeastern.
Students complete a modified, 61-hour M.Div. core and 9 hours of international church planting courses to satisfy the campus requirements. 15 hours modular and practicum courses taken while on assignment with the IMB or other Great Commision agency are also required to complete the 85-hour degree.

Program at a glance

Total hours
This program includes 64 credit hours in a modified Master of Divinity core, 6 hours in the international church planting and 15 hours of field and practicum courses.

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What courses will I take?

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

  • MIS 6590 - International Church Planting 
  • MIS 6570 - Global and Cultural Studies 
  • MIS 6520 - Anthropology for Cross-cultural Understanding 
  • MIS 7510 - Cross-Cultural Communication
  • MIS 6970 - Current Topics in International Missions
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What can I do with this degree?

  • Become a missionary with IMB or other global missions entity
  • Plant churches in all contexts – both domestic and abroad
  • Equip a local body of believers to be missions-minded
  • Lead missions teams as member of a non-profit in international settings

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