Master of Arts in Church Planting (M.A.)

Master of Arts in Church Planting (M.A.)


The Master of Arts in Church Planting program is designed to help students grow in knowledge, values, and skills in the area of church planting. Students will be equipped to serve either as church planters or as part of a church planting team. The program emphasizes the biblical and theological foundations of church planting as well as practical strategies for church planting in various contexts.

Program Learning Outcomes

The student will be able to:


  • Understand a healthy theological foundation for church planting.
  • Evaluate the calling and character of a church planter.
  • Analyze various church planting contexts, models, and methodologies based on current research, knowledge of the literature of the discipline, and experience in the field.
  • Apply church planting skills within a particular context through appropriate professional practice.

Program Specific Admission Requirements

In addition to the general admission procedures, applicants to the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry program must meet the following requirements:

  1. Earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent (in any field) from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACSCOC, TRACS, ABHE, etc.).
  2. Contact information for one Pastoral Recommendation
  3. Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale)
  4. School of Divinity Questionnaire/Personal Statement
  5. TOEFL Scores for students who speak English as a second language (score of 600 paper- based test; 250 computer-based test, 80 internet-based test).

Delivery Format: Residential and Online

  • Church Planter
  • Missionary
  • Pastor
  • Associate Pastor
  • Professor
  • Denominational Leadership
  • Church Planting Network Staff
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