Master of Divinity (Church Planting)

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Church Planting Track in Master of Divinity at BTS

The Church Planting track within the Master of Divinity program at Birmingham Theological Seminary is specially designed for individuals with a passion for initiating and nurturing church growth. This comprehensive 102-credit hour program combines both practical and theological training, crucial for effective church planting and revitalization.

Core Curriculum and Theological Foundation

The core curriculum of this track includes:

  • M.Div. Core: In-depth classes in Biblical Theology, Systematic Theology, Historical Theology, and Pastoral Studies.
  • Biblical and Theological Studies: A firm foundation in scripture and Reformed, confessional theology.
  • Practical Ministry Skills: Training in preaching, worship leadership, and church administration.
Specialization in Church Planting and Growth

Specialized training involves:

  • Church Planting Strategies: Courses focusing on effective models for church startups, including fundraising and financial development.
  • Leadership and Administration: Developing skills in leadership, evangelism, discipleship, conflict resolution, and church administration.
  • Mentored Experience: A mandatory one-year mentorship with an experienced and successful church planter.
Career Opportunities and Outcomes

Graduates of this track are well-equipped for:

  • Church Planting: Initiating and leading new church congregations.
  • Pastoral Leadership: Guiding and nurturing congregations as a pastor.
  • Church Administration: Managing and developing church operations.

The Church Planting track is tailored to prepare students for dynamic roles in church leadership, empowering them to establish new congregations or rejuvenate existing ones with innovative approaches.

Interested in Taking a Course?

As part of a diverse community of learners, you will be taught courses by pastor/professors that are academically excellent, biblically faithful, and ministry-oriented, equipping you for a life of ministry and humble leadership in Christ.