Diploma in Missions, Evangelism, and Ministry

Master of Divinity in International Church Planting

This program (M.Div./ICP) involves approximately two years of study on campus and two or three years of church planting in an international missions setting.

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About the 2+ Program

This program (M.Div./ICP) involves approximately two years of study on campus and two or three years of church planting in an international missions setting.

The Billy Graham School and the International Mission Board cooperate together to guide students through the appointment process to become IMB missionaries and fulfill the remainder of coursework while serving on the international mission field. Students must apply to the IMB and Southern Seminary simultaneously.

Students interested in pursuing the M.Div./ICP should contact the BGS Department Chair for Evangelism and Missions as soon as possible after admission.

Reverse 2+ Program

This program is the reverse of the above program. Students spend two years doing church planting in an international missions setting, followed by two years of class work on campus. Specific coursework and timing are determined by the department chair for Evangelism and Missions in the Billy Graham School.

Students in this program must be fully accepted at Southern Seminary and must communicate with the director of the program prior to going to the field.

International Mission Board

The International Mission Board offers an overview of their admissions process.


Program Requirements

Concentration in International Church Planting

30960 Intercultural Communication or 3
33000 Cultural Anthropology
32310 Spiritual Warfare in Evangelism and Missions 3
32860 Biblical Basis of Christian Missions 3
Courses to be completed at IMB orientation and on the field.
33410 Language Learning for Missionaries1 3
33420 Cultural Acquisition for Missionaries1 3
33830 Intercultural Church Planting 3
Total International Church Planting Concentration Requirements 18

Master of Divinity Core

This core curriculum is required for the Master of Divinity degree in the Billy Graham School. It applies to all concentrations.

Remedial/Pre-requisite Courses (8)
20400 Elementary Hebrew2 (3)
22400 Elementary Greek2 (3)
31980 Written Communication (if required)3 (2)
Biblical and Theological Studies 42
20200 Introduction to the Old Testament I 3
20220 Introduction to the Old Testament II 3
20440 Hebrew Syntax and Exegesis or 3
22440 Greek Syntax and Exegesis
22100 Biblical Hermeneutics 3
22200 Introduction to the New Testament I 3
22220 Introduction to the New Testament II 3
25100 Introduction to Church History I 3
25120 Introduction to Church History II 3
26200 Southern Baptist Heritage and Mission 3
27060 Systematic Theology I 3
27070 Systematic Theology II 3
27080 Systematic Theology III 3
29250 Survey of Christian Ethics 3
40150 Personal Spiritual Disciplines 3
Missions, Evangelism and Ministry 27
28700 Christian Apologetics 3
30000 Christian Preaching or 3
45400 Christian Teaching4
30020 Preaching Practicum or 3
40200 The Worshiping Church4
32100 Personal Evangelism 3
32960 Introduction to Missiology 3
32980 World Religions and Christian Mission 3
34300 Introduction to Biblical Counseling 3
40080 Christian Leadership or 3
40301 Pastoral Ministry4
45260 Discipleship and Family Ministry 3
Applied Ministry 1
44920 Applied Ministry: BGS or 1
44930 Applied Ministry: Mission Trips/Partnership
Total Master of Divinity, International Church Planting Requirements 88

133410 should be taken during the concluding semester of formal language study and 33420 should be taken when first entering the new culture.

2Elementary Language courses may be counted as free elective courses for Billy Graham School students.

3See Written Communication Requirement here.

4Courses 30000, 30020, and 40301 are reserved for, but not required of, men.

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