the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

International Church Planting (“2+” and “Reverse 2+”) Program

This program involves approximately two years of study on campus (65 hours) and two or three years of church planting in an international missions setting.

The BGS and the International Mission Board cooperate together to guide students through the appointment process to become IMB missionaries and fulfill the final 23 hours of coursework while serving on the international mission field.

Vocational Objectives

  • Church planting
  • Ethnic ministry
  • International missions
  • Pastorate
  • Evangelism
Master of Divinity with a Concentration in International Church Planting (“2+ Program”)
 On-Campus Hours Required before Deployment  68
International Church Planting
Concentration (20 hours)1
33410 Language Learning for Missionaries 3
33420 Cultural Acquisition for Missionaries 3
44945 Applied Ministry: BGS 2+2/3 Int’l2 2
Directed electives 12
BGS M.Div. Core 68
Total Master of Divinity with a concentration in International Church Planting Requirements 88

1These courses will be completed in various formats while under appointment by a missions agency and serving on the international mission field.
2 44945 Applied Ministry fulfills the core requirement for 44930 Applied Ministry.

*Master of Divinity With a Concentration in International Church Planting (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 director of the 2+2/3 Program 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 2+2/3 Church Planting Manual

Additional Information

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