As the global church continues to grow, there is a desperate need for trained church planters with skills in personal evangelism, leadership, and organizational theory. Churches still need to be planted in North America, and because of the changing demographics of communities, church planting has become a cross-cultural task. Therefore, Asbury Seminary is launching a new Master of Arts in Church Planting degree for fall 2013, and an Master of Divinity with a specialization in church planting.
The Master of Arts in Church Planting will train students in the theological, theoretical, and practical literatures of church planting. Students will receive practical experience in planting churches through experiential learning, and will learn the art of intercultural understanding and contextualization. Students who complete this course of study will be equipped to plant churches in various cultures to which God calls them.
MACP courses include Urban Church Planting and Global Culture, 21st Century Church Planting, Anthropology for Mission Practice, History of the Christian Mission, Mission and Biblical Theology, Sociology Perspective on Religion and Mission, Diaspora Mission/Transnational, Apostolic Leadership, and a Church Planting Practicum.
M.DIV Specialization courses include Urbanization and Church Planting, Anthropology for Mission Practice, Mission and Biblical Theology, Sociology Perspectives on Religion and Mission, and Apostolic Leadership.
Dr. Timothy, C. Tennent, President of Asbury Seminary, said:
“We see a dramatic need for major church plant initiatives across this country and indeed across the world. Even though we are seeing the dramatic growth of Christianity globally, across North America and Europe we are actually losing 4300 on average per day. North America is now an emerging mission field. Students who used to prepare for more stable communities and churches are now facing a situation where they are in a community which is largely ignorant of the Gospel. This means that people who are going into ministry must be prepared for church planting initiatives.
Whether a student wants to major in church planting, or just wants to have a few courses in it, Asbury Seminary’s new degree programs can help redeploy a whole new generation of church planters. Church Planting will help to renew denominations that are struggling or in decline. We see this as a great initiative, Asbury Seminary is excited about it, we’re hiring CP experts, we’re connecting with people that are in the field to come help train our students, and the students will be able to go out into the field themselves and see real life experience in church planting as part of the mentored ministry. This is going to create a really exciting new opportunity for our students who want to address themselves to the 21st century challenges.”
Admissions Requirements: Students must have an accredited baccalaureate degree and official transcripts of all postsecondary schools where the degree was granted, and must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75-4.00. A nonrefundable $50 (US) application fee for processing and background check and four references should accompany the student’s application. For students whose native language is other than English, a TOEFL score of 550 paper-based or 79 internet-based, or 7.0 IELT score is required. Additional materials and/or an interview with a seminary representative may also be requested by the Admissions Committee.
Church Planting Scholarship
The Church Planting partnership program is a 100% tuition scholarship provided to eligible U.S. students studying in the MAIS, MACP, and M Div degree (Church Planting Specialization) on the Kentucky campus beginning with the Fall 2013 academic year. Students who are answering the call to plant churches either stateside or overseas will have the opportunity to build the network necessary for long term sustained success in the field by inviting friends and family, as well as a partnering church, to support their education through this unique program.
To find out more about this program and to determine eligibility, contact email@example.com or call Holly Hughes at 859-858-2325.