NEW! Comprehensive Training for Future Church Planters
The Church Planting Track for the Master of Divinity (MDiv) provides specialized training in matters related to church planting, including periodic assessments and evaluations of students’ church planting gifts and skills, fundraising training, opportunities for mentored church planting apprenticeships, and more. A limited number of Church Planting Scholarships are available each year for qualified students.
Two Learning Pathways for Maximum Flexibility
The Church Planting Track is available either through on-campus residential study or through our new hybrid MDiv format, which uses a combination of online and on-campus intensive courses to complete the degree. Either way, the program offers comprehensive preparation for those called to the unique ministry of church planting.
On-Campus Study Option
- Potential church planters not currently engaged in ministry and able to relocate to St. Louis.
- St. Louis-area students seeking church-planting training while engaged in local ministry.
Takes advantage of the Seminary’s location in a region rich with churches (PCA and others), ministries, and other opportunities through which students can serve and grow in the midst of strong learning communities.
One-year Church Planting Externship/Residency can be completed through a local church in St. Louis or through one of our national partners.
Hybrid (Online/On-Campus) Study Option
- Anyone desiring MDiv-level church planting training but unable to relocate to St. Louis.
- Those seeking to integrate such training with their current involvement in church planting networks or initiatives wherever they are.
Designed to be completed in five years without relocating, but includes 11–13 visits to St. Louis and other cities for weekend/week-long intensive coursework and assessment seminars.
Offers opportunities to fulfill various track features and requirements through existing connections in church planting networks or initiatives, where applicable.
Cohort Groups — Students meet regularly in facilitated peer groups (on campus, online, or via existing networks) to process what they are learning, share experiences, pray for one another, and build strong support relationships for a lifetime of healthy ministry.
Externship/Residency Year—Qualifying students serve under the guidance of seasoned ministry leaders in contexts that provide valuable experience in local church ministry and church planting competencies, and help fulfill field education and denominational internship requirements (may vary depending on affiliation).
Comprehensive Assessments and Evaluations—Students engage in multiple points of assessment with skilled evaluators throughout the program to help determine giftedness, calling, and readiness for church planting.
Fundraising Training—Students learn from experienced practitioners the ins and outs of one of the most challenging and often neglected aspects of ministry training.