The Master of Divinity International Church Planting track (MDiv-ICP track) is a specialized 85-hour degree track of the Master of Divinity offered by Southeastern primarily in partnership with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention (IMB). The MDiv-ICP track combines a campus-based curriculum with a term of field service where academics are applied in an international church planting context. The campus curriculum can be completed in two years of full-time study. Students may opt for a two-year or three-year assignment with the IMB, or another approved Great Commission Agency, to complete the field curriculum.
Selection into the International Church Planting program is contingent upon acceptance by Southeastern and the IMB, or another approved Great Commission Agency, and consideration is given to the number of applicants that may be deployed to the designated field site in a given year. Once accepted by Southeastern, students and their spouses enter the application process for service with the IMB, or another approved Great Commission agency. Those opting for a two-year term will apply for the IMB’s International Service Corps, and those anticipating future career service are encouraged to apply for the three-year Career Apprenticeship. More information on these requirements is available from the Lewis A. Drummond Center for Great Commission Studies on Southeastern’s campus.
Students complete campus-based course work while working through the IMB application process. Upon completion of the campus curriculum and IMB approval, students are deployed to their overseas assignment within the affinity group/s mutually designated by Southeastern and the IMB or other approved Great Commission partners. The sending agency provides the laboratory wherein students learn how to plant churches by actually serving as church planters. Southeastern professors travel to the field to teach modular courses, and students complete practicum courses under the supervision of experienced church planters, gifted nationals, and proficient language coordinators. MDiv-ICP track students earn their degree while acquiring language skills, developing cross-culturally effective lifestyles, and planting churches among the least-reached peoples of the world.