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Academic Catalog - Fall 2015 
Academic Catalog - Fall 2015 [ARCHIVED]

North American Church Planting Track, M.Div.

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The North American Church Planting (M.Div. N.A.C.P.) track is a specialized 90 hour degree program offered by Southeastern in partnership with the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention (NAMB). The M.Div. N.A.C.P. combines a campus based curriculum with field based experiences where academics are applied in a North American church planting context. Students have the option of completing all of their academic requirements on campus OR completing their degree with a combination of on campus and field based options. This degree is designed to support all students interested in church planting, including those who are placed in the NAMB SEND NA Farm System.

Curriculum Design

The N.A.C.P. degree must be completed with an overall GPA of 2.0 or better. It is designed to combine learning in the classroom setting along with supervised field internships and at least one mission trip experience in a North American church plant location. North America provides the laboratory wherein students can experience church planting while receiving academic instruction and on-site mentoring from experienced church planters.

The North American Mission Board (NAMB) contributes financial support and benefits for each individual or student family which they approve for field placement. Additional funding may be provided through the Baptist state conventions, local associations, and sponsoring churches.

Students who successfully complete the M.Div. with North American Church Planting degree are equipped to become effective church planters who make a kingdom impact. Students will be encouraged to plant their lives among people in some of the least reached places in North America.

Master of Divinity with North American Church Planting students must complete the 60 hours of the M.Div. core and 30 hours of specialized track requirements for a total of 90 hours with an overall GPA of 2.0 or better. The campus curriculum can be completed in two years of full-time study. Field-based curriculum can be completed in one or two years while serving on the field.

Degree Requirements

In addition to the M.Div. Core , students specializing in North American Church Planting must complete the following courses:

Track Core - 15 Hours

Students are encouraged to leave at least 2 of their 3 SFM/Practicum courses that are Pass/Fail for locating or relocating to their church planting context. Also, it is suggested that students leave a couple of survey or theology courses (or whatever courses would be conducive) to take online during the first year in the church planting context. That way, students could complete their last 12 hours on the field. This is not required but it “creates” a 1+ option that could also tie into the NAMB Farm System.

Total Hours - 90

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