Wilmore, Ky. (PRWEB) January 29, 2013
Asbury Theological Seminary announced a new Master of Arts in Church Planting (MACP) and a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) with a specialization in church planting for fall 2013. The new degree program and specialized M. Div. track are key components of Asbury Seminary’s 2023 Strategic Plan announced last spring.
The MACP, a 60-hour degree program, will train students in the theological, theoretical, and practical literatures of church planting. Students will receive practical experience in planting churches through experiential learning against a backdrop 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.
Dr. Timothy C. Tennent, President of Asbury Seminary, said, “Developing a Master of Arts in Church Planting and a specialized church planting M.Div. track is a natural next step for Asbury Seminary. We have spent decades forming men and women for Christian ministry. But ministry in North America doesn’t look like it did 10 or 20 years ago. Students are likely to enter a community that is largely ignorant of the Gospel and will have to be equipped to lead church planting initiatives. North America is an emerging mission field, and Asbury Seminary is called to meet the emerging need with Spirit-filled and theologically trained leaders.”
Asbury Seminary also announced The Church Planting Partnership Program, a full tuition scholarship for eligible students studying in the Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies (MAIS), Master of Arts in Church Planting (MACP), and the Master of Divinity – Church Planting Specialization on the Kentucky campus beginning in fall 2013. This innovative program gives students answering the call to plant churches either in North America or overseas the opportunity to build the network necessary for sustainable success in the field by inviting others, including a partnering church, to support their education through The Church Planting Program.
Tennent said, “These programs are especially designed for men and women who want to address themselves to 21st century challenges. Robust and relevant theological education, reduced student loan debt, and a strong network of financial and spiritual supporters combine to place powerful church planters in the field at a time when it is needed most. ”
About Asbury Theological Seminary:
With multiple campuses, Asbury Theological Seminary is an interdenominational graduate school of theology committed to teaching the unchanging truth of historic Wesleyan Christianity through the most dynamic means available. Asbury Seminary offers a variety of degrees, including the master of arts, master of divinity, master of theology, doctor of ministry and doctor of philosophy in intercultural studies, biblical studies. Total current enrollment nears 1,600 students, representing 91 denominations and 44 countries. For more information, please visit asburyseminary.edu.