Online Church Planting Degree
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Pursue Your Passion for God and People with a Master of Arts in Church Planting

Does the idea of planning and carrying out the planting of a church excite you? Do you have a passion for serving other people and spreading the Gospel? Perhaps you have seen the power of ministry firsthand and want to impact others. If that sounds like you, then a Master of Arts (MA) in Church Planting from Liberty University may be for you.

The need for godly ministers to engage in the work of planting churches is crucial. At Liberty, you can gain valuable insight into the nuances of how to start a church while being immersed in a community that is dedicated to the spread of the Gospel and the fulfillment of the Great Commission. Whether you have been in the ministry field for years or are just getting started, an MA in Church Planting degree from Liberty can help provide the training you need to take the next step in your career.


Your seminary degree is approved by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and has met rigorous accreditation standards. You can feel confident that your degree is both academically excellent and well-respected among churches, ministries, and nonprofit organizations.

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At Liberty, you’ll find an affordable, high-quality education that equips students like you for the real world. Our commitment to excellence helped us rank among’s Top 3 college campuses in America. Earning your degree from a nonprofit university with state-of-the-art resources like ours can help set you apart from your peers.

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Why Choose Liberty’s Master’s Degree in Church Planting?

As a School of Divinity student, your classes will primarily take place in our Freedom Tower. Standing 275 feet tall, the Freedom Tower is home to the world’s largest school for religious studies and ministerial training. Our professors care about your success and are excited to partner with you as you pursue your master’s degree in church planting.

In addition, Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), so you can be confident that you are receiving a top-notch education.

At Liberty, you will have the opportunity to enrich your faith through Campus Community worship services, Convocation (the world’s largest gathering of Christian students), and much more. With the opportunity to hear from more than 80 nationally known speakers ranging from Francis Chan to David Jeremiah and others each year, you can rest assured that there are plenty of opportunities to grow in your faith – both on campus and within local churches.

What Will You Learn in Our Church Planting Master’s Degree?

Throughout your church planting degree, you will take a variety of courses that cover topics like small group ministries, contemporary evangelism, the Old and New Testaments, and theology. In addition, you will complete an internship so that you can apply what you have learned in the classroom to practical challenges in surrounding communities.

In courses like contemporary evangelism, you will study topics such as biblical perspectives of evangelism, evangelism in today’s world, and the heart of servant leadership. In addition, you will take courses that dive into sermon preparation. With training like this, you can prepare to pastor the church that you plant or train those who will be leading the church. Through your theology and research courses, you will combine research (the essence of scholarship) with theology (the study of God).

View the Degree Completion Plan and check out our featured courses below for more information!

Featured Courses

EVAN 525 – Contemporary Evangelism

HOMI 500 – Preparation of the Sermon

RTCH 500 – Research, Writing, and Ministry Preparation

THEO 610 – Biblical Theology

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Highlights of Our Master of Arts in Church Planting Degree

  • Our Scriptorium houses the Rawlings Foundation’s rare books collection valued at over $1 million, a 111-foot-long Torah scroll that dates back to the 16th century, and a functioning replica of the Gutenberg Printing Press.
  • Local church ministry training is embedded within our programs.
  • We provide experiential learning opportunities through church and parachurch ministries.
  • We have a state-of-the-art homiletics/teaching lab in our School of Divinity building.
  • Network with other ministry professionals while pursuing your MA in Church Planting.

    Master’s Degree In Church Planting Degree Information

    Career Opportunities for MA in Church Planting Graduates

    • Associate pastor
    • Church planter
    • Church planting network staff
    • Denominational leader
    • Lead pastor
    • Missionary
    • Professor 

    Admission Requirements for Our Master of Arts in Church Planting

    Every application is reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and all applicants must submit the following documents and meet the minimum requirements for admission:

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