Church Planting Global Summit

Asbury Theological Seminary seeks to equip 1,000 new church planters by the year 2023. To accomplish that, Asbury Seminary offers a Master of Arts [Intercultural Studies] with specialization in Church Planting, hosted a Global Summit in Manchester, England, and has launched Church Planting Institutes (CPI) in Houston, Montreal, Memphis, Washington D.C., and Orlando.

Master of Arts [Intercultural Studies] with specialization in Church Planting

 The Master of Arts [Intercultural Studies] with specialization in Church Planting is now offered in a 48-hour format and can be completed in as few as three years. Two-thirds of the classes are available online and the remaining third can be completed with three, one-week, on-campus intensives, spread throughout the degree. Sixty-one students around the world are currently participating in this degree program.

The Church Planting specialization prioritizes contextual learning, academic excellence, and networking within your cohort and around the world.

We are actively recruiting students for the next cohort of students beginning fall 2018. If you have interest, please contact Virgina McNutt at

Global Summit

In the summer of 2017, 60 leaders from 21 countries gathered at Nazarene Theological College in Manchester, England, to collaborate and experience the global voices of church planting.

“The Global Summit offered a fantastic opportunity to learn collaboratively with global leaders in church planting,” Dr. Gregg Okesson, Dean, E. Stanley Jones School of World Mission and Evangelism, said. “The case study approach facilitated the cross-fertilization of learning. The Summit, likewise, led to new friendships around the world. For me, the Summit has been one of the highlights of my time at Asbury.” 

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Church Planting Institute

The Church Planting Institute (CPI) offers a Certificate in Church Multiplication that can be completed in one to two years without leaving your ministry context. As part of CPI, more than 300 leaders have experienced dynamic training in the areas of multiplying disciples, leaders, ministries and contextualized churches.

This certificate consists of six modules, offered in one or two-day intensive formats at a regional learning site. CPI has already launched sites in Kenya, Brazil and India and began in North America this fall. Future locations include Montreal, Memphis, Washington D.C., and Orlando.

“We are going to touch people who would never go to Seminary and are building bridges for potential students,” Winfield Bevins, Director of the Church Planting Initiative, said. “Our goal is to offer regional and global hubs to train thousands of leaders three times per year.”

The first of the North America trainings began in October with more than 75 Hispanic leaders gathered on the Florida Dunnam campus to learn from global leaders. Topics discussed include the importance of embracing the work of the Holy Spirit, the Principles of Movement, and the Heart of a Leader.

Guest speakers at this one-day church planting event, included Corey Daniel Godbey, National Director of Disciple 21; Iosmar Alvarez, Senior Pastor of Fuente de Avivamiento (Lexington, Ky.); and Jonathan Morton, Director of Vide Nueva Network (Indianapolis, Ind.).

“We are excited to partner with Disciple 21 and Vida Nueva Network for such a powerful training,” Bevins said. “We believe that their apostolic vision and leadership will lead to a lasting global impact for the kingdom of God!”

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