Master of Arts – Online

Pursue Your Vision for Thriving Churches 

You have a passion for spreading the gospel through planting new churches or revitalizing established ones. Through theoretical and experiential learning, the Church Planting and Renewal concentration prepares you for vocational church planting as a launch pastor or team member.

Credit Hours

Accessible and Hands-on 

The Church Planting and Renewal concentration within this fully accredited, 36-credit-hour, online Master of Arts degree combines both online courses and field-based ministry. You will be equipped for careers and ministry as a Christian leader in as little as two years. 

What Will You Learn?

Gain real-life experience

Your mentored apprenticeship will be completed with seasoned church planters and planting churches, so that you can get experence and build connections.

Serve in a variety of churches

You will learn how to plant and revive churches, both in your own culture and cross-culturally.

Understand church biblically

You’ll construct a biblical foundation and practical rationale for starting and growing biblically sound, culturally relevant and healthy churches.

Your Courses

Each of your courses is taught from a biblical worldview. You’ll interact within small class sizes and with professors who really care about you and your goals. You’ll not only receive quality academics to prepare you for the next steps in your career and ministry, but you’ll also get mentorship to prepare you for life.

All courses are 3 credits unless noted.
Course Descriptions can be found in the catalog.

Core Courses

The 15-credit core of the Master of Arts program will establish your foundational knowledge of God’s Word:

  • Principles of Biblical Interpretation [BI604]
  • Introduction to Old Testament and OT Literature [OT500]
  • Introduction to New Testament and NT Literature [NT501]
  • God’s Plan for the Ages [TH531]
  • Principles of Spiritual Formation [PT512]
Church Planting and Renewal

You will build upon this foundation with 21 credits focused on church planting and renewal:

  • Foundations for Missional Church Planting [MI803]
  • Preparations for Missional Church Planting [MI804]
  • Launching and Growing a Missional Church [MI821]
  • Models for 21st Century Church Planting [MI823]
  • Church Planting Mentored Apprenticeship [PT603]
  • Department Elective [MI or PT code]
  • Free Elective


Online Program
Start Dates

May 15, 2023
August 21, 2023
October 23, 2023
January 15, 2024
March 18, 2024


Pour into ministries around the world. 


MA in Church Planting and Renewal


As I learned something, I was able to immediately apply it to the work I was doing! It was a great experience for me to be able to use the knowledge I was gaining through the master’s program and turn around and use it right away.


Program Highlights 

  • Gain experience through a hands-on apprenticeship.
  • Earn your degree online!

Fuel your passion for healthy churches. 

Develop a biblical rationale for starting and encouraging growing churches and helping equip them for ministry.

Invest in Your Future

When you earn your master’s degree, you’ll open new doors in your career and ministry. CSU works hard to ensure you receive the best value in education with competitive tuition rates, many ways to qualify for discounts and individualized support.


complete your degree in as little as two years

credit hours

cost per credit (before any discouts)

students who qualify for discounted tuition




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