Church Planting

Program Overview

Why Study Church Planting at TFC?

Want to be a part of equipping and establishing healthy churches around the world? Study Church Planting at Toccoa Falls College! The Ministry Leadership degree with a concentration in Church Planting prepares students to identify and reproduce characteristics of a healthy church. Along with the skills developed throughout the program, Church Planting students learn the leadership development and spiritual care practices necessary for success in their position.

Students will learn about the impact that the church has on society and study the church’s purpose in transforming communities. Students will be able to familiarize themselves with methods and models of discipleship and develop their skills in communicating the Gospel. Upon graduation, students will find that they are able to directly step into church planting agencies or advocacy positions.

Toccoa Falls College student preaching
  • Homiletics
  • Multi-Generational Ministries
  • Outdoor Leadership & Education
  • Pastoral Ministries
  • Youth Ministries
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Ministry & Leadership

The beauty of (the ministry leadership program), is that wherever we’re going, wherever the Lord wants to take us, ministry leadership prepares you to keep pressing into Jesus and to find him in all of the different places that he might lead.”

Shelby Ryals
TFC Alumna, 2018

Degree Layout

Church Planting Courses

The Ministry Leadership major with a Church Planting concentration is a 126 hour program that includes 69 hours of general education courses (including 30 hours of Bible & Theology), 15 hours of open electives, and 42 hours in Ministry Leadership-specific courses (15 of which are hours dedicated to the Church Planting concentration).

Featured Courses:

  • Strategies for Leadership Development
  • Introduction to Church in Society
  • Church Health
  • Holistic Ministry
  • Training & Discipleship
Shelby Ryals


Going through the Ministry Leadership program was foundational for my faith and my understanding of vocation in God’s Kingdom. The professors are invested in students’ lives and were invaluable to me as I sought what God had for me during college and beyond. I learned so much about leading others well while also cultivating my own spirit towards wholeness.
Shelby Ryals, Class of 2018
Career Options

What can you do with a Church Planting concentration?

When you earn a degree in Ministry Leadership with a concentration in Church Planting, you will find that there are many career opportunities available to you. Graduates are qualified for a wide range of jobs, such as:

Church Planter

Many denominations or faith-based organizations support church planting positions. These positions are pastors that are committed to the specific work of investing the time and energy necessary to establish new local Christian congregations.


Many church planting graduates go on to pursue their calling to become a pastor. There are opportunities to specialize as a pastor, such as working as a youth pastor or serving as a teaching pastor. In most cases, the pastor serves as the leader of the church organization, managing the administration of the church as well as providing spiritual insight and guidance for all parishioners.

International Missionary

Those who earn a church planting concentration are particularly passionate about reaching the lost with the gospel, which makes them well-suited to become a missionary.


Church planting students may seek further education to pursue becoming a chaplain. Chaplains oversee pastoral responsibilities in a non-church setting and serve in variety of areas such as military, sports, hospitals or corporate offices.

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Church Planting