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Matthew Hirt, Ph.D.

Faculty of International Missions

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I serve as a theological education catalyst with the International Mission Board of the SBC at the Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary. My focus is to train African church leaders to multiply disciples and plant churches to the ends of the earth.

Research Interests

First and foremost, I am a disciple-maker. My research, while occasionally theoretical, always has an eye towards practical application in the local church or mission field. 

My research path began while trekking through the Himalayas working to share the gospel with an unreached people group. I began to see that people groups are far more complex than ethno-linguistic divisions. More significantly, I wanted know how Scripture distinguishes nations from one another. Since missions is a biblical-theological task, our definitions should have biblical-theological foundations.

More recently, I am interested in the missionary efforts of the global church and how Western, African, and Asian Christians can partner together as we fulfill the Great Commission together.

 

Publications

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Matthew Hirt. Peoples and Places: How Geography Impacts Missions Strategy. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2022.

George Robinson, Editor and Matthew Hirt, Assistant Editor. Generational Disciple-Making: How Ordinary Followers of Jesus Are Transformed

Regular Contributor to Upstream Collective.