Doctor of Ministry
The Fuller Doctor of Ministry degree program is a learning community encouraging and equipping leaders for mission in changing times.
The Doctor of Ministry is a professional degree granted by the School of Theology. The program is designed to serve the needs of pastors, missionaries, mission executives, church leaders, and other ministry professionals through an experience of continuing education while students remain active in their ministry.
The program of study combines rigorous theological reflection with knowledge from theoretical and tested ministry models, which are then applied to the student’s ministry context. Courses are taught by experienced professors with proven expertise in developing and sustaining effective ministry. The classroom becomes a learning community where it is assumed that students come with expertise to share as well as something to learn.
General standards for admission to Fuller Theological Seminary may be found in the Admission Standards section of this catalog.
Admission to the Doctor of Ministry program at Fuller Seminary requires:
- A Master of Divinity or its equivalent, or a Master of Arts of a theological nature of at least 96 quarter units (64 semester units) from an approved accredited school. Those with an MA degree may be admitted to a special 60-unit track (plus language). To learn more about MDiv equivalency please contact an advisor at 626.584.5318 email@example.com.
- A ministerial leadership position. The DMin program is designed for ministry leaders to continue to learn and grow without having to leave their ministry context.
- A minimum of three years of ministerial leadership experience after receiving the MDiv or MA degree.
- A cumulative graduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher (3.0 on 4.0 scale)
- Twelve quarter units of Greek or 8 quarter units of Hebrew (or their equivalent in semester units). This requirement may also be met through a course in the DMin program.
- Evidence of academic writing and critical thinking ability in the form of a writing sample (see the online application for details).
- If the native language is not English, or the medium of instruction for all postsecondary education is not English, applicants must either submit an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 600 (paper test), 250 (computer test), or 100 (internet test) taken within the past two years, or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Academic Format, with a minimum score of 7.0 taken within the past two years. Note: Applicants for the Latino Ministry Cohort are not required to take the TOEFL or IELTS exams.
The Doctor of Ministry degree requires the completion of 48 quarter units of credit beyond the Master of Divinity degree, or 60 quarter units of credit (plus language) beyond a two-year (96 quarter units or 64 semester units) theological MA degree.
Phase 1: DM711 Exploring the Contours of Ministry (4 units).All students in the Personalized Track begin with this online course. For the Personalized track, this course is the gateway to the Doctor of Ministry Program at Fuller and serves as a general orientation to the program and an introduction to the theological method and practices of the program.
Phase 2: Mentoring (4 units). After completing DM711, students in the personalized track will enter into a two-year mentoring/coaching course lead by Terry Walling and Leader BreakThru. This practical seminar focuses on moving beyond just attending classes, and onto integrating a student’s DMin learning into a comprehensive personal growth experience. The goal is to assist students to maximize the intended learning and ministry transformation from their Doctor of Ministry program. It is achieved through the integration of personal learning and the assistance of a leadership development coach.
Phase 3: Seminars (36 or 48 units).After completing DM711, students in the Personalized Track will complete 36 units (or for those admitted to the 60-unit track, 48 units) from any courses under any subject area listed below. Students may choose from multiple Personalized Track subject areas.
- Spiritual Formation/ Discipleship
- Personal and Congregational Care
- Culture and Theology
- Evangelism, Church Growth, and Church Planting
- Multicultural and Urban Ministries
- Preaching, Worship, and the Arts
- Missional Theology and the Missional Church
Courses are taught by faculty drawn from all three schools (School of Theology, School of Intercultural Studies, and School of Psychology), as well as adjunct professors who bring additional expertise. The courses are taught as one- or two-week intensives.
Phase 4: Doctoral Project (4 units). For additional details, see below.
The doctoral project is divided into three parts:
- DM710 Developing Your Doctoral Project Proposal, a 0-unit online course on how to develop the doctoral project proposal. This course is offered twice a year, in Fall and Spring quarters.
- After completing the doctoral project proposal, students will submit their proposal to the doctoral project committee for approval.
- DM706 Doctoral Project. After the proposal is submitted and approved, students will register for the 4-unit doctoral project. In addition to tuition, there is a $300.00 fee which covers two professional style and format reviews and the binding of the doctoral project.
Phase 1: Seminars (40 units).In cohort concentrations, the same group of students meet together online and for one- and two-week segments with a preset curriculum focused around the areas of interest listed below.
The students joins one of the cohorts currently available:
- Christian Spirituality
- Lideres Latinos en un Mundo Multicultural
- Urban Ministry
- Youth, Family and Culture
Phase 2: Doctoral Project (8 units).
The doctoral project is divided into two parts:
- Students work with their cohort mentor to develop their proposal and get it approved.
- DM706 Doctoral Project. After the proposal is submitted and approved, students will register for the 8-unit doctoral project. In addition to tuition, there is a $300.00 fee which covers two professional style and format reviews and the binding of the doctoral project.
The Doctoral Project serves as the culmination of the degree, providing students with an opportunity to integrate coursework and reflection and then apply this learning to a particular ministry context. The intended result is a unique and practical contribution both to the student’s ministry and to the broader Christian community.
This project is a major ministry project: A biblically-based, theologically sound paper that explores and develops a strategy to address specific aspects of ministry in a particular context.
The Doctor of Ministry Office requires that students start their Doctoral Project at least two years before the time they hope to graduate and before their fourth year of study. Students are allowed to formally begin the Doctoral Project process once the following items have been completed:
- All admission requirements have been satisfactorily met, such as biblical language requirements, special projects, and changes from probation or special status to regular status in the program; and
- At least 24 units of coursework have been completed and grades for this coursework have been posted to the student’s transcript.
Each course has three major components:
- Preparation, which must be completed prior to the class, consisting of various combinations of reading (up to 4,500 pages for a 12-unit course; 3,000 pages for an 8-unit course; or 1,500 pages for a 4-unit course), working with audio or video tapes, and written assignments;
- A one- or two-week intensive period of classroom interaction; and
- An extensive post-seminar project, which synthesizes reading and class work and applies them to the student’s ministry situation, to be completed within four months after the class ends.
The grade range is A, A-, B+, B, and B-. The lowest grade one can receive to pass a course is B-. The only grade below B- is an F. One grade of B- or lower will result in academic probation. Two grades of B- or lower will result in dismissal from the program.
Course Locations and Residency
Courses are primarily offered on the Pasadena campus. In addition, from time to time courses will be offered at selected external sites. Up to 24 units of course work may be taken at off-campus sites.
Coursework for the Doctor of Ministry degree must be spread out over at least three years. However, all work for the D.Min. must be completed within six years from the time the first course is taken (eight years for the 60 -unit track).
Christian Spirituality Cohort. The Christian Spirituality Cohort features a variety of different learning environments and structures that will allow students to engage spirituality conceptually and practically. Students will explore the history and theology of Christian spirituality, the connection between spirituality and nature with special focus on Jurgen Moltmann’s theology of creation, and a cultural hermeneutic applied to the world in which they find themselves every day.
Líderes Latinos en un MundoMulticultural. La globalización está trayendo giros veloces que afectan el ministerio profundamente. El líder latino se encuentra en medio de muchos cambios. La constante migración desde América Latina plantea una serie de retos, mientras que la adaptación al mundo pos-moderno estadounidense presenta otros. Y esto se da en medio de una migración mundial que está trayendo a personas de todo el mundo a los Estados Unidos. El líder latino tiene el reto de re-imaginar el liderazgo cristiano para dirigir a una iglesia fiel en este contexto urbano multicultural. El Doctorado en ministerio con énfasis en Líderes latinos en un mundo multicultural le dará herramientas a pastores y líderes latinos para ampliar su visión del ministerio, por medio de conocerse a sí mismos y mismas, conocer su comunidad y aprender a visualizar a la iglesia latina como una iglesia misional.
Ministry and Leadership in Asian Contexts. The Urban Ministry Cohort is in partnership with North Park Seminary. The cohort will meet online over a ten-week period prior to the three urban encounters in Los Angeles (Year 1), Chicago (Year 2), and Atlanta (Year 3). The cohort will meet face to face for one week with final work done online in consultation with the faculty member and with the cohort. The complexity of the urban context requires theological depth and the ability to formulate and contextually apply a relevant and robust urban biblical theology. Through biblical analysis, spiritual reflection, and communal discernment, students will move toward a theology of urban ministry that will provide the foundation for impactful engagement with complex urban systems.
Youth,Family and Culture Cohort. The Youth, Family and Culture cohort is an online/on-campus hybrid cohort that focus on the theology and strategic issues of youth and family ministry, psychological development of adolescents, developing the spirituality of adolescents, emerging models of youth and family ministry and an integrated approach to youth and family ministry.
Korean Doctor of Ministry Program
The School of Theology offers a specialized Doctor of Ministry program for Korean-American and Korean pastors based on instruction in the Korean language. Admission to the Korean Doctor of Ministry program, requires an ATS-accredited Master of Divinity degree or its educational equivalent with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above. An English language test score is not required for students enrolling in the program. However, students may not attend courses in the English language program unless the TOEFL or IELTS requirement has been met.
The Korean Doctor of Ministry program is based on a strong biblical and theological emphasis as a foundation for effective ministry, featuring courses in biblical theology, homiletics, marriage and family studies, and theology of ministry. Korean students may take up to 20 units of course work in Seoul; 20 units must be completed at the Pasadena campus.
Dr. Seyoon Kim is the director of the Korean Doctor of Ministry Program in the School of Theology. For further information on this program, including course descriptions and schedules, please contact the Korean Doctor of Ministry Program staff at (626) 584-5651.
COURSES OF STUDY: SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY DMIN PROGRAM
Variable Units Option
Students in the Doctor of Ministry program may elect to take most courses for 4, 8, or 12 units. This option allows a student either to expand their program over more courses or to focus their work in fewer courses as determined by his or her interests and ministry needs. Specific information and advising about the different requirements in each course is available from the Doctor of Ministry office.
CF 704 Incarnational Coaching: Life and Ministry Transformation. This practical seminar focuses on moving beyond just attending classes, and onto integrating a student¿s DMin learning into a comprehensive personal growth experience. The goal is to assist students to maximize the intended learning and ministry transformation from their Doctor of Ministry program. It is achieved through the integration of personal learning and the assistance of a leadership development coach. Many show up at Doctor of Ministry program at a crossroads. They are wanting to retool themselves for greater effectiveness, and desiring to glean new insights for future direction and decision-making. Fuller DMin classes are designed to do just that, offering some of the best in training and community learning. But often, a leader goes back to their place of ministry still not certain how to process the implications of their studies. This class goes with a student, over time, helping him or her gain the true benefit from their investment and learning. (4 units only)
CF 705 Spiritual Formation and Discipleship in a Postmodern World. The average pastor faces the challenge of aiding his or her congregation to develop a lifestyle and worldview that is consonant with being a disciple of Jesus. It is all too easy for Christian believers to remain relatively unformed spiritually, given the pervasive impact of contemporary culture and the lack of time in the lives of most adults. The focus of the course is on how to aid/encourage/guide the process of transformation in the lives of adults seeking to follow Jesus within the complexities of a postmodern world.
CF 728 Incarnational Discipleship through Smaller Faith Communities. The church of the 21st century is more about real people in community, discipleship and mission. The future church is returning to its ancient roots in experiencing Jesus as the incarnational and living presence in the midst of God’s people. The larger congregation is a network of interrelated smaller communities – some intentional, some generic, some spontaneous. Pastors and leaders are called to be incarnational representatives of Christ among the people, seeing Jesus as their primary model of life and ministry. This is personal and interpersonal church. Christian formation and Spirit transformation are about participating with others in Jesus’ pathway of discipleship.
CF 729 Practicing the Way of Jesus. A guided exploration of Jesus’ embodiment and teaching of the Kingdom of God and practices by which Jesus’ actions and teachings might be emulated and obeyed in our postmodern context.
CN 705 The Minister’s Personal Growth.What has made this the longest running course in the Doctor of Ministry Program and just as relevant today? Pastors are under stress like no other time in recent history and they need to learn how to take care of themselves. Dr. Hart will teach you how to pay attention to a pastor’s personal and family life, problems of anger, depression, assertiveness, and relationship, as well as address the fuzziness of role definition and role conflicts.
CN 710 The Call to Soul-Making and Soul-Mending. Pastoral care and counseling is the nurture of the soul, which is the missing element in much evangelical mainstream spirituality. This course explores the depths of spiritual, psychological and relational theology, which invites us to examine the inner realm of human nature and destiny and their impact on the person in familial, social and cultural contexts.
DM 710 Developing the DMin Doctoral Project Proposal (Online). This course is designed to help students learn how to craft a DMin doctoral project proposal for a ministry focus (strategy) paper. It will offer guidelines to identify a suitable topic and will familiarize the student with the DMin theological model and the related three primary components of the doctoral project. The course content will include project examples and specific research tools for each of these three components. The student will become knowledgeable of the elements of the proposal itself, from thesis statement to bibliography, and learn how to identify both the characteristics of a strong proposal and the common problems in developing ones. (0 units)
DM 711 Exploring the Contours of Ministry (Online). This online course is the gateway into the Doctor of Ministry Program. This course should be taken immediately upon admission to the program and serves as a general orientation to the program and an introduction to the theological method and practices of the program. Students are invited to discover and share personal and ministry reflections within the context of a local community of support. This is a required first course for all students on the personalized track. (4 units only)
ET 703 The Christian Faith in the Public Square. This course brings together Christian theology with engagement in the public square. In an intensive setting, students will engage a number of writings on political theology, using these writings and in-class discussion to develop and hone their own political theology. They will examine popular sectarian critiques of Christians engaging in politics, and develop responses to them. By the end of the course, the student will be able to articulate and defend their theology of public engagement, stating first what it means to be a faithful follower of Jesus and then how to live that out in the political realm. To give students a sense of how others have understood and embodied this dual role for Christians, students will be given the opportunity to interact with other non-profits in the DC area. There will be at least one opportunity to visit Capitol Hill, giving students the change to experience direct engagement with Congressional offices. In addition, guest lecturers will be utilized to assure a thorough engagement with the topic.
ET 723 The Gospel and Cultural Renewal. Many Christians believe that God is sovereign over all of life but rarely have a unified vision of the Christian life that helps them understand how their faith matters in everyday life, especially in the workplace. The result is a functional dualism that accentuates a public/private dichotomy, diminishing our ability to live out faithfully our sense of call in the whole of our lives. This course will combine both theory and practice as we (a) explore what cultural renewal looks like in our world today looking more closely into the theology of Abraham Kuyper and “public theology” and (b) convene panels comprised of professionals from various vocations to give pastors a sense of what New Yorkers encounter day-to-day and what would help them engage their work more effectively as a Christian. The goal of this course is to learn how to empower and equip the laity with a theologically informed sense of cultural renewal.
EV 715 Reinventing Evangelism: Telling the Jesus Story through Life, Word and Community. This course explores the theory, strategy, and methodology of evangelism. It argues that to do effective, wholistic, biblical evangelism that takes seriously the culture and needs of those one seeks to reach, it is necessary to build a proper theoretical foundation (that sees the Bible with fresh eyes), adopt an appropriate strategy (that makes sense to the given situation), and understand the wide range of methodologies that exist for doing evangelism (by exploring an array of outreach options).
GM 720 Spirituality and Ministry. This seminar is designed to give understanding and experience of the spiritual life and its disciplines, as defined by the New Testament and the history of the disciples of Jesus. To do so, it is offered in a retreat setting. The course will include a study of classics in the field of Christian spirituality, along with some historical and systematic treatments. This is to be substantially completed before the seminar sessions. A special focus is placed on the spiritual life and disciplines in the context of Christian ministry.
LG 730 New Testament Greek and Exegesis for Ministry Practice. This course is designed to introduce the pastor to the basic elements of the Greek language in terms of noun and verb morphology, syntax, and the application of the grammar and syntax to the practice of exegesis. The elements of exegetical method for the study of the New Testament will be explored as well as their practice. Topics to be considered will include: the use of the exegetical tools, text criticism, lexicography and grammar, exegetical consideration of the different genres in the New Testament and several hermeneutic issues and perspectives with current New Testament studies. In addition, considerable time will be devoted to the use of the New Testament Greek and exegesis in the preparation of sermons and teaching. (8 units only)
MF 724 Building Strong Families Through the Local Church. This seminar will focus on the factors that are important in developing strong families life in church communities. Topics of focus are communication, appreciating uniqueness and differences in members, problem solving, conflict resolution, marital and parenting resilience, gender roles, authentic sexuality and crisis management. The special needs of the divorced, single parents, and stepfamilies will also be addressed, The caring bond that occurs in family life from infancy through adulthood will be understood in the context of the larger community setting . (8 units only).
OD 724 Missional Leadership: Character, Context and Challenge. It’s A.D. 30 all over again. The church is having to play catch up to the Spirit. Enter the Missional church. The emergency of the Missional church is showing signs of being the largest realignment of Christianity since the Reformation. This course explores the distinguishing contours of the Missional church revolution as well as the leadership required by it. Major course attention will center on three primary shifts underway: the shift from an internal to an external focus, the shift from program-driven to people development as the core activity of the Missional community, and the shift from church-based leadership to apostolic-era leaderships. (8 units only)
OD 751 Leading and Managing Your Ministry. Leadership is made of a thousand good decisions. Leadership is what the leader does. Living in an era of high expectations the leader must understand the context of leadership, the approaches to church leadership and how to turn leadership goals into everyday practice. Special focus will be on the leader in context – how to lead in a specific church at a specific time. (8 units only).
OD 755 Managing Conflict. This course relates theory about conflict, between persons, within communities, and among organizations, to the life of the church. Such issues as the nature of human differences, the constructive values and uses of conflict, the biblical and the theological understanding of conflict, styles of conflict management, and organizational handling of conflict will be considered. A theory of conflict reduction will be presented. Staff conflict will be particularly emphasized. In addition to considering the above issues, participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their own styles of conflict, analyze based on actual situations from students’ ministries.
OD 757 Organic Leadership Development: The Shaping of a Leader. The most important resources in any church, organization or mission agency has is its people. In the post-modern context, creating a community that empowers the development of its leaders to understand their core passion and calling, and to live out that calling in the context in which they live, is mission critical. (8 units only)
OD 778Advancing Leadership: Practical Ministry Amidst Theological Tensions, Cultural Change, and Competing Demands. The goal of the course is to teach students how to translate their theological commitments into the day-to-day situations common to life in a religious organization. The course will introduce the range of skills and practices one needs to lead effectively. We will emphasize how these skills are grounded in theology, biblical studies, ethics, and church history. A major theme of the course will be that the listening and communication skills it takes to be a good pastor, preacher and teacher are the very skills that make a good leader. (8 units only)
OD 783 The Practice of Missional Leadership. The primary work of leadership is to continually stand in the space where it is compelled to ask the question of what God is about among this group of people who comprise this local church in this specific context at this particular time. This course presents a praxis of Missional leadership unique to the discussion in that it takes seriously a biblical theology of creation, incarnation and kingdom that locates both the church and its leadership in what is described as the ‘space between’. It argues that the fatal misapplication of the Missional conversation lies, in part, in its continued internalization of both church and leadership that leads almost all Missional proposals toward older forms of church growth or church effectiveness even when framed in postmodern language. (8 units only)
PM 708 Theology for Preaching. How is Christian preaching a theological endeavor? This course will focus upon a theology of preaching – how does Christian theology empower, authorize, and sustain Christian proclamation? There will also be consideration of the function of our theologies in preaching. How do our claims about God inform and give substance to our sermons? (8 units only)
PM 712 Preaching and Justice. This course will consider the biblical call to seek justice and some of the historical and contemporary issues and theological reflections that should shape how this urgent biblical message is understood, preached, and lived.
PR 721 The Art of Preaching. In a world so radically altered by new technologies, the collision of cultures, and shortened attention spans, the 30-minute monologue may seem like a relic of another age. Preaching has never been more challenging than today. Yet there is great potential in this ancient art form. To unleash it requires that we become more deeply rooted people, with a firm grasp on cultural change, the power of language, and the fundamental human longing.
SP 736 C. S. Lewis as Model and Mentor. This course takes place in the historic and beautiful cities of Oxford and Cambridge, England, where C.S.Lewis lived and worked most of his life. It will enable participants to visit and experience the sites most closely associated with him, as well as meet and hear some people who knew Lewis or studied him in depth. Lewis’ was the second best known voice in the UK during the Second World War and is regarded as the most influential Christian apologist and communicator in the time since. Over 200 million copies of his books have appeared in nearly 20 languages, with sales continuing to increase in every year. His relationship with Joy Davidman has been turned into a successful stage play, television drama and feature film. The first major film of one of his Chronicles of Narnia is the 25th most popular film of all time and the third in he series is soon to be released. Lewis was influential in the conversion of many significant public inures during this time and his legacy even lives on in popular culture today. This course will explore the versatile, innovative and profound nature of his writings – apologetic, spiritual, fantasy, autobiographical, and fictional – with a view to asking what he scan still teach today to those involved in evangelistic, pastoral, educational, spiritual, student or children’s ministries.
SP 761 Action and Contemplation. The relationship between the inner life and outer life is a classic counterpoint that we as Christian leaders need to address if we are to be effective change agents in a world that understands little the ways of peace and justice. In this course we will look at the creative tension between spirituality and ministry from theological, psychological and practical perspectives. We will explore together the various ways this tension has been treated within the Christian tradition. We will also examine the meaning of contemplation and how it was taught, lost, confused, and is now being rediscovered in our times. Lastly, we will grapple with how our rationalist thinking gets in the way of demonstrating compassion, living with paradox and contradictions, and appreciating the mystery of God.
SP 764 Exploring the Celtic Heritage. This unique course will be based on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, off the coast of Northumberland, England, which was home to St Cuthbert (635-687), in whose honor the illuminated manuscript known as the Lindisfarne Gospels was produced. Beginning with the story of Celtic Christianity, the course will combine reflection on mission in today¿s world with space for personal reflection and spiritual nurture. Each day will incorporate worship drawn from different aspects of the Celtic tradition, with input from various spiritual communities on the island. Lindisfarne is accessed via a causeway at low tide, and is the end point of the 62 mile long pilgrim journey known as the St Cuthbert¿s Way, which begins in Melrose, Scotland. Some participants may wish to incorporate that journey in their travel plans for getting to Lindisfarne. After the course ends, others may wish to extend their stay to include a visit to the monastery of the Venerable Bede in Jarrow, as well as Durham cathedral, where St Cuthbert is buried (both of which are within less than a two hour journey).
TC 709 Theology and Pop Culture: The Art of Interpretive Leadership. With congregations increasingly barraged by electronic inputs, ministers must learn the art of interpretive leadership – finding God within digital media. This multi-disciplinary course will engage students in a two-way dialogue between pop culture and theology, with emphasis upon music, movies, TV, art, fashion, and sports. Students will develop a biblical, theological, and sociological understanding of these art forms and a critical understanding of the advertising, consumerism, and globalization that drives pop culture. (8 units only)
TM 710 The Local Congregationas a Mission Outpost. Lesslie Newbigin wrote that the only hermeneutic of the gospel is a congregation of men and women who believe it and live by it. The only church that makes a difference in culture is a real, tangible, visible church. Too many congregations have very little impact on culture, choosing instead to live in isolation and irrelevance. Any congregation in any setting has the opportunity, and the obligation to be a Missional outpost. But beyond that, the local church must begin to see itself in terms of being a dynamic movement rather than a static organization. This course will explore movement dynamics and will investigate how the church can re-conceive and structure itself for multiplication and influence. We will explore the theological, missiological, as well as the sociological basis for Missional movements and how that identity emerges and is lived out in the practices of a local congregation. (8 units only)
TM 716 Missional Ecclesiology. Jürgen Moltmann said “It is not the church that has a mission of salvation to fulfill in the world; it is the mission of the Son and the Spirit through the Father that includes the church.” (The Churchin the Power of the Spirit, London, 1977, p. 64). This articulation breaks down many traditional patters of thinking about and practicing the church. It presents many challenges to those who would lead their churches into His Mission. It calls for a new posture for the church in the world. This course explores how to think about, practice, lead and embody the church in the world as a participant in God’s mission. (8 units only)
TM 736 A Multiethnic and Missional Approach to Ministry. This course explores theology, theory, strategy, and effective models of multiethnic and missional ministry. It presents the multi-ethnic and missional church as a model for fruitful ministry in an ever-increasing multiethnic, multicultural, and multiracial reality. The church being missional is widely discussed at Christian conferences, within a wide range of books, and in seminary classrooms. It will be argued in this course that it is not possible for the church to be truly missional in diverse communities without being multiethnic and multicultural. Though the United States continues to become more and more multicultural, the church for the most part remains homogeneous. It will be argued in this course that this has been a major factor in the development of a crisis for the church in the United States. A multiethnic and multicultural approach to church planting, congregational vitality, and pastoral development will be presented as a solution to the crisis the church in the United States is facing.
TM 738 Congregational Formation: Shaping Communities for God’s Kingdom. Lesslie Newbigin said, “The church is both the sign and the instrument, and therefore the foretaste (of the Kingdom)” The church is sent by God to bear witness to Christ, His Rule and the Kingdom (Acts 1:6-8). It is sent as an extension of the Triune God¿s sending of the Son and the Spirit (John 20:23). As such, the church lives under Christ¿s authority by the Spirit now. It thereby witnesses to where the whole world is going: the consummation of God¿s Kingdom in Christ. It is part of God¿s Mission of bringing the whole world under His reign (1 Cor 15:25). The question for this class is, how are Christian communities formed into this reality of God¿s Kingdom in Christ? How does one lead a congregation to participate in His Kingdom both among us and in the world? How do congregations form into the participation in God¿s mission?
TM 739 Spirituality in Everyday Life. This course explores the neglected connection between spirituality, discipleship and evangelism on the one hand and the world of everyday life on the other. It demonstrates how God’s character, presence and purpose is encountered and reflected not just in but specifically through familiar places like the home, neighborhood, office, mall, cinema and city as well as such ordinary events as mealtimes, chores, friendships, travel and sport. The course will help participants develop a biblical and theological framework for investigating these issues in a practical way. It aims to produce a more grounded spirituality, whole-of-life discipleship and natural style of witness. In particular the course will exhibit how integrating everyday life more fully into our experience of God is indispensable for vital, engaging and transformative preaching and teaching.
YF 721 Strategic Issues In Youth And Family Ministry.At last a course of study that addresses youth and family issues together. Students will survey the current models and assess the state of youth and family ministry. In order to acquire the skills to craft an individualized approach to youth and family ministry, students will examine the state of youth and family ministry programs and strategies, the many profiles of youth today, the impact of the family, the development of the adolescent, intergenerational relationships, and the challenges of cultural diversity. (6 units only). Youth and Family Ministry Cohort class.
YF 722 Theology of Youth And Family Ministry.Why think theologically about youth and family ministry? Isn’t all you need just a fist full of “Idea” books to provide creative “fun and games”? No! This course will bring theological reflection on culture, growth and development, the family, adventure, risk, and abandonment. Programmatic and strategic youth and family ministry at its best is driven by theological imperatives. (6 units only). Youth and Family Ministry Cohort class.
YF 723 Developing the Spirituality of Adolescents. Contemporary youth ministry has developed models and philosophies that often create a dependency upon the group for spiritual growth. As a result, many students graduate from a youth ministry program only to discover that they are mere spiritual infants when it comes to a vibrant personalized faith. This course will explore the spiritual development of adolescents, as well as wrestle with models and methodologies which may effectively enable the kind of environment where the Holy Spirit can do the work of growing young people up in Christ. Youth and Family Ministry Cohort Class. (6 units only).
YF 724 Psychosocial Development of Adolescents.Because adolescence has been a relatively new identifiable sociological phenomenon, how adolescents grow into adults as a unique process has received far less attention than the more traditional models and theories of child development. In a changing cultural environment, where even the definition, length, and “life task” of the adolescent is hotly debated by researchers and scholars, this course seeks to help the student to: (a) understand the issues that govern adolescent development, (b) recognize the points of discussion, (c) intersect the familial literature with the adolescent literature, and, most importantly, (d) create a ministerial response to the developing adolescent and her family. Youth and Family Ministry Cohort Class. (6 units only).
YF 725 Youth Ministry: An Integrated Approach to Total Church Life.The relatively new emphasis on “Youth and Family Ministry” has brought to the forefront a debate between those who view youth ministry as a focus on adolescents and those who view youth ministry as focus on adolescents within the context of the family system. While these generally divide youth ministry into two relatively distinctive camps, there are numerous model variations in each camp. This course takes a broader view of the task of youth ministry by claiming that the future of youth ministry rests in the hands of the entire church body, not just with a few professionals and a team of volunteers. In contemporary practice this is a relatively unique, but clearly not new, way of thinking. This course will bring together thought and study on the theology of church life as well as a sociological/psychological analyses of many of the factors that impact adolescents and their families. Youth and Family Ministry Cohort Class. (6 units only).
YF 726 Emerging Models of Youth and Family Ministry.Recent decades have deified the power of the “model” in parish ministry. Youth ministry has led the way, with such well-known models as the Young Life club, the FCA huddle, “Son City”, “Son Life”, Purpose Driven Youth Ministry, and a myriad of other “definitive” ways to do youth ministry. This course will have three goals: 1) examine and critique through a theological and psychosocial grid the history, philosophy, methodology, and relative strengths and weaknesses of major youth ministry models that are likely to shape the coming years; 2) create a comprehensive schema for evaluating future models as they emerge in the youth ministry literature and world; and 3) use the data from the various models to summarize and clarify the basic elements of the Youth and Family Ministry cohort classes. Youth and Family Ministry Cohort Class. (6 units only).
YF 732 The Church as System, The Church as Family. This course is designed for church leaders of all any level to learn to develop a theologically-driven holistic ecclesiology that defines and empowers all ministry strategies. In creating a contextually applicable biblical theology of the church, while exploring the needs and uniqueness of the various sub-congregations of their church, the student will be able to lead a ultimately their community in reshaping themselves into a body that embodies John 15 and Philippians 2. Specific issues covered are: the socio-evolution of North American church programming, the psychosocial and developmental needs and issues of the stages of the lifespan, the state of today¿s family, the changing culture, building bridges of relationship and intimate Christ-centered community across divergent groups of people, and the challenges and issues that accompany ministry in a global and diverse context.