Fuller Breaks New Ground with Doctoral-Level Worship and Preaching Concentration


Fuller is pleased to announce the launch of a new concentration in Christian Worship and Preaching for its theology PhD and ThM programs—the first nondenominational seminary to offer such a concentration at the doctoral level. The new concentration affords students the opportunity to pursue in in-depth study in either preaching or worship, with a complementary general knowledge in the other field.

"The new PhD program in Preaching and Worship is a vivid expression of Fuller's commitment to be a seminary that meets the needs of tomorrow's church,” says Ahmi Lee, assistant professor of preaching. “We are committed to training and developing theological practitioners who will impact classrooms and pulpits wherever they go.”

Fuller has a long history of equipping practitioners for a range of vocations through faculty who are themselves both esteemed scholars and seasoned practitioners. This new concentration is no exception, enabling students to study with experts from the seminary’s Brehm Center for Worship, Theology, and the Arts and Ogilvie Institute of Preaching. Available for both the PhD in Theology and ThM in Theology programs, the Worship and Preaching concentration is coordinated by Todd E. Johnson, William K. and Delores S. Brehm Associate Professor of Worship, Theology and the Arts, and Michael Pasquarello III, Lloyd John Ogilvie Professor of Preaching.

“This new concentration capitalizes on the strengths of Fuller's faculty by allowing students to study with experts in the history of Christian worship and preaching, in hermeneutics, and in practices of worship and preaching,” says David Downs, associate dean for the Center for Advanced Theological Studies and associate professor of New Testament studies. “Dr. Johnson and Dr. Pasquarello will lead the concentration from their strengths in Christian worship and preaching, respectively, and students will have the opportunity to tailor their coursework to suit their own particular research interests.”

Fuller’s commitment to a holistic education means that, though a student may concentrate in one area of study, he or she is also informed and shaped through study with faculty experts in a range of complementary areas. Required and elective seminars in the new concentration will address theological, historical, hermeneutical, and practical matters. Fuller’s three graduate schools provide opportunities for interdisciplinary and integrative work with faculty in theology, psychology, and intercultural studies.

“With its world-class faculty and an uncanny ability to reconcile the demands of scholarship and ministry, Fuller Seminary is perfectly poised to offer a PhD in Preaching and Worship,” says Eric Mathis, Fuller alumnus and assistant professor of music and worship at Samford University. “Fuller has the resources to cultivate and mentor preachers who are capable of these important tasks, and the PhD in Preaching and Worship will produce a body of individuals who can invigorate the mission of the church through preaching that fosters a richer imagination about who God is, promotes a deeper level of participation in ecclesial life, and creates a greater desire for all to live a life of humility and conviction in the world for the sake of Christ’s kingdom come here on earth.”

For further information, visit the Center for Advanced Theological Studies (CATS) webpage.

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