Fuller Featured Among Seminaries That Foster Academic And Spiritual Growth


Fuller was recognized in a recent publication for its revision in curriculum to support students in fostering spiritual growth while attending seminary. Seminary/Grad School Guide, a subsidiary of Christianity Today, wrote an article that discussed the difficulty many seminary students discover in maintaining spiritual growth while studying theology academically. The publication then highlighted various schools, including Fuller, in the work they are pursuing to foster spiritual growth among its students.

“Fuller Seminary has undergone a massive revision of our curriculum that integrates academic study with personal, spiritual, and global formation as the core of every master’s degree program,” says Tod Bolsinger, vice president for vocation and formation and assistant professor of practical theology. “Our Integrated Studies (IS) courses teach students to integrate the most challenging academic courses with the embodied practices of vocational formation, worship and prayer, Christian community, and Christian mission.”

Ryan Gutierrez, a current student at Fuller, discussed his experience prior to and after the incorporation of the integration courses. “I had a year of seminary without the IS courses and two years with these courses. It made a difference. Among many other benefits, the IS courses and their vocation and formation (small) groups provided opportunities to stop and listen to God’s Spirit,” he said.

“The struggle comes as the seminarian, who is changing in seminary, tries to process and stay engaged with his or her local congregation,” says Gutierrez. “There is a need for seminarians to learn how to re-enter their communities gently after seminary, as well as for churches to learn how to gently and patiently receive those who are growing and changing.”

Fuller is honored to be recognized in Seminary/Grad School Guide for its Vocation and Formation division. The seminary cares deeply about the spiritual growth of its students and recognizes the importance of this effort in their future success.

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