DMiss Cohorts

The DMiss program is organized around a group of six to twelve students who build community as a cohort, enabling each member to contribute to maximizing each other's research. Cohorts are comprised of students who come with a variety of research interests, ministry backgrounds and leadership experiences, contributing to a uniquely informed learning environment.

The cohort becomes a collaborative learning community in which student dialogue with, learn from, and critically engage other members as guided by the cohort faculty mentor(s). While much of the coursework and research will be completed independently, students and their cohort mentors interact online on a regular basis.

Cohorts Accepting Applications

Completed applications will be reviewed for admission into the DMiss Program in the fall, winter, summer and spring. Please note that you may apply for these cohorts at any time up until the "Final Application Deadline" for that particular cohort.

Spring 2015 - General Missiology (Weaver)

Spring 2015 General Missiology Cohort

Alan Weaver Pic Cohort Mentor:  Dr. Alan Weaver 

Alan is a seasoned and still active practitioner, serving with Entrust ( as the vice-president in charge of expansion and curriculum.
Having completed his Ph.D. with Dr. Sherwood Lingenfelter in cross-cultural leadership, Alan has been serving with the DMiss program since 2007.
With a passion for mentoring doctoral students, Alan is an integral part of the DMiss teaching team. See below for a full biography!

Beginning of Term: March 30, 2015
Cohort Class Dates: UPDATED: June 1 - 12, 2015
Location: Pasadena, California
Final Application Deadline: January 23, 2015 
4 year Schedule

Doctor of Missiology Cohort with Alan Weaver from Fuller Theological Seminary on Vimeo

Alan Weaver– Affiliate Professor of Leadership 

Dr. Alan Weaver has two major passions:  1) the growing numbers of pastors in non-western countries who have no opportunity for either training or support, and 2) the need for pastors to understand and release the power of God’s people whom they shepherd.  For nearly 30 years Alan has ministered to pastors around the world to both provide the training and support that they need as well as encourage them to do the same for their own church leaders.

Alan is a seasoned and still active practitioner, serving with Entrust ( as the vice-president in charge of expansion and curriculum.
Having completed his Ph.D. with Dr. Sherwood Lingenfelter in cross-cultural leadership, Alan has been serving with the DMiss program since 2007 and is an integral part of the DMiss teaching team.


After earning my BA in psychology at the University of California, I joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ in 1977.  In 1984, I completed my MDiv at the International School of Theology in San Bernardino, CA.  In 2004 I had the privilege of completing a Ph.D. with Dr. Sherwood Lingenfelter in cross-cultural leadership at Fuller’s School of Intercultural Studies.   

In 1984, knowing that I wanted to work with pastors, I accepted an assignment from Campus Crusade to assist in the joint mission project of Biblical Education by Extension (BEE) to train pastors behind the iron curtain. I moved to Hungary in 1985 and lived in Budapest until 1999. While director for BEE in Hungary, I helped to open a new Hungarian Baptist mission school, and taught Walk through the Bible seminars in Hungarian.

Involvement with Fuller  

While studying at Fuller, I had the opportunity to be the TA for the research design class and discovered a new joy, coaching doctoral students in their program design and field research. In 2007, then, I began to teach the Doctor of Missiology module on research methods. Over the last several years I have also taught both Module 1 and Module 4 of the DMiss program and have become an Affiliate faculty member at Fuller.

Current Ministry 

I continue following my passion to provide training to pastors and church leaders around the world who don’t normally have such opportunity. In this endeavor, I have rejoined BEE, now known as Entrust ( and currently serve as the vice-president in charge of expansion and curriculum. Though I travel a lot to places like India and Africa, I enjoy living in Colorado Springs with its great access to mountain views and hiking and bicycling.  

My passion  

I get excited when I hear of how fast the church is growing around the world.  But at the same time I am keenly aware of the millions of young pastors in these places of rapid growth where the pastors have little opportunity for training or support. For nearly 30 years I have sought to be a Barnabas to pastors so that they may receive the training they need and learn to empower their own people for ministry.

Fall 2015 - General Missiology (Lingenfelter)

Fall 2015 General Missiology

Cohort Mentors: Drs. Sherwood and Judy Lingenfelter
Beginning of Term: September 28, 2015
Cohort Class Dates:  November 30 - December 11, 2015
Location: Pasadena, California
Final Application Deadline: July 17, 2015
4 year Schedule

Doctor of Missiology: General Missiology Cohort 2015 from Fuller Theological Seminary on Vimeo.

Spring 2016 - Newbigin Pastoral Missiology Cohort (Shenk)

Newbigin Banner Spring 2016 Newbigin Pastoral Missiology Cohort 

Do you have a desire to see your church live into its identity as God’s primary agent of mission in its context?  This posture was central to Lesslie Newbigin, one of the leading ecclesiologists of the 20th century and one of the most influential mission theologians of his generation. In more than thirty years of service in India, Newbigin developed a clear vision of the potential of the local church as an active missional agent in its local context. 

Combining insights from the rich mine of Newbigin's own insights on missiology and ecclesiology, students in this cohort will develop an approach to pastoral ministry that will inform their church's missional engagement with its context(s).

Cohort Mentor: Dr. Wilbert Shenk 
Beginning of Term: March 28, 2016
Year 1 Cohort Class Dates: May 16 - 27, 2016
Location: Pasadena, California
Early Consideration Application Deadline: October 23, 2015

4 year Schedule

Wilbert Shenk Profile

Senior Professor of Mission History and Contemporary Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary

Wilbert Shenk joined the School of Intercultural Studies faculty in 1995, after serving as director of the Mission Training Center and associate professor of mission at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, director of the Overseas Ministries Division of the Mennonite Board of Missions, and a teacher in Indonesia.

Among Shenk’s more recent publications are North American Foreign Missions, 1810–1914: Theology, Theory, and Policy (2004), Enlarging the Story: Perspectives on Writing World Christian History (2002), By Faith They Went Out: Mennonite Missions, 1850–1999 (2000), and Changing Frontiers of Mission (1999). He was a consulting editor of the Dictionary of Mission Theology:Evangelical Foundations (2007). Shenk is a founding member of the American Society of Missiology and also a member of the International Association for Mission Studies.

2015 India Cohort (Shaw): Postponed (2+/- years)

Please Note: The Fall 2015 India Cohort launch has been postponed 2+/- years.

If you would like to be kept informed about the future launch of this cohort, please contact

Doctor of Missiology/Doctor of Intercultural Studies 


Cohort MentorDr. R. Daniel Shaw   

Shaw pic 

India 2 This cohort will be of particular significance to those interested in research based Doctoral study on the Indian Sub-continent.
This vast region with its long mission history, cultural and religious diversity and strategic interests offers ample opportunity
for contemporary study reflecting intercultural interests. The focus will be regional rather than topical, allowing students
with a wide range of interests relating to culture, religion and mission to join and gain insight from others in the region.




If you have questions about the application process, please contact:

NOTE: Students in the DMiss degree program may elect to have their doctorate degree designated as Doctor of Missiology degree (DMiss) or as a Doctor of Intercultural Studies Degree (DIS). The election must be made by the time of submission of the Application for Graduation. Once the degree has been awarded the election is non-revocable, non-changeable, and permanent. Students seeking further information on this process should contact the DMiss Coordinator:

In order to run, cohorts must meet a minimum number of applicants and thus admitted students. 

Cohorts are currently approved to be overseas for 3 of the 4 years. The final year (1 week intensive) would most likely be planned for Pasadena, CA.

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