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.

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.

Winter 2016 - MAGL GRADS- Adult Leadership Development (Freeman/Hopkins)

Winter 2016: Adult Leadership Development Cohort
MAGL Graduates Only

Cohort Mentors: Drs. Robert Freeman and Mark Hopkins  
Beginning of Term: January 4, 2016 
First Module Intensive:  February 22-March 4, 2016 
Location: Pasadena, California 
Final Application Deadline:   October 23, 2015 

Cohort Schedule


The adult leadership development cohort will become a community of practice – leaders “bound together by shared expertise and passion for a joint enterprise.” Together we will investigate how the design of leadership development processes can be a strategic agent of change within our ministries and organizations as well as a means of empowering our people. This cohort will study and apply the blending of several important streams of thought and practice to help us learn to guide the leadership formation of others.  Some of these streams include:  

  •      noticing God's mission and means 
  •      learning to see leadership from God's perspective
  •      guiding adult learning and development
  •      designing appropriate development strategies
  •      implementing change 

The community of practice provides an opportunity for small group interaction and support, reviewing the literature, reflecting critically on your own ministry context, researching a particular issue or problem, developing strategies and/or designs for change, and peer review. In addition to the adult leadership development focus, students will be introduced to a core body of missiological literature. Missiology is the study of God’s mission and our response to it. It is multidisciplinary – integrative of the related disciplines within the field which include, among others, theology, history, the state of the Church, leadership, and the social sciences. Early in the program, students will develop a Program Design (PD) paper that is both flexible and focused while providing a tool for communicating effectively with professors, other members of the cohort and the student’s constituency. The Program Design paper then becomes a blueprint for the contextualized applied research project which is the primary result of Doctor of Missiology studies at Fuller.

New Graduate, Andy Myers, shares about his DMiss ALD experience.

Spring 2016 - Newbigin Pastoral Missiology Cohort (Shenk)

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 Mentors: Dr. Wilbert Shenk  and Dr. Steven Sage
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

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.

Steven Sage

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Intercultural Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary                            

Steven Sage is Senior Pastor of Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Rochester Hills, Michigan. He began teaching in the School of Intercultural Studies in 2014 after graduating with his DMiss from Fuller in 2013.

His dissertation focused on pastoral missiology and ecclesiology for American churches, for which he received the Donald McGavran Award for making a significant contribution to the field. As a scholar-practitioner, he works to bridge the gab petween academic theory and the hands-on ministry of a local church. Sage has also served as a pastor or lay leader with three church plands, and was the Administrator for a denominational church planting network prior to moving to Michigan. Now, as Senior Pastor, he continues to lead his congreation in missional renewal based on the pastoral missiological theory the Newbigin Cohort will be exploring.

Cohort Calendar Dates

Cohort Dates 
Module 1: 2016
 Module 2: 2017
 Module 3: 2018
 Module 4: 2019
 Registration Opens
January 18, 2016
January 16, 2017
January 15, 2018
January 14, 2019
 Registration Closes
March 25, 2016
March 3, 2017
March 2, 2018
March 1, 2019
Term Begins
March 28, 2016
March 27, 2017
March 26, 2018
March 25, 2019
 Campus Intensive Begins
May 16, 2016
April 24, 2017
April 30, 2018
April 1, 2019
 Campus Intensive Ends
May 27, 2016
May 5, 2017
May 11, 2018
April 5, 2019
 Term Ends
December 9, 2016
December 8, 2017
December 7, 2018
December 6, 2019


Missiology Lectures at Fuller: "Newbigin in His Time"

2015 India Cohort (Shaw): Postponed

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. 

UPDATE: this cohort has been approved to hold intensives overseas for 2 of the 4 years. The first year and the final, fourth year (1 week) intensives would be planned for Pasadena, CA.

Fall 2016 DMiss Cohort

Fall 2016 General Missiology

Cohort Mentors: Drs. Mark Hopkins, Alan Weaver; Dr. Donna Downes   
Beginning of Term: September 26, 2016
Cohort Class Dates (Module 1):  November 28 - December 10, 2016   
Location: Pasadena, California
Final Application Deadline: July 22, 2016
4 year Schedule

Dr. Mark Hopkins

Dr. Alan Weaver

Dr. Donna Downes

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