Fuller Bay Area in Menlo Park offers a variety of on-site, online, hybrid, and independent learning classes.
This course orients students to the literature of the Old Testament in its various literary, historical, and theological contexts and to Old Testament interpretation in service of Christian practice. The books of Genesis, Exodus, Deuteronomy, 2 Samuel, Job, Psalms, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Daniel will be the focus of study.
This course is an exploration the books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. Attention will be given to a general understanding of OT Wisdom Literature as it relates to these books. Representative passages from Proverbs and Ecclesiastes will be studied in depth. Lectures and discussion will cover the historical and sociological setting, literary features, and theological issues raised by the books. Attention will be given to developing exegetical skills, hermeneutical awareness, and theological reflection.
Full Description | Instructor: Anthony J. Petrotta
This course focuses on vocation. It teaches students the meaning of vocation and then invites them to plan a course of study that will prepare them for that calling. The course will also address issues that regularly arise as students investigate vocation (e.g. finances).
Full Description | Instructor: Karen Parchman
This course will explore practices oriented toward the formation of God’s people through personal and corporate prayer and worship, in light of the Bible, history, theology, cross-cultural studies, and ritual studies.
Full Description | Instructor: Michael Eldridge
This course is designed to offer students practical experience in preaching and sermon preparation. The class will be limited to a maximum of nine students. Each student will preach twice during the quarter: one on a text of choice; the other on a text to be assigned by the professor. Sermons are to be original work not previously presented anywhere: class or ministry. Each sermon will be evaluated and discussed by class members under the direction of the instructor. All sermons will be recorded.
Full Description | Instructor: Randall Steven Young
Students will study the extent, causes, and complexities of homelessness. Instruction will focus on the efforts made to solve and end homelessness in the United States during the past three decades and into our current decade. Lectures will describe how evidenced-based best practices were implemented during the past decade that have significantly reduced homelessness which is a reversal of the limited success of reducing homelessness in the 1980s and 1990s through emergency assistance and a sequence of programs that moved people through a continuum of care system. More importantly, instruction will help students explore what best practices and what ancient and contemporary spiritual practices can be integrated together to further individual and congregation formation for community service to help end homelessness during this decade and beyond.
Full Description | Instructor: Joe Colletti
En este curso se introduce al/la estudiante a una variedad amplia de los asuntos y las destrezas concernientes a los procesos complicados e interdisciplinarios en crear e implementar una filosofía de ministerio y una estrategia misionera para la iglesia local. El curso ofrece una ayuda a los líderes de la iglesia a impulsar la congregación local a comprometerse e involucrarse en ministerio en sus contextos locales y globales, y enfocarse en misión en su comunidad, nación, denominación y mundo en forma dinámica y eficaz.
Full Description | Instructor: Charles Van Engen
This course will provide an overview of the role of prophets in ancient Israel, the major theological themes addressed by each prophetic book under consideration (Amos, Hosea, Micah, and Isaiah of Jerusalem), and a general review of the social context and theological significance of the prophets’ various ministries. Nine representative passages from these texts will be translated into English from Biblical Hebrew, making note of relevant philological, literary, syntactical, interpretive and textual issues. Lectures, discussions, and the participants’ final exegesis essays will combine these philological and socio-historical understandings with theological applications for today’s readers/hearers of the biblical text.
Full Description | Instructor: D. Loepp
HT500 is a survey of patristic theology and early church history that focuses especially on the doctrine of God, including the Christian church’s development of Trinitarian and Christological theology and creeds in its dialogue with its opponents and with its multiple cultural contexts, including the empires, languages, religions, and philosophies of the ancient Asian, African and European regions. Related topics and themes to be addressed may include the role of the apostolic fathers and apologists, the controversy with Gnosticism, tensions between Eastern and Western forms of Christianity, and selected doctrinal developments that extend through the Protestant Reformation to today.
Full Description | Instructor: R.O. Johnson
A foundational course in Christian ethics that studies Christian vision, values, and convictions shaping moral agency, decisions, and practices. Seeking a holistic Christian ethics that aids personal spiritual-moral growth, ecclesial practices, and the enhancement of social justice to serve the triune God who revealed in Jesus Christ as Lord in all of life and ministry, the course studies different methods of ethical reasoning, authority of Scripture, formation of moral agency, norms of love and justice, together with the issues of economic, racial, and ecological justice, sanctity of life, sexual faithfulness, violence and peacemaking with a special attention to global and pluralistic contexts of Christian ministry today.
Full Description | Instructor: R.S. Sanders
HT504 is a survey of systematic and philosophical theology that focuses especially on the articulation of Christian doctrine in the modern world. The course reflects the historic Christian church’s development of eschatology in its dialogue with its opponents and with its cultural context, including the current global diversity and plurality. It also considers recent constructive theologies, including theologies of liberation, public theology, and contextual theology. Related topics and themes to be addressed may include the development and articulation of the Christian doctrine of the four last things (death, judgment, heaven, and hell), the intermediate state, so-called “contextual” theologies, and the place of theology in contemporary public life; the relation of Christian theology to other religious traditions may also be included in this consideration.
Full Description | Instructor: A.E. Nigh
This course will engage with a theology of culture by focusing on one particular aspect: theology and film. The course will (1) view, discuss, and analyze a multicultural and global selection of films, (2) provide the student methodological and critical perspectives for engaging culture, both from the humanities and the social sciences, (3) explore theological and biblical perspectives foundational to theology and film criticism, and (4) provide contextual approaches for Gospel articulation and invitation.
Full Description | Instructor: R.K. Johnson
PM504 is a survey of pastoral care, focusing on the ideas, skills, and personal development necessary for a student to learn pastoral care. The course prepares students to give care both in congregational contexts and in contexts that go beyond the congregation (e.g. nonprofit organizations).
Full Description| Instructor: B. Howell
PM504 is a survey of pastoral care, focusing on the ideas, skills, and personal development necessary for a student to learn pastoral care. The course prepares students to give care both in congregational contexts and in contexts that go beyond the congregation, paying particular attention to the ministry within the Hispanic context in the USA.
Full Description | Instructor: P. Anabalon
This course is designed to provide an introduction to the theology of preaching and to the art and craft of sermon writing and presentation. It will provide the student with the opportunity to study such matters as the calling and character of the preacher, the significance of preaching, and the principles of sermon preparation. It will help the student develop skills in preparing for the task of preaching, the development of expository sermons, and the actual event of preaching itself.
Full Description | Instructor: R.K. Murphy
A homiletics course for those in the MA programs who also feel called to preach. This course is designed to provide an introduction to the theology of preaching and to the art and craft of sermon writing and presentation. It will provide the student with the opportunity to study such matters as the calling and character of the preacher, the significance of preaching, and the principles of sermon preparation. It will help the student develop skills in preparing for the task of preaching and for the development of expository sermons. This course will include a practicum component.
This is one of the three foundational practice courses. In this course students will be challenged to rethink the meaning of God’s mission and the Church’s practice of mission in light of their own experiences of mission. The overall concern is to understand God’s mission biblically, theologically, and practically considered.
Full Description | Instructor: J.F. Martinez
This course provides a basic introduction to theological reflection as this has developed in various places and is currently emerging in a global context. The goal is to provide the background and terminology necessary for students to begin exploring theology as an expanding conversation about the meaning of Scripture and the Christian life that extends itself through history and around the world.
Full Description | Instructor: A. Young
This two-quarter course is designed to introduce the student to the essentials of Hebrew grammar and vocabulary. The student will learn to use basic lexical and exegetical tools. Time will be spent in class working through selected Old Testament texts in addition to the exercises presented in the grammar.
Full Description | Instructor: John D. Koeker
This course is an exegetical study of the book of Mark that seeks to deepen students’ familiarity with the Gospel, introduce them to interpretive possibilities, and hone their Greek exegetical skills.
Full Description | Instructor: Daniel Kirk
This course constitutes an introduction to the nature, structure, and message of the New Testament letters and the Apocalypse of John in their historical, literary, and canonical contexts.
Full Description | Instructor: J. R. Daniel Kirk
HT502 is a survey largely of medieval and Reformation history and theology that focuses especially on the doctrines that received their crucial shape for Protestant Christians during this period. Among these are the doctrine of the church (including the authority and office of the ministry, sacraments, the place of councils, and the role of the laity), the doctrine of scripture (including the place of tradition), theological anthropology (including human nature as created and fallen, and original sin), and the doctrine of the Christian life (including the entire order of salvation—election, calling, faith, justification, sanctification, and final glory). Key figures to be studied include Aquinas, Luther, and Calvin.
Full Description | Instructor: Richard O. Johnson
Full Description | Instructor: Oscar Garcia-Johnson
This course has two main aims. The first is to provide an overview of several of the world's major religions-typically Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism and, time permitting, Sikhism -focusing on their emergence and history, core beliefs and practices, religious texts and interpretations, as well as contemporary influences and expressions. Second, this course introduces various approaches on how Christianity relates to other religions, technically known as the "theology of religions." Towards these aims, the course critically discusses Catholic and Protestant as well as Evangelical approaches towards other religions as well engaging in some comparative theology. The course touches briefly on the implications for and nature of interfaith dialogue.
Full Description | Instructor: Marèque Ireland
Full Description | Instructor: Randy Young
Full Description | Instructor: J. Ramirez-Johnson
The course teaches students to engage organizational change in congregations and other organizations. The course will specifically address ways to engage the context within which the organization exists.
Full Description | Instructor: Susan Maros
Spiritual practices emerge out of spiritual traditions which, in turn, often emerge from the life and experience of spiritual pioneers. In this course we will examine several taxonomies of spiritual traditions. We will then explore the lives of a number of spiritual pioneers in the contemplative tradition from the 3rd to 16th centuries (Antony & the Desert Fathers and Mothers, Patrick of Ireland, Benedict of Nursia, Hildegard of Bingen, Francis of Assisi, Clare of Assisi, Julian of Norwich, Ignatius of Loyola, Teresa of Avila, and St. John of the Cross) and the spiritual traditions they founded (or influenced). Within these various traditions, spiritual practices will be examined and often experienced with an eye to their use in the lives of disciples of Jesus and in the church today. In addition, these traditions will be set in conversation with contemporary spiritual traditions from the worldwide church. All this will be set in the context of the broad sweep of the history and theology of Christian spirituality.
Full Description | Instructor: Michael G. Bischof
This course provides the foundational concepts and best practices to prepare the student for ministry to the young in both a church and non-church setting in any context. The course will provide a basic understanding of adolescent development, contemporary culture, and historical and contextual models of youth ministry thinking and practice. The course is designed to help the student to think and respond theologically to the needs and expectations of the young and their families in a church or organization, and provides practical tools enabling the student to design a theologically sound youth ministry program suitable in any context.
Full Description | Instructor: Chapman Clark
Full Description | Instructor: SW Sunquist
Full Description | Instructor: J. Koeker
This course provides an introduction to and practice in the use of exegetical Greek for ministry. It emphasizes an inductive approach to working with the Greek New Testament and important linguistic matters that influence understanding New Testament texts. The course stresses the use of standard tools for Greek study (including software) instead of extensive memorization of forms and vocabulary in order to focus on the practical use of the Greek New Testament.
Full Description | Instructor: John Koeker
This course introduces interpretive approaches and practices for students of the Bible. Students will consider the aims and assumptions of biblical interpretation, become familiar with major resources for study of the Bible, interpret a variety of biblical texts in both testaments, and reflect upon the manner in which the varied contexts (e.g., social, cultural, theological) of the biblical world and contemporary readers inform interpretation.
This course, offered in Spanish, introduces interpretive approaches and practices for students of the Bible. Students will consider the aims and assumptions of biblical interpretation, become familiar with major resources for study of the Bible, interpret a variety of biblical texts in both testaments, and reflect upon the manner in which the varied contexts (e.g., social, cultural, theological) of the biblical world and contemporary readers inform interpretation.
Full Description | Instructor: Steve Young
This course constitutes an introduction to the nature, structure, and message of the New Testament Gospels and Acts in their historical, literary, and canonical contexts.
The prophet Isaiah anticipates a coming ruler who will reign over the world with justice and righteousness as the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). The New Testament identifies this ruler as Jesus, God with us, the Messiah who will guide our feet into the way of peace (Luke 1:79). This course will explore what it means to be peacemakers in an increasingly pluralistic and polarized world. We will compare broad streams of the current ethical paradigms of just war theory, nonviolence, and the developing paradigm of just peacemaking. We will study how to make practical application of following the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures in international relations, church conflicts, and contentious social issues.
Full Description | Instructor: Ron Sanders
The master’s project is an integrative and culminating portion of the MA-WTA, MA-WMM, and MAT-TA degree programs. It provides students the opportunity to carefully and reflectively integrate their course work with their particular areas of artistic, ministerial, and/or cultural interest. The incorporation of applied fine and worship arts, course work, research, spirituality, and theological reflection lead to the development of a summative thesis or project (which will be undertaken in the Winter quarter).
Full Description | Instructor: Maria Fee
This course explores all aspects of pastoral care for people struggling with addictions. In addition to providing theological and biblical perspectives on the addictive process, this class will help participants develop the understanding and skills needed by pastors and others who seek to help families impacted by addiction.
Full Description | Instructor: Shannae Anderson
This course helps students further develop their skills in oral presentation. This course will cover the theory and practice of key elements of communication events and how contextual factors influence the communication moment. The course provides a foundation for further study to those called into preaching ministries and essential skills for students who intend to serve in other roles.
Full Description | Instructor: Dr. Abraham Ruelas
This is an integrative course that explores the identity and practices of Christian community as a people called, gathered, and sent by God. Together, professor and students study and enact historic Christian disciplines necessitated by this distinctive identity (e.g., hospitality, prayer, promise-keeping, Scripture reading, reconciliation, and testimony).
Full Description | Instructor: Susan S. Phillips
This course is a survey of the recent interdisciplinary field of Childhood Studies as a source of greater understanding for mission and ministry. It presents ways to integrate insights from theology, history, sociology, and cross-cultural psychology in order to consider specific topics in ministry with children such as spiritual development, the relationship between globalization and children/youth, children’s rights, and the more extreme challenges that some children and youth face globally.
Full Description | Instructor: David H. Scott
An introduction to the most important themes and movements in American church history from the Puritans to the present.
Full Description | Instructor: R Johnson
This course is designed to offer additional practical experience in sermon preparation and preaching. The class will be limited to nine students. Each student is expected to prepare and present two sermons: one on a text from the OT and the other on a Gospel text. Sermons are to be original work not previously presented for credit in homiletics or other speech and preaching classes. Each sermon will be evaluated and discussed by class members in an informal environment under the direction of the instructor. All sermons will be video-recorded.
Full Description | Instructor: Randy Young
This course is the third quarter of Fuller's introductory Greek sequence. Students will read Greek texts from across the New Testament, increasing their skills in reading and translating.
Full Description | Instructor: Dr John Koeker
A detailed study of Mark's Gospel based on the English text. Attention is focused primarily on discerning both the original message of the book and its abiding message for the Church in other ages and other cultures.
Full Description | Instructor: J.R. Daniel Kirk
New Testament Introduction orients students to the literature of the New Testament in its various literary, historical, and theological contexts, and to New Testament interpretation in service of Christian practice.
Full Description | Instructor: Renee Dutter Miller
This course offers an inductive introduction to the Old Testament through the lens of its latest canonical portion, the Writings. Close attention will be given to the Psalms, the Wisdom literature (Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes), the Festival books (Ruth, Song of Songs, Lamentations, and Esther), and the historical books of Chronicles, Ezra, and Nehemiah and discussions will center on the content, interpretive issues, and theological perspectives of these books. From these varied works, examples of literary, historical, and theological connections will be traced to the rest of the canon, "the Law and the Prophets."
Full Description | Instructor: Brad Kelle
A study of the Hebrew text of the book of Psalms. Attention will be given to particular Psalms that display a range of types (laments, thanksgiving, etc.), social and historical influences, literary features, and theological themes. The course will also give attention to how translation from the Hebrew enhances the use of the Psalms for worship, prayer, and formation.
Full Description | Instructor: Anthony Petrotta.
This course introduces the more significant themes and events in the life of the church, in Europe, Africa, Asia, and especially the Americas, from the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries. Beginning with the years following the Reformation, students will survey the growth and contribution of the church through various methodological lenses including theological and sociological approaches.
Full Description | Instructor: Emilio A. Núñez.
This course will examine the relationship between the church and state in contemporary culture. We will explore different approaches to evangelical engagement in public policy issues including human sexuality, war and peace, the environment, human rights and justice. The emphasis of this course will be to develop an approach to political engagement that reflects the Scriptural emphasis on being a distinct community of faith as well as an ability to communicate about those issues in a public square.
This course explores Christian beliefs about two major Christian doctrines: ecclesiology and eschatology. Topics include: the nature and life of the church of the church, including its ministry and mission and sacraments. We will also examine different approaches to the parousia, death, resurrection, new creation, judgment, millennium, heaven and hell. While we will explore contemporary evangelical theologies, students will also engage with other Christian traditions and intercultural perspectives.
Full Description | Marèque Steele Ireland
In a world that is rapidly changing and the church declining in size and influence, it has become critically important for pastors to become effective in equipping the people of God to do the work of ministry beyond the walls of the church between Sundays as well as inside the church on Sundays. This course will examine theologically and practically the role of the pastor, historical and contemporary models of pastoral leadership, the clash of cultures between the church & world, the nature of personal & organizational change, and mission strategy. In addition, this course will explore the difficulties of doing ministry in our contemporary society and church including the legal mandatory reporting laws on abuse.
Full Description | Instructor: R. Kevin Murphy
This course provides a background to the psychosocial, technological and spiritual reasons for the almost universal adoption of the Internet and social media among adolescents. The course will provide an understanding of adolescent social media use, theological implications for youth and family ministry and historical and contextual responses of the Church to mediated communication. This course is designed to help the student think theologically about social media concerns and practices of youth, families and Christian communities, providing practical tools to enable the student to design a theologically informed social media strategy in a local ministry context.
Full Description | Instructor: Bradley Howell
Full Description Instructor: Dr. John Koeker
Greek B completes students' introduction to basic building blocks of New Testament Greek through introduction of most remaining verb forms found in the New Testament, with special focus on the aorist tense, participles, nonindicative moods, and -mi verbs, and further enriching their vocabulary.
Full Description | Instructor: Dr. John Koeker
This course is an exegetical study of the background and setting of I Peter, including critical questions of authorship, date, recipients, occasion, and sources. Special attention will be paid to the use of the Old Testament in 1 Peter, to the catechetical patterns, and to the key theological themes.
Full Description | Instructor: Peter Rodgers
This course develops a biblically based, theological approach to identity by exploring the relationship between racial identity, ethnic identity and Christian identity. Lectures and discussions about NT texts and works about ethnic and racial identity help students understand the biblical world-view and modern and post-modern trends on the subject of racial and ethnic identity. Students will be exposed to several biblical, theological, and theoretical approaches that will be used to construct a uniquely Christian posture about race issues in society. Classes include lectures and discussion of relevant texts and student-lead seminars on Christian identity ethics.
Full Description | Instructor: Love Sechrest
This course will commence with an overview of Joshua, Judges, Samuel and Kings, highlighting descriptions of Israel's leaders and the distinct role played by prophets in these narratives. The course will then move to the texts of Hosea-Malachi, Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel, emphasizing the developing prophetic genre and analyzing various literary features and social themes. Lectures and discussions will join these socio-historical understandings of the prophetic voice with its theological application to today's readers/hearers of the biblical text.
Full Description | Instructor: Dale Loepp
The course presents Christian ethics as a discourse of the collective and personal formation of Jesus' disciples by the guiding light of Scripture (with emphasis on peacemaking, truth-telling, economic faithfulness, sexual integrity, and prayer). Special attention will be paid to the colonial shape of the modern world and its import for Christian ethics, especially in the Latino context. The course will specifically address matters such as the place and function of Scripture, Christian understandings of social responsibility, the development of Christian virtue, the church's relation to other Abrahamic communities as well as to the rest of the world, and casuistry of various kinds.
Full Description | Instructor: Tommy Givens
This course provides a theological understanding of fundamental Christian beliefs concerning the person and work of Christ and of the Holy Spirit. The course will explore topics such as salvation, atonement, election and healing and the interrelated nature of these and other doctrines associated with Christology and Pneumatology. We will examine their historical and biblical foundations and how they developed within the greater Christian tradition, and then situate these doctrines in contemporary discussions, including present day intercultural and ecumenical perspectives.
This course is an introduction to Christian reflection and practice in the visual arts. The major emphases will be (1) the actual practice of viewing and making art in the context of prayer and meditation, focusing on art and character; (2) the historical and theological context of art and faith; and (3) the role of the arts in the wider community and in worship. By lectures, discussions, art projects and museum visits, students will engage with significant examples of art as a way of developing a critical appreciation and a Christian appropriation of this dimension of life-with respect to its value for worship and witness.
Full Description | Instructor: William Dyrness
Pastoral counseling as a specialized ministry within the field of pastoral care will be explored in preparing persons who plan to do pastoral counseling and pastoral psychology. A survey of counseling theory and skills, with attention to particular ministry issues, will be incorporated into a practical format for pastoral caregiving settings.
Full Description | Instructor: William Roozeboom
This course explores the dynamics of leading and managing a missional congregation in light of its environmental opportunities. The systemic nature of mission, vision, structure, and interpersonal relationships are considered in light of best practices in team formation, conflict management, strategic planning, and legal and financial stewardship.
Full Description | Roger Heuser
This course serves as a broad introduction to the Church and churches in historical and contemporary contexts. Students will explore a broad variety of ecclesiological formations, exploring the nature of churches, their liturgies, communal life, and their mission in the world. In this course, students will begin to compare and contrast the historical and contemporary church with their own particular tradition.
Full Description | Instructor: Michael McNichols