What does it mean to be a creative, wise, courageous leader as an Asian American Christian? How can you sensitively and effectively reach an emerging generation of Asian Americans amidst formidable global challenges? How does the gospel engage Asian American pop culture, social justice concerns, and church drama?

These are the kinds of questions that drive Fuller's new, first-of-its-kind emphasis in Asian American Contexts. You will learn from faculty who are renowned scholars in diverse arenas of the Asian American experience and innovative theologian-practitioners who apply their expertise for kingdom purposes.

Whatever your calling, immigrant generation, or ethnic heritage -- and whether you are an Asian American yourself or are called to minister to Asian Americans -- our courses, spiritual formation groups, and individual mentoring will help you grow and be shaped theologically, spiritually, and vocationally by God's disruptive grace.

Featured Faculty

AAC-FongKenneth "Ken" Fong, of Evergreen Baptist Church in Los Angeles, is a widely respected leader in Asian American ministry. Holding an MDiv and DMin from Fuller, he joined Evergreen in 1981 as associate pastor and moved to the role of senior pastor in 1996. Under Ken's leadership the church became one of the first major English-only, multiethnic, Asian American congregations in North America. His book Insights for Growing Asian American Ministries -- later revised and reprinted as Pursuing the Pearl -- was one of the earliest books on the future of Asian American ministries. At Fuller Ken continues to lead and serve Asian American communities in his role as executive director of the Asian American Initiative and assistant professor of Asian American church studies.
*adjunct faculty

Alumni Perspective

Joshua Muthalali

Joshua Muthalali

MDiv 2012
PhD, Systematic Theology 2016
These classes helped me become more aware of how the Asian American identity forms the way Asian Americans "do" church, and also how the Asian American church can reform the Asian American identity to become more Christlike.

These context-sensitive class offerings are just one reflection of Fuller's and AAI's commitment to equipping the student for the promises and challenges of the contemporary multicultural world.

Curriculum Requirements

To earn an emphasis in Asian American Contexts,** you must fulfill the emphasis requirements (16 units) listed below:

Required Courses (8 units)

PM544 Asian American Contexts and Missional Leadership
TM528 Engaging Asian American Contexts

Choose Two (8 units):

CN504 Family Therapy/Pastoral Counseling
CN567 Spiritual Formation and the Twelve Steps
CO522 Narrative Communication in a Visual Age
ET543 The Theology and Ethics of Martin Luther King Jr
ET545 Christian Ethics in Asian American Contexts
FS500 Family Systems Dynamics
MR519 Christian Engagement with People of Other Faiths
MR541 China and Christian Faith
MH526 Christianity in China, Korea, and Japan
MH530 History: Christianity in Asia
NS563 Race and Christian Identity in the New Testament
ST544 Asian and Asian American Theologies

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