The Practical Theology concentration focuses on the theology and practice of the church in service of the missio Dei in multicultural contexts with attention to biblical, theological, socio-cultural, and historic resources. Studies in the Practical Theology concentration address the question, In this cultural context, what kind of leadership is needed to create the environments for faithful discernment and praxis in the life and mission of the church?
Applicants are required to have completed the Master of Divinity degree, including Biblical Greek and Hebrew at the level required in Fuller Seminary’s Master of Divinity program, and to have had the equivalent of three years of full-time ministry experience. In order to demonstrate ministry experience, applicants must submit an executive summary of paid and volunteer positions held—including church and parachurch, part-time and full-time—sketching primary responsibilities and accomplishments.
The following are seminars that have been offered by the Ministry Division in recent years:
- Christian Spirituality
- Issues in Contemporary Culture
- Learning Communities: Practical Theology and Christian Education
- Migration, Transnationalism, Identity, and Mission
- Practical Theology Methods
- Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods in Practical Theology
Students may choose one of the following areas of specialization, in which case they will take at least three seminars in this area:
- Missional Ecclesiology, Cultures, and Leadership
- Pastoral Care
- Spirituality, Spiritual Formation, and Evangelism
- Youth, Family, and Culture
In addition to demonstrated competence in either Biblical Greek or Hebrew at the level required in Fuller Seminary’s Master of Divinity program, students in the Practical Theology concentration are required to complete two modern research languages.