DMin: Ministry and Leadership in Asian Contexts

Fuller Theological Seminary is offering an opportunity for ministry leaders in Southeast Asia to engage in new levels of theological and leadership training. This Doctor of Ministry cohort brings the very best of a Fuller education to Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Applications are currently closed for this cohort. Contact us with any questions about upcoming opportunities to join the Fuller DMin learning community.


Cohort Overview

The same group of students will meet together over three years for two-week intensive learning seminars with a preset curriculum focused around ministry leadership in Asian contexts. Students will also participate in an independent study based on the Eagles Leadership Conference and complete a contextually-applied doctoral ministry project. (Pending WASC and ATS approval)

Year One
The Mission of the Church in Asian Contexts with Dr. Scott Sunquist

This course begins with a historical survey of Christian mission in Asia, looking at the various Asian social and religious contexts, and then looks at the variety of responses to Christian mission. In the final section, 20th century social, political, and religious movements will be looked at in relation to the missionary outreach of both Western and Asian missionaries. Comparative studies will help to highlight the different approaches as well as the variety of responses to the Christian message.

Year Two
Developing Missional Churches in Asian Contexts with Dr. Jim Gustafson

Year 2 course description coming soon!

Year Three
Ministry Leadership with Dr. John Ng and Dr. Peter Chao

This course is a primer in the integration of theology and leadership praxis within the context of church and organizational leadership. It is structured around 4 leadership foci encapsulated in the Leadership Imperatives:(a) Person: Focusing on the leader's centeredness, calling, character, & competence; (b) Perspective: Developing a biblical framework out of which Christian leaders lead, (c) Performance: Sharpening competencies and leadership skills; and (d) Partnership: Fostering a culture of shared leadership.

Admissions Requirements

  • A Master of Divinity or its equivalent, or a Master of Arts of a theological nature of at least 96 quarter units (64 semester units) from an approved school. Students with a Master of Arts (without MDiv equivalency) may need to complete additional DMin units. For MDiv equivalency contact an advisor at 626.584.5318 or
  • A ministerial leadership position. The DMin program is designed for ministry leaders to continue to learn and grow without having to leave their ministry context.
  • A minimum of three years ministerial leadership experience after receiving the M.Div. or M.A. degree.
  • A grade point average of 3.0 or higher (3.0 on 4.0 scale).
  • Biblical language studies in Greek or Hebrew (This requirement may be met through a course in the DMin program.)
  • Evidence of academic writing proficiency (see the online application for details).
  • A TOEFL score of 600 (paper test) OR 250 (computer test) OR 100 (internet test) is required for applicants for whom English is a second language and who have not earned a Bachelor degree taught in English in the U.S., U.K., Australia, New Zealand, or Canada. The TOEFL's web site is

Contact the DMin office for more information on applying to this cohort!

(626) 584-5200
(800) 235-2222
135 N. Oakland Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91182