The format for the Holy Spirit Leadership & Praxis Doctor of Ministry cohort leans heavily upon a rotating team of faculty who will instruct at each face-to-face experience. Each year, four days of lecture and dialogue will be framed and led by Dr. A.J. Swoboda. The other four days will be led by a guest faculty member. This rhythm provides two crucial aspects to the learning experience. First, it will nurture a sense of ongoing continuity of instruction—the same lead mentor (Dr. Swoboda) will be present each year, providing a sense of continuity to the learning. Second, the learning flow will allow for diversity of thought and instruction in the context of continuity.
Year One Concentration—“God’s Spirit in Scripture, History, & Theology”
January 16–24, 2018
The concentration of gathering of the first year is to frame the entire three-year experience, developing a broad and robust understanding of the life of the Holy Spirit in both biblical and historical theological contexts. What does the Bible say about the Holy Spirit? What does historical theology say about the life of the Holy Spirit? This is a foundation that will be built upon for the entire three-year period. Special attention will be given to the pneumatology of the early church. Components of the course will focus on: 1) a biblical view of the Holy Spirit; 2) historical controversies regarding the Spirit (i.e. Montanism); 3) the ongoing relationship between Spirit and Scripture; and 4) how the historic Christian church has understood and conceptualized the life of the Spirit in the believer, the church, and the world; 5) establishing an historically “orthodox” theology of the Spirit; 6) the exploration of the Spirit’s “gift” in each student; and, 7) the beginning of virtual mentorship with their paired mentor. The cohort will meet on the Fuller Pasadena campus.
Year Two Concentration—“God’s Spirit in Experience & Practice”
January 14-23, 2019
The heavy emphasis in year two will be framed by the biblical command to “be being filled with the Holy Spirit.” (Eph. 5:18) What does “be being” filled mean in the present sense? How can we do that? To that end, the cohort will explore the practical and experiential dynamics to the life of the Holy Spirit as the Spirit is lived out in real life. The emphasis of this year will center on: 1) Christian formation as it relates to a robust theology of the Spirit; 2) the contribution of the Charismatic and Pentecostal traditions to the global church; 3) the gifts of the Holy Spirit in both individual and corporate contexts; 4) the dangers and abuses of the life of the Spirit in contemporary and historical practice; 5) a reading of leadership as a practice of Holy Spirit giftedness; 6) leading with discernment; and, 7) the continuation of mentorship with the paired mentor. The cohort will meet on the Fuller Pasadena campus.
Year Three Concentration—“God’s Spirit in Leadership & Mission”
January 13-22, 2020
The third year will expand the students engagement of the Holy Spirit in both leadership and missional respects. The main themes that will be developed in this years conversation will be: 1) the relationship between the Holy Spirit and global crises; 2) particular attention will be given to a pneumatological understanding to the environmental crisis; 3) the Holy Spirit and evangelism; 4) Spirit and mission; 5) Spirit, principalities, and powers; 6) an orthodox theology of Holy Spirit as they relate to gender and sexuality; and, 7) the continuation of mentorship with the paired mentor. The cohort will meet on the Fuller Pasadena campus.