Chapman “Chap” Clark

Professor of Youth, Family, and CultureSchool of Theology

Contact Information
BA, University of California San Diego
MA, MDiv, Fuller Theological Seminary
PhD, University of Denver

Chapman “Chap” Clark is professor and chair of the Youth, Family, and Culture Department in the School of Theology. He also serves as director of the Student Leadership Project and is the School of Theology’s representative on the executive board of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI). On faculty since 1997, he created and directs Fuller’s master’s level and Doctor of Ministry programs in Youth, Family, and Culture, and oversees PhD students in practical theology who are studying youth and family ministry, youth culture, and adolescent development.

A well-known practitioner, adolescent and family scholar, and author, Clark has more than 30 years of experience in direct ministry, including 15 years with Young Life, as well as positions with several churches, Denver Seminary, Youth Specialties, and for seven years, as senior editor of Youthworker Journal. He is currently on the teaching team of Harbor Christian Center in Gig Harbor, Washington, is president of ParenTeen and Harbor Hope Services, and continues to work closely with Young Life.

Clark’s extensive publications of books, articles, and videos focus primarily on relationships. Among the books he has authored, coauthored, and edited are Adopted (forthcoming), Youth Ministry in the 21st Century (forthcoming), Hurt: Inside the World of Today’s Teenagers and Hurt 2.0 (2004, a CBA finalist for Book of the Year), Sticky Faith (2010), Counseling Teenagers (2010), When Kids Hurt: Helping Adults Navigate the Adolescent Maze (2009), Disconnected: Parenting Teens in a MySpace World (2007), Deep Justice in a Broken World: Helping Your Kids Serve Others and Right the Wrongs around Them (2007), Deep Ministry in a Shallow World (2006), Teens and Sex: A Leadership Video Curriculum (American Association of Christian Counselors, 2003), From Father to Son (2002), Starting Right: A Practical Theology of Youth Ministry (2001), Daughters and Dads (1998), The Youth Worker’s Handbook to Family Ministry (1997), and Let Me Ask You This . . . Conversations that Draw Couples Closer (1991). He has also edited and contributed to major youth and family ministry textbooks.

Courses Taught

  • EV559 Evangelism in Context: St. Patrick as Model
  • GM586 Lay Leadership and Development Practicum: Congregation-Based Leadership
  • GM587 Lay Leadership and Development Practicum: Community-Based Leadership
  • MD800 Tutorial: International Development
  • YF500 Foundation of Youth Ministry
  • YF501 Introduction to Youth Ministry
  • YF502 Leadership in Youth Ministry
  • YF503 Youth Outreach and Evangelism
  • YF504 Introduction to Family Ministry
  • YF721 Strategic Issues in Youth and Family Ministry
  • YF722 Theology of Youth and Family Ministry
  • YF578 Practicum 1: Youth Ministry Programming
  • YF723 Developing the Spirituality of Adolescents
  • YF724 Psychosocial Development of Adolescents
  • YF725 Youth Ministry: Integrated Approach to Total Church Life
  • YF726 Emerging Models of Youth and Family Ministry
  • YF732 The Church as Family: Developing a Holistic Ecclesiology

Areas of Expertise, Research, Writing, and Teaching

Parenting, culture (esp. youth culture, media, etc.), marriage, youth development, youth and family ministry, general church and parachurch ministry, leadership and teamwork, and spiritual formation

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