Ryan K. Bolger

Associate Professor of Church in Contemporary CultureSchool of Intercultural Studies

Contact Information
BA, UC Davis
MACCS, MAT, PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary

Ryan Bolger joined Fuller faculty in 2002 and is associate professor of church in contemporary culture in the School of Intercultural Studies. With his research focusing on the emerging and missional church movements, he teaches classes on contemporary culture, including postmodern and new media cultures, exploring the implications these cultures have on Christian witness.

With Fuller’s Senior Professor of Church Growth Eddie Gibbs, Bolger co-authored Emerging Churches: Creating Christian Communities in Postmodern Cultures (2005), based on research and interviews with church leaders throughout the United States and United Kingdom. His publications include chapters in Mass Culture (2008), Worship That Changes Lives (2008), An Emergent Manifesto of Hope (2008), and Evangelical, Ecumenical, and Anabaptist Missiologies in Conversation: Essays in Honor of Wilbert R. Shenk (2006). He has also published articles in Missiology and the ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science and is a frequent conference speaker on church and culture.

For his research on pastoral leadership in the emerging church, Bolger received an award from Duke Divinity School in 1999, and in 2005, he received an award from Yale for his teaching on American culture and the gospel.

He is a member of the Allelon Mission to Western Culture Project and, additionally, has been one of the founding voices in the dialogue between the emerging church and emerging synagogue.

Classes Taught

  • MC500 Church and Mission
  • MC520 New Religious Movements and the Growth of the Church
  • MC532 Evangelizing Nominal Christians
  • MC535 The Emerging Church in the 21st Century
  • MP520 Transforming Contemporary Culture
  • MP550 Mission in American Culture

Areas of Expertise, Research and Writing

Emerging church, missional church, church growth, culture, contextualization, local theology, Jesus and mission

Additional Information

Dr. Bolger’s CV and blog

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