The Church as Family (YF732)

Registration Information:   

Online registration is for DMin credit students only. For information on auditing this course, please contact dmin@fuller.edu.


A fundamental change in how we think about ministry programming and strategy, and indeed how we consider who we are as the body of Christ, is desperately needed. Simple programmatic fixes like “intergenerational ministry” and canceling events to try and entice the divergent internal congregations to “go to church together” are not only not working, but are both sociologically and theologically bankrupt. 


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This course is designed for church leaders of all any level to learn to develop a theologically-driven holistic ecclesiology that defines and empowers all ministry strategies. In creating a contextually applicable biblical theology of the church, while exploring the needs and uniqueness of the various sub-congregations of their church, the student will be able to lead a ultimately their community in reshaping themselves into a body that embodies John 15 and Philippians 2. Specific issues covered are: the socio-evolution of North American church programming, the psychosocial and developmental needs and issues of the stages of the lifespan, the state of today’s family, the changing culture, building bridges of relationship and intimate Christ-centered community across divergent groups of people, and the challenges and issues that accompany ministry in a global and diverse context. 

Course Project:    

All students will create a project which integrates course reading and learning and integrates it within their ministry context. 

Sample Readings From This Course May Include:    

Keller, Timothy. Center Church. Zondervan, 2012. 

Rah, Soong-Chan. The Next Evangelicalism. InterVarsity, 2009. 

Vanhoozer, Kevin. Everyday Theology. Baker, 2007.  

If you would like more information about this course please email the DMIN office at dmin@fuller.edu    

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