DMin :: Youth, Family, and Culture

Apply to join this cohort by July 10, 2015!

*A limited number of competitive spaces will be reserved for students pursuing a non-degree Advanced Diploma of Ministry Leadership (ADML). For more information on the ADML experience for this cohort, visit the ADML webpage or contact our office.

Overview

YouFamCulWebThe Doctor of Ministry degree in Youth, Family, and Culture offers doctoral-level training and exposure with an emphasis on theological discovery and practical application. With this cohort, you will be led into the most significant training in youth and family ministry on the planet. Whether you are a college professor, a denominational leader, a camp director, or a youth pastor, this cohort is designed for you. Be part of rethinking and reshaping youth and family ministry for future generations. - Chap Clark, PhD

Fuller's Youth, Family, and Culture DMin Cohort is a learning community of ministry leaders who share your heart for youth and family ministry. Guided coursework is spread over three consecutive years with the same cohort group guided and mentored by Chap Clark, Mindy Coates Smith, Scott Cormode, and other noted youth and family ministry leaders. While earning your doctorate, you grow together with others as a learning community.

Major Themes Covered

  • Theology and Strategic Issues of Youth and Family Ministry
  • Psychological Development of Adolescents
  • Developing the Spirituality of Adolescents
  • Emerging Models of Youth and Family Ministry
  • Youth and Family Ministry: An Integrated Approach

Please contact the DMin office for more information on applying for this cohort.

Instructors

Chapman Clark is Professor of Youth, Family, and Culture and is the Director of Fuller's Youth Ministry Programs. Chap is that rare individual who combines extensive youth and family ministry experience and passion with academic study. Apart from his work at Fuller he has also taught at Denver Seminary and has more than 20 years in ministry, including 15 years with Young Life. During his years as area and regional director for Young Life, he innovatively reached out to young people and their families through weekly clubs and camps and recruited and trained staff members in cooperation with local churches. He has also served on the pastoral team of Glendale Presbyterian Church. Chap is the author of numerous books, including Next Time I Fall in Love, The Youth Worker's Handbook to Family Ministry, Daughters and Dads, From Father to Son, Starting Right, and Hurt: Inside the World of Today's Teenagers. Chap is committed to further equipping men and women who recognize the church's mandate to reach young people in the name of Christ.

Mindy Coates Smith currently serves as the Co-Director of Youth Discipleship at Bel Air Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles, where she has been on staff for eight years. Mindy has a passion for children, youth, and families. Her previous experience includes her education at the University of Arizona (BA in Elementary Education and letter-winner in the sport of Track & Field) and Fuller Theological Seminary (MAT and DMin), as well as youth ministry positions in the camp and campus contexts. Mindy regularly speaks to students and parents in her role at Bel Air and at schools and nonprofit organizations in Los Angeles. She serves as a Sticky Faith Coach with the Fuller Youth Institute and has been published in FYI's E-Journal. Mindy and her husband RO reside in Beverly Hills, California. Mindy cares deeply about issues of social justice, is an advocate for education, and is passionate about the children and youth of Los Angeles.

What can I do with a DMin degree?

What can I do with a DMin degree?

The primary purpose of the DMin degree is to enable ministry leaders to fully engage their ministry context with greater theological depth and a wider practical perspective. DMin graduates also find opportunities to teach at the college and seminary level.

What are the DMin learning outcomes?

What are the DMin learning outcomes?

Graduates will demonstrate skills for missional engagement of the church in specific cultural contexts.

Graduates will exhibit skills as reflective practitioners.

Graduates will engage in intentional and communal personal practices that develop character, nurture spiritual formation and deepen relationships.

How much does a DMin cost? Is there financial aid available?

How much does a DMin cost? Is there financial aid available?

The Fuller DMin degree is a 48-unit degree for students with an MDiv degree and a 60-unit degree for the MA track. At the current tuition rate of $400 per unit, the cost of the 48-unit track is $19,200, and the 60-unit track is $24,000.

The Doctor of Ministry program has a limited number of need-based grants available to DMin students. These grants are awarded to accepted students according to the Doctor of Ministry Grant Guidelines on a course-by-course basis. For more information, please contact the DMin office at dmin@fuller.edu.

When should I apply?

When should I apply?

The Doctor of Ministry program has rolling admission throughout the year and our admissions committee meets monthly.

It is recommended that you submit your application at least two months prior to starting the Personalized Track (which begins with the online course DM711 Exploring the Contours of Ministry) and at least four months prior to beginning a cohort. This allows several weeks to complete the admission process and any preliminary readings for DMin courses.

What is the status of my application?

What is the status of my application?

If you have already submitted a complete application and are wondering when you will hear from our office, please be assured that we will contact you as soon as possible following the committee's admission decision. If your application is completed by the 10th of the month you should have an admission decision by the end of that same month.

Contact us if you have any specific admissions questions.

Does Fuller offer an online or distance learning DMin program?

Does Fuller offer an online or distance learning DMin program?

Because our students are actively involved in ministry, our DMin program is structured for great flexibility with courses offered around the world and as little as three weeks of residency required. While the DMin degree is not available solely online or from a distance, we are adding online and distance learning components to our courses. We find the interaction in the classroom learning environment to be a crucial part of the program.

What if my ministry is bi-vocational, volunteer, or non-traditional?

What if my ministry is bi-vocational, volunteer, or non-traditional?

We recognize that ministry is rapidly changing and that ministry leadership looks very different in each context. DMin students serve both in and outside of the local church context and it is not required that your ministerial leadership experience be full time or paid. It must, however, be a substantial leadership position from which you can grow, challenge, apply, and implement strategies that you are learning through your DMin coursework.

Help! I still have questions!

Help! I still have questions!

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Phone: (800) 999-9578 or (626) 584-5315

E-mail: dmin@fuller.edu


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