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.
The 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.
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.
Scott Cormode joined the faculty of Fuller in 2006 as the Hugh De Pree Associate Professor of Leadership Development. This faculty chair was established by the family of the late Hugh De Pree, an accomplished leader and brother of longtime Fuller board member Max De Pree, in order to further develop leadership training programs within the School of Theology and the De Pree Leadership Center. Cormode brought significant leadership and teaching experience to this position, as an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) who served for the previous decade as George Butler Associate Professor of Church Administration and Finance at Claremont School of Theology. Cormode also served at Claremont as associate dean for institutional research, chair of the Curriculum Committee, chair of the Accreditation Team, and principal writer of the Long Range Planning Committee. In 1998, Cormode founded the Academy of Religious Leadership, an organized for professors who teach leadership in seminars, and created the Journal of Religious Leadership, for which he also acts as editor, in 2001. His articles on leadership, organization, and technology have appeared as well in Christian Century, Theological Education, and Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. His most recent book, Making Spiritual Sense: Theological Interpretation as Christian Leadership, was published by Abingdon Press in November 2006. He has served as convener for numerous leadership conferences, presented dozens of papers, chaired various boards, and led training events. He maintains a series of case studies and other resources on www.christianleaders.org, a website for developing Christian leaders.