Certificate in Church Planting

Lee_Matthew-webIf you are engaged in church planting or planning to be, we would love the opportunity to serve you through Fuller’s new Certificate in Church Planting program. We’ve designed the program for your needs as a church planter—with courses taught by both faculty and experienced practitioners, a primarily online format that enables you to remain in your ministry, and a cohort model that nurtures mutual support and the sharing of experiences. I invite you to look at the details below and if you have further questions, do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to partnering with you in this important mission of planting new churches!

Dr. Matthew Lee
Director of the Church Planting Program

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Certificate Description

24 Quarter Units

Fuller’s new Certificate in Church Planting will be offered starting Winter Quarter 2015 (January-March). The two-year program will provide students with (1) a deeper theological understanding of the issues involved in church planting, (2) a broader perspective and exposure to the resources, models, strategies, and networks available for church planting, and (3) a practical support system as students progress through the program with the same group of students (a “cohort”), sharing experiences as they apply coursework to their individual church plants.

The six-course program is structured so that students can remain in their church planting ministries while they study. Each class will be taught in a hybrid course format (nine weeks online, one week on campus) by a faculty member as well as a practitioner who will provide support and mentorship through the duration of the program. For students who wish to later expand their study, courses from the certificate program can be credited toward a master's degree program in Fuller’s Schools of Theology or Intercultural Studies.*

If you are currently engaged in or sense a strong calling to church planting and seek a deeper theological and practical foundation for your work, this certificate program is ideal for you.

Questions? Please contact us at churchplanting@fuller.edu.

*For more information on using the Certificate in Church Planting as a foundation for a master's degree, prospective students may contact the Office of Admissions to speak with an admissions counselor, and current students may consult with their academic advisor.


  • Hybrid Courses: Three ten-week courses per year (each course nine weeks online, one week on campus).
  • Cohort Based: Class size will be limited to 25 and, over the two years, students will be involved in sharing and dialogue with a consistent smaller group of students within the class.
  • Spiritual and Character Formation Emphasis: This is the backbone of the program. From the first class, students develop spiritual practices that will be central to their life as church planters.
  • Action-Reflection Program: Students will remain in their church planting ministries as they work on their certificate, reflecting upon and applying what they are learning in real time.

Curriculum (24 units)

IS500 The Touchstone Course

IS503 The Practice of Mission

BI500 Interpretive Practices

MB533 Social Analysis and Contextualization

MC538 Evangelism and Church Planting

PM514 Missional Churches and Leadership


Each course will be tailored to include a church planting emphasis, with the co-teaching practitioners assisting with practical applications of the teaching.

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