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Prepare for Multiethnic Ministry with a Supportive Cohort

Fuller’s new Multiethnic Ministries Cohort provides a unique opportunity for a select number of church and ministry leaders who serve in multiethnic contexts to join a tight-knit cohort led by Fuller faculty member Vince Bantu, who has significant pastoral experience in African American, Asian American, and Hispanic churches, as well as extensive involvement in multicultural urban communities.

Vince Bantu

Multiethnic Ministries Cohort

Beginning Fall 2020, students in the Multiethnic Ministries Cohort will journey together through a thoughtfully designed, two-year course sequence covering a wide range of essential theological concepts, tools, and resources, providing a strong foundation for effective ministry in multiethnic contexts.

Cohort benefits include a dedicated faculty lead and academic advisor who are both committed to the academic, spiritual, and personal formation of cohort members during their studies at Fuller. The hybrid course format combines primarily online study with one-week visits to Fuller’s Houston campus three times per year. This format provides flexibility for those active in ministry while also allowing for meaningful in-person experiences as a cohort.

To be eligible for this cohort, you must apply to Fuller’s Master of Divinity (MDiv), MA in Theology (MAT), MA in Intercultural Studies (MAICS), or MA in Theology and Ministry (MATM), and be accepted to begin your studies in the Fall 2020 Quarter.

Note: Due to course scheduling limitations and visa requirements, the Multiethnic Ministries Cohort is not available for students studying on a U.S. Student visa. However, there may be ways that you can focus your studies on multiethnic ministries without being a part of the formalized cohort sequence. Talk to your admissions counselor about how you can focus your studies on your particular area of interest today.

Faculty Lead Vince Bantu

Vince BantuVince Bantu joined the Fuller faculty as assistant professor of church history and Black church studies in 2019. Dr. Bantu teaches primarily on Fuller’s Houston campus, where he also serves as a liaison to the William E. Pannell Center for African American Church Studies and networks with African American churches, pastors, and students. He is known for combining his scholarly acumen with his practical experience in community organizing and ministry in multicultural environments, and he states that his passion is to make the resources of the theological academy available to his community.

I look forward to training and engaging with students over the course of two years in the laboratory of the most diverse city in the country.” – Vince Bantu

Hybrid Cohort: Online and in Houston

The Multiethnic Ministries Cohort is available in Fuller’s hybrid course format. Each course consists of nine weeks of online study with one week of on-campus learning at Fuller’s campus in Houston, Texas, the most diverse city in the US––and the cohort’s experiential classroom

Cohort Schedule

Students will journey together through a thoughtfully designed, two-year course sequence covering a wide range of essential theological concepts, tools, and resources, providing a strong foundation for effective ministry in multiethnic contexts.

Additional Benefits

The Multiethnic Ministries Cohort requires enrollment in one course per quarter (except Summer 2021). Students who choose to take additional courses will receive 25 percent off of any second and/or third course taken within their first 16 consecutive quarters of study. Learn more about financial aid and paying for grad school.

Cohort Advisor: Raquel Toledo

Raquel ToledoAs the Multiethnic Ministry Cohort advisor, Raquel will be your first point of contact. Raquel is committed to partner with you to reach our academic and vocational goals and will be available to help you navigate your seminary experience.

Cohort Agreement

Participants in this cohort will be required to sign and abide by the policies and expectations set forth in the Multiethnic Ministries Cohort Agreement.

Applications Due July 31, 2020

Apply by July 31, 2020 to be considered for admission to this selective cohort experience.

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