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Pentecostal-Charismatic Ministry in the 2020s: Hope & Healing for a Broken World

Application Deadline: July 26, 2024

Decisions Sent: August 16, 2024

Overview

Central to pentecostal-charismatic spirituality is an embrace of the ongoing and surprising work of the Holy Spirit—but doing so is not without challenges. On one hand, the impact of its evangelistic and missional commitments (including numerical multiplication) has been profound; but on the other, the movement’s excesses expose the importance of testing the unexpected and often unprecedented. The opportunities and difficulties for pentecostal-charismatic ministry in the 2020s are greater even than the past, in this post-pandemic time of cultural-political polarization, deepening socioeconomic inequalities, and climate change.

Spirit-filled, Jesus-following, and biblically rooted disciples must be renewed spiritually, academically, interculturally, vocationally, and emotionally to serve as resilient, innovative ministers who offer hope and healing to those in our context. This three-year DMin cohort provides a community to support our personal and collective inquiry into the “how” of our response to God’s call on our lives.

Schedule

Year One

Pentecostal Churches Around the World: Opportunities and Challenges

Fall 2024 (6 units): Sep 23–Dec6, online live
Winter 2025 (6 units): Jan 6–Mar 21, online live
Spring 2025 (4 units): Mar 31–Jun 12, online

Students will be meeting for three 2-hour Zoom sessions per quarter. Specific times will be determined before each quarter depending on students time zones. 

Our journey in Year 1 will be both deep and wide: deep into what it means to be pentecostal, its charisms and attractiveness (including its message of power, healing, and prosperity), and how it mobilizes, catalyzes, and drives our hearts, loves, and aspirations; and wide in an exploration of its multiplicities across the world, including its embodied performances, inter- and trans-cultural contextualizations, and misguided beliefs and practices. Along the way, students will better understand themselves and their ministries, including their ministry/missional communities, by identifying afresh the challenges we confront and the opportunities before us.

Year Two

Pentecostal Ministry/Mission: Healing, Hope, and Other Resources

Fall 2025 (6 units): Sep 29–Dec 12, online live
Winter 2026 (6 units): Jan 5–Mar 17, online live
Spring 2026 (4 units): Mar 30–Jun 12, online

Students will be meeting for three 2-hour Zoom sessions per quarter. Specific times will be determined before each quarter depending on students time zones. 

Having name our ministry/missional question, this second year seeks to identify theoretical, theological, and practical resources to nurture understanding, development, and transformation—in particular, how to envision and share God’s hope and healing for our churches and missional communities. Students will also be taking concrete steps toward degree program completion such as writing up a literature review and getting a research or project proposal accepted even as they will interact not only with the cohort leader/professor but also with a small group of other student peers, giving and receiving critical feedback on our conceptualizations and articulations.

Year Three

The Holy Spirit’s Responses to Our Brokenness: Writing Up the Doctoral Project

Fall 2026 (6 units): Sep 28–Dec 11, online live
Winter 2027 (6 units): Jan 5–Mar 19, online live
Spring 2027 (4 units): Mar 29–Jun 11, online

Students will be meeting for three 2-hour Zoom sessions per quarter. Specific times will be determined before each quarter depending on students time zones. 

The final year’s work will focus primarily on completing the doctoral project, whether students choose a case study, program assessment, curricular (re)design, or another approved dissertation format. This involves substantive writing and communication at a post-graduate level while developing translational communicative skills to share with our churches, congregations, and other ministry/mission partners, both in candidness about the pain and brokenness of our lives, churches, and world on the one hand, and also in anticipation about the Spirit’s redemptive work in all of these spaces on the other hand. Along the way, we will also identify, implement, and assess intercultural, emotional, and spiritual interventions for the ministerial and missional vocations.

Amos Yong

Instructor

Amos Yong came to Fuller in 2014 as professor of theology and mission and director of the School of Intercultural Studies’ Center for Missiological Research, overseeing the PhD and ThM intercultural studies programs. In 2019, he was appointed dean of the School of Intercultural Studies and of the School of Theology, and in 2020 was named chief academic officer for Fuller. He has authored or edited more than 50 books and 225 scholarly articles, and remains active in church and academy.

Before coming to Fuller, he taught for nine years at Regent University School of Divinity, where the last positions he held were J. Rodman Williams Professor of Theology and dean. Prior to that he was on the faculty at Bethel University in St. Paul, Bethany College of the Assemblies of God, and served as a pastor. He also worked in Social and Health Services in Vancouver, Washington.

Yong’s scholarship has been foundational in Pentecostal theology, interacting with both traditional theological traditions and contemporary contextual theologies—dealing with such themes as the theologies of Christian-Buddhist dialogue, of disability, of hospitality, and of the mission of God. He has authored or edited almost four dozen volumes. Among the most recent are Renewing the Church by the Spirit: Theological Education after Pentecost (Theological Education between the Times) (forthcoming, 2020), Pentecostal Theology and Jonathan Edwards (T&T Clark, 2019), Mission after Pentecost (Mission in Global Community): The Witness of the Spirit from Genesis to Revelation (2019), Can “White” People Be Saved?: Triangulating Race, Theology, and Mission (2018), Learning Theology: Tracking the Spirit of Christian Faith (2018), The Bible and Disability: A Commentary (2017), and the Global Renewal Christianity series.

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