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Ryan K. Bolger

Associate Professor of Church in Contemporary Culture

BA, UC Davis
MACCS, MAT, PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary

Courses Taught

IS503: Missiology

MC500: Church and Mission

MC509: Church in a Technological Age

MC520: Church Planting

MC532: Evangelizing Nominal Christians (Church Renewal)

Campus Affiliations

Areas of Expertise

Faith and technology, emerging church, missional church, church growth, contemporary culture, contextualization, local theology, Jesus and mission

“The global church is not bound by time or space or location—it is ever present and available. As in all cultures, Christian faithfulness is a live option in a world mediated by technology. After the fear of the new subsides, it is hoped that more Christians will follow Jesus in the network society.”


Ryan Bolger, reflecting along with other voices from the Fuller community on the topic of online community. Explore more.


Ryan Bolger joined the Fuller faculty in 2002 and is associate professor of church in contemporary culture in the School of Mission and Theology. In addition to conducting research focusing on the church and contemporary culture, he teaches classes on missiology, technological culture, church and mission, church planting, and church renewal.

Most recently, he coauthored Techno-Sapiens in a Networked Era: Becoming Digital Neighbors (2020) with Fuller’s Associate Professor of Theology and Culture Kutter Callaway. Dr. Bolger is the editor of Gospel after Christendom: New Voices, New Cultures, New Expressions (2012), convening 28 authors throughout Western culture who initiated new churches within post-Christendom. With Fuller’s Senior Professor of Church Growth Eddie Gibbs, Bolger coauthored Emerging Churches: Creating Christian Communities in Postmodern Cultures (2005), based on research and interviews with church leaders throughout the United States and the United Kingdom. His publications also include chapters in Phyllis Tickle: Evangelist of the Future (2013), Mass Culture (2008), Worship That Changes Lives (2008), An Emergent Manifesto of Hope (2008), and Evangelical, Ecumenical, and Anabaptist Missiologies in Conversation: Essays in Honor of Wilbert R. Shenk (2006). In addition, he has published articles in Missiology and the ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science and is a frequent conference speaker on church and culture.

For his research on pastoral leadership in the emerging church, Bolger received an award from Duke Divinity School in 1999, and in 2005 he received an award from Yale for his teaching on American culture and the gospel.

Bolger mentors PhD, DMin, and DMiss doctoral students in the areas of contemporary culture and the church.

Download Bolger’s CV, which includes a list of his current publications, here.

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