FULLY DEVOTED AND CALLED TO THE MARKETPLACE
Fuller Formation Groups for Marketplace Leaders are designed for the unique needs of men and women who are called to minister in business, healthcare, community, and other non-church settings. Members deepen their spiritual formation within a small community of 8 to 15 believers, learning together what it concretely means to serve as agents of Jesus in business or organizational contexts.
Establish patterns of formation
to sustain a lifetime of faithfulness in the marketplace, community, family, and church
Cultivate the tools and means
to address critical issues facing our communities and workplaces
Grow in awareness of God’s work in the world
and how to participate effectively
Learn within a community of peers
with coaching from seasoned mentors, building a local network of like-minded leaders
THE IMPACT OF FORMATION GROUPS
"In every generation, God has called men and women to live out their faith in the context of the marketplace. It’s a calling to be faithful, fruitful, and generative as agents of God’s kingdom mission in the world, and marketplace leaders thus must attend to their spiritual and leadership formation every bit as much as a pastor or missionary. These groups provide a context for that formation with the specificity of the world-changing marketplace calling in mind."
—BRIAN WALLACE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, FULLER FORMATION GROUPS
"I have been tremendously blessed to participate in a Fuller Formation Group. The authenticity and the willingness to be vulnerable with each other have paved the way to true friendship and experiencing God together. I have been encouraged to know that I am not alone in ministry service and in my walk with God."
—KEVIN KANG-HUAI LEE, GROUP PARTICIPANT
"I often hear marketplace leaders speak of their desire for greater integration in their lives. They yearn to connect their faith to their work, as well as to family, church, and community—and know how their work is part of God's work in the world. Fuller Formation Groups offer a context for leaders to clarify their calling so they might see how their work contributes to God's kingdom, and to discern how to live so they might flourish as the people God has called them to be in all of life."
—MARK ROBERTS, COHORT LEADER
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, MAX DE PREE CENTER FOR LEADERSHIP AT FULLER SEMINARY
FORMATION IN COMMUNITY
Members of these small formation groups dialogue with, learn from, engage, and encourage one another as leaders who seek to further Christ’s purposes in the marketplace. This mutual support helps participants to deepen their spiritual and emotional health so that they may more fruitfully engage God’s kingdom work in their businesses, organizations, homes, and communities.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Led by a seasoned mentor, every marketplace group—or “cohort”—consists of 8 to 15 members, takes place over 12 to 14 months, and includes the following:
Weekly Formation Materials
will feature short videos, readings, and exercises designed to help you grow in faith and leadership. This will take you 45 minutes to an hour per week.
Monthly Small Groups
with your cohort will meet either in person or virtually to process what you are learning from the weekly content and formation experiences
Three retreats (Thursday dinner through Saturday lunch)
will each offer a three-day space when your cohort gathers to worship God, pray, engage in spiritual practices, and enjoy one another in fellowship
January 2017 (Northern California)
Marketplace Cohort 2
Online with three retreats in Northern California
Mark Roberts, Executive Director, Max De Pree Center for Leadership at Fuller Seminary
January 2017- November 2018
The cohort will begin with a launch retreat January 19-21, 2017 at Mount Hermon
Get started on your spiritual formation journey by completing the simple application form here. In addition to providing basic contact information, you might want to take some time to look over the personal questions in the application that will aid us in helping you find the group that is best for your needs.
Tell us three things about yourself that help to describe you.
At this point in your Christian journey, how do you envision your call to God’s mission in the world?
Tell a story from your life that gave you joy or reaffirmed your sense of calling.
How do you imagine that participation in a formation group will contribute to your spiritual life, calling, or relationship to God?
COST AND SCHOLARSHIPS
The participation fee listed above includes all but transportation:
+ 3 two-night retreats (room, board, and programming included)
+ All materials and resources, including weekly content from Fuller’s faculty and staff
+ Monthly video-facilitated small group meetings
Because of the generosity of national foundations, Fuller alumni are eligible for scholarships that cover the majority of the cost. Recipients pay a maximum of $75 per month over 12 months for a total of $900. Some preference will be given to Fuller graduates as well as to alumni who demonstrate ongoing engagement with Fuller, continued theological reflection, or ministry commitment.
DOCTOR OF MINISTRY CREDIT
Participation in a Fuller Formation Group can be applied, at a level of either 12 units or 20 units, toward the 48-unit DMin degree at Fuller. DMin candidates are given additional reading and integration writing assignments that help them apply the cohort experience personally and practically to their ministry context.
Candidates make a separate application to the DMin program and pay the associated tuition, with the cohort process counting for all “class” time. $1,400 of the cohort process is applied to the DMin tuition for 12-unit students; $2,300 is applied for 20-credit students.