School of Intercultural Studies

CERTIFICATE IN CHURCH PLANTING

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CERTIFICATE DESCRIPTION

24 QUARTER UNITS

Fuller’s Certificate in Church Planting provides church planters with the healthy roots of (1) a biblical theology of church planting that provides a grid to discern models and methods, (2) missional competencies to contextualize the gospel in your city, and (3) a focus on the spiritual formation of the planter to withstand the stresses and pressures of planting .

The six-course program can be completed in 12-24 months and is structured so that students can remain in their church planting contexts while they study. Certificate classes will be taught primarily online by faculty members and practitioners who provide support and mentorship. 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.

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

DISTINCTIVES

  • Online Courses: The entire certificate can be done online with an optional 1 week intensive course on campus (Starting and Multiplying New Churches).
  • Spiritual and Character Formation Area of Interest: 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 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)

CORE COURSES (12 UNITS)

Starting & Multiplying New Churches - MC525

This is a foundational overview course that equips you to plant a church by developing a prospectus (church planting plan). It will give you practical instructions utilizing various models, methods, and strategies

Evangelism & Church Planting - MC538

This course teaches us you how to express and embody the gospel in ways that flow out of the heart language of the people you're seeking to reach and in ways that minister to the tangible needs of the community you're serving.

Social Analysis and Contextualization - MB533

This course will teach you how to exegete the culture and context of a church plant to help develop churches that are relevant and transformative.

 

ELECTIVES (12 UNITS)

BIBLICAL THEOLOGY COURSES: (CHOOSE ONE)

MT502 The Bible, Hermeneutics and Christian Mission
MT503 Theology of Mission
HT503 Church, Humanity, and the Christian Life

MISSIONAL COMPETENCIES COURSES: (CHOOSE ONE)

MN540 Urban Church Planting
PM514 Missional Churches & Leadership
EV525 Contemporary Culture and Evangelism

SPIRITUAL FORMATION COURSES: (CHOOSE ONE)

MM568 Self Care in Mission
IS500 Touchstone
IS503 Practices of Mission

CONTACT

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

FURTHER OPPORTUNITIES

If you're interested in a degree in church planting, checkout the new master's degree area of interest in church planting.