A Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary

I’m pretty excited about the D.Min. at Fuller Seminary that I’ll be teaching starting this June, not long after completing my own “terminal degree.”  (That’s a telling phrase!)  I know that several readers of this blog have already applied to Fuller to join the cohort, and I’m hoping that a few more will.  Here are some of the reasons that this D.Min. is unique:

  1. Those of us in the cohort will, I am quite sure, develop friendships that will last for years.
  2. We’re going to be learning together.  This won’t be a lecture-listener format, but an ongoing, interactive learning environment.
  3. The topic is Christian Spirituality, so we’ll not just be learning in an intellectual sense.  We’ll also be growing our own spirits as we seek to follow Jesus.
  4. I’ll be joined be some incredible fellow instructors: Lauren Winner, Phyllis Tickle, Brian McLaren, and Gareth Higgins.
  5. We’re meeting for about two weeks each June for the next three years.
  6. The first and third years will take place in Southern California.
  7. The second year, with Brian McLaren, will be a canoe trip in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness on the Minnesota-Canada border.

Below is a video in which I explain a bit more of what I’m looking forward to.  I hope you’ll consider applying.

Limping Into the New Year — A Christmas Diagnosis
A Grammatical PSA
Same As It Ever Was
Making Trouble with Tickle, McLaren, and Winner
About Tony Jones
  • http://www.justlife.tv Dave Ambrose

    Tony, I’m excited to be a part of the cohort and continue to be humbled by what God is doing in my life. This should be an incredible experience together over the next few years! I was privileged to take a class by Richard Rohr this past fall (Contemplation and Action) and was completely blown away by what God did in my soul. Thanks for your willingness to allow God to use you in my life and ministry as well as others. I just purchased a few of the books and started on “Mudhouse Sabbath” today…wow! I can’t wait to meet everyone and start experiencing God together!

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  • http://pantheon.yale.edu/~kd47 Keith DR

    1:36: “demon cohort”? ha
    seriously, good luck with this

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  • http://www.guardianangelscatholiccommunion.org Elaine Groppenbacher

    Hi, Tony! I am intrigued with this DMin cohort in Spirituality that you’re teaching . . . intrigued enough to once again consider Fuller. I write “once again” because I considered Fuller in the past for my MDiv, but could not in good conscience attend there because of Fuller’s Community Standard statement regarding homosexuality. I secured my MDiv elsewhere.

    When I saw your name attached, as well as the names of the other people you’ve noted, I decided that maybe things had changed at Fuller. I pulled up the current Community Standard from the Fuller Seminary Web site today, Feb 29, 2011, only to find that the statement has not changed (see below). As much as I would want to apply to join your cohort and pursue my DMin, I would have little integrity if I did apply. You see I am a lesbian faith-filled Christian in a long-term monogamous relationship who would be married if given the opportunity. Yes, I could apply and not disclose, but that would be disingenuous and a violation against my personhood and beliefs.

    If you have more information about a potential change in Fuller’s position, I would love to learn about it . . .

    Best to you!

    Community Standard – Sexual Standards

    Fuller Theological Seminary believes that sexual union must be reserved for marriage, which is the covenant union between one man and one woman, and that sexual abstinence is required for the unmarried. The seminary believes premarital, extramarital, and homosexual forms of explicit sexual conduct to be inconsistent with the teaching of Scripture. Consequently, the seminary expects all members of its community–students, faculty, administrators/managers, staff, and trustees–to abstain from what it holds to be unbiblical sexual practices.
    http://www.fuller.edu/about-fuller/mission-and-history/community-standards-sexual-standard.aspx accessed February 20, 2011 @ 2pm AZ time.

    • http://tonyj.net Tony Jones


      Yes, I’m afraid that would probably exclude you from the program, although I do not know. Fuller Seminary administration is aware of my position on GLBT issues. Notably, a professor at Fuller is not required to sign the community standards and practices statement, just the statement of faith, which I was able to sign without hesitation. You should ask Fuller staff directly about this, however.

  • http://www.patheos.com/community/carlgregg/ Carl Gregg

    Related to the concern above, I’m glad to hear you’ll be leading this cohort at Fuller. At the same time, I was disturbed to learn about the conference Fuller is holding on converting Jews: http://networkedblogs.com/eKFX8. I have positive associations with smart evangelicals at Fuller such as James McClendon and Nancy Murphy to name the first two that come to mind, but I’m curious how you feel about teaching at a seminary that encourages proselytizing Jews — although perhaps I just need to learn more about the conference and/or maybe this is all a part of the messy involved with an authentic “Big Tent” Christianity.

    • http://tonyj.net Tony Jones

      Carl, I was shocked to see notice of that conference in my alumni email from Fuller this week. Shocked and saddened. I hope to ask some questions about this when I’m out there next month.

  • http://www.patheos.com/community/carlgregg/ Carl Gregg

    Thanks for your reply. My hope is that having your voice as part of the conversation at Fuller will be fruitful — perhaps even giving permission to some others at Fuller to ask important questions they may not have previously felt emboldened to speak out loud.

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