Church planting is one of the most effective means of spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. Is God calling you to plant a church?

Whether you are still exploring that call or actively pursuing it, Fuller’s Church Planting emphasis will form you to be a spiritually vibrant and vocationally agile leader. Our courses will give you the theological foundations and missiological principles that will inform your plans and ground your work. You will gain practical instruction on planting a church in a diverse, post-Christendom world as you also benefit from opportunities for missional experimentation and church planting apprenticeships. With every course co-taught by one of our faculty scholars along with a church planting veteran, you’ll learn from the experts.

Listen to this talk on effective church planting from our recent guest Ron Wilbur, founder of a movement to plant churches in weekly motels—and get a taste of the kinds of conversations you’ll engage as part of this emphasis:

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Ryan Bolger

Ryan Bolger, a widely respected voice on the emerging church, is associate professor of church in contemporary culture. Combined with his research focusing on church and contemporary culture, he teaches classes on missiology, technological culture, church and mission, church planting, and church renewal. As editor of the recent book Gospel After Christendom: New Voices, New Cultures, New Expressions, Dr. Bolger convened 28 authors throughout Western culture who started new churches to reach a post-Christendom world. Both Duke Divinity School and the Yale Center for Faith and Culture have granted him awards for his research and work.

Student Perspective


Marc Kennedy

MDiv '17
When I graduate next year I’ll be planting a new faith community with my denomination. I’m an out-of-the-box person. The church planting curriculum here at Fuller has helped me chew and reflect on how to take the ideas I have for doing church differently and allow them to wrestle with Scripture, with culture, and with the ideas of other students who have a similar calling. I feel so much more prepared now to ask better questions, and I’m more aware of the ways I need to focus my energy in order to be fruitful right out of the gate.

Curriculum Requirements

To earn an emphasis in Church Planting, students must fulfill the requirements (20 units) listed below:


MC525 Starting and Multiplying Churches

MB533 Exegeting Your City

MC538 Evangelism and Church Planting or PM514 Missional Churches and Leadership


MN540 Urban Church Planting
MP520 Transforming Contemporary Cultures
MC509 Church in a Culture of Technology
MM568 Self Care in Mission
TC500 Theology & Culture


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