Recovery Ministry

A teenager is hospitalized after a drug overdose. A man is charged with assault and battery after he beats his wife. A woman struggling with alcoholism wonders if this drink will be her last.

Addiction and abuse are all too prevalent in our communities and, yes, even our churches. Fuller's theologically centered program in recovery ministry focuses on spiritual, emotional, and physical healing. Whether your heart is for people dealing with addiction, abuse, or trauma, we empower you to reach out to them with sensitivity, wisdom, and spiritual maturity.

How will you communicate God's love to those who suffer?

Recovery Ministry at Fuller

Learn about Recovery Ministry with Dale Ryan, Associate Professor of Recovery Ministry and Director of the Institute for Recovery Ministry
Recovery Ministry Masters Degree Emphasis at Fuller Theological Seminary with Dale Ryan -Video

Featured Faculty

Emphasis Faculty

Shannae Anderson*
Mark Laaser*
Dale Ryan
Matthew Russell

*affiliate or adjunct faculty

Curriculum Requirements

To earn an emphasis in Recovery Ministry, students must fulfill the emphasis requirements (16 units) listed below:

Required courses (12 units):

CN553 Pastoral Care and Abuse
CN567 Spiritual Formation and the Twelve Steps
EV532 Recovery Ministry in the Local Church

Choose One (4 units):

CN557 Pastoral Care and Addictions

CN558 Pastoral Care and Sexuality

CN504 Family Therapy and Pastoral Counseling

CN524 Family Dynamics of Addiction

Emphasis courses are scheduled on a rotation and may not be available every quarter. For descriptions of courses, please visit the Academic Catalog.
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