Hiebert teaching at Seminary
Hiebert’s inability to connect his professional achievements with his sense of calling at the University of Washington led him to join the faculty of Fuller Seminary in 1977. He was very pleased with the emphasis that Fuller put on missions, and he was happy there for many years, teaching and developing missiological theories and practices at Fuller. However, Hiebert left Fuller in 1990 due to a missiological controversy at Fuller in which he had become involved when he sought to bring a balance between John Wimber, Peter Wagner, Charles Kraft’s power encounter approach to mission and a more theological approach.
Hiebert came to Trinity Evangelical Divinity School as Professor of Mission and Anthropology in 1990. He worked at building the Ph.D. Program in Intercultural Studies,recruiting new faculty, mentoring scores of Ph.D. students, and teaching various subjects.
He wrote many books when he was at Fuller and Trinity, including Anthropological Insights for Missionaries (1985), Case Studies in Missions (1987), Anthropological Reflections on Missiological Issues (1994), Incarnational Ministry (1995), Missiological Implications of Epistemological Shifts (1999), Understanding Folk Religion (1999), and Transforming Worldviews (2008) and The Gospel in Human Contexts (2009) which was published after his death.
From Dr. Robert J. Priest. “Paul G. Hiebert: A Life Remembered”, Trinity Journal (30:2), 2009, pp. 171-175., and Philip Wayne Barnes. Missiology Meets Cultural Anthropology: The Life and Legacy of Paul G. Hiebert (The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ph.D. dissertation, 2011) pp. 58-71.