A Master’s degree in Spiritual Formation gives you the time, space, and opportunity to embark on a personal journey of interpreting God’s presence in the world while building the expertise needed to foster spiritual experiences for others—a vital skill for church leaders building a congregational community. It is also a crucial component in becoming a Christian mentor, finding the strength to advocate for justice, and asking difficult questions about who we are as a global Church.
As part of your degree, you will inquire about your own experiences of Christian spirituality, how the Church has fostered spiritual formation through its history, and how to foster practical ministry skills. Additionally, the program specifically aims to develop your abilities to:
- Grow in formative dispositions in imitation of Christ
- Gain an understanding of a variety of resources for and experiences of classic Christian spiritual practices (e.g. communal worship, scripture meditation, retreat, journaling, service, Sabbath, spiritual direction, etc.)
- Theologically reflect on and articulate the relationship between human and Christian spirituality
- Assess the formational impact of personal and communal events, traditions, and dispositions in nurturing or hindering spiritual formation
- Appreciate distinctions between and see the unity in diverse forms of Christian spirituality across times and cultures