Launching in summer 2016
The Spiritual Formation track focuses on a biblically informed, spirituality grounded understanding of the Triune God. The Bible, the revelation of the Living Word and Jesus are central in Christian spiritual transformation, and they inform the process of maturation and growth, as guided by the Holy Spirit.
With a specific curriculum, students participate in a close-knit community with those in their cohort and their faculty mentors. Over three years and six intensives (student take two intensives per year), the track focuses on the core transformational processes of knowing God and self through prayer, spiritual disciplines and, most importantly, an explicit dependence on the Holy Spirit, the transforming architect and agent of change.
The intensive courses
Trinity and Incarnation
The Holy Spirit and the Heart of Christian Spirituality
The History of Christian Spirituality
The Theology and Practice of the Spiritual Disciplines
Spiritual Mentoring and Direction
Faculty mentors serve as spiritual directors for the cohort. The cohort, mentors and guest lecturers live and learn together in community in a retreat-style setting.
The cohort is discrete, meaning it will be closed to new students during its three year duration – no one is allowed to enter the SF track once it starts. To account for students who may drop out of the program, we are planning to have a minimum cohort size of 10 students.
Who this track is for
This track would be a good fit for people serving in ministry areas such as discipleship, spiritual formation, spiritual direction, prayer, caretaking and counseling. Beyond vocational ministry roles, those in service or health professions may find this track appealing from a holistic perspective.
Students will be exposed to a variety of approaches to Christian spirituality. While recognizing theological distinctions that can be connected to different spiritual practices, exposure to these practices does not constitute endorsement of differing theological views. Doctoral level work requires students to critically analyze and understand differences and, to an extent, welcome strengths and critiques that may “oppose” their own spiritual practice and preferences.