Spiritual Formation Track

Launching in summer 2017

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.

Class structure

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 

  • Knowing Self / Knowing God
  • Spiritual Theology
  • Spiritual Disciplines and Discernment
  • The History of Christian Spirituality
  • Spiritual Formation in Everyday Life
  • Integrated Spirituality

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. 

Dr. Calvin Blom

The Spiritual Formation track will be led by Dr. Calvin Blom, who has been teaching at Multnomah Biblical Seminary since 1986. Dr. Blom has a passion to see Christ-followers entering into a deep and intimate walk with the Lord Jesus Christ. In 2009, he initiated within his church the formation of the Spiritual Formation Institute (SFI). Since then, he has facilitated spiritual formation courses for groups and served as a spiritual director for individuals in his community. Dr. Blom holds a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, a D.Min. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a Spiritual Formation Certificate from George Fox Evangelical Seminary. 

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.