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Spiritual Formation for Ministry


Rev. Dr. Nicole Martin

Assistant Professor of Ministry and Leadership Development

Code Section Course Title Professor Site Date/Time
SF 501 Spiritual Formation for Ministry N. Martin Online May 19 – Aug 24*

*Four DigitalLive sessions will be offered (dates TBD), but an asynchronous option will also be available if you cannot attend live.

Course Description

Spiritual Formation is a long, slow, and necessary journey that takes us from where we are to where God wants us to be in Him. It is not an overnight process, but a lifelong discipline of delighting in our walks with God. The journey cannot be contained by any one course or taught by any one book.

Spiritual Formation for Ministry (MC/SF501) is a course in the Division of Practical Theology that equips students with the necessary tools to begin this process of formation, both inwardly with God and outwardly in community. The student will be introduced to various perspectives on
the process of faith formation and equipped to articulate a practice that will nourish and
sustain him or her for lifelong ministry.

As you prepare to start this course, identify a 30-minute timeframe each day to implement the practice of spiritual disciplines and formation. This component is KEY to successful completion of this course.

Course Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Articulate and define the Biblical principles, disciplines and practices for forming and sustaining a life with Christ

  2. Clearly identify their strengths and begin the preliminary work of discerning strengths-based vocational calling that can positively shape the mentored ministry placement

  3. Identify major streams of thought and practice for spiritual formation within the history of Christian tradition

  4. Put core learnings into short-term practice with an eye toward long-term sustainability

  5. Cultivate a deeper appreciation for lifelong work of spiritual formation within themselves

  6. Understand the principles and practices for discipling others within and beyond the church

  7. Develop a plan for personal spiritual formation and maturation that can be applied to congregational life

Summer Applications Are Now Closed

However, this course is offered on a recurring schedule, reach out to our admissions team for an estimate of the next time this course will be offered.

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