The Spiritual Formation Focus program is comprised of faculty and students dedicated to deepening their experience of the New Covenant life in the Spirit on the basis of the finished work of Christ on the Cross. It is a community intent upon the life of prayer, openness to God's will in all things, desiring only what God by the Spirit would provide, and allowing His life to penetrate and fill our very own.
Required Course Progression
Students are required to take classes in a particular order during their initial semesters at Talbot. The courses are designed in this particular order for the program to have the most impact and most be taken in sequential order undless granted special permision from the SFF Assistant Director. These requirements are:
Semester 1: TTSF 501 - Introduction to Spiritual Theology and Formation
Semester 2: TTSF 503 - Personal Foundations for Spiritual Formation
TTSF 505 - Spiritual Direction
Semester 3: TTSF 504 - Spiritual Formation, Vocation, and the Disciplines
Semester 4: TTSF 505 - Spiritual Direction*
* The second semester of TTSF 505 can be taken during either Semester 3 or Semester 4.
Introductory study of the nature of spiritual theology and formation, which attempts to understand the nature of new life in Christ, the process of formation in the Spirit and the directives for cooperating with His work. Attention is given to the implications of Spiritual Theology for seminary training and classroom experience. Particular attention is given to understanding the implications of life in Christ regarding guilt, shame and legalism, as well as the New Covenant ministry of the Spirit in transforming the heart in light of the dynamics of original sin, early relational development and the habits of sin developed over time. Attention is also given to developmental spirituality, how the Spirit transforms the heart over time and how this affects ministries of teaching, preaching and discipleship in the church.
*Required of all Talbot Students in their first semester.
Additional Fees: $260.00 for assessment and overnight retreat.
Notes: Required of all Talbot Students not in a Spiritual Formation academic program. A retreat will be introduced and required. This course will include a cohort group of no more than 20 students who explore the course content as well as the student’s own life and growth within community.
A theological and experiential exploration into human relationships and issues related to gender, romance, marriage, family and parenting as they relate to spiritual growth. Course includes an investigation into the impact of personal and family history on theological outlook, emotional congruence, relational attractions and moral decisions. Several personal assessments as well as one or more therapy sessions are an integral part of this course. Spiritual community and intercessory prayer will be experienced as students enter relationship within the spiritual direction group to explore deeply their relational capacity at the heart of how Christ is formed in them, thereby developing deeper levels of trust and vulnerability.
Prerequisite: TTSF 501. Spiritual Formation Focus course; not open to ISF students.
Recommended to be taken in the spring semester of the first year.
Additional Fees: $210.00 for assessment, day retreat and cohort group.
Notes: Required of all Talbot Students not in a Spiritual Formation academic program. Cohort groups will continue to meet and a one-day group spiritual retreat at a retreat center will be required.
A theological and experiential exploration of the believer’s vocation and the various “callings” in the Bible as it relates to the general call of loving God and neighbor, a training in righteousness and conformity to Christ’s image. Explores the panoply of spiritual disciplines sanctioned by the Bible and developed throughout Church history in order to enter deeply into one’s calling. This learning takes place in a spiritual direction group context of individual students and includes various modalities of learning. A 24-hour spiritual retreat at a retreat center is required. The retreat focuses on various spiritual disciplines and one’s relation to the various calls of God in one’s life, particularly one’s personal call to ministry. Students complete the personal progress review in this course.
Prerequisite(s): TTSF 503. Spiritual Formation Focus course; not open to ISF students.
Recommended to be taken in the fall of the second year.
Additional Fees: $210 for cohort group.
Notes: Required of all Talbot Students not in a Spiritual Formation academic program. Credit/ No Credit.
A personal experience is required in Spiritual Direction at the Center for Spiritual Renewal at ISF. Course provides students the opportunity to explore their life of prayer and growth with a trained mentor or spiritual director from the Institute for Spiritual Formation.
Prerequisite: TTSF 501 (or concurrent enrollment). Spiritual Formation Focus course; not open to ISF students.
Recommended to be taken in the spring of the first and second years.
Additional Fees: $120.00 per semester.
Notes: Two semesters of spiritual direction must be completed between the second and the end of the fourth semester. Students are required to meet with an approved spiritual director a minimum of 4 times per semester. Required of all Talbot students not enrolled in a Spiritual Formation academic program. Credit/No Credit.