Master of Divinity (M.Div.)

Spiritual Formation

Units by Discipline
Total Units Price per unit Bible Exposition Intercultural Studies Languages Philosophy Practical Ministry Research / Christian Education Spiritual Formation Theology Electives
98 $538 12 3 18 3 19 4 18 18 3

Overview

The emphases in Spiritual Formation provides preparation for ministries of spiritual formation and soul care for the sake of personal and corporate growth of the church within such roles as preaching pastor, associate pastor, youth pastor, women's ministries and college seminary teaching, etc. Emphasis is upon student growth in the life of the Spirit grounded in a deep understanding of the Word and theological reflection in prayer for the purpose of greater humility, dependence upon and love of God. No thesis option.

For additional information visit the ISF website.

Essential Training Elements

  • Deep understanding of the Word of God and theological reflection in prayer
  • Honest soul exploration and obedience in growing intimacy with God in the Spirit
  • Profound training in soul care of others and practical wisdom for ministry sake
  • Thoughtful and prayerful integration of spiritual formation into the whole scope of the church's ministries of formation, teaching, education, mission, love, justice and prayer.

Curriculum

Course Units
BE 517 Hermeneutics/Bible Study Methods 3
  OR  
SF 517 Hermeneutics & the Word in Spiritual Formation 3
HT 505 Patristic/Medieval Theology 3
SF 521 Introduction to Christian Spirituality & Prayer 2
SF 543 Personal Foundations of Spirituality & Retreat 2
SF 585 Personal Spiritual Direction 0
TH 511 Theology I - Revelation & Nature of God 3
SF 524 History & Theory of Christian Soul Care & Direction 2
BE 519 Survey of Genesis-Malachi 3
BE 726 Exposition Methodology in Daniel & Revelation 3
HT 506 Reformation, Modern Theology 3
SS 510 Theological Research Methodology 1
SF 670 Intensive Journey Inward & Retreat 1
SF 532 Developmental Spirituality & Contemplative Prayer 2
SF 585 Personal Spiritual Direction 0
TH 512 Theology II - Works of God, Angels, Man... 3
BE 520 Survey of Matthew-Revelation 3
NT 503 Introduction to Exegesis 3
OT 603 Elements of Hebrew I 3
PT 602 Pastoral Ministry 3
SF 645 Christian Virtues & Spiritual Disciplines 2
TH 613 Theology III - Christ, Salvation & the Spirit 3
SF 585 Personal Spiritual Direction 0
NT 604 Exegesis in the Gospels 3
OT 604 Elements of Hebrew II 3
SF 544 Personality Development & Psychopathology 3
SF 585 Personal Spiritual Direction 0
SF 578 Soul Care Pre-practice II & Prof. Referral 3
TH 614 Theology IV - The Church & Last Things 3
  Elective 3
SF 577 Soul Care Pre-practicum 1 2
CE 600 Educational Ministry in the Church 3
NT 605 Exegesis in the Epistles & Acts 3
OT 705 Exegesis in Genesis & Sel. Passages 3
PT 609 Expository Preaching 3
SF 602 Prayer & Formation in Expository Preaching 1
SF 677 Soul Care Practicum I 2
  OR  
PT 791 Field Internship 2
SF 585 Personal Spiritual Direction 0
CL 555 Introduction to World Missions 3
PT 703 Church & Society 3
PH 602 Apologetics 3
  OR  
PT 510 Evangelism & Follow-up 3
SF 585 Personal Spiritual Direction 0
SF 531 History & Traditions of Christian Spirituality 3
  OR  
  Elective 3
SF 678 Soul Care Practicum II 2
  OR  
PT 792 Field Internship 2
SF 670 Intensive Journey Inward & Retreat 1
  Total 96

Co-Curricular Requirements

In addition to coursework, students are required to fulfill a number of co-curricular requirements:

  • Personal Spiritual Direction
  • Didactic Therapy
  • Faculty-Student Retreats
  • Personal Retreats
  • Student Progress Assessment
  • Intensive Journey Inward Retreat

Note: Students in this concentration do not take SF 501,503,504 or 505.
Course options: (SF 677 or PT 791; PH 602 or PT 510; SF 531 or elective; SF 678 or PT 792)

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