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
79 $621 3 0 23 0 6 0 27 12 8


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.


Course Units
TTBE 519 Old Testament Survey pre-req
TTBE 520 New Testament Survey pre-req
TTSF 517
or TTBE 517
Hermeneutics and the Word in Spiritual Formation
Hermeneutics and Bible Study Methods
TTHT 505
or TTHT 506
or TTHT 514
Patristic and Medieval Theology
Reformation and Modern Theology
Historical Theology Survey
TTNT 501 Beginning Greek I 3
TTNT 502 Beginning Greek II 3
TTNT 503 Introduction to Exegesis 3
TTNT 604
or TTNT 605
Exegesis in the Gospels
Exegesis in the Epistles
TTOT 603 Elements of Hebrew I 3
TTOT 604 Elements of Hebrew II 3
TTOT 703 Introduction to Hebrew Exegesis 3
TTOT 722 Advanced Hebrew Reading 2
TTPT 609 Expository Preaching 3
TTTH 521 Theology I: God, Scripture, Creation 3
TTTH 522 Theology II: Christ, Humanity, Sin, Salvation 3
TTTH 623 Theology III: Spirit, Church, Last Things 3
TTPT 602 Pastoral Ministry 3
TTSF 521 Introduction to Christian Spirituality and Prayer 2
TTSF 524 History and Theory of Christian Soul Care and Direction 2
TTSF 531
Or Elective
History and Traditions of Christian Spirituality
Or Elective
TTSF 532 Developmental Spirituality and Contemplative Prayer 2
TTSF 543 Personal Foundations of Spirituality and Retreat 2
TTSF 544 Personality Development and Psychopathology 3
TTSF 577 Soul Care Pre-practicum I and Professional Ethics 2
TTSF 578 Soul Care Pre-practicum II and Professional Referral 3
TTSF 585 Personal Spiritual Direction * 0
TTSF 602 Prayer and Formation in Expository Preaching 1
TTSF 645 Christian Virtue and the Spiritual Disciplines 2
TTSF 670 Intensive Journey Inward and Retreat 2
TTSF 677
or TTPT 791
Soul Care Practicum I
Field Internship
TTSF 678
or TTPT 792
Soul Care Practicum II
Field Internship
Select two of the following:
ISCL 555 Introduction to World Missions 3
TTCE 600 Educational Ministry in the Church 3
TTPH 602 Apologetics 3
TTPT 510 Evangelism and Follow-Up 3
TTPT 703 Church & Society 3
  TTSF elective courses 2
  Total 79

* TTSF 585 must be taken every semester

View the 2017-2018 course catalog.

BOLD courses are now available through an online/hybrid format

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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