Institute for Spiritual Formation


We invite you to learn more about each degree in order to get a sense of the kind of vocational outcomes they aim to serve.  To learn about the types of ministry and employment our graduates have engaged in, please visit our Alumni section.

 All of our programs are fashioned along the lines of an Apprentice Training Model, which aims to facilitate personal growth through various experiences, including:

  • Experiential-relational soul work employing the spiritual disciplines within courses along with co-curricular activity in personal spiritual direction, various retreats, individual psychotherapy and community experiences.

  • In-depth theoretical and integrative course work employing theology and the creation disciplines such as philosophy, psychology, the arts and education to aid in understanding the spiritual life and mentoring.

  • Training and service opportunities in spiritual direction and mentoring, which vary in nature, intensity and duration depending on the program.

  • Community and connection provided by fostering relationships between students, as well as with mentoring faculty and staff, all of which provide numerous opportunities to interact within group setting.

Biola University
13800 Biola Ave. La Mirada, CA 90639