Institute for Spiritual Formation

M.Div. Spiritual Formation Emphasis

Master of Divinity with an Emphasis in Spiritual Formation

Program Requirements: 79 semester hours, 27 in spiritual formation and the remaining hours in Bible/Theology/Languages/Practical Ministry and other co-requisites

The Master of Divinity degree is at the heart of the seminary program and is fundamental to training pastors for the ministry. The Master of Divinity with Spiritual Formation & Soul Care Emphasis (hereafter called M.Div. Spiritual Formation Emphasis) includes:

  • The best of a traditional seminary course of study (Bible, theology, biblical languages, expository preaching, etc.)

  • A full curriculum in spiritual formation

  • Supervised training in soul care

  • Curricular and co-curricular growth experiences including spiritual direction, retreat and therapy.

The degree specifically 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 teaching pastor, associate pastor, youth pastor, women’s ministries and college/seminary teaching. 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.

The program offers an M.Div. Degree upon completion of 79 units of course work, and various training, and co-curricular, experiential requirements.

Course Number Course Title Units
TTBE 519 Survey of Genesis-Malachi pre-req
TTBE 520 Survey of Matthew-Revelation 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:

Course Number Course Title Units
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

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