Insitute for Spiritual Formation

M.Div. Spiritual Formation Emphasis

Master of Divinity with an Emphasis in Spiritual Formation

Program Requirements: 98 semester hours, 18 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 98 units of course work, and various training, and co-curricular, experiential requirements.

 

Suggested Program Guide

First Year Curriculum

Fall (17 units)

TTNT 501 Beginning Greek I
2
TTBE 517 Hermeneutics and the Word in Spiritual Formation
3
TTHT 505 Patristic and Medieval Theology
3
TTTH 511 Theology I: Revelation & Nature of God
3
TTSF 521 Intro to Christian Spirituality & Prayer
2
TTSF 543 Personal Foundations Spirituality & Retreat
2
TTSF 585 Personal Spiritual Direction
0
TTSF 524 History & Theory Soul Care & Direction
2

Spring (18 units)

TTNT 502 Beginning Greek II
2
TTHT 506 Reformation & Modern Theology
3
TTBE 519 Survey of Genesis - Malachi
3
TTBE 726 Expository Method. In Daniel & Revelation
3
TTTH 512 Theology II: Works of God, Angels, Man & Sin
3
TTSF 670 Intensive Journey Inward & Retreat
1
TTSF 532 Developmental Spirituality & Cont. Prayer
2
TTSS 510 Theological Research Methods
1
TTSF 585 Personal Spiritual Direction
0

 

Second Year Curriculum

Fall (17 units)

TTNT 503 Introduction to Exegesis
3
TTOT 603 Elements of Hebrew I
3
TTBE 520 Survey of Matthew - Revelation
3
TTTH 613 Theology III: Christ, Salvation & the Spirit
3
TTPT 602 Pastoral Ministry
3
TTSF 645 Christian Virtue & Spiritual Disciplines
2
TTSF 585 Personal Spiritual Direction
0

Interterm (2 units)

TTSF 577 Soul Care Pre-practicum I
3

Spring (15 units)

TTNT 604 Exegesis in the Gospels
3
TTOT 604 Elements of Hebrew II
3
TTTH 614 Theology IV: The Church & Last Things
3
TTSF 544 Personality Development & Psychopathology
3
TTSF 578 Soul Care Pre-practicum II
3
TTSF 585 Personal Spiritual Direction
0

 

Third Year Curriculum

Fall (15 units)

TTNT 605 Exegesis in the Epistles & Acts
3
TTOT 705 Exegesis in Genesis & Selected Passages
3
TTCE 600 Educational Ministry in Church
3
TTPT 609 Expository Preaching
3
TTSF 602 Prayer & Formation in Expository Preaching
1
TTSF 677



TTPT 791
Soul Care Practicum I

OR

Field Internship
2
TTSF 585 Personal Spiritual Direction
0

Spring (18 units)

ISCL 555 Introduction to World Missions
3
TTPH 602



TTPT 510
Apologetics

OR

Evangelism & Follow-up
3
  Elective
3
TTPT 703 Church & Society
3
TTSF 531 History & Traditions Christian Spirituality

OR

Elective
3
TTSF 670 Intensive Journey Inward & Retreat
1
TTSF 678



TTPT 792
Soul Care Practicum II

OR

Internship
3
TTSF 585 Personal Spiritual Direction
0
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