The purpose of the Christian Spirituality focus is one of discovering and recovering spiritual formation and practices.

In this focus, study is approached through the lens of both a biblical and theological concentration that educates the mind and is inclusive of experience and emotion.

Such a spirituality within the Reformed tradition claims a core identity that deepens worship, prayer, and piety. In a culture that seeks spirituality, the emphasis of the focus is both a discovery and recovery process that addresses the pastor as person, the depth and purposefulness of tradition, and the function and place of authority and proclamation. Spirituality is a deep hunger in the church and in society, and this focus seeks to offer fresh dialogue for pastoral identity, formation, ecclesiology, and leadership.

Students are required to work with a Spiritual Director during the entire program. Seminars are scheduled in both one- and two-week blocks, depending on the course of study. Final Projects can include creative work in additional to a final paper.

This is a 36-credit program (to be completed over three years) with a fresh online format following face-to-face campus meetings. Newly added are sub-specialties (nine credits) including:

  • Reformed spiritual formation
  • Wesleyan spirituality
  • Spiritual leadership focused on your own tradition or interests
  • Certificate in Spiritual Formation

Applications are accepted on a continual basis. Apply now to reserve your space in the next group, which begins in January 2018 in Pittsburgh.

Courses Include

  • Introduction to the Doctor of Ministry Degree Program and Pastoral Leadership

  • Theology of Church and Ministry and Pastoral Spirituality

  • Christian Spiritual Traditions (Part I)

  • Faithful Exegesis: Continuity Between Text and Spirituality

  • Christian Spiritual Traditions (Part II)

  • Reformed Understandings of Biblical Authority, Tradition and Proclamation