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.
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