Institute for Spiritual Formation
Introduction to Spiritual Formation
Learn what spiritual formation is and how the Holy Spirit grows you.
Introduction to Spiritual Formation
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Overview

Welcome to the Introduction to Spiritual Formation course! In this course you will learn what spiritual formation is and become familiar with how the Holy Spirit grows us. You will become familiar not only in terms of knowing the information, but also in your experience. You will learn from Dr. John Coe, Director of the Institute for Spiritual Formation at Biola. Additionally, you will receive training in prayer so that you can experience what Dr. Coe teaches regarding the spiritual life.

This course consists of eight lessons. Each lesson consists of the following elements:

  • Introduction – Orients you to the lesson’s topic by providing a guiding question for you to ponder. Gives an overview of how the lesson will unfold.
  • Video Teaching – One or more videos of Dr. Coe presenting material concerning the lesson’s topic. A viewing guide will be provided to help you follow along.
  • Experiential Projects – One or more projects to help you experience what Dr. Coe taught. These projects will help you engage with the Spirit and your heart on a deeper level. Instructions for each project will be provided as they are assigned.

At the end of the course, you will receive a list of supplemental resources for further study.

We hope you are blessed by your participation in this course and that you experience God in a deeper way.

What You Earn
What People Are Saying

I have been a Christian for a long time. I have served as a leader and I have never seen the necessity to topics of honesty and being open in prayer. This is unlike anything I've been introduced to before. Total eye-opener. (Jaliris G.)

Instructor
John Coe
Institute for Spiritual Formation

Dr. John H. Coe is a specialist in the philosophical and theological foundation of the integration of faith and learning. His research focuses on understanding the nature of spiritual and psychological health, the history of spirituality, the work of the Holy Spirit in personal change and the interface between psychology, spirituality, and philosophy. A particular interest is in exploring approaches to spiritual direction as a compliment to Christian psychotherapy. Dr. Coe is also the Director of the Institute for Spiritual Formation at Biola University.

The Institute for Spiritual Formation is a Christian, evangelical, academic community within Biola University and Talbot School of Theology. We offer master's programs in Spiritual Formation & Soul Care and are dedicated to deepening the life of prayer and openness of the heart to God.

Learn more about the Institute for Spiritual Formation

Syllabus

What happens when you hit a wall in your...
Overview
Coursepack Sample
Misc
Why Spiritual Formation Part 1
Video
Why Spiritual Formation Part 2
Video
Why Spiritual Formation Part 3
Video
Why Spiritual Formation Part 4
Video
Introduction to Prayer Projects
Misc
Prayer Project 1
Reflection
Coursepack
Misc
How do you respond when you feel like a...
Overview
Dealing With Spiritual Failure Part 1
Video
Dealing With Spiritual Failure Part 2
Video
Dealing With Spiritual Failure Part 3
Video
Prayer Project 2
Reflection
How do you know if you are tempted to be a...
Overview
The Test for Moralism Part 1
Video
The Test for Moralism Part 2
Video
Prayer Project 3
Reflection
How do you live in the reality of Christ’s...
Overview
Jesus' Yoke of Freedom Part 1
Video
Jesus' Yoke of Freedom Part 2
Video
Jesus' Yoke of Freedom Part 3
Video
Prayer of Recollection
Misc
Prayer Project 4
Reflection
Why do you sin when you know so much?You know...
Overview
Why We Sin When We Know So Much Part 1
Video
Why We Sin When We Know So Much Part 2
Video
Why We Sin When We Know So Much Part 3
Video
Why We Sin When We Know So Much Part 4
Video
Why We Sin When We Know So Much Part 5
Video
Prayer Project 5
Reflection
How is your heart transformed?In the previous...
Overview
How is Your Heart Transformed? Part 1
Video
How is Your Heart Transformed? Part 2
Video
How is Your Heart Transformed? Part 3
Video
Prayer Project 6
Reflection
How can you pray for heart...
Overview
Praying from the Heart Part 1
Video
Praying from the Heart Part 2
Video
Praying from the Heart Part 3
Video
Prayer Project 7
Reflection
How can you develop healthy heart...
Overview
Rhythms of the Heart Part 1
Video
Rhythms of the Heart Part 2
Video
Rhythms of the Heart Part 3
Video
Prayers of Intention
Misc
Prayer Project 8
Reflection
Recommended Resources
Misc
Course Evaluation
Misc

Course FAQ

Each lesson is designed to take approximately 1-2 hours, depending on how deeply you engage the reflection and application questions. Since this is a self-paced course, the time it will take you to complete it will depend on the speed with which you want to progress through the course.

No. The course contains everything you need to successfully complete the course. There are resources recommended at the end of the course that you are free to purchase if you wish to pursue further study on the course topic.

Since this course is designed as a completely self-paced experience, you will not have any interaction with the professor during the course.