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Certificate in Spiritual Formation

Mission Statement

The mission of the Certificate in Spiritual Formation is to introduce believers to the processes involved in knowing themselves honestly and openly before God and one another in Truth, in cultivating intimacy with, growth in and obedience to Christ, in the training in lay ministry of spiritual formation in the local church which, in turn, gives opportunity for students to explore their calling and potential need for more training in ministry.

Program Learning Outcomes

As a result of this program, the student will:

1.Appreciate and begin to grow in the reality that true Christian spirituality is grounded in the Double Knowledge and encounter of God and Self. Students will begin to understand through experience and theory that growth in Christ is based upon an encounter with God and oneself in the Truth.
2.Understand the Word of God and its role as a primary datum for true Christian spirituality. Students will come to have a grasp and commitment to the Word of God as a primary source of truth for their understanding of spiritual formation and spiritual direction (through courses in theology, biblical studies and spiritual formation).
3.Integrate truth from the data of extra-biblical sources of wisdom and true Christian spirituality. Students will also come to have some minimal appreciation for the relevant information from the history of the church, spiritual classics, personal experience, the humanities and the social sciences relevant to spiritual growth.
4.Develop discernment regarding what is of truth or falsehood in light of various contemporary competing spiritualities. Students will begin to be able to discern truth and error, what is helpful and unhelpful in true Christian spiritual growth in light of various competing contemporary spiritualities.
5.Foster honest self-assessment and humility. Students will gain an honest understanding of themselves in the presence of God and truth through various experiential prayer projects, meditation on the Word, retreats, and spiritual direction.
6.Develop some minimal understanding of the sinful dynamics at work in one’s life and others. Students will become aware of the sinful dynamics that govern their lives and those they will be ministering to as well as a deeper appreciation of the origin of those dynamics from interaction with the Scriptures, psychological theory, philosophy, prayer projects and personal experience in retreats and spiritual direction.
7.Cultivate deeper intimacy with Christ in prayer. Students will personally nurture intimacy in their relationship to Christ in their meditation on the Word, experiential prayer projects, retreats, and personal experience in spiritual direction.
8.Grow in personal commitment to obedience and character of Christ. Students will cultivate growth in character as well as behavior consistent with the faith in their interaction with their spiritual directors, in projects of personal prayer and meditation on the Word, retreats and therapy.
9.Expose oneself to ministries of spiritual formation in the local church in courses and experience. Students will be exposed to the various ways spiritual formation may be part of the ministries of a local church in preaching, adult education and mentoring (through exposure in courses and experiences in retreats and spiritual direction).
10.Explore one’s calling to ministry and to the need for more training and preparation. Students will be given the opportunity to explore in prayer, courses, the community of the program, retreat and spiritual direction their own personal calling to the ministry and whether they should go on for more training in ministry.

Curriculum Map

A Curriculum Map shows which courses in a degree program are responsible to intentionally develop each PLO at the Introductory, Developing, and Mastery levels.

No Curriculum Map is currently available for this program.

Assessment Plan

An Assessment Plan is a listing of the student work that will be used to assess achievement of each learning outcome.

No Assessment Plan is currently available for this program.

Assessment Schedule

An Assessment Schedule is a 5-year schedule that indicates when each of the PLOs will be assessed and when the comprehensive Program Review will occur.

No Assessment Schedule is currently available for this program.

Annual PLO Assessment Reports

The Annual Reports from each year’s PLO assessment.

No Annual PLO Assessment Reports are currently available for this program.

Program Review Executive Summary

The Executive Summary report from the most recent comprehensive Program Review.

The Executive Summary is currently unavailable for this program.