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Institute for Spiritual Formation

The Institute for Spiritual Formation (ISF) is an academic community dedicated to deepening the life of prayer and openness of the heart to God. Through its graduate degree programs and its Spiritual Formation Core (a set of courses for all Talbot School of Theology graduate students), the Institute for Spiritual Formation equips students to know themselves honestly and openly before God, cultivate intimacy and obedience to Christ, and care for souls through the loving power of the Holy Spirit.

Why Study Spiritual Formation at Talbot?

At Talbot’s Institute for Spiritual Formation, you will embark on the journey of a lifetime. Through spiritual direction, retreats, therapy and coursework with expert faculty, learn to abide in Christ, experience the transforming work of the Spirit and train to care for the souls of others.

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Spiritual Direction

Spiritual direction is a ministry at Talbot School of Theology focused on helping individuals discern God's will and movement in their lives. Sessions are led by our trained spiritual directors and are available to students, staff, faculty and other members of the Biola University community.

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Spiritual Formation Core

The Institute for Spiritual Formation plays an integral role in the spiritual formation curriculum woven throughout Talbot’s programs. In addition, as a part of Talbot’s spiritual formation core, students outside of our ISF-specific degree programs will take a series of courses designed to equip them in mind and spirit to engage with their vocational callings in ministry and the marketplace.

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Online Resources for Spiritual Formation

Spiritual Formation Lecture Series

Listen to free lectures from ISF faculty members, as well scholars like Dallas Willard, Gary Moon, Larry Crabb, Ruth Haley Barton and more.

Biola LEARN Courses

Interested in studying spiritual formation, but not ready to commit to a degree? Choose from three not-for-credit courses priced at less than $15.

The Good Book Blog

Talbot’s faculty blog offers biblical perspectives and theological insights on a wide range of topics, including spiritual formation.

Spiritual Formation Podcast

Listen and subscribe to ISF professor Kyle Strobel's podcast, Spiritual Formation: An Invitation to Drawing Near.

Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care

Explore scholarship, essays, book reviews and reflections on spiritual formation in ISF’s twice-annual, peer-reviewed journal.

The Journey

The Institute for Spiritual Formation is excited to announce The Journey, a non-academic one-year intensive training program for groups, churches and individuals interested in spiritual formation. This program seeks to take the best of ISF’s curriculum and translate it into an accessible format for the church.

Learn More About The Journey!

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I am the vine, you are the branches; He who abides in me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing."

John 15:5

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Institute for Spiritual Formation

Arianna Kokol

Graduate Admissions Counselor