Unit Code & NameDS8193B An Introduction to Spiritual Formation
DescriptionThe unit provides an introduction to the concept of spiritual formation in the evangelical church. It draws on Bebbington's characterisation of evangelicalism as marked by conversion, activism, Biblicism and crucicentrism and reinterprets these in the light of current understandings of spiritual formation.
It invites students to reflect on their own personal history of formation and to experience selected classical spiritual practices as a way of engaging in both personal and vocational formation. It explores Biblical foundations for spiritual maturity, as well as aspects psychosocial and emotional health in Christian leaders.
Learning ActivitiesLectures, readings, videos, forums, class discussions and personal reflection
*This unit is offered at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level. Students may engage with people across both levels when this unit is delivered.
Assessments1 x 1,500 word seminar paper - 20%
1 x 2,000 word research project - 40%
1 x 1,500 word integration essay - 40%
Learning OutcomesUpon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
1. Articulate and interpret their spiritual and developmental journey as a personal history of spiritual formation.
2. Analyse Bebbington's characterisation of evangelicalism and how this interacts with spiritual formation in this tradition.
3. Explore and evaluate personal experiences of engagement with classic spiritual disciplines.
4. Articulate at a foundational level psychosocial and emotional markers necessary for healthy Christian leadership.
5. Construct a model of spiritual formation for your ongoing personal and vocational development.
6. Demonstrate a capacity to research a specific topic in a rigorous and sustained manner.