Unit Code & NameDS8793B An Introduction to Spiritual Formation
DescriptionThe unit provides an introduction to the concept and practice of spiritual formation through the lens of evangelicalism. It draws on Biblical sources and the wider Christian tradition to explore foundations for spiritual maturity, as well as examining aspects of psychosocial and emotional health in Christian ministry. The unit presents a framework that is holistic and relational and identifies intentional practices as necessary for spiritual formation.
It invites students to reflect on their own personal history of formation and to experience selected classical spiritual disciplines as a way of engaging in both personal and vocational formation.
FieldD - Theology: Mission and Ministry
DisciplineDS - Spirituality
DateClasses will be held on three consecutive days Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 8, 9 & 10 September 9.00am to 3.00pm
Online content will be delivered from 27 July to 13 November.
Campus | 100 Maidstone St, Ringwood
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 written review of selected media (book, podcast, journal article, etc. provided by lecturer) - 30%
1 x 2,500 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. Critically analyse biblical sources and other Christian texts and traditions to discern and evaluate current spiritual formation teaching and practice.
3. Explore and evaluate personal experiences of engagement with classic spiritual disciplines.
4. Evaluate psychosocial and emotional markers necessary for spiritual maturity and healthy Christian ministry.
5. Construct a model of spiritual formation for your ongoing personal and vocational development.