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DS1193B An Introduction to Spiritual Formation

  • Unit Code & NameDS1193B An Introduction to Spiritual Formation
  • Description

    The 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.

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  • DisciplineDelivery ID: 46026
  • LevelUndergraduate Level 1
  • Semester1. Summer School, 2022
  • Delivery ModeOnline Intensive
  • Date

    This unit is running as an online intensive.

    Admission closes Friday, 28 January 2022

    7 - 18 February 2022 - the assumption is that the student is released from usual work activities to study fulltime for this fortnight.

    Students are required to engage with the learning materials on ARK and pre-reading for the scheduled topic and then join two 30-to-45-minute Zoom sessions at 11am and 2pm (AEDT) each day via Zoom. During these sessions we will discuss key concepts and address any questions or issues raised. This will be supplemented with a discussion forum on ARK, reading materials and exercises.  The exception to this is on Thursday 17 & Friday 18, when students will share their “This is my story” presentation. This done in preparation for Assessment 1 which will be due Friday 4 March.

    Learning materials for each of the days, will be made available on the day. It is the student’s responsibility to complete the required pre-reading and go through each lecture prior to sessions via Zoom. 


  • Lecturer(s) Cathy Elkington
  • Prerequisites


  • Learning Activities

    Lectures, 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.

  • Assessments

    1 x 1,000 word seminar paper - 25%

    1 x 1,000 word written review of selected media (book, podcast, journal article, etc. provided by lecturer) - 25%

    1 x 2,000 word Integration Essay - 50%

  • Learning Outcomes

    Upon 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.  Appraise biblical sources and other Christian texts and traditions to discern and critique spiritual formation teaching and practice.

    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.

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