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DS8793B - Introduction to Spiritual Formation

  • Unit Code & NameDS8793B 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.

  • FieldD - Theology: Mission and Ministry
  • DisciplineDS - Spirituality
  • Unit Points24
  • LevelPostgraduate Foundational
  • Semester1, 2021
  • Delivery ModeOnline
  • 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 1,500 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 - 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. 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.