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An Introduction to Spiritual Formation

This foundational unit provides an introduction to the concept and practice of spiritual formation through the lens of evangelicalism. Students will draw 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. Students will reflect on their own personal history of formation and experience selected classical spiritual disciplines as a way of engaging in both personal and vocational formation.



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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

  • Articulate and interpret their spiritual and developmental journey as a personal history of spiritual formation.
  • Appraise biblical sources and other Christian texts and traditions to discern and critique current spiritual formation teaching and practice.
  • Explore and evaluate personal experiences of engagement with classic spiritual disciplines.
  • Articulate, at a foundational level, psychosocial and emotional markers necessary for spiritual maturity and healthy Christian ministry.


Major Cathy Elkington has a heart for drawing alongside people that they may grow in their connection with God, their understanding of themselves and subsequently how they live out their personal mission in the world. Cathy is a Pastoral Supervisor and Spiritual Director.

Mode of Delivery

This unit is delivered as an online intensive with course materials on ARK, the Learning Management System for all our higher education study. Login details for this unit will be accessible to students on confirmation of enrolment into an award or the unit.


To study online, you will need to find around 9 hours per week for readings, activities and assessments for each unit. To learn more visit our Online Campus page.


Emotionally healthy spirituality : it's impossible to be spiritually mature, while remaining emotionally immature

Scazzero, Peter. Emotionally Healthy Spirituality. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2017. This text is available as an eBook via Kindle.
Spiritual disciplines handbook : practices that transform us Calhoun, Adele Ahlberg. Spiritual Disciplines Handbook: Practices that Transform Us. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2015.

Unit Costs

This undergraduate unit costs approx. $1,861, which is determined by the University of Divinity and reviewed annually. You could also study this unit as a non-award student (audit) at the cost of $500. Non-credit study is for students who wish to study a unit but not participate in formal assessments. Fees are consistent for domestic and international students. International students are charged a separate application fee of $300 (plus GST) upon enrolment. Students who meet eligibility criteria may be eligible for AUSTUDY and FEE-HELP assistance. 

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