The Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation prepares persons to offer leadership in the area of spiritual formation in congregations and other settings, which may include congregational formation ministries, lay leadership training, spiritual direction and retreat ministries. The MA in Spiritual Formation is shaped by the conviction that the process of being formed by the Holy Spirit through God into the likeness of Christ involves both the inward journey of a deepening life with God and the outward expression of that life in compassion. Designed with two eight-day retreats at the heart of the program, the MASF is a 48 credit hour program, delivered through a blend of residential, hybrid and on-line courses.
The goals of the MASF program are to equip students to be able to:
- think biblically and theologically about the content of spiritual formation and the experience of the Christian life;
- situate life experiences in relationship to formative biblical movements and learn to find one’s life narrated into the Great God Story
- appreciate how persons in various times have come to know and be formed by God;
- be encouraged by the persistence of God with God’s people and deepen respect for the diverse ways in which God’s people have responded to the invitation to live a deepening life with God
- evidence practices and perspectives that sustain life with God; deepen Christian character and increase self-understanding
- design, lead and assess ministries of spiritual formation and the public work of the church
For information for the Centre for Spiritual Formation program (non-degree), click here.