SFAD (Spiritual Formation and Discipleship)

SFAD (Spiritual Formation and Discipleship)

SFAD 510 Knowing Self, Knowing God
1 hour. Provides an opportunity for students to develop self-awareness in the context of their Christian faith and preparation for ministry. It equips students to reflect critically and constructively on their mission and vision, personal spiritual histories, and the strengths, weaknesses, and spirituality of their personality types.

SFAD 520 Mystical Experiences and Images of God
1 hour. Gives students opportunities to explore images of God portrayed in the Scriptures and in the mystical traditions of the Church. Students compare these images and traditions to those that have shaped their own thoughts, emotions, and actions. Students are able to inform, strengthen, and transform their images and experiences.

SFAD 530 Christian Prayer in a Global Context
1 hour. Provides an opportunity for students to develop deeper and more satisfying prayer lives in the context of a global environment. As the essential relational discipline of the Christian journey, prayer is examined and experienced in its diverse ecclesial, ethnic, and cultural forms as found in Scripture, Christian history, and the Church.

SFAD 536 Spirituality, Shame, and Grace
1 hour. Based on an understanding of persons as created in God's image yet broken, this class explores how shame manifests itself in one's life. Emphasis is given to how the Christian faith unknowingly reflects a shame-based identity and perpetuates shame in the life of the believer. By exploring God's response of grace, the believer finds healing, breaking the distorted image of God created by shame-based faith systems. This course is for students in the MAIS degree.

SFAD 540 Spiritual Life
1 hour. Introduces students to some of the classic disciplines and practices of the spiritual life, including self-examination and confession, keeping Sabbath, simplicity, justice and compassion, and embodiment. These spiritual practices are explored in order to become aware of and engage the presence of God in one’s life.

SFAD 550 Shame, Grace, and Resilience
1 hour. Provides an opportunity for students to develop awareness to shame, that in its personal, relational, structural, and cultural dimensions can interfere with the ability to live into God’s grace. Students will practice skills of reflecting on experiences of shame and grace, thereby beginning a process of developing resilience to shame.

SFAD 551 Awareness and Identity I
2 hours.  Gives students the opportunity in a seminar format to come to a deeper awareness of who they are and why they do what they do. Through practices and tools such as centering prayer, the enneagram, and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator students will become healthier servant leaders through an intentional formation of their identities. (Note: it is required that students take both SFAD 551 and SFAD 552.)

SFAD 552 Awareness and Identity II
2 hours. Gives students the opportunity in a seminar format to come to a deeper awareness of who they are and why they do what they do. Through practices and tools such as centering prayer, the enneagram, and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator students will become healthier servant leaders through an intentional formation of their identities. (Note: it is required that students take both SFAD 551 and SFAD 552.)

SFAD 554 Indigenous Spirituality and Spiritual Formation
3 hours. Indigenous understandings of the nature of the spiritual and of spirituality differ in many respects from those commonly held within the Western traditions of Christian faith. This course will seek to encourage spiritual growth and development from within an Indigenous framework of understanding of the nature of the spiritual and of spirituality. This course is for students in the MAIS degree.

SFAD 555 Seminar in Spiritual Formation and Discipleship I
2 hours. A small group of students study a specially selected topic with a professor in a seminar format. (Note: students are required to take both SFAD 555 and 565.)

SFAD 560 Spiritual Leadership
1 hour. Examines the unique nature and responsibility of spiritual leadership. It analyzes the theology of spiritual leadership and reviews elements such as accountability, boundaries, devotional habits, life balance, retreats, solitude, and emotional, spiritual, and physical health. The course also delves into some of the things that inhibit the exercise of spiritual leadership.

SFAD 565 Seminar in Spiritual Formation and Discipleship II
2 hours. A small group of students study a specially selected topic with a professor in a seminar format. (Note: students are required to take both SFAD 555 and 565.)

SFAD 571 Becoming a Spiritual Director I: Art and Practice
2 hours. Focuses on spiritual direction as a discipline for intentionally guiding persons in their spiritual growth. It explores the historical, theological, biblical, and psychological premises of spiritual direction and introduces students to the core practices of direction. Course participation is limited to students in the MASD degree program, the SFD specialization, and the SFAD certificate program. (Note: it is required that students take both SFAD 571 and SFAD 572.)

SFAD 572 Becoming a Spiritual Director II: Practicum
2 hours. Continues the students’ training in the discipline of spiritual direction. It addresses professional issues related to being a spiritual director and gives students practical experience in being spiritual directors, under the guidance of certified directors. Course participation is limited to students in the MASD degree program, the SFD specialization, and the SFAD certificate program. (Note: it is required that students take both SFAD 571 and SFAD 572.)

SFAD 573 Spiritual Direction Supervision I: Art and Practice
2 hours. Trains experienced spiritual directors in the art and practice of effective, on-going supervision of other active spiritual directors. Students will reflect deeply on their own journeys toward Christlikeness and acquire the necessary advanced skills in supervision. Students will gain supervised experience in supervising spiritual directors. (Note: it is required that students take both SFAD 573 and SFAD 574.)

SFAD 574 Spiritual Direction Supervision II: Practicum
2 hours. Continues the training of experienced spiritual directors in their calling to supervise other active directors. Students will explore professional issues related to supervision and gain experience in supervising spiritual directors under the guidance of a certified spiritual director. (Note: it is required that students take both SFAD 573 and SFAD 574.)

SFAD 576 Spiritual Direction Certification I
1 hour. A two-semester course designed to give SD certification students an intentional one-on-one exploration of their spiritual life with a trained guide. Since a dynamic relationship with God requires attentiveness to one's interiority and to one's lived experience of faith in community with others, the spiritual-direction model is used.  Additional course fee required. (Note: it is required that students take both SFAD 576 and SFAD 577.)

SFAD 577 Spiritual Direction Certification II
1 hour. A two-semester course designed to give SD certification students an intentional one-on-one exploration of their spiritual life with a trained guide. Since a dynamic relationship with God requires attentiveness to one's interiority and to one's lived experience of faith in community with others, the spiritual-direction model is used.  Additional course fee required. (Note: it is required that students take both SFAD 576 and SFAD 577.)

SFAD 578 Spiritual Direction Supervision Certification I
2 hours. A two-semester course designed to give SDS cerfication students an intentional one-on-one SD supervisory experience. Additional course fee required. (Note: it is required that students take both SFAD 578 and SFAD 579.)

SFAD 579 Spiritual Direction Supervision Certification II
2 hours. A two-semester course designed to give SDS cerfication students an intentional one-on-one SD supervisory experience. Additional course fee required.  (Note: it is required that students take both SFAD 578 and SFAD 579.)

SFAD 595 Special Study in Spiritual Formation and Discipleship
1-3 hours. A specially designed and individually tailored course of research involving in-depth study of a particular question, problem, or issue presented by the student. The student must make application for the study prior to registration for the semester in which the study will be carried out. The application must be approved by the faculty member overseeing the study and the departmental chair.