The Certificate in Spiritual Formation is a non-degree program designed to provide for the intentional spiritual formation of students in an academic setting and to train discerning and gifted persons as spiritual guides in the Christian tradition. The program is designed for men and women who desire preparation in the classical Christian art of spiritually guiding others. Such people can be gifted laypeople, ordained clergy, Christian educators, or trained counselors. The specialization trains called individuals in a variety of contexts to offer spiritual guidance and discipleship. A certificate in spiritual formation and discipleship may be added to a master's degree or may be earned alone as non-academic credit. Students who have already earned an MDiv degree usually need only take 15-17 credit hours to complete the certificate.


  • 32-credit-hour program of intentional discipleship and formation (see details in the Course Catalog)
  • Half the cost of an academic degree
  • Unique in the region
  • Can be added to academic degree programs
  • Possible to enroll without a baccalaureate degree

Program Objectives

  • Enable students to mature into God's fullness
  • Develop habits of authentic disciplines for thinking and living in Christ's presence
  • Gain an understanding of the biblical, theological, psychological, and historical foundations of spirituality
  • Live a life of power in the Spirit and in communion with all God's people
  • Develop skills for individual spiritual direction and group spiritual formation

Application Deadline

Rolling application deadline. Apply now for the next start date.

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