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Spiritual Formation Specialization

Indiana Wesleyan University proudly presents the Spiritual Formation specialization, an innovative program designed for individuals passionate about deepening their understanding of Christian spirituality and its application in today's world. Offered through Wesley Seminary, this unique specialization is crafted to empower students to critically interpret current and emerging spiritual trends and practices through the lens of Christian theologies of spiritual formation. By enrolling in this program, you commit to a journey of exploring and embodying Christian spiritual practices, preparing you to lead and nurture spiritual growth in others.

Our Spiritual Formation track is structured to provide you with a solid foundation in the principles of spiritual formation, coupled with the flexibility to tailor your learning experience to your interests and ministry context. The program requires completion of 12 hours, including three core courses that cover essential topics in spiritual formation, and one elective from a curated list of courses designed to enhance your understanding and practical application of spiritual disciplines.

What Will I Learn in this Spiritual Formation Program?

As you progress through the program, you will engage in a profound exploration of how spiritual practices are both informed by and inform Christian theology. You will learn to formulate strategies for incorporating these practices into personal and communal life, fostering a deep, lived experience of faith. This specialization is not just about acquiring knowledge; it's about transformation—of self, of communities, and of the way we understand and engage with spirituality in the modern world.

This enriching program of Spiritual Formation is designed to challenge, inspire, and transform you. You will delve into the historical, theological, and practical dimensions of spiritual formation, gaining insights into how to navigate and lead in the ever-evolving landscape of spiritual practices. Through comprehensive studies and practical application, you will emerge equipped to guide others in their spiritual journey, creating spaces for authentic spiritual growth and development.

What You'll Study

Coursework for your Spiritual Formation degree covers (dependent on which courses you choose):

  • The contemporary longing in a post-modern context for a communal experience of Christianity
  • A theological examination of the relationship between popular culture and the Christian life of faith
  • The theology of early British Methodism through their Hymns and Poetry with a focus on the lyrics of Charles Wesley
  • The Psalms through the avenue of several interpretive models