Student Learning Goals

Through core courses in Biblical studies, history, theology, ethics, and contemporary culture, as well as an in-depth study of issues in and approaches to spiritual direction and formation, students will achieve objectives in three areas:

1. Being - increase self-awareness and develop habits of reflection that will further personal spiritual formation and/or professional development as a spiritual director. Students will show evidence of growth in this area by completing a minimum of spiritual direction sessions and submitting a reflection essay on their personal and spiritual growth.

2. Knowing - master the biblical and theological foundations of ministry, understand how they inform the theory and practice of spirituality, identify the spiritual dimensions in various ministry settings within a religiously plural and culturally diverse society, and integrate relevant perspectives from the social sciences. Students will provide a portfolio that will show evidence of their ability to think theologically, ethically, and professionally in their spiritual formation or development as a spiritual director.

3. Doing - gain proficiency in a range of spiritual practices and strategies, including significant resources from the Christian traditions, and demonstrate facility with them personally and in the practices of spiritual direction. Students in the spiritual direction emphasis will show evidence of their growth through their practicum supervisor’s evaluation. Students in the spiritual formation track will submit a project showing evidence of how they have exercised their spiritual formation interests in a ministry context.