Spiritual Formation – DSMN 520

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course focuses on the development of the believer’s spiritual life. Attention is given to the spiritual disciplines, prayer, and the biblical nature of calling, ministry, character, and the relation of spiritual formation to the doctrine of sanctification.

(Formerly PLED 520)

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

The Spiritual Formation course facilitates the junction of the spiritual with the physical in human existence and integrates the theoretical with the practical in academic pursuits. The exploration of spiritual formation provides the scholar with data for study and the minister with directive for service. Both dimensions are critical and facilitate the renewing of the mind and the discipline of the body.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Evaluate the biblical, theological, and practical foundations for spiritual formation.
  2. Assess his/her own personal, spiritual maturity by providing special attention to areas that need improvement in his/her pursuit of sanctification.
  3. Create a plan for maintaining and maturing in his/her practice of the spiritual disciplines.
  4. Analyze the lessons to be learned from praying Scripture.
  5. Evaluate a recent experience of sharing the Gospel.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

Discussion Boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 400 words, and each of 2 replies to other classmates’ threads must be at least 250 words. (MLO: A)

Journals (8)

In each module/week of the course, the student is required to write a journal entry on a provided prompt. This prompt encourages the student to (1) reflect on what he/she has learned throughout each module/week of the course and (2) consider how the course content will influence his/her life and ministry formation. (MLO: A, B, C, D)

Spiritual Assessment

The student will complete a 3-part Spiritual Assessment of 1,000–1,250 words. Each part will direct the student toward an assessment of his/her spiritual life in its current form. The student will use the results of this assignment as a basis for the Spiritual Growth Plan assignments. (MLO: B)

Spiritual Growth Plans (2)

The student will create 2 separate (3-Part) Spiritual Growth Plans of 1,000–1,250 words each, using the provided template. Each Spiritual Growth Plan will focus on specific and measurable steps the student will take over the coming weeks to implement/practice chosen spiritual disciplines. The disciplines chosen must purposefully address areas the student has identified as a need based on his/her Spiritual Assessment assignment. (MLO: B, C)

Gospel Fluency Project

During this course, the student is required to share the Gospel at least once with a person who does not self-identify as a Christian. The student will then write a report of at least 1,000 words about the experience, following specific assignment headings. This assignment cannot use a witnessing experience used previously or during EVAN 525. (MLO: C, E)