DSMN 815 Personal Spiritual Formation

This course will examine and assess individual spiritual health in order to create a plan to help a believer grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

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This course will help students keep the spiritual life in focus while developing appropriate assessments and plan-development skills.

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After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, you are required to create an initial thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be a minimum of 600 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge and biblical principles and/or Scripture. In addition to the initial thread, you are required to reply to 2 classmates’ initial thread. Each reply must be at least 300 substantive words. These discussions are designed for student to dive deeply into discussion on one central idea. Each post should demonstrate critical insight and evaluation. (CLO: A, C, D)

The church is called to make disciples (Matt 28:19-20). If making disciples is the goal, it is important we are able to articulate what a disciple is, particularly, what characteristics a disciple should exhibit. To develop accurate ministry plans, we must know what the target is. That is at the heart of this assignment. Please take your time. Be specific and clear in the development of this document. (CLO: A)

In a previous assignment, you argued for specific Marks of a Disciple. For this assignment, you will create a spiritual assessment to gauge how a person measures up to the marks you created regarding a mature or complete disciple. This assignment is where your previous study and understanding of the various aspects of each mark will come into play.  (CLO: B)

In a previous assignment, you designed an assessment to measure the Marks of a Disciple in someone’s life. In this assignment, you are giving the previously designed assessment to other people and reporting the results. (CLO: C)

In a previous assignment, you gave a group of people a spiritual assessment to evaluate where they are in relation to the biblical marks of a disciple. In this assignment, you will develop a personalized growth plan. (CLO: D)

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