Spiritual Formation Degree
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
100% online, 8-week courses
Transfer Credits
Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total
Next Start Date
Jan 15, 2024
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Help Foster Spiritual Growth Among Believers with Liberty’s Doctorate in Spiritual Formation Online

Liberty University’s 100% online Doctor of Education (EdD) in Christian Leadership – Spiritual Formation is a professional degree designed for Christian educators and school administrators, church ministerial staff, and parachurch organization leaders. In this program, you can learn how to address various educational and ministerial challenges using empirical research. You’ll also explore how biblical principles relate to education and leadership philosophy, theory, and practice.

With the spiritual formation specialization, you can further hone your skill set to match your unique career goals. Our spiritual formation courses online will teach you how to foster individual and corporate spiritual growth in your church and community. By studying spiritual formation from a biblical and historical perspective, you can grow in your faith and equip others to do the same.

If you’re ready to pursue a terminal degree that can help you lead with skill and integrity, partner with us. We can help prepare you to make a difference, wherever God is calling you.


Liberty University’s John W. Rawlings School of Divinity is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). Your divinity degree is approved by ATS and has met rigorous accreditation standards, so you can feel confident that your degree is both academically excellent and well-respected among churches, ministries, and nonprofit organizations.

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Why Choose Liberty’s EdD in Christian Leadership – Spiritual Formation Program Online?

At Liberty, we seek to Train Champions for Christ. Our goal is to help you gain the knowledge, values, and skills essential for impacting the world. That’s why we’ve created a doctorate in spiritual formation online that blends accessibility, affordability, and high-quality academics. With the training you receive in our cutting-edge distance learning environment, you can prepare to lead more effectively in churches, ministries, parachurch organizations, and education settings.

With our 100% online EdD in Christian Leadership – Spiritual Formation program, you can complete your assignments from the comfort of home and easily access your course materials whenever you need them. Most importantly, you can stay invested in your family, job, and community while working toward your educational goals.

As a leading academic institution of theological study, Liberty University’s John W. Rawlings School of Divinity is uniquely equipped to provide the training you need to explore new career opportunities. And, unlike many online Bible colleges and seminaries, Liberty is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Our programs have met rigorous academic standards and accreditation requirements — so you can pursue your degree with confidence.

What Will You Learn in Our Online Doctorate in Christian Leadership – Spiritual Formation Degree?

This degree is broken down into 3 main parts: core Christian leadership courses, the spiritual formation specialization, and praxis courses. Throughout the program, you can learn how to apply relevant research, philosophy, and theory to solve real-world problems in education and ministry. This combination of theory and praxis helps set the EdD in Christian Leadership apart as a unique program of study that can help you pursue a variety of roles.

Our core Christian leadership courses provide an in-depth look at the biblical and theological foundations of leadership and education, theological anthropology, leadership and management theory, and organizational theory and development. You’ll also complete a rigorous praxis project – which can help you contribute to the base of knowledge in your field and further equip you to solve real-world problems in education and ministry. All of our courses incorporate a biblical worldview and emphasize the importance of ethics and integrity in leadership.

Within the spiritual formation specialization, you’ll explore spiritual growth through the lens of discipline, theology, and practice. Additionally, you can examine Christian formation as both an individual and community process and become equipped to lead others toward ongoing maturity in Christ. You can also learn how to identify the major components of spiritual formation as revealed in the Old and New Testaments, the history of the church, and the writings of major theologians.

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Highlights of Our Christian Spiritual Formation Degree

  • We are recognized by multiple institutions for our academic quality, affordability, and accessibility. Our commitment to excellence also helped us rank in the top 10% of Niche.com’s best online schools in America. Earning your online degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition can help set you apart from others in your field.
  • Your success is our success, which is why we are committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we have frozen tuition rates for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 9 years — and counting.
  • To continue our mission of providing affordable education, electronic textbooks are included for all divinity courses* at no cost to you. As a full-time student, this could save you an estimated $800-2,000 per year on textbooks!
  • You can complete this Christian leadership doctorate in spiritual formation in as little as 2.5 years.
  • As a Liberty student, you’ll have the opportunity to network with leaders in ministry and academia from across the country.
  • Our Christian leadership and spiritual formation courses online can be completed from the comfort of your home.

*Electronic textbooks are not provided for courses that fall under departments outside the School of Divinity.

EdD in Christian Leadership – Spiritual Formation Online Degree Information

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Military Benefits for Liberty’s EdD in Christian Leadership – Spiritual Formation Degree Online

Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe. Whether you are a current service member, discharged or retired from service, or the spouse of a service member or veteran, we are here to support you every step of the journey.

As a thank-you for your dedication and service to our country, Liberty is honored to serve and support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits:

  • Tuition discounts – $275 per credit hour for EdD courses
  • Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $625 per course)
  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences)

Potential Career Opportunities for Graduates of the Doctorate in Christian Leadership – Spiritual Formation Program

  • Christian education administrator
  • Christian educator
  • Christian ministry director
  • Christian school principal or president
  • Church administrator
  • Church discipleship coordinator
  • Curriculum coordinator
  • Director of spiritual formation
  • Discipleship training leader
  • Spiritual formation specialist

Admission Requirements for the EdD in Christian Leadership Online

A regionally or nationally accredited master’s degree with a 3.0 or above GPA is required for admission in good standing. Please visit our admission requirements page for more detailed admissions-related information.

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Admission application
  • Application fee*
  • John W. Rawlings School of Divinity Questionnaire
  • Official college transcripts
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Proof of English proficiency (for applicants whose native language is other than English)

*There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during Financial Check-In. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses documentation verifying military status is required.