The unit provides an introduction to the concept and practice of spiritual formation through the lens of evangelicalism. It draws on Biblical sources and the wider Christian tradition to explore foundations for spiritual maturity, as well as examining aspects of psychosocial and emotional health in Christian ministry. The unit presents a framework that is holistic and relational and identifies intentional practices as necessary for spiritual formation. It invites students to reflect on their own personal history of formation and to experience selected classical spiritual disciplines as a way of engaging in both personal and vocational formation.

Unit code: DS1793B (Approved)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit discipline: Spirituality

Proposing College: Eva Burrows College

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Learning outcomes


Articulate and interpret their spiritual and developmental journey as a personal history of spiritual formation.


Appraise biblical sources and other Christian texts and traditions to discern and critique current spiritual formation teaching and practice.


Explore and evaluate personal experiences of engagement with classic spiritual disciplines.


Articulate at a foundational level, psychosocial and emotional markers necessary for healthy Christian leadership.


The unit engages students in learning through lectures, readings, videos, forums, class discussions and personal reflection

Indicative Bibliography

  • Barton, Ruth Haley. Sacred Rhythms: Arranging our Lives for Spiritual Transformation. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2006.
  • Calhoun, Adele Ahlberg. Spiritual Disciplines Handbook: Practices that Transform Us. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2005.
  • Foster, Richard. Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2008.
  • Gruen, Anselm. Building Self-Esteem: The Christian Dimension. New York: Crossroad, 2000.
  • Mulholland, M. Robert Jr. Invitation to a Journey: A Road Map for Spiritual Formation. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1993.
  • Palmer, Parker J. A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2004.
  • Peterson, Eugene H. A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2000.
  • Scazzero, Peter. Emotionally Healthy Spirituality. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2006.
  • Willard, Dallas. The Great Omission: Reclaiming Jesus’s Essential Teachings on Discipleship. Oxford: Monarch Books, 2006.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

2,00 word Integration Essay

2000 50.0
Critical Review

1,000 word written review of selected media (book, podcast, journal article, etc. provided by lecturer)

1000 25.0
Seminar or Tutorial

1,000 word seminar paper

1000 25.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 30 Sep, 2019

Unit record last updated: 2019-10-21 11:43:11 +1100