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: DS8793B

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: Spirituality

Delivery Mode: Online

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.


Critically analyse biblical sources and other Christian texts and traditions to discern and evaluate current spiritual formation teaching and practice.


Explore and evaluate personal experiences of engagement with classic spiritual disciplines


Evaluate psychosocial and emotional markers necessary for spiritual maturity and healthy Christian ministry.


Construct a model of spiritual formation for your ongoing personal and vocational development.


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


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Seminar or Tutorial

1,500 word seminar paper

1500 20.0
Critical Review

2,000 word written review of selected media (book, podcast, journal article, etc. provided by lecturer)

2000 30.0

2,500 word integration Essay

2500 50.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-21 11:50:01 +1100