Tuesday, February 14, 2017



Evangelical Universities & Seminaries Offering Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation – Going into the Deeper Waters of Contemplative Spirituality 
republished below in full unedited for informational, educational, and research purposes:
Photo: Carey University in British Columbia
Over the past decade, while most evangelical colleges, seminaries, and universities have allowed the influence of the Spiritual Formation movement into their schools to one degree or another, not all of them had gone so far as to create a Master’s Degree program in Spiritual Formation. In fact, ten years ago, there weren’t that many schools that had Spiritual Formation degree programs. But things are changing rapidly. Today, a large number of the evangelical seminaries and universities have such degree programs.
These schools that offer such a degree have taken the plunge into the deeper waters of contemplative spirituality. And while there is currently an effort by some of these schools to convince the church that there is a “good” Spiritual Formation, the fact is, where there is Spiritual Formation, there is always a trail that leads to the mystics as Lighthouse Trails has pointed out for many years.
Below is a partial list of Christian colleges, universities, and seminaries that offer Masters Degrees in Spiritual Formation. Some of these are Spiritual Formation specializations or concentrations tacked onto Master of Divinity or Master of Arts degrees. In other cases,  Spiritual Formation programs are tucked inside Christian Leadership degrees and Christian Formation and/or Soul Care degrees.
These seminaries and universities are where the church’s next generation of pastors and leaders are coming from. The church has been hijacked and is being held hostage to spiritual deception, but few seem to care. The only thing we are learning from Christian leaders today is “Simon Says” and “Follow the Leader” because most will not speak up on this vital issue. On the contrary, they promote it.
Baylor UniversitySpiritual Formation and Discipleship
Barclay CollegeMaster of Arts: Spiritual Formation
Biola University Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation and Soul Care
Carey Theological College (BC) – Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation
Corban UniversityMaster of Arts in Christian Leadership
Dallas Theological SeminarySpiritual Formation Cohort (under the DMin degree)
Denver SeminaryMA in Christian Formation & Soul Care
George Fox UniversitySpiritual Formation and Discipleship Specialization
Garrett Evangelical Theological SeminaryMaster of Arts in Spiritual Formation and Evangelism
Grand Rapids Theological Seminary (ie., Cornerstone University)The Master of Arts in Christian Formation
Johnson UniversityGraduate Certificate in Spiritual Formation & Leadership
Lincoln Christian University (IL) – MA in Spiritual Formation
Logsdon Seminary (TX) Master of Arts (Religion) Spiritual Formation
MidAmerica Nazarene Unversity The Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation and Christian Counseling
Moody Bible CollegeMaster of Arts in Spiritual Formation and Discipleship
Multnomah UniversityThe Master of Arts in Christian Leadership with a Spiritual Formation Emphasis
Nazarene Theological SeminaryMaster of Arts in Christian Formation and Discipleship Degree
North Greenville University (NC) – Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation and Discipleship 
Northwest Nazarene UniversityMaster of Arts: Spiritual Formation
Pepperdine University Spiritual Formation and the Christian Mission
Phoenix SeminaryMDiv in Spiritual Formation
Richmont Graduate SchoolMaster of Arts in Spiritual Formation and Direction
Seattle Pacific University Master of Arts in Christian Leadership
Southeastern UniversityMaster of Arts in Ministerial Leaders
Spring Arbor UniversityMaster of Arts in Spiritual Formation & Leadership
Western SeminaryM.A. in Ministry and Leadership (Concentration in Spiritual Formation)
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