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Guided Spiritual Formation

PC449/649 A,B,C,D

WORKLOAD: four semesters, 4 credit points in total.
STATUS: Required subject for full online degree students. Recommended elective for other students.
WHEN: Parts A and C in every semester 1; parts B and D in every semester 2.
WHO: Graham Stanton

Guided Spiritual Formation is an online unit of guided theological reflection on your experience of personal spiritual life. This unit is taken over four consecutive semesters. It is a 4-credit-point unit in total; each semester’s workload is equivalent to 1 credit point. You should expect to spend around three hours per week each semester.

Guided Spiritual Formation (GSF) is designed to give you space to help you reflect on your own spiritual development and identity and to grow in your ministry and relationship with God. GSF will also help you develop processes of spiritual practice and theological reflection that will help you pursue ongoing spiritual formation throughout your life. You will be introduced to the action-reflection model of learning and will be expected to keep a journal recording your experiences and reflections. In each part of GSF you will have opportunity to engage in a variety of spiritual practices and reflect on these individually (in your journal and with your mentor) and with your peers and the GSF Coordinator via online discussion forums.

Guided Spiritual Formation A and C are available each first semester, and Guided Spiritual formation B and D are available each second semester. You should thus plan a two-year window in which to tackle the four elements. Each part should be taken consecutively: A, B, C, D: :

Part A: Known by God
Part B: Knowing and Loving God
Part C: Belonging to God’s People
Part D: Serving God’s People

Guided Spiritual Formation is a required unit for full online degree students and a recommended elective for other students.

For online students, GSF recognises the significance of your local worshipping community as a significant context for your personal formation. Engaging with a personal mentor and gaining feedback on your formation from other members of your church expresses the partnership that exists between the college and your local worshipping community in your formation for ministry.

Because this unit sets foundational practices of integrating theological study with personal spiritual life, it is best completed toward the beginning of your study program.

Unit Requirements

For Guided Spiritual Formation parts A and B you will be expected to have a mentor with whom you will meet roughly once a month during the respective semesters. Students will establish a mentoring covenant with the mentor (based on a template) setting out expectations about frequency, length and purpose of meetings. For part D you will be expected to invite a small group of people from your church (one of whom is part of the church leadership team) to provide you with feedback about the way you serve others. You will also be expected to keep a reflective journal. Learning materials and readings are provided online to guide you through this unit. Students are expected to engage in online discussions with their peers and the unit coordinator throughout each part of GSF.

Because of the requirement for mentoring and reflective journaling, GSF should not be undertaken concurrently with units in Field Education.

Assessment

Assessment for this subject is satisfactory/fail.

For parts A & B you will need to complete the following (the activities marked with an asterisk must be submitted for assessment and guidelines are provided for each of these):

  • Establish a mentoring covenant with a personal mentor*
  • Engage in directed spiritual practices
  • Keep a journal as a personal reflection tool
  • Meet with a personal mentor during the semester (ideally meeting at least once a month)
  • Obtain feedback from your mentor and confirmation of your meetings together*
  • Write a final reflective report (1250-1500 words)*

For parts C & D you will need to complete the following (the activities marked with an asterisk must be submitted for assessment and guidelines are provided for each of these):

  • Engage in directed spiritual practices
  • Keep a journal as a personal reflection tool
  • Engage in online discussion at the end of each three-week section of the unit
  • Obtain feedback from a small group of church members (for part D only)
  • Write a final reflection report (1250-1500 words)*

If you have questions about this unit please contact the Unit Coordinator, Graham Stanton >

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