The Foundations of Spiritual Formation

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    Spiritual formation is a growing area in theological education today. But is also a very broad field with many different understandings that can be disorienting, especially when it comes to the educational tasks that are associated with it.  

    This course will help you understand the role of spiritual formation within a variety of Christian traditions, articulate a definition of spiritual formation and understand how it relates to the practice of theological education. This understanding will enable you to formulate a more precise definition of spiritual formation and draw some conclusions on whether spiritual formation is different, for example, from character and virtue education.  

    Together with this, you will also be enabled to recognise and critically assess how spiritual formation occurs in your contexts. 

    Course Outcomes

    This course introduces to the history, debates and practices related to spiritual formation in theological education.  By the end of this course you will be equipped to formulate your own exact definition of spiritual formation and critically and constructively assess spiritual formation practices in your context.

    Course content
    • Introducing spiritual formation
    • The historical debates
    • Engaging with a selection of resources on spiritual formation
    • Character and virtue education
    • Formulating your definitions and thinking about your practices


    This course is authored by Dr Cheesman. Graham has been involved in theological education for many years, always as a teacher, also as the principal of two theological colleges, the director of  a centre for the study of theological education , an accreditor and consultant in a number of countries and has been an examiner for a number of UK universities. After he left college he became a baptist minster and then a missionary lecturer in Nigeria before returning to the UK. His doctorate is in the Bible college movement in the UK. 

    Course materials are delivered through the Postgraduate Programmes in Theological Education offered by London School of Theology.

    Delivery mode

    This is a self-paced online course.


    10 hours of learning,

    ICETE Academy points

    10 points.

    Completion requirements

    You will need to complete the learning sections, participate in a discussion forum on spiritual formation in your context and pass a quiz covering basic knowledge and understanding of spiritual formation.

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