MDiv with a Concentration in Christian Formation and Soul Care
What is a Master of Divinity with a concentration in Christian Formation and Soul Care?
Christian formation and soul care involves walking alongside others as they discover and respond to God’s presence in their lives. Anchor that ministry in the breadth and depth of a Master of Divinity degree and you have preparation that is as versatile as it is powerful. In Christian Formation and Soul Care you will explore biblical and historical examples of soul care, the wisdom of spiritual classics, and dynamics of the spiritual journey while receiving practical training in the art of spiritual guidance. Within the context of the M.Div. curriculum, this concentration will prepare you to provide spiritual leadership in multiple ministry roles and settings.
At Denver Seminary, the degrees for Christian Formation and Soul Care fall under the Division of Christian Ministry. Watch a video from the Division of Christian Ministry.
The MDiv with a concentration in Christian Formation and Soul Care is excellent preparation for goals such as:
- Pastoral, teaching and leadership positions inclined toward formation, soul care and discipleship
Spiritual Direction in church, parachurch, or retreat settings
Further education and training leading to teaching in university or seminary contexts
In addition to the MDiv core (89 hours), this concentration involves 8 hours of courses specific to Christian Formation and Soul Care. To view a class description, hover over the class number or name. To view the full academic catalog in a separate page, click any of the class links.
1 Students in the Christian formation and soul care concentration should replace
T/M 702 and T/M 712Students in the MDiv program complete these courses during the fourth and fifth semesters of the training and mentoring program. Each of these semesters focuses the process on a specific theme of relevance, utilizing one learning plan that integrates character and skill development in light of the chosen theme of the semester and each student’s anticipated future vocational expressions. Students meet regularly with their external mentors, while selected colloquium sessions bring students together for the formation group aspect of the process. Prerequisite: T/M611 Mentored Spiritual Formation and TM612 Mentored Ministry Experience. Each T/M course must be taken in sequence. One hour each. with CF 595The focus of this course is an experience of group supervision of the student’s practice of soul care in a chosen internship setting. The primary tools are case study, role play, verbatim, and reflective processes. Prerequisites: CF 513 The Practice of Soul Care and CF 501 Biblical and Historical Foundations of Formation and Soul Care, or CF 502 Principles and Practices of Christian Formation, or CF 511 Dynamics of the Spiritual Journey. Offered fall semesters. One hour. and CF 596The focus of this course is an advanced experience of group supervision of the student’s practice of soul care in a chosen internship setting. The primary tools are case study, role play, verbatim, and reflective processes. Prerequisite: CF 595 Soul Care Practicum I. Offered spring semesters. One hour..
- Howard Baker, Instructor of Christian Formation
Mr. Howard Baker is an instructor in Christian Formation and, with Dr. Bruce Demarest, began the Seminary’s certificate program in evangelical spiritual guidance. He serves with the Spiritual Formation Alliance, offers spiritual direction, leads retreats, and is on the board of Young Life Africa. He has authored Soul Keeping and The One True Thing, contributed to The Transformation of a Man’s Heart, Giving Ourselves to Prayer, and The Renovaré Spiritual Formation Bible.