The Spiritual Formation Ministry exists to glorify God and make disciples by providing a relational context and biblical curriculum to help future servant-leaders explore the topics of Identity, Community, Integrity and Fidelity, experience transformation (growth in Christlikeness), and participate in the Spirit’s transformation of others.
Six values inform the Spiritual Formation ministry: practicing presence, recalling the past (the historic church), offering authenticity, extending grace, yielding to the Spirit and listening to the Scriptures. Spiritual Formation groups of five to six students gather weekly for four consecutive fall and spring semesters to pray, reflect on truth, examine their hearts, share and respond. As group members grow together in character and spiritual maturity, the potential for significant relationships and ministry partnerships is established. This course (required for ThM, MACS, MACE, MACL, MACM, and MAMW students, an elective in other programs) is designed to help facilitate students’ growth in four areas: knowing God, knowing self, loving well and longing for more of God’s transforming work in their lives.
Students at the Dallas, Houston, or Washington DC sites fulfill their Spiritual Formation requirement through enrolling in the four semester SF100 courses. In the fall of each year, SF100 students will be placed in campus SF groups. Students may choose to register for a women’s, men’s, or couple’s group. Married students are highly encouraged to join a couple’s group. Because students participate with the same group during four consecutive semesters, they should plan their schedules so they meet on the same day and at the same time each semester. In addition to their SF100 group participation, students may choose to concurrently enroll in any of the four companion elective courses for 1 hour of academic credit per semester—SF201, SF202, SF203 and SF204. These courses require additional assignments which would be submitted to the SF Department through online.dts.edu.
With SF Departmental approval, extension students who will not be attending the Dallas or Houston campuses fulfill their Spiritual Formation requirement by completing the two semester SF110 Mentored Spiritual Formation course. Students participating in the SF110 course may also choose to concurrently enroll in either of the companion elective courses for 2 hours of academic credit per semester—SF201, SF202, SF203, and SF204. These two courses require additional assignments which would be submitted to the SF Department through online.dts.edu.