The Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Formation (GCSF) is a program of study designed for students interested in spiritual formation for themselves and for those who desire to lead and teach Christian spiritual formation. The program examines various spiritual disciplines and equips students to introduce and develop spiritual formation groups in churches and other settings. the GCSF is taught on the master’s level and is designed to be completed in two years part-time or one year full-time.
|Ministry Formation Studies
||Spiritual Formation (3 credits)|
|Biblical Studies||Interpreting the Old Testament or Interpreting the New Testament (3 credits)|
|Theology & Ethics||Introduction to Theological Studies or|
|Introduction to Biblical Ethics or|
|In Search of Biblical Justice (3 hours)|
|Spiritual Formation Studies
||Spiritual Formation Electives (6 credits)|
|Spiritual Formation Practicum (3 credits)|
18 Total credit hours*
*New curriculum requirements as of the 2019-20 Academic Catalog
An essential aspect of fulfilling Leland’s mission to “equip transformational leaders for the global ministry of Jesus Christ” is nurturing spiritual growth in students. Leland seeks to provide a structure and atmosphere that helps students to have the support and accountability necessary for both individual and corporate spiritual growth. Like anything, building community that encourages this kind of growth takes time and intentionality. To this end, Leland has set in place specific requirements for our students.
Spiritual Formation Class – GCSF students are required to take the Spiritual Formation class during their first semester at Leland. Besides acquainting students with basic aspects of the history and practice of Christian spiritual formation, this class will provide a model for practicing spiritual disciplines within the context of a covenanted small group.
Covenant Groups – In subsequent semesters, GCSF students may participate (as an auditor) in a covenant group comprised of 4-7 other graduate students, which will meet seven times during the semester. The group typically reads a spiritual classic together and encourages one another in their spiritual practices. Auditors must commit to following the group covenant.
Community Life Events – GCSF students are also asked to contribute to and benefit from the broader Leland community by participating in at least two required community life events each semester (or four per year). These events include the all-school gatherings that inaugurate each semester, Advent and Lent worship services, Theological Society meetings, and the Graduation ceremony.
The John Leland Center for Theological Studies is committed to providing equal opportunity for all student applicants without discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age or disability. The decision for admission rests with the Admissions Committee. Admission into the Graduate Certificate in Leadership Studies program is based on the following considerations:
See Our Admissions Process for a more detailed description of the application process.