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 expectations for our students. In particular, master’s degree and graduate certificate students are required to participate in the spiritual formation class, covenant groups, and attend at least four community events each year. All students are strongly encouraged to participate in and benefit from Leland as many of these opportunities as they can.
Spiritual Formation Class
All master’s degree and graduate certificate students are required to take MF4301-Spiritual Formation during their first semester at Leland. Besides acquainting students with basic aspects of the history and practice of Christian spiritual formation, this class provides a model for the practice of spiritual disciplines within the context of a covenanted small group.
After the Spiritual Formation class has been completed, every master’s degree and graduate certificate student is required to continue participating in a covenant group each term they are enrolled in classes.Each covenant group is comprised of four to seven students, and they meet a minimum of seven times per semester during the fall and spring semesters. The group typically reads a spiritual classic together and encourages one another in their spiritual practices.