The Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation will educate and equip persons answering a call to ministry in spiritual formation. Building upon the core theological education required of all Master of Arts students, the MASF will provide focused study in scripture, theology, tradition, and practices undergirding the discipline of spiritual formation, including the ministry of spiritual direction.

Program Goals

  • Articulate a knowledge of Christian Spiritual Formation based in Scripture and theology, with particular roots in classical formation literature and Wesleyan theology.
  • Integrate knowledge of Spiritual Formation into their personal formation, with particular congruence with the holy love of God and neighbor cultivated by the Wesleyan means of grace.
  • Apply integrated knowledge to a particular ministry specialization, with particular attention given to the social and cultural contexts of that ministry and with connection to larger global expressions.
  • Commit to cultivate holy love of God and neighbor demonstrated by a knowledge of and practice in the Christian disciplines including works of service, with particular attention to a Wesleyan understanding of the means of grace.

Degree Map

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Hrs Course ID Course Name
3 CD501 Vocation of Ministry (must be taken in initial 21 hours at ATS)
3 MS501 Missional Formation (must be taken in initial 21 hours at ATS)
3 BT501 Biblical Narrative
3 SF501 Introduction to Spiritual Formation
3 TH501 Basic Christian Doctrine
3 CH501 Church History—One
3 SF502 Spiritual Life of the Minister
3 SF503 The Life of Prayer
3 SF___ Spiritual Formation Elective
3 CS601 Christian Ethics
3 NT(IBS)510/511 NT(IBS)510 Matthew -or- NT(IBS)511 Mark
3 TH601 Theology of John Wesley
3 SF601 Spiritual Direction
3 SF605 Scripture and Spiritual Formation [PRQ: BT501]
3 SF625 Theology and Spiritual Formation
3 SF630 Tradition and Spiritual Formation
3 SF___ Spiritual Formation Elective
As Needed
3 Elective Course
3 Elective Course
3 Elective Course