Spiritual Formation

Overview

Spiritual Formation at Tyndale will facilitate the deepening of your love for God and others through the practice of spiritual disciplines, spiritual retreats, personal refl​ections, and communal worship. This program is geared towards teaching you the transformational process of how to become like Jesus, how to facilitate spiritual growth and discernment, how to hear God’s voice, and how to guide others to learn the same as a Spiritual Director.

Theologically and Practically Based

Our faculty will give you an informational and formational learning experience on how to have a deeper relationship with God in your daily life. Our program explores Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox, and Celtic church traditions with a focus on an Evangelical perspective of Spiritual Formation. In addition to core academic courses, our program introduces you to off-campus spiritual retreats that integrate silence and solitude, spiritual disciplines, and spiritual exercises.

Internships

Our program includes two semesters of spiritual direction internships as well as courses on critical topics such as Prayer and the People of God, Protestant Spiritual Traditions, and, Finding Your Way: Principles of Spiritual Direction. Throughout the program you will be guided and supervised by Certified Spiritual Directors.

Certified Spiritual Director Preparation

Our program prepares you with the educational requirements to become a Certified Spiritual Director (CSD), a designation granted by the Canadian Council for Professional Certification. The combination of academic study and applied spiritual direction internships gives you the foundation to serve in various ministry or workplace settings.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion, our graduates find employment in:

  • Pastoral ministry
  • Para-church organizations
  • Spiritual Direction
  • Certified Spiritual Director
  • Youth Ministry
  • Missions
  • Workplace settings
  • Retreat Coordinator/Speaker
  • Christian Education
  • Academic/Research
Don Craw
After taking an introduction to spiritual direction course, Don Craw, businessman, pastor and Certified Spiritual Director, asked “Where has this been in my life? I’ve been in the church most of my life and I haven’t heard anybody talk about having a personal relationship with Christ…how you would gain that and how you would sustain that.”

Degree and Diploma Options


MDiv

Master of Divinity

27 courses
3 years

MDiv Info

MTS

Master of Theological Studies

18 courses
2 years

MTS Info

Diploma

Graduate Diploma

9 courses
1 year

Diploma Info

ThM

Master of Theology

6 courses + thesis
1 year

ThM Info

DMin

Doctor of Ministry

6 intensive modules
1 major project
3 years

DMin Info

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“The Tyndale Seminary community shaped how I respond to differing theology within spiritual direction.” Sarah Patterson [MTS, DMin] alumna Ordained Certified Spiritual Director