For many of us, the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the depth of our personal relationships. Suddenly, choosing to stay in touch meant months of doorstep visits, video calls and social bubbles. Similarly, your relationship with God either thrived or declined in the past year and a half. If you felt challenged to go beyond the superficial in your faith journey, you may want to consider Tyndale University’s Doctor of Ministry (DMin) in Spiritual Formation.
“There’s a growing awareness of superficiality in the world today and a desire to develop a deeper relationship with God that is transformational,” says Dr. David Sherbino, program coordinator. “Research indicates that adding more programs to the church’s ministry is not the answer; information doesn’t equate with transformation. What is needed is the development of a deeper experience with God.”
Drawing on spiritual disciplines from many faith traditions, the DMin in Spiritual Formation will encourage students to apply practices in their own lives and ministries and develop a deeper intimacy with God for the sake of others.
“Students have told us that the program has renewed their lives spiritually, revived their congregations and enabled them to continue in ministry in a manner that has been life giving.”
— Dr. David Sherbino
The DMin in Spiritual Formation program operates in a cohort, so students can learn from each other and from their professors in a smaller setting. Students complete 12 courses within 3 years, with distance learning and residency phases within each year.
So, what can you do with a DMin in Spiritual Formation? Many have found ministry employment in the following areas:
- Leading congregations toward a focus on spiritual formation as pastors
- Coordinating small groups and retreat centres focused on spiritual formation
- Teaching spiritual formation in Christian colleges and seminaries
- Serving as chaplains in hospitals, prisons, the military, retirement centres and Christian schools
- Offering spiritual direction through private practices
Applications are accepted year round, with the next cohort beginning in March 2022. Pray for God’s discernment, and explore whether this program is right for you.