Spiritual formation is ongoing, a journey back to God and greater intimacy with God. It is not a simple “fix” to become who God designed us to be. Being transformed into Christlikeness includes the Word of God, prayer, discernment in our life choices, healing, commitment to community and above all learning to love and experience God. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.” (Matt. 22: 37-38)
In order for our development not to become self-centered, authentic spiritual formation will always be for the sake of others. This is the essence of love summarized by Christ in the second great commandment: “Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matt 18: 39-40)
The Spiritual Formation Certificate is offered to help you live in such a way that God is glorified in your life.
Date, Time, and Location
Time: Saturdays 9:00am - 3:00pm
Location: Tyndale University College & Seminary (Map)
$125.00 per module (Exception is Module 1 which is $150.00) Tyndale full-time student, staff and alumni can receive a 10% discount. You will need to email the Tyndale Spiritual Formation Centre at tsfc [at] tyndale [dot] ca to receive a discount code before registering online.
Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019
John Calvin wrote that wisdom “consists almost entirely of two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves.” An introduction to spiritual formation can best begin by learning more about ourselves. In this module, we will take a look at our God-given talents, learned skills, spiritual gifts, and personalities, so that we can know how God has designed us to serve.
We will undertake three inventories in preparation for this module: a spiritual gift inventory, a ‘sacred pathways’ evaluation, and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (R). When you register for this certificate program you will be contacted by the instructor with information about completing these inventories ahead of the class.
Please note: To cover the cost of the inventories, there will be an additional charge of $25. Instead of $125 for this module, it will be $150 for this first module.
- Understand the various ways God equips us in life and ministry
- Discover how gifting and personality preferences come together to make each one’s spiritual formation journey different
- Appreciate that there are different ways that people connect most easily with God.
Facilitator: Dr. Jeff Loach, MDiv, DMin, OblSB, ThM, CSD
Jeff is Lead Pastor of St. Paul’s Church in Nobleton, a Certified Spiritual Director, and an adjunct instructor of spiritual formational Tyndale Seminary. He is also a certified administrator of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (R).
Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019
The day will hold variety. You will spend time in a highly experiential and discovery based session of creatively engaging scripture. You will participate in guided expressive arts exercises from the areas of literary, viusal imagery, art-making, soundscapes and sacred movement. We will explore the biblical, cognitive, and spiritual formation principles that support the role of creativity and imagination in our faith journey. We will visit your sacred story as it intertwines with the greater narrative that is God's purpose for you. Because scripture, creativity, and the imagination authentically touch our interior selves, the healing of life's inner hurts and past losses may occur. You will receive resources to continue exploring creativity and imagination in your spiritual journey. Note there are no artistic prerequisites required.
Everyone is creative!
- Experience creative new ways to connect with God
- Nuture your attentiveness and awarenss of God
- Discover the role of imanination in the exploration of your spiritual formation
- You will gain reources to enrich your prayer life, your spiritual journey and you can share these tools with others
Facilitator: Rev. Dr. Ouida Pihulyk BFA, MTS, D.Min, C.S.D.
Ouida a graduate of Tyndale Seminary is a Pastor, Spiritual Director and currently a supervisor in the Tyndale Spiritual Direction Program. As an active contemplative, she believes we spiritually transform holistically – body, mind, and spirit. She has taught many workshops from this focus with an emphasis on refreshing your spiritual journey by introducing creative and imaginative ways to see, taste, and hear God’s purpose in our everyday lives. Ouida is also a certified expressive arts practitioner.
Date: Saturday, November 23, 2019
One of the greatest gifts God has given us is the privilege of communing with Him in prayer. Yet many describe their prayer life as unfulfilling, even boring. This module is designed to help you develop and experience a deeper quality in your prayer life recognizing this is primary in the process of spiritual formation.
- Understanding what prayer is and working toward a more authentic experience of prayer
- Experience a wide variety of prayer practices and forms throughout the day
- Develop a deeper commitment to and love for prayer as part of your own spiritual formation
Facilitator: Misa Mochinaga M.Div, ThM, CSD
Misa was born and raised in Argentina. She came in 2000 to study at Tyndale Seminary. She has wide cross-cultural experience and is fluent in Japanese, Spanish and English. She currently serves as the manager of the Tyndale Bookstore. She is also pursuing ordination with the Free Methodist Church of Canada. She is a trained and experienced spiritual director and has specialized in setting up Retreat in Daily Life (RDL) spiritual direction for the Tyndale community.
Date: Saturday, January 11, 2020
There are many people who have experienced deep wounding in life that has left them struggling with feelings of abandonment, anger, shame, depression, worry or fear. This module is designed to help people discover the healing that can bring about a new way of living. Based upon biblical principles you will discover the process to explore the hurts of life, find the way to extend forgiveness to those who have caused the wounding and continue on the path of maturity and well being.
- Understand the steps in emotional healing
- Discover how to process hurts and deep wounding
- Become aware of the biblical teaching on forgiveness and the psychological process to process forgiveness
- Explore steps toward well-being
Facilitator: Dr. David Sherbino MPS, STM, DMin, CSDS, FT
David is professor of Pastoral Ministries and Spiritual Formation at Tyndale and a minister at Cornerstone Community Church (PCC) Kleinburg. Professionally, he is a Fellow in Thanatology and a Supervisor in Spiritual Direction.
Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020
Many Christians are exhausted and stressed, not immune from the demands of life and ministry. Jesus says “Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me-watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace” (Matt. 11; 28-29, The Message). From Sabbath to silence, to self-examination, this module will help people explore and practice exercises which can promote a life-giving sacred balance.
- Cultivate awareness and attentiveness to the rhythms in our lives
- Look at the example of Jesus as we consider living in sacred balance
- Examine spiritual exercises/ disciplines which can sustain, and give significance to ministry
- Consider establishing a practical rule of life
Facilitator: Major David Ivany BA, MTS, CSD
David, as a Certified Spiritual Director is part of The Salvation Army’s Pastoral Services team serving clergy in Canada and Bermuda, with added responsibility for pastoral care in Quebec. He also oversees 614 Regent Park, a Salvation Army urban congregation in downtown Toronto.
Date: Saturday, April 4, 2020
Engaging with Scripture is critical in the spiritual formation of the believer. If the Word of God is a “lamp unto our feet” (Psalm 119:105), what does that mean for each one of us personally? This module is designed to help people grow from knowing something of God to experiencing Him personally as we engage with His written Word. We will spend time learning about and experiencing some ancient Christian practices and principles such as: formational silence; lectio divina; gospel contemplation and meditation.
- Appreciating how the Word functions in our lives
- Understanding the difference between head and heart knowledge of God
- Experiencing some ancient Christian practices
- Exploring a personal engagement with Scripture
Facilitator: Tracey-Ann Van Brenk, B.Sc., D.C.S., M Div., CSD
Originally trained as a family therapist, Tracey-Ann later pursued further education at Tyndale seminary, receiving a Master of Divinity degree specializing in spiritual formation. She offers spiritual direction at her office in Peterborough and facilitates church and group retreats. She is a member of Cephas Christian Reformed Church and lives in Peterborough with her husband, three children and a small zoo of pets.
Date: Saturday, April 18, 2020
This module will give focus on the need for the next generation of Christians to experience spiritual formation. Jesus loved children and his example needs to be our lived faith experience with children both in our homes and communities. Children and youth have a great capacity to respond to God. Jenn has a contagious enthusiasm and deep passion for the spiritual formation of children and youth with many practical ideas of how to implement and engage this ministry.
- Cultivate an awareness about the importance of Children’s Spiritual Formation
- Explore the history of children’s spiritual formation in the Christian church
- Be exposed to an overview of available models for spiritually forming the next generation
- Receive practical examples on how to implement this with the children in your own life in both a one-on-one and group experience
Facilitator: Jenn Aspilla BA, MDiv, CSD
Jenn has a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from the University of Toronto, a Masters of Divinity (MDiv) in Spiritual Formation from Tyndale Seminary and a Spiritual Director. Jenn is the minister of youth and spiritual formation at Cornerstone Community Church in Kleinberg. She is regular blogger, podcaster and consultant on topics related to spiritual formation.