Certificate in Christian Spiritual Formation

For bivocational pastors, congregational leaders


This certificate develops gifts and skills of leaders with responsibility for nurturing Christian spiritual formation in the activities, practices, and programs of congregational life.There is some freedom to devise some aspects of a certificate course of study in consultation with the Certificate Program adviser. For detailed information, please review the AMBS Catalog, pages 60-63.

Program of study

Required courses
  • Biblical Spirituality
  • Theology of the Church
  • Human Development and Christian Formation
  • Christian Formation in the Congregation
  • Spiritual Guidance Practicum
Recommended courses
  • Spiritual disciplines seminar (combination of the following: Prayer; Journaling; Scripture; Family spirituality)
  • Christian spirituality and peacemaking
  • Faith Formation and Spirituality of Youth and Young Adults (or another faith formation and spirituality course)
Total credit hours: 27