PC064-512 - Christian Spirituality
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Category foundational unitA
pastoral churchUnit Discipline
Prior to 2020, this unit content was delivered under the unit code PC230. Unit exclusions: PC045-512, PC045-712, PC064-712, PC065-812, PC040-812
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will
A. Know and understand
B. Be able to
1. Practice the skills of Christian spirituality and spiritual disciplines.
2. Engage with theological study, college activities and ministry experience as elements of a Christian spiritual journey.
3. Present Organised evidence-based perspectives on Christian spirituality and spiritual disciplines.
C. Be in a position to
Apply perspectives and skills from “Christian Spirituality” to ministry contexts and Christian living.
Section A: Spirituality for Christian Life and Ministry (50%)
- Defining spirituality and spiritual formation.
- Biblical patterns of spirituality
- Biblical perspectives and their implications for contemporary spirituality with reference to expressions in contemporary Christian traditions
- Theological study of biblical patterns
- Growing in a context of spiritual opposition and divine help.
- Missional Spirituality
Section B: Historical Spirituality (15%)
- A brief exposure to the historical expressions of Christian spirituality with special focus on the contextual factors involved in their formation and the implications for today.
Section C: Spiritual Disciplines for Spiritual Formation (35%)
- The functions and misuse of the spiritual disciplines in spiritual formation.
- Personal disciplines
- Lifestyle disciplines
- Corporate disciplines
This unit's indicative bibliography is currently being revised. Students should contact their home college for further details at the time of taking this unit.
Helland, R. & Hjalmarson, L. 2011. Missional Spirituality: Embodying God’s Love from the Inside Out. Downers Grove: IVP.
Foster, Richard. 1978. Celebration of Discipline. London: H&S.
Brown, Jeannine K., Wyndy Corbin Reuschling, and Carla M. Dahl. 2011. Becoming whole and holy: an integrative conversation about Christian formation. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic.
Ford, Leighton. 2008. The attentive life: discerning God's presence in all things. Downers Grove, Ill.: IVP Books.
Hinson, E. Glenn. 2013. Baptist spirituality: a call for renewed attentiveness to God. Macon, GA.: Nurturing Faith.
Holder, Arthur G. 2005. The Blackwell companion to Christian spirituality, Blackwell companions to religion. Oxford; Malden, Mass.: Blackwell Pub.
Schwarz, Christian A. 2009. The 3 colours of your spirituality: 9 spiritual styles: how do you most naturally connect with God? NCD Discipleship Resources. Brisbane, QLD: NCD Australia.
Barton, S., The Spirituality of the Gospels (London: SPCK, 1992).
Gire, K., Windows of the Soul: Experiencing God in New Ways (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996).
Holt, B., A Brief History of Christian Spirituality (Oxford: Lion, 1993).
Maas, R. and G. O’Donnell, Spiritual Traditions for the Contemporary Church (Nashville: Abingdon, 1990).
McGrath, A., Spirituality in an Age of Change (Grand Rapids, Zondervan, 1994).
Nouwen, H., Life of the Beloved (New York: Crossroad, 1992).
Thompson, M., Soul Feast: An Invitation to the Christian Spiritual Life (Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1995).