|In 2013, Virginia Theological Seminary launched a new track in its Doctor of Ministry program, the VTS D.Min. in Christian Spirituality. This D.Min. concentration can enhance a wide variety of ministries – congregational leadership, education, health care, faith formation, retreat settings – by rooting those ministries in our Christian spiritual traditions and addressing the contemporary hunger for spiritual deepening.|
Students in Christian Spirituality explore an array of Christian spiritual traditions—contemplative and apostolic, Biblical to contemporary—and bring them into conversation with developmental, organizational, and missional perspectives on formation, pastoral care, and leadership.
Core courses include:
- Biblical Foundations of Christian Spirituality
- Christian Spiritual Traditions I (contemplative)
- Christian Spiritual Traditions II (apostolic)
- Contemporary Spirituality
Students will also find a range of topical courses including “Spirituality and Healthcare,” “Fostering Cultures of Spiritual Guidance,” “Human Emotions and Ministry,” “Spirituality, Leadership and Mission,” “Dynamics of Conflict and Change,” “Spirituality, Liturgy, and the Arts,” “Spirituality and Interreligious Dialogue,” and other courses related to spiritual development.
Campus residency schedule:
- January, year 1: 2 weeks
- Summer, year I: 2 weeks
- January, year II: 2 weeks
- Summer, year II: 3 weeks
In order to prepare for the program, accepted students are expected to read the following books before the first residency:
- Braided Selves: Collected Essays on Multiplicity, God and Persons, by Pamela Cooper-White
- Explorations in Spirituality: History, Theology and Social Practice, by Philip Sheldrake
- Christian Spirituality: Themes from the Tradition, by Lawrence Cunningham and Keith Egan
- The Practice of Adaptive Leadership, by Ronald Heifitz,
- A Failure of Nerve, by Edwin H. Friedman
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