Christian Spiritual Formation

Are you looking for a way to deepen your spiritual life on a personal level and prepare for a life of ministry, while still majoring in another field like business, music or education? While Friends University offers a stand-alone major in religion & philosophy, the Christian spiritual formation major is specifically designed to be a second major for students who want to learn how a heart and soul that have been shaped by the Christian faith can greatly enhance their chosen career path, then work toward developing that deepened spirituality.

Christian formation, or spirituality, has often been called “discipleship” or “Christian education,” but today spiritual formation is a recognized field of academic study as well as a popular vocation. This unique program combines classroom study as well as hands-on experience in actual ministry settings. In addition, this program includes national and international travel, which will enhance the overall undergraduate experience as well as prepare the student for world-wide ministry and Christian service wherever and whatever their career path may be.

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Dr. Stan Harstine

  • Professor of Religion
  • Religion and Humanities
  • B.S., Kansas State University; M.Div., Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Baylor University

Dr. Jim Smith

  • Associate Professor of Religion; Executive Director of the Apprentice Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation
  • Religion and Humanities
  • B.A., Friends University; M.Div., Yale University Divinity School; D.Min., Fuller Theological Seminary