Christian Spiritual Formation

Christian Spiritual Formation Undergraduate Degree

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, psychology 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 or certificate 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.

 

Testimonials

AJ Cossell, Christian Spiritual Formation Graduate, 2017

My primary major may determine what I do, but the CSF program will continue to develop how I do it and the kind of person I become.

AJ Cossell, Christian Spiritual Formation Graduate, 2017
Josiah Brown, Christian Spiritual Formation Graduate, 2017

I am thankful for the CSF program for giving me good and beautiful images of God, enabling me to live more fully into my vocation, providing opportunities to serve and ultimately teaching me how to love God and my neighbor with more of my heart, soul, mind and strength.

Josiah Brown, Christian Spiritual Formation Graduate, 2017
Samantha Filer, Christian Spiritual Formation

The Christian Spiritual Formation program is one of the main reasons I came to Friends University. I wanted to be part of the CSF program because I wanted to learn as much about Jesus as possible. There was an unquenchable thirst for God in my life, and the CSF program has helped make that longing more acute.

Samantha Filer, Christian Spiritual Formation

Apprentice High School Academy

The Apprentice High School Academy (AHSA) is an opportunity for juniors and seniors in high school who genuinely desire to become the type of leader who thinks, lives and acts as Jesus would. We are enrolling students who presently want to learn what life in God’s kingdom is all about: a life of peace, patience, self-sacrifice, joy, hope, and love. This program is designed to challenge you to articulate your thoughts more clearly, to strengthen your thinking about spiritual growth, and to teach practical skills designed to connect you with a good and beautiful God in all facets of your life. The application deadline for AHSA 2018 is April 27, 2018. Please contact Dr. Stan Harstine at harstine@friends.edu or 316-295-5876 for more information.

Apply for AHSA 2018 at https://www.friends.edu/ahsa.

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Course Requirements

View the courses required for a degree in Christian Spiritual Formation.

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Career Options

A degree in Christian Spiritual Formation can be used in more ways than you may think. Take a look at some of the potential careers that can result from this area of study.

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4-Year Career Plan

The path to your future career starts long before graduation. Learn what steps you need to take along the way to put you a step ahead.

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Career Services

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Featured Faculty

Jeremy Gallegos

Dr. Jeremy Gallegos

  • Professor of Philosophy & Ethics; Division Chair of Religion & Liberal Arts; General Education Assessment Coordinator
  • Christian and Liberal Studies
  • B.A., Wichita State University; M.A., Purdue University; Ph.D., Purdue University
Stan Harstine

Dr. Stan Harstine

  • Professor of Religion
  • Christian and Liberal Studies
  • B.S., Kansas State University; M.Div., Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Baylor University
Keas Keasler

Keas Keasler

  • Assistant Professor of Christian Spiritual Formation; Program Director of Christian Spiritual Formation
  • Christian and Liberal Studies
  • B.A., Baylor University; M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary
Jim Smith

Dr. Jim Smith

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