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The Spiritual Formation
Certificate Program is a one-year cohort program designed to assist
individuals in radically deepening their relationship with Christ and
becoming inwardly conformed to His image in order to train others in lay
ministry; through both spiritual formation and direction in the
Our greatest commandment is to love God with all our
heart, soul and mind (Matthew 22:37). This call to radical following
invokes the transformation of our entire being, by God’s Spirit, into the
likeness of Christ. We live in a time where it is becoming increasingly
more difficult to live the supernatural reality of the kingdom of God
here and now, leaving many with an intensifying hunger for a more
intimate connection with Christ Himself. In light of this, this program
is designed entirely around promoting growth in the believer’s inner
life of faith and prayer with God.
Participants in this program will be able to grasp a
deeper sense of the process of spiritual transformation and therefore be
able to assist others in deepening their relationship with Christ.
This may occur through one-on-one mentoring, formal spiritual
direction, small groups and large group teaching.
This is a
non-accredited, non-collegiate program that can be used as a means for
personal and/or professional development at the employer’s discretion.
Upon completion, students will receive a Certificate of Completion.
No other credential for this program is offered at this time.
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Students participating in the Spiritual Formation Certificate
GENERALHow is the cohort
program structured?The program is comprised of 4 modules
occurring over a one-year period. During each module participants will
attend a 2 ½ day retreat with other members of the cohort program. A
binder will be provided at each retreat that includes weekly content
for participants to engage in independently between retreats.Who will be leading the cohort?Nancy Kane, Associate
Professor in the Educational Ministries Department of Moody Bible
Institute will be leading the program. She has been teaching on
spiritual formation for 10 years and is a clinically trained therapist
as well. Special speakers will be included as part of the learning
experience.How many participants will be in each
cohort?Each cohort will be between 18–25 participants.How often and for how long does the cohort meet during the
year?Each cohort will meet once for 2.5 days 4 times a
year.Will there be required reading and other
assignments?Yes, a reading list and assignments will be
provided upon acceptance into the program.Are there
online requirements for the program?No.What
are the requirements for acceptance to the program?Each
applicant will be asked to complete an application and assessment
survey. See Application Process for more information.Do
I earn college credit for attending the certification
program?This is a non-accredited, non-collegiate program
that can be used as a means for personal and/or professional
development. This certificate is designed to provide students with
specialized knowledge in a particular area of study. Because this
program is a specialized supplement to other degree programs,
participants will find it useful throughout their ministry.
What services are available to people with
disabilities?The program’s retreat center has various
provisions for people with disabilities.Are students
required to do coursework in between the retreats?Yes,
there will be coursework before and after the retreats as part of
the personal formation process.Will students need to
use Blackboard courses?NoWhat are the
benefits and features of the Program?There are many
believers who are faithfully following Christ but can't see any real
tangible change in their life even in the midst of faithful following.
This program will help individuals go deeper in their intimacy with
Christ, help them identify the unique roadblocks that keep them from becoming more like Christ and changing, provide a model to help others grow deeper and will engage with other believers in a caring community environment.What will a person learn or be
able to do with this certificate?They will have specific
tools to help them walk closely with Christ, as well as a model
to help others walk with Christ. Some participants may want to go
on to the additional 6-month module to be trained to become a
What are the retreat dates for the January 2016 cohort?January 22-24, 2016April 29-May 1, 2016July 29-31, 2016October 21-23, 2016
will the cohort retreats be held?University St. Mary of the
Lake, Mundelein, Ill.
What happens during a retreat?The retreat
will include teaching, times of reflection, meeting in small groups, and meeting one-on-one with a spiritual director.Are participants required to stay overnight during the
retreats?Yes, as part of the cohort experience,
participants are required to stay overnight.How are
participants placed in housing?Each participant will have
his or her own private room and bathroom.Will meals be
provided?Yes.What airport should I fly
into?O’Hare International Airport.What is
the typical attire during the program?Casual comfortable
clothing.Will Nancy Kane be the only one teaching
during the retreats?Nancy Kane will be the primary teacher
with other experts in the field teaching hour lectures on various
topics.PROGRAM COSTSWhat is
the program fee and what is included?The program fee is
$2,800, which includes materials being sent via mail and all
provisions during the retreat.Are book costs included
in the program fee?A manual/binder will be the key part of
this program that will include articles, assignments, scripture
study etc. Participants will receive a binder for the module at the
beginning of each retreat. There may be 1-2 books that students
will be asked to purchase.Will there be any additional
costs?Each participant will be responsible for his or her
own travel costs to and from the program.How do I
pay for the program?Payment for the full program up front
or in a payment plan through MBIDL Upon receiving an acceptance letter
into a cohort, each student will be provided with a payment
information form containing payment instructions, which they will
fill in and submit to MBIDL. Students may choose between two payment
plans and may pay by VISA, MasterCard or Check. Payment Plan A allows
students to pay for the program in full up front in one payment and
Payment Plan B allows students to pay for the program in four separate
installments through MBIDL.When is payment
due?A non-refundable deposit of $400 is due for all
students to confirm their acceptance of their place by July 1, 2016.
After paying this deposit each student will have a remaining balance
Students opting for payment Plan A must pay their
balance of $2,400 in full by November 1, 2015 alongside their $400
Students opting for payment Plan B must pay in
four separate installments of $600 by the following dates:
September 2016 Cohort
What is the cancellation policy?Students opting to
cancel their participation in the cohort will lose their non-refundable deposit of $400 but may be refunded accordingly for the remainder of modules they have yet to take (each module is
worth $600). To qualify for this refund students must notify MDL of
their withdrawal before the next module has commenced. Students who withdraw during a module will not be refunded for that module but
may be refunded for the remainder of modules they have yet to
take.Are there scholarships available?Yes, limited scholarships are available on a case-by-case basis.How do people apply for the scholarship?Students who desire to be considered for a scholarship are chosen based on their financial need on a case-by-case basis. To apply for
the scholarship please e-mail email@example.com for a
separate scholarship application that you will submit alongside your
application to the program. If you are accepted into the program, you will hear back on whether or not you have received a scholarship
alongside your acceptance letter into your cohort.Application ProcessWhat is involved in
the application process?Those interested in applying to this
program will need to complete the online application and a phone
interview.Will applicants need to provide references
as part of the application process?Yes, each applicant
is required to provide one pastoral reference. Details on the
requirements of this reference are given in the application.Who do I contact for questions about the application
process?You can email Lori at firstname.lastname@example.org or
call Moody Distance Learning at (800) 758-6352.
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