Applications now being accepted for the September 2017 Cohort

Application deadline July 1, 2017


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 church. 

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.

Career Opportunities

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. 

Download the PDF Application

Application Instructions:


1.  Download the PDF application located above.

2.  Fill out the application.

3.  Save the completed document to your computer in order to "lock in" your answers. You can do this by navigating to File located at the top left of the PDF window. Choose Save As, then name the document and save it to your computer.

4. Attach the saved PDF application to an e-mail and send it to spiritualformation@moody.edu.

Program Objectives

Students participating in the Spiritual Formation Certificate program will:

  • Begin to understand through experience and teaching that growth and intimacy with Christ is based upon an encounter with God that touches every aspect of the human experience and the very core of their beings
  • Be provided avenues in which they can honestly assess themselves in light of God and His truth
  • Grow in courage to face into sinful patterns and blocks that prevent them from intimacy with Jesus Christ
  • Interact with and come to appreciate the biblically informed sources that have been influential throughout the history of the church
  • Develop skills in selecting disciplines, practices, rules, circumstances and relationships through which they can be matured into Christlikeness
  • Cultivate deeper intimacy with Christ in prayer by exploring how best to strengthen their own personal communication with God
  • be learning how to integrate spiritual formation as a vital part of their everyday life and ministry


Students participating in the Spiritual Formation Certificate Year Two Program will:


  • Demonstrate an ability to read, assess, and assimilate God's Word to one's own life.
  • Articulate the key aspects of the character of God and His plan for redemption through Jesus Christ.
  • Develop skills to recognize sinful patterns and blockages that prevent them from intimacy with Jesus Christ and greater love for others.
  • Interact with the Christian spiritual classics that have been influential throughout church history.
  • Develop avenues of prayer that strengthen one's intimacy with Christ.
  • Evidence preactical skills in bringing spiritual care to others.
  • Develop a lifestyle that seeks to live the gospel in authentic holistic ways personally, in community, and in the larger culture.
  • Demonstrate a hunger for holiness and intimacy with Jesus Christ.




How 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?

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?

What 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 spiritual director.

What are the retreat dates for the Year 1 September 2017 cohort?

September 8-10, 2017
November 17-19, 2017
February 9-11, 2018
April 27-29, 2018

What are the retreat dates for the Year 2 September 2017 cohort?

September 22-24, 2017
December 1-3, 2017
February 23-25, 2017
May 18-29, 2018

Where 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?

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.


What 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, 2017. After paying this deposit each student will have a remaining balance of $2,400. 

Students opting for payment Plan A must pay their balance of $2,400 in full by July 1, 2017 alongside their $400 non-refundable deposit.

  • Payment 1: Sept. 1, 2017
  • Payment 2: Nov. 1, 2017
  • Payment 3: Jan. 1, 2018
  • Payment 4: March 1, 2018 

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 spiritualformation@moody.edu 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 Process

What is involved in the application process?
Those interested in applying to this program will need to complete the online application.

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 spiritualformation@moody.edu or call Moody Distance Learning at (800) 758-6352.



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