Spiritual Formation

This programme is for people who want to be better equipped to help others on their Spiritual Journey. Current students include mums with young children all the way through to people approaching retirement, people without any leadership responsibility through to those with considerable responsibility. What do they have in common? The calling to serve God by enabling others to serve Him better.’

This programme helps students develop in their own spiritual formation, and equips them with a wide range of tools to help others in a variety of roles.

Students can join the programme at the start of the any taught module, provided that they have attended the two day induction, relevant to entry to the programme at that point in time, allowing for three separate entry points in any academic year.

The aim of the programme is to provide a robust and effective Spiritual Formation training programme. Students will engage with knowledge and conceptual frameworks drawn from theology, psychology, social sciences, historical studies, counselling, leadership studies and psychotherapy. This requires an integrative framework to bring these different disciplines into a coherent whole.

The following diagram shows the modules required to complete a full MA in Spiritual Formation and provides the framework for the portfolio of learning opportunities available.

Postgraduate programmes

University validated programmes for which a previous degree is an entry requirement. Awards available:

  • MA – all 7 modules to be completed
  • Postgraduate Diploma – 6 modules require completion (all except Research)
  • Postgraduate Certificate – includes Framework, Skills and Ethics plus Approaches to Spiritual Formation with an additional module option of your choice

Undergraduate programmes

BA (Hons) Top-up – for students who have graduated to Dip HE level and wish to continue with their studies up to BA (Hons) level.

Advanced Diploma – includes Framework, Skills and Ethics plus Approaches to Spiritual Formation with an additional module option of your choice.

Non-accredited training

Waverley Awards – with less formal assessments for personal vocational learning

Continuous Professional Development (CPD) – single module CPD in one or more of the following modules:

  • Pastoral Care
  • Spiritual Direction
  • Mentoring and Coaching
  • Chaplaincy

To find out more about our Spiritual Formation programme watch the below videos from the programme leader, David Wise, and Waverley Abbey College Director, Bob Stradling.


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