Spiritual Formation

Degrees

The Northwind Center for Theology and Spiritual Formation fosters a creative dialogue between students and faculty at the intersection of theology (study of God), psychology (study of human psyche) and community (life together)--which can be called community spirituality (according to the noted pastoral theologian and psychologist, Henri Nouwen). The intellectual and practical focus of this Center is on the dynamic process, programs, publications, research methods, and various approaches to adult spiritual formation. 

 

Certificate programs are offered through Northwind Institute.

Degree programs are offered through Northwind Seminary. 

Dr. Michael J. Christensen Ph.D., 
Academic Dean and

Professor of Theology

and Spiritual Formation, 

serves as the

Center Director and has

assembled a highly

qualified Visiting Faculty,

including:

Annie Allen, MPA, M.Div.   

 

Rachel Christensen, MPA

Michael J Christensen PhD

Academic Dean

Senior Faculty

Professor of Theology & Spiritual Formation

Master's Degree
Contextual Ministry
30 Credit Hours

Four 3- Credit Courses:

 

Introduction to Graduate Studies

 

Nouwen Spiritual Direction

Nouwen Spiritual Formation

Nouwen Spiritual Discernment

 

Three 6-Credit Courses:

 

Capstone Research 

Capstone Project

Capstone Paper

Master's Degree
Specialized Ministry
30 Credit Hours

Four 3- Credit Courses:

 

Introduction to Graduate Studies

 

Nouwen Spiritual Direction

Nouwen Spiritual Formation

Nouwen Spiritual Discernment

 

Three 6-Credit Courses:

 

Capstone Research 

Capstone Project

Capstone Paper

Doctoral Degree
Specialized Ministry
36 Credit Hours

Four 3-Credit Courses:

Christian Tradition

Nouwen Spiritual Direction

Nouwen Spiritual Formation

Nouwen Spiritual Discernment

Four 6-Credit Courses:

Portfolio Methods

 

Portfolio Research I

Portfolio Research II

Portfolio Paper

Faculty-Mentor Directed

The Faculty Mentor facilitates scheduled video conversations and participates in the portfolio preparation and examination.
 

Online and Flexible

Students set their own schedule and proceed at their own pace. Each course can be completed within 30 to 90 days.

Capstone Experience

Students in Master's Programs journey through a series of research milestones to generate the final Capstone Project that addresses a 

Need or Opportunity in their ministry context.

Portfolio Experience

Students journey through a series of research milestones to generate the final Project Portfolio that addresses a new understanding of their approach to ministry.

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