Towards a Reformed Evangelical Program of Spiritual Formation at Ryle Seminary, Ottawa

Full Title
Towards a Reformed Evangelical Program of Spiritual Formation at Ryle Seminary, Ottawa
Author
Shaun Minett Turner D.Min.
Abstract
In this research portfolio the author seeks to articulate a form of reformed-evangelical spiritual formation and apply it to ministry formation training in both military and civilian ministry training contexts. The author sees spiritual formation as stripping off the old self and putting on the new self by looking to Jesus. Research is presented which shows that this formation often leads to greater resilience in ministry and life, as well as an increased awareness of, and dependence on, God’s sovereign grace, leading to a deeper sense of discerning God’s voice every day. The author used three parts: a personal spiritual autobiography, a model of spiritual formation in the reformed-evangelical tradition, and a field research project using appreciative inquiry to develop an integrated spiritual formation program at a reformed-evangelical seminary in Ottawa, Canada. The author was successful in using an appreciative approach to engage the students of the Seminary to design a program that was accepted by an expert panel of school administration, denominational leadership, and student leadership. This research portfolio provides both a practical model of spiritual formation in the reformed-evangelical tradition and a means of tailoring this model, through appreciative inquiry, to specific contexts.
Degree Granting Institution
Country
Canada
Degree Granted
Doctor of Ministry
Major
Spiritual Formation
Type of Work
Other Terminal Project
Advisor
Uriah Pond Ph.D.
Language
English
Date
2019
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