Spiritual Formation and Discipleship


The spiritual formation concentration offers training in the process and practices of spiritual formation that apply beyond seminary life and reach into local congregations, faith-based organizations, and other ministry contexts. Students will explore biblical-theological foundations for spiritual formation, the historical development of Christian spirituality, and the process of nurturing formation through various tasks of ministry in the congregation and beyond. They will also participate in a spiritual pilgrimage outside of the classroom. Through this comprehensive study, students will be prepared to provide leadership to congregations and organizations in ways that support Christian formation in all aspects of life, work, and relationships. The concentration addresses specific academic and practical needs for senior pastors, Christian educators, children’s ministers, pastoral caregivers, mission or service workers, and various other ministry vocations.

I. Minimum Requirement 93 hours
II. Residency Requirement (minimum)
Truett Seminary encourages a much higher number
51 hours
III. Grade Point Average
Minimum of 2.00 or "C" overall and minimum of "C" or 2.00 in all core courses.
IV. Theological Education Core Courses 75 hours
Introductory Courses*
  • THEO 7340 Introduction to Christian Scriptures
  • THEO 7343 Introduction to Christian History
  • THEO 7345 Introduction to Christian Theology
9 hours
Christian Scriptures
  • THEO 7370 Christian Scriptures 1
  • THEO 7372 Christian Scriptures 2
  • THEO 7371 Christian Scriptures 3
  • THEO 7373 Christian Scriptures 4
12 hours
Biblical Languages
  • THEO 7356 Hebrew 1
  • THEO 7357 Hebrew 2
  • THEO 7346 New Testament Greek 1
  • THEO 7347 New Testament Greek 2
  • THEO 7V54 Hebrew Language Reading or THEO 7V48 Greek Language Reading
  • (3 hours; no variable credit)
15 hours
Christian Theology
  • THEO 7360 Christian Texts and Traditions 1
  • THEO 7361 Christian Texts and Traditions 2
  • THEO 7362 Christian Texts and Traditions 3
  • THEO 7382 Constructive Theology
  • THEO 7396 The Baptist Identity
15 hours
Christian Ministry
  • LEAD 7301 Leadership for Ministry or PAST 7330 Introduction to Pastoral Care
  • WOCW 7385 Introduction to Christian Witness and Mission
  • PRCH 7316 Preaching 1
  • THEO 7316 Christian Worship
  • MENT 7V00 Mentoring in Ministry (9 hrs)
  • PRTH 7391 Integrative Seminar
24 hours
V. Area Concentration: Spiritual Formation and Discipleship (SPFO) 18 hours
Concentration Requirements
  • PRTH 7310 Formation for Congregations and their Leaders
  • PRTH 7311 Spiritual Formation through the Life Span
  • PRTH 7312 Traditions of Christian Spirituality and Prayer
  • PRTH 7315 Spiritual Guidance and Soul Care
12 hours
Electives 6 hours
Total Hours 93 hours
VI. Satisfactory Completion of 200 Lifelong Learning Units
VII. Covenant Groups - Six Semesters
VIII. Satisfactory Academic Progress
* These are required courses; however, based upon previous academic experience, students may petition to waive these courses. Students not taking these courses must substitute electives in corresponding areas under advisement.