Essay on Spiritual Formation And The Curriculum

969 Words Jun 19th, 2016 4 Pages
Spiritual Formation and the Curriculum
Since spiritual formation occurs through a variety of learning experiences, and is facilitated by various programs and people, the curricular and co-curricular programs and activities must work together to effectively contribute to foster students’ spiritual growth. Each institution will approach this task differently based on a construct informed by their denominational and confessional creeds. Nevertheless, they must develop an adequate model of faith and learning, clearly state their spiritual outcomes, develop an effective program, apply effective practices, and incorporate valid and reliable means of assessing their objectives in order to evaluate the effectiveness of their programs. This section will focus on teaching and student development practices that foster spiritual growth and the challenges associated with assessing spiritual growth.
Faculty and staff members can facilitate spiritual growth through a variety of effective practices. One of the ways they do this is to embody a “living curriculum” through various “character chromosomes” such as humility, hospitality, incarnation, reconciliation, and an awakening of imagination that might increase the transformational learning of students (Moore, 2012, p. 36). In addition, faculty can help students answer the big questions of life through teaching them spiritual cognitive habits—paying attention, acknowledging dependence, and accepting responsibility—and their…

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