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Spiritual Formation

Northeastern Seminary is committed to the personal and spiritual growth of every seminarian. Through innovative and integrative personal and spiritual formation practices students are exposed to the rich resources and disciplines of formative Christian spirituality. The fundamental objectives include spiritual as well as the academic preparation for pastoral and lay ministry.

Fostering spiritual formation in a multi-denominational community:

  • A spiritual retreat at the start of the program for each entering class
  • Required courses include a 24-hour retreat during the residency week
  • Annual All-Seminary Retreat that brings together students, alumni, faculty and staff
  • Courses and readings in formative spirituality and Scripture study

The Personal and Spiritual Formation Curriculum promotes:

  • Growth in their personal relationship with God and the development of a spiritually- disciplined life
  • Sensitivity to God's active presence in their own life, the lives of others, and the world
  • Growth in personal formation, emotional maturity, and moral integrity
  • Deepening acceptance and love of others, compassion and forgiveness
  • Concern for and ability to relate openly to other people, especially in regard to personal and spiritual matters
  • Deepening confidence and courage to be a public witness for Christ and the Gospel, in both religious and secular communities, even in the face of opposition