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Personal Spiritual Formation

Northeastern Seminary is committed to the personal and spiritual growth of every seminarian. Through an innovative and integrative Personal and Spiritual Formation curriculum, students are exposed to the rich resources and disciplines of formative Christian spirituality. The fundamental objectives include the spiritual as well as the academic preparation of candidates 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
  • Annual All-Seminary Retreat that brings together students, alumni, faculty and staff
  • Core curriculum that includes:
    • faith-sharing groups directed by a trained spiritual facilitator who mentors a group of 6-9 students
    • readings in formative spirituality and Scripture study
    • chapel services
    • intentional growth-reflection sessions led by a certified spiritual director
  • Multiple Post-Core courses in spiritual and pastoral formation
  • Field education curriculum that includes faith-sharing group experiences

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