Full course description

Summary
This 8-week course is intended to be the first course in the Truett Seminary Certificate Program, and is suitable for laypeople, church leaders, and ministers of all types, including church pastors.

This course is on the subject of Spiritual Formation: the basic process by which Christians are formed spiritually. Including practices and understandings that can help Christians grow closer to God and to live out their faith more vibrantly. 

An optional focus for participants is a biblical study of the "Kingdom of God” in Matthew and Luke. 

Prerequisites
This is an introductory course, and the first of the Certificate Program’s six core courses. 

Textbooks Used
For this course students will require a copy of the following book:

     Smith, James Bryan. The Good and Beautiful God. InterVarsity Press, 2009.

Difficulty
Within the Certificate Program, this should be considered a relatively easy course.

About the Certificate of Ministry Program 
The Certificate of Ministry Program (CMP) is meant to be a self-paced, distance learning program. Course work involves reading and using a variety of online and/or video resources, and then there are accessible assignments based on those materials. As a non-accredited program, academic grades and credit are not received, but quality feedback is provided for all assignments to foster effective learning and to offer encouraging motivation. Students are encouraged to participate in the online community for each course, and to pursue developing their own personal community of learning with the input of a mentor or peers.
 
Goals and Benefits
This program is here to shepherd you through a journey of growth in understanding and knowledge and you will have access to the a variety of resources and wisdom through the seminary community. Our goal is to help ministers and lay people of all kinds pursue knowledge, personal faith, and ministry effectiveness. In addition students become a part of the Truett Seminary community and the legacy of Truett and Baylor University. 
 
We want our students to be equipped and confident in faith, understanding, and ministry effectiveness.