Details for Christian Spirituality

Ever wondered if there were other ways to express faith, apart from lifting your hands during worship? Would you like to deepen the spirituality of your local Christian community, but find yourself hesitating, uncertain of the appropriate boundaries? Students with these questions and more will find themselves challenged as they partake in this foundational unit, designed specifically to introduce charismatic and Pentecostal Christians to the broader history of Christian spiritual approaches. In doing so, students will have a chance to connect with their heritage and participate in a broad range of spiritual exercises practiced by the wider body of Christ throughout history.


Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: MIN002
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Robyn Wrigley-Carr

Awards offering Christian Spirituality

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content

Outcomes

Students should be able to:

  1. Identify a biblical framework for Christian spirituality
  2. Identify and manage individual spiritual disciplines
  3. Display an understanding of the importance of relationships and trust
  4. Reflect on the importance of spiritual disciplines in a mentoring relationship.

Subject Content

  1. Introduction to Christian disciplines
  2. Time management
  3. Worship and Sacraments
  4. Fasting and Rest
  5. Affirmation and Self-Care
  6. Simplicity and Teachability
  7. Confession and Forgiveness
  8. Spiritual Direction
  9. Discipleship, Service and Evangelism
  10. The Word of God and Prayer
  11. Compassion and Care
  12. Spiritual Formation

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to face on site
  • E-learning (online)
  • Intensive (One week: 7 hours per day for 5 days = 35 class hours + approx 85 hours out of class time for research, writing, exam preparation and execution, ancillary activities associated with completion of assigned tasks.)

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis College.

Assessment Methods

  1. Weekly Tests - 30%
  2. Reflective Journal (1250 words) - 30%
  3. Mentoring Reflection (1200 words equivalent) - 40%

Prescribed Text

Calhoun, A. A. Spiritual Disciplines Handbook: Practices that Transform Us. Downers Grove IL: InterVarsity Press, 2015.

Representative References

Albrecht, D. Rites in the Spirit: a Ritual Approach to Pentecostal/Charismatic Spirituality. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1999.

Chan, S. Pentecostal Theology and the Christian Spiritual Tradition. London: Sheffield Academic Press, 2003.

Chant, B. Living In The Image Of God. B & V Chant: Sydney, 2011.

Collins, K. Exploring Christian Spirituality: An Ecumenical Reader. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2000.

Devenish, S. Seeing and Believing: The Eye of Faith in a Visual Culture. Wipf & Stock, 2012.

Foster, R.J. Freedom of Simplicity: Finding Harmony in a Complex World. Revised Edition. New York, HarperCollins, 2005.

Grenz, S. Prayer: The Cry for the Kingdom. Revised Edition. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, 2005.

Griffith, C & Groome, T. Catholic Spiritual Practices: A Treasury of Old and New. Brewster, MA: Paraclete Press, 2012.

Holder, A. Christian Spirituality: The Classics. New York: Routledge, 2010.

Holt, B. Thirsty for God: A Brief History of Christian Spirituality. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2005.

Lamm, J.A. (ed.). Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Christian Mysticism. West Sussex: John Wiley & Sons, 2013.

Ma, W. and R. Menzies. The Spirit and Spirituality. Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 2004.

Smith, G.T. Courage and Calling. Downers Grove, Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 2011.

Smith, K. Christian Spirituality. London: SCM Press, 2007.

Thomas, G. Sacred Pathways: Discover Your Soul’s Path to God. Revised Edition. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 2010.

Journals:

  • Asian Christian Spirituality
  • Charisma
  • Christian Spirituality
  • Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care
  • Leadership
  • Modern Christian Spirituality
  • Renewal
  • Vocation and the Social Context