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Lindsay Kuhl



Master of Divinity

NNU’s online Master of Divinity degree in Spiritual Formation empowers you to explore classic spiritual disciplines, journey with a mentor in your own ministry context, discover spiritual direction and learn from our well-published faculty with over two decades of experience teaching Spiritual Formation.

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  • 75 semester credits for degree completion
  • Fully online
  • Meets All Educational Requirements For Ordination in the Church of the Nazarene
  • Federal Financial Aid and NNU’s zero-interest monthly payment plan are available to all who qualify

About Master of Divinity: Spiritual Formation

NNU’s 75-credit M.Div. degree with specialization in Spiritual Formation is fully online and designed for busy adults. Complete one course at a time in as few as 51 months (with most summers off) or choose a more accelerated pace.

Explore a breadth of disciplines in your coursework including Pastoral Care, Leadership, Preaching, Christian Education, Bible, Theology, Worship, Evangelism, Church History and Philosophy. Additionally, you’ll add 32 focused credits to fulfill your M.Div. specialization in Spiritual Formation.
We welcome individuals from a variety of theological traditions. NNU’s program fulfills all academic requirements for ordination with the Church of the Nazarene, in tandem with district approval.

degree details

Master of Divinity

Fully Online

$575 per credit, $150 per semester technology fee

Program Outcomes

  • Understand and be able to explain Wesleyan-Holiness theology as it relates to scripture, Christian tradition, reason and experience in the practice of ministry
  • Identify characteristics of the cultural context of ministry and assess them through an appropriate theological perspective, compare existing cultures with alternative cultural expressions and develop personal and corporate practices consistent reign of God
  • Practice the means of grace (spiritual disciplines) that lead to emotional and spiritual health, personal Christian theological virtue and responsible social engagement
  • Integrate Christian theological themes in the understanding and practice of ministry and leadership
  • Assess spiritual journeys—for individuals and communities—for the purpose of creating a spiritual formation plan that will stimulate growth in acts of piety and mercy (i.e., inward and outward holiness)
  • Practice the role of being a spiritual director, by utilizing spiritual formation practices, to a local group in their ministry context
  • Understand and develop spiritual formation practices, under the supervision of a mentor, that foster personal and spiritual growth
  • Integrate the various ways spiritual formation may be part of the ministries of a local church in teaching, worship, preaching and mission
Dual Accreditation
NNU’s Graduate School of Theology is accredited by The Commission on Accrediting of The Association of Theological Schools. The following degree programs are approved by The Commission on Accrediting: Master of Divinity; Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry; Master of Arts in Leadership & Formation with specializations in Missional Leadership; Spiritual Formation; Youth, Children & Family Ministry.

Since 1930, NNU has been continuously accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges & Universities, the same respected accrediting body that validates other leading educational institutions across the Pacific Northwest.

Meet Our Faculty

After my first class, I… knew I didn’t want to do one more thing in ministry without this education. The theology I was discovering was healing me and changing me, and I wanted nothing more than to share it with everyone I could.

Kalyn Vogelmann

MDiv in Missional Leadership