Spiritual Formation

Spiritual Formation

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

Spiritual Formation

NNU’s 75-credit Master of Divinity 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.

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 with God’s reign
  • Practice the means of grace or spiritual disciplines that lead to emotional and spiritual health, personal Christian virtue and responsible social engagement
  • Integrate Christian theological themes in the understanding and practice of ministry and leadership
  • Understand the historical interplay between cultural, philosophical and theological shifts that inform Christian ministry practice
  • Engage the social context from the perspective of Christian mission to articulate and embody the gospel of Christ
  • Utilize insights of missional leadership to evaluate and assess congregational contexts and move people and congregations toward practices consistent with a Wesleyan-Holiness theology
  • Understand and explain God's mission in the midst of a dynamic and changing world

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; and Master of Arts in Leadership & Formation with specializations in Missional Leadership; Spiritual Formation; and 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.
Degree Details

Master of Divinity

Fully Online

$550 per credit, with discounts and scholarships available - See All Tuition & Fee Info

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

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