Tuesday, May 3, 2016


Applications are now being accepted for the Spiritual Formation Certificate September 2016 Cohort
Application deadline July 1, 2016

Consider listening to this interview to hear more about the Spiritual Formation Certificate Program

http://www.moodyradio.org/Chris-Fabry-Live/2016/05-2016/2016-05-02---Spiritual-Formation---Lon-s-Story/

Retreat Dates:
September 9-11, 2016
November 18-20, 2016
February 10-12, 2017
May 5-7, 2017

For more information or questions about the program email Lori Shoults at
spiritualformation@moody.edu or call 847.508.0282.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Applications are now being accepted for the Spiritual Formation Certificate September 2016 Cohort
Application deadline July 1, 2016

We whole-heartedly believe that the greatest commandment is to love God with all our heart, soul and mind (Matthew 22:37) which involves the transformation of our entire being, by God’s Spirit, into the likeness of Christ.

In light of this command, the Spiritual Formation Certificate program has been created to intentionally assist individuals to radically deepen their relationship with Christ and be inwardly conformed to His image.

Key features of the program include:

  • A cohort style approach comprised of 4 modules over a one-year period with no more than 25 persons in order to ensure an optimal level of engagement and growth. 


  • Each module includes a 2½ day retreat where participants will develop spiritual community, interact with course content and receive personalized spiritual direction.


  • Following each retreat participants will engage with 10-12 weeks of carefully designed content that follows the framework of The Spiritual Exercises developed by St. Ignatius of Loyola and integrates engagement with Scripture and contemporary spiritual formation principles and content. 

The purpose of the Exercises is very practical: to grow in union with God, who frees us to make good decisions about our lives and to “help souls.” Ignatius invites us into an intimate encounter with God, revealed in Jesus Christ, so that we can learn to think and act more like Christ. The Exercises help us grow in interior freedom from sin and disordered loves so that we can respond more generously to God’s call in our life. The Exercises demand much of us, engaging our intellect and emotions, our memory and will.
                       - Kevin O’Brien in The Ignatian Adventure, p. 14

Module Theme Overview

Module 1: God’s Love Story
We focus on God’s ideal and boundless love for us and see that our response to God’s love has been hindered by our brokenness and patterns of sin. We face these sins as we rest in God’s forgiving mercy.
Module 2: The Gospel
We enter into the journey with Christ and identify with His values, goals and methods as we reflect on various Scripture passages of His life.
Module 3: The Cross
We reflect deeply on living the cruciform life and the obedience and redemptive suffering of Christ.
Module 4: The Resurrection Life
We meditate on the reality of the resurrection and discovering and living into our own unique call.

Nancy Kane, Associate Professor in the Educational Ministries Department of Moody Bible Institute will be leading the program. She has been teaching on spiritual formation for 10 years, is a clinically trained therapist and co-director with her husband Ray of Grace Family Counseling Center. Special speakers will be included as part of the learning experience.

Retreat Dates:
September 9-11, 2016
November 18-20, 2016
February 10-12, 2017
May 5-7, 2017

For more information or questions about the program email Lori Shoults at
spiritualformation@moody.edu or call 847.508.0282.

To apply go to http://www.moody.edu/spiritual-formation/

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Applications are now being accepted for the Spiritual Formation Certificate January 2016 Cohort
Application deadline November 1, 2016

We whole-heartedly believe that the greatest commandment is to love God with all our heart, soul and mind (Matthew 22:37) which involves the transformation of our entire being, by God’s Spirit, into the likeness of Christ.

In light of this command, the Spiritual Formation Certificate program has been created to intentionally assist individuals to radically deepen their relationship with Christ and be inwardly conformed to His image.

Key features of the program include:

  • A cohort style approach comprised of 4 modules over a one-year period with no more than 25 persons in order to ensure an optimal level of engagement and growth. 


  • Each module includes a 2½ day retreat where participants will develop spiritual community, interact with course content and receive personalized spiritual direction.


  • Following each retreat participants will engage with 10-12 weeks of carefully designed content (see attached sample) that follows the framework of The Spiritual Exercises developed by St. Ignatius of Loyola and integrates engagement with Scripture and contemporary spiritual formation principles and content. 

The purpose of the Exercises is very practical: to grow in union with God, who frees us to make good decisions about our lives and to “help souls.” Ignatius invites us into an intimate encounter with God, revealed in Jesus Christ, so that we can learn to think and act more like Christ. The Exercises help us grow in interior freedom from sin and disordered loves so that we can respond more generously to God’s call in our life. The Exercises demand much of us, engaging our intellect and emotions, our memory and will.
                       - Kevin O’Brien in The Ignatian Adventure, p. 14

Module Theme Overview

Module 1: God’s Love Story
We focus on God’s ideal and boundless love for us and see that our response to God’s love has been hindered by our brokenness and patterns of sin. We face these sins as we rest in God’s forgiving mercy.
Module 2: The Gospel
We enter into the journey with Christ and identify with His values, goals and methods as we reflect on various Scripture passages of His life.
Module 3: The Cross
We reflect deeply on living the cruciform life and the obedience and redemptive suffering of Christ.
Module 4: The Resurrection Life
We meditate on the reality of the resurrection and discovering and living into our own unique call.

Nancy Kane, Associate Professor in the Educational Ministries Department of Moody Bible Institute will be leading the program. She has been teaching on spiritual formation for 10 years, is a clinically trained therapist and co-director with her husband Ray of Grace Family Counseling Center. Special speakers will be included as part of the learning experience.

Retreat Dates:
January 22-24, 2016
April 29-May 1, 2016
July 29-31, 2016
October 22-24, 2016

For more information or questions about the program email Lori Shoults at
spiritualformation@moody.edu or call 847.508.0282.

To apply go to http://www.moody.edu/spiritual-formation/

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Applications are now being accepted for the Spiritual Formation Certificate September 2015 Cohort
Application deadline June 1, 2015

We whole-heartedly believe that the greatest commandment is to love God with all our heart, soul and mind (Matthew 22:37) which involves the transformation of our entire being, by God’s Spirit, into the likeness of Christ.
In light of this command, the Spiritual Formation Certificate program has been created to intentionally assist individuals to radically deepen their relationship with Christ and be inwardly conformed to His image.

Key features of the program include:

  • A cohort style approach comprised of 4 modules over a one-year period with no more than 18 persons in order to ensure an optimal level of engagement and growth. 

  • Each module includes a 2½ day retreat where participants will develop spiritual community, interact with course content and receive personalized spiritual direction.

  • Following each retreat participants will engage with 10-12 weeks of carefully designed content (see attached sample) that follows the framework of The Spiritual Exercises developed by St. Ignatius of Loyola and integrates engagement with Scripture and contemporary spiritual formation principles and content. 

The purpose of the Exercises is very practical: to grow in union with God, who frees us to make good decisions about our lives and to “help souls.” Ignatius invites us into an intimate encounter with God, revealed in Jesus Christ, so that we can learn to think and act more like Christ. The Exercises help us grow in interior freedom from sin and disordered loves so that we can respond more generously to God’s call in our life. The Exercises demand much of us, engaging our intellect and emotions, our memory and will.
                       - Kevin O’Brien in The Ignatian Adventure, p. 14

Module Theme Overview

Module 1: God’s Love Story
We focus on God’s ideal and boundless love for us and see that our response to God’s love has been hindered by our brokenness and patterns of sin. We face these sins as we rest in God’s forgiving mercy.
Module 2: The Gospel
We enter into the journey with Christ and identify with His values, goals and methods as we reflect on various Scripture passages of His life.
Module 3: The Cross
We reflect deeply on living the cruciform life and the obedience and redemptive suffering of Christ.
Module 4: The Resurrection Life
We meditate on the reality of the resurrection and discovering and living into our own unique call.
Nancy Kane, Associate Professor in the Educational Ministries Department of Moody Bible Institute will be leading the program. She has been teaching on spiritual formation for 10 years, is a clinically trained therapist and co-director with her husband Ray of Grace Family Counseling Center. Special speakers will be included as part of the learning experience.

Retreat Dates:
September 11-13, 2015 
December 4-6, 2015 
February 12-14, 2016 
April 22-24, 2016

For more information or questions about the program email Lori Shoults at spiritualformation@moody.edu or call 847.508.0282.


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Moody Bible Institute Announces Spiritual Formation Certificate

Certificate in Spiritual Formation
Applications for first January 2015 cohort accepted through November 30, 2014
We are pleased to announce that with our collaboration, Moody Bible Institute’s Distance Learning Program is launching a new Certificate in Spiritual Formation. The cohort-style program is comprised of 4 modules occurring over a 1-year period and has been designed specifically to assist individuals in deepening their relationship with Christ and to be equipped to help others do the same.
We whole-heartedly believe that the greatest commandment is to love God with all our heart, soul and mind (Matthew 22:37). This call to radical following involves the transformation of our entire being, by God’s Spirit, into the likeness of Christ. We live in times where it is becoming increasingly more difficult to live the supernatural reality of the kingdom of God here and now leaving many with an intensifying hunger for a more intimate connection with Christ Himself. In light of that, this program is designed entirely around promoting growth in the believer’s inner life of faith and prayer with God.
Through the Spiritual Formation Certificate, we are excited to share that participants will first and foremost attend to their own personal growth, seeking to remove the barriers that keep them from growing spiritually. Each participant will learn spiritual practices experientially and in the process develop their own personal rule of life. All we ask is that participants commit to pursue passionately and receive joyfully God’s gracious invitation to be more fully transformed into the image of Christ. We believe that a natural byproduct of this will be greater service for the kingdom as participants also learn to identify and guide others into deeper conformity with Christ.
Students who complete the program will earn their certificate through four modules over the course of just one year. The cohort will be led by Nancy Kane with input from other experts in the field. The first cohort will be launched this January 2015. During each module, participants will attend a 2 1/2 day retreat with other members of the program to discuss course content and receive personalized spiritual direction from Nancy. Assigned reading, direction and coursework will guide each student through the certificate to personal growth. An ideal size for each spiritual formation cohort is 10 to 15 people.
Program Objectives

           Participants will begin to understand through experience and teaching that growth and intimacy with Christ is based upon an encounter with God that touches every aspect of the human experience and the very core of their beings.

           Participants will be provided avenues in which they can honestly assess themselves in light of God and His truth.

           Participants will grow in courage to face into sinful patterns and blocks that prevent them from intimacy with Jesus Christ.

           Participants will interact with and come to appreciate the biblically informed sources that have been influential throughout the history of the church.

           Participants will develop skills in selecting disciplines, practices, rules, circumstances and relationships through which they can be matured into Christlikeness.

           Participants will cultivate deeper intimacy with Christ in prayer by exploring how best to strengthen their own personal communication with God.

           Participants will be learning how to integrate spiritual formation as a vital part of their everyday life and ministry.

We could not be more delighted to invite you to consider the possibility of joining a cohort with Nancy this upcoming January to pursue the next formative step in your spiritual transformation through this blessed opportunity.

For more information go to http://www.moody.edu/spiritualformation/ or contact Moody Distance Learning at 800-758-6352.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014



A Journey into the Season of Lent

"Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me." Psalm 51:10

Today is Ash Wednesday, the official beginning of Lent and the time when the church enters into a time of deep reflection on Christ’s life and death. In churches throughout the world believers receive the symbolic gesture of ashes on their foreheads in the sign of a cross. In that small but powerful gesture is a reminder that “you are dust and to dust you will return” (Gen. 3:19) It is also an outward sign of an inward condition as we begin the process of confession and repentance over the ways in which we have turned away from Christ Himself.

Thomas Merton addresses the heart of this day:

"Ash Wednesday is for people who know that it means for their soul to be logged with these icy waters: all of us are such people, if only we can realize it."

"There is confidence everywhere in Ash Wednesday, yet that does not mean unmixed and untroubled security. The confidence of the Christian is always a confidence in spite of darkness and risk, in the presence of peril, with every evidence of possible disaster…"

"Once again, Lent is not just a time for squaring conscious accounts: but for realizing what we had perhaps not seen before. The light of Lent is given us to help us with this realization."

"Nevertheless, the liturgy of Ash Wednesday is not focused on the sinfulness of the penitent but on the mercy of God. The question of sinfulness is raised precisely because this is a day of mercy, and the just do not need a savior." (You can read the entire essay in Seasons of Celebration - Meditation on the Cycle of Liturgical Feasts, 113-124.)


Almighty God, you have created us out of the dust of the 
earth: Grant that these ashes may be to us a sign of our 
mortality and penitence, that we may remember that it is 
only by your gracious gift that we are given everlasting life; 
through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen. Book of Common Prayer 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014


A Journey into the Season of Lent

The word Lent has been indicated to mean “Long Days” or from the Germanic word for springtime. In a very significant way, it points us to the springtime of Eternity that becomes clearer when we pull away from focusing on the things of this world and feed upon “every word that proceeds from the mouth of God”. (Matthew 4:4)

Lent is a time of spring-cleaning for the soul. A time when the cob webs of patterns of sin are cleared away and new ways of responding and embracing the love of God and a life of virtue in a deeper way are put in place. During Lent, we examine our relationships to find the unhealthy and unloving ways we relate to those around us and bring them before Christ. We discover new ways of relating based on respect, mercy, forgiveness, and sacrificial love.

During Lent we are more intentional about sitting at the feet of Jesus listening to his guidance and then asking for the power and grace to walk it out. It is a time of personal retreat where we reflect more deeply on Christ’s life, sacrifice, death, and crucifixion. We abstain from the ways we might numb or distract ourselves from eternal realities so that we can walk more closely in our identity in Christ. During Lent, we are invited to reflect on the things that subtly tempt us and face the spiritual reality of the battle that Satan wages for our souls. We fast from what is temporal and material so that the inner person can be filled with the power of the Spirit. We are intentional in scheduling times of solitude, prayer, meditation on Scripture and attending Lenten services with our local congregation.