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Spiritual Formation

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Spiritual Formation

Master of Arts: Leadership & Formation


NNU's 36-credit graduate specialization in Spiritual Formation explores what it means to be shaped into the image of Christ—not only for yourself, but for the sake of others, too. Join hundreds of other laypersons and clergy who have helped make our Spiritual Formation program our most popular specialization to date.


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Lauren Wuertz

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36 semester credits
for degree completion
to expert faculty mentors

Spiritual Formation

NNU’s 36-credit Master of Arts: Leadership & Formation offers a specialization in Spiritual Formation. All of our degree tracks are fully online, designed for busy adults. Our programs are designed to see you succeed by completing one course at a time in as little as 21 months—and with your summers off!
At NNU, your ministry courses are interwoven with a strong core in Bible, Church History, Philosophy, and Theology, offering rich opportunities for you to journey through your program alongside colleagues with a shared heart for ministry while also expanding your engagement with graduate students from other specializations, traditions, and cultures. This combination of focus and breadth is unique to NNU's program design.

Program Outcomes

Graduates from our Master of Arts: Leadership & Formation specializations assume leadership in various ministry venues, including pastoral leadership; staff ministry; church planting; university student development; military, healthcare, hospice, institutional, and marketplace chaplaincy; non-profit leadership; cross-cultural ministry; district and general church administration; and other innovative settings. A recent survey of graduates revealed that 68 percent had already been offered positions by graduation. Additionally, many of our graduates have advanced to doctoral studies at a variety of other educational institutions, including Drew Divinity School, Boston University, Regent, Claremont, Portland Seminary, Fuller, Perkins, and Nazarene Theological Seminary, to name just a few. 

Academic Outcomes

  • The graduate assesses spiritual journeys of 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.
  • The graduate practices the role of being a spiritual director, by utilizing spiritual formation practices, to a local group in his or her ministry context.
  • The graduate understands and develops spiritual formation practices, under the supervision of a mentor, that foster personal and spiritual growth.
  • The graduate integrates the various ways spiritual formation may be part of the ministries of a local church in teaching, worship, preaching, and mission.


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. If a quality education from a respected institution with external validations is important to you, then NNU’s Master of Divinity or Master of Arts tracks are a great fit.
NNU’s Graduate School of Theology is also 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: Pastoral Ministry; and Master of Arts: Leadership & Formation with specializations in Missional Leadership; Spiritual Formation; and Youth, Children & Family Ministry.



Degree Details

Master of Arts

Offered Online

$525 per credit - See All Tuition & Fee Info



I've been challenged academically at NNU because we have to take all these different types of courses. Even though I'm in the arts I have to take science classes and other classes, English classes. So that has really challenged me, but it's also helped me because I have a more well-rounded education, which I value.

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NNU’s graduate programs are designed for you to achieve your educational goals while working around your career, your family and your other commitments.

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100% of the program can be completed online


2 is the number of years it takes to complete the MA programs taking one course at a time.


NNU’s College of Theology offers 4 different graduate degrees, including Pastoral Ministry, Missional Leadership, Spiritual Formation, and Youth, Children &
Family Ministry


NNU is the 1st institution offering exclusively online graduate programs ever to be granted membership by the ATS.