APPL 534/SPIR 534

Spiritual & Emotional Formation for Christian Leadership

This course is also offered as SPIR 534

Course Description

Many who have served in various ministry capacities (e.g., as pastors, missionaries, lay church leaders, etc.) are intimately familiar with the potential dark realities of the ministry environment. Ministry is often fraught with many difficulties and challenges, imposing significant stress upon one's spiritual life, marital and family relationships, and emotional and physical well-being. Unfortunately, many Christian leaders have been deeply wounded over the course of their ministry work. Accordingly, this course will present both practical and conceptual considerations and recommendations in the care of Christians and Christian leaders who have been emotionally hurt by the ministry context, drawing from both Christian theology (e.g., the doctrine of incarnation, theodicy and the problem of evil, etc.) and psychological research and practice (e.g., the literature on grief, trauma/abuse, and spiritual coping/spiritual struggles).

Dates Jun 24–Jun 28
Days & Times Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri
Format Onsite/Online
Credit Hours 1–2
Audit Hours 1



David C. Wang

Associate Professor of Psychology

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There are no prerequisites for this course.

The friendships and relationships I’ve made during my time at Regent have opened my eyes to how immensely rich, diverse, and massive the body of Christ is. When I hear the stories of many of my classmates, I see Jesus’s immense provision and grace for the church.” — Alexander Marees