Leadership and Spiritual Formation

Whether you are called to serve in rural or urban settings, at Acadia Divinity College you will be equipped with the skills to develop and lead vibrant ministries that have a significant social impact on the community. In small group settings you will model the discipling of others and the cultivating of spiritual formation in a church. You will have the opportunity to visit churches, observe ministries, and engage with pastors who are leading change in their communities.

Personal spiritual formation is at the heart of those in Christian leadership. At ADC we emphasize the exploration of identity, self-understanding and personal growth so you will not only understand your own spiritual formation but also the spiritual formation in others.

The Charles J. Taylor Centre for Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care was established by Acadia Divinity College in 2011. This Centre fosters and promotes clinical and theological excellence in the area of Pastoral Care through personal growth, the building of professional capacities and rigorous theological reflection. The Taylor Centre trains and prepares men and women for pastoral ministry in specialized forms, including hospital chaplaincy, military chaplaincy, prison chaplaincy, and a variety of other caring professions, for which care for the Spirit is of primary importance. Discover more by visiting their website.

Meet Dr. John McNally
Assistant Professor of Practical Theology

Program Overview

Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
IDTH 5010OrientationPass / Fail
Biblical Studies
BIBL 5023Interpreting the Old Testament3
BIBL 5033Interpreting the New Testament3
GREE 5013Foundations of New Testament Greek3
HEBR 5013Foundations of Biblical Hebrew3
BIBL (elective)Biblical Studies elective (Old Testament Narrative)3
BIBL (elective)Biblical Studies elective (Old Testament Poetry or Prophetic Literature )3
BIBL (elective)Biblical Studies elective (New Testament Gospel)3
BIBL (elective)Biblical Studies elective (New Testament Epistle)3
Christian Thought
CHUR 5013Introduction to Christian History3
THEO 5013Christian Theology 13
THEO 5023Christian Theology 23
THEO 6013Christian Ethics3
THEO 7113Christian Theology in a Pluralistic Context3
CHUR (elective)Christian History elective3
CHUR or THEOChristian History elective or Theology elective3
Ministry Core
EVAN 5013Evangelism and Mission in Contemporary Society3
SPFM 5013Christian Spiritual Formation for Ministry Leaders3
PAST 5053Preaching as a Practice and the Practice of Preaching3
PAST 5063Christian Worship…Now3
PAST 6053Creative Preaching: Beyond the ‘Big Idea’3
DISP 5013Transformational Discipleship Ministry3
PACC 5013Understanding Pastoral Care and Counselling3
PAST 7013Mentored Ministry 13
PAST 7023Mentored Ministry 23
Area of Specialization – Choose 4:
LEDR 5073Leadership That Advances the Mission3
LEDR 6023Leadership and Youth Ministry3
LEDR 6043The Practice of Leadership in Contemporary Ministry3
LEDR 6063Leading Healthy and Effective Churches3
SPFM 7013Pathways of Prayer: The Soul’s Quest for God3
SPFM 7023The Soul of Leadership3
Electives2,3
Elective3
Elective3
Total Credit Hours90
  1. Students with previous equivalent academic credit may apply for advanced standing in the same general area (i.e. Biblical Studies, Christian Thought, or Ministry).
  2. Survey of the Bible (BIBL 5013) required if Bible Knowledge Exam is not passed.
  3. Those seeking ordination within a Baptist context take Baptist History and Polity (CHUR 6013). Those seeking ordination within another denominational family should contact the Academic Dean regarding a Directed Study or alternate option for meeting denominational studies requirements within their tradition.
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Catherine Cole
Manager of Recruitment and Admissions: (902) 585-2220: catherine.cole@acadiau.ca