PT 540 Spiritual Formation

Taylor Seminary is pleased to offer this core course, taught by Dr. Allan Effa; for the first time, it will be offered in a retreat-style in May, 2012. We will explore the nature of spiritual formation, learn and practice some of the historical disciplines of Christian spirituality, and have time to reflect on our own journeys toward transformation.

The course will take place at beautiful Gull Lake Centre in Lacombe (approximately 120 km south of Edmonton). It will begin on Sunday, May 6, at 6:00 PM and conclude on Thursday, May 10, at 7:00 PM.

Although it will be an intensive week of learning, time will be set aside for group discussions, personal reflection and there will be opportunities to meet with a spiritual director.

As a service to the larger church we are opening the doors to people who may have never taken a seminary course before.  Students may take the course for graduate credit, undergraduate credit (through Taylor College) or as an auditor. Course fees are shown below.

Click here for a detailed course syllabus. 

For more information or to begin the registration process, call Enrolment Services.
Contact Rick Heavenor:; call 780-431-5215 or (cell) 780-995-5246.


Course Summary
PT 540 Spiritual Formation is an exploration of the five classical streams of spirituality from a biblical and historical perspective, with emphasis on practical application. Offered for the first time in a retreat format.
Three credits.

Academic Credit
Seminary: This course is part of the core curriculum at Taylor Seminary, and is also transferrable to other institutions.

College: Undergraduate credit is available through Taylor College, transferable to the University of Alberta as course REL 262 Christian Spirituality. (Contact Enrolment Services for details.)

Audit: For those interested in auditing the course (no credit granted), tuition is charged at 50% of regular rates. Please note that accommodation and food costs are not discounted for auditors.

Course Outline

  • The Nature of Spiritual Formation
  • Disciplines and Spiritual Formation
  • Community and Spiritual Formation
  • The Contemplative Life
  • The Virtuous Life
  • The Charismatic Life
  • The Compassionate Life
  • The Evangelical Life
  • Developing a Rule of Life

Important Dates to Remember
Course: May 6 - 10, 2012
Registration Deadline: April 19, 2012*

*Late registrations may be considered, but this course is expected to be full. Please contact Enrolment Services right away.

This course is being offered at Gull Lake Centre (see driving directions below), and not at the Taylor campus.

Remember, this is not a seminar or workshop, but is an accredited post-secondary course. Registrants must contact Enrolment Services  at 780-431-5215 (cell: 780-995-5246) in order to become Taylor students BEFORE making plans to attend. Please allow time for the application/registration process.

Taylor Seminary’s tuition rate is $285/credit hour or $855 total (this is a 3-credit course). Students who wish to take this as a Taylor College course, the cost is $175/credit hour ($525 total). This is a University of Alberta transferable course called REL 262 Christian Spirituality.

Students who “Audit” the course pay half the above tuition price. In addition, Taylor offers an incentive for a new student’s first course (ask for details).

In addition to tuition, there will be a surcharge of $300.00 for room and board at the centre. Note: Those desiring a single occupancy room must pay an additional $50.00.  

To get to Gull Lake Centre from Edmonton:
If south-bound on HWY 2, turn WEST on HWY #53 (Rimbey Exit) & drive 20 kms to Junction 792 (Lincoln Road). There is a school and gas station on this corner. Turn SOUTH (left) & drive for about 19 kms to McLaurin Lane. Turn Right and follow the signs.