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Here's what it's about

On the basis of The Great Commandment, Jesus’ conflation of Deuteronomy 6:4-5 and Leviticus 19:18, plus His recitation of “The Parable of the Good Samaritan” in Luke 10:25-37 and the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20, we discern the essential elements of an authentic Christian spirituality. It is characterized by a passion for God, compassion toward others, and mission to the world. The three-fold expansion and application of the brotherly love command from Leviticus 19:18 fulfills the law in Romans 13:8-10, frees Christians to love in Galatians 5:13-15; and forbids favoritism in James 2:8-9. Spiritual disciplines and the devotional practices of prayer, Scripture reading, and reflection are primary means whereby ministry leaders develop authentic Christian spirituality.

Course curriculum

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    Course Overview

    • How to use this course

    • Before we begin...

    • Course Description

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    Examine the Missional and Ministry Focus

    • Misbehavin’ Missionaries and The Myth of Missionary Spirituality

    • The Inseparability of Spirituality and Mission and Mission As a Spiritual Discipline

    • Case Studies of Missionary Life, Ministry, and Leadership

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    Establish a Solid Biblical Foundation

    • Old Testament Background Texts

    • The Great Commandments in Luke 10:25-37

    • New Testament Applications of Leviticus 19:18

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    Erect a Sound Theological Framework

    • Spirituality in Cultural Perspective and Definition of Spiritual Theology

    • Orthodoxy, Orthopraxy, Orthopathy

    • Misconceptions About Spiritual Formation

    • Spiritual Formation in Other Words

    • The Life Cycle as a Metaphor of Spiritual Formation

    • Discipline and Rhythm of Life as Metaphors of Spiritual Formation

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    Engage in Conversational Reflections

    • Prayer and Missionary Spirituality

    • Word and Missionary Spirituality

    • Reflection-Direction and Missionary Spirituality

    • Passion for God and Spiritual Formation for Emerging Leaders

    • Compassion Toward Others and Spiritual Formation for Emerging Leaders

    • Mission to the World and Spiritual Formation for Emerging Leaders

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    • Recommended Resources

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Professor of Spiritual Formation

Donald Patrick Harris

Don is, first and foremost, a Christian thinker and practitioner. But he is also a spiritual friend-director and missiologist. Don and his wife, Ellen, invested twenty-five years of their lives as missionaries—most of them in the former Czechoslovakia. While living there his primary focus was facilitative church planting, functioning as a trainer, coach and mentor with Czech church planters. He also provided spiritual friendship and direction for expatriate missionaries and other spiritual leaders. Don earned a professional doctorate from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, specializing in Spiritual Formation for Ministry Leaders. However, his highest academic credential is the Th.M. in New Testament. He continues to bring his experience and education to bear on his ministry passion: Christian ministry leaders, congregations and organizations who struggle and seek help. Don and Ellen make their home in Palm City on South Florida’s Treasure Coast.

Are you ready to change your world?

It's not simply about what you know in your head, but what you believe in heart and do with your hands so that you are motivated and equipped to lead movements.