This self-guided course consists of an introduction and four sessions of content. It will open at your enrollment and be available to you for 30 days. You can work  at your own pace during this time. Each session’s content provides short instruction videos, forums, online reflections, quizzes, and reading assignments. The course textbook is provided in PDF format.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to Spiritual Formation as a Leader

    • Course Introduction Video

    • How to use this course

    • Course Overview/Syllabus

    • Course Textbook - Upside-Down Leadership

    • Video Overview

    • Reading Assignment: Introduction

    • Book Introduction Survey Quiz

    • Reflection: Learning Goals

  • 2

    Session 1: What is spiritual formation?

    • Overview - Spiritual Formation

    • Scriptural Definition for Leaders

    • Luke 7:36-50 Survey

    • Simon and the Unnamed Woman

    • Reflection: The Love of God

    • The Love of God: Simon and the Unnamed Woman Discussion Follow-up

    • Understanding that God Loves Us

    • Reflection: Upside Down

    • Keeping Love at a Distance Video

    • Reading Assignment: Principle 1

    • Assignment: Drawing Closer Activity

    • Being Loved Allows us to Love

    • We are Sinners in Need of God's Grace Video

    • Reflection: Focusing Only on Results

    • Healthy Self-Worth

    • Healthy Self-Worth: Inability to Love Self

  • 3

    Session 2: Positioning Ourselves for Love

    • Session 2: Overview

    • Two Invitations

    • Reading Assignment: Principle 3

    • Positioning Survey

    • The Invitation...

    • Assignment: Thinking Small

    • Reading Assignment: Principle 4

    • The Journey

    • Reflection: The Journey

    • Reading Assignment: Principle 5

    • The Response

  • 4

    Session 3: Process of Receiving Love

    • Two Questions

    • Two Questions Quiz

    • Spiritual Formation Revisited

    • Reading Assignment: Principle 6

    • Assignment: Critical Points

    • Reading Assignment: Principle 7

    • Can Love Be too Small?

    • Reflection: Someone Who Loved Little

    • God's Grace

    • Reading Assignment: Principle 8

    • God's Grace: Fellowship of Suffering

    • Assignment: Receiving His Grace

  • 5

    Session 4: Go in the Way of Peace

    • Another Benediction

    • Faith Has Saved You

    • Reading Assignment: Principle 9

    • Become a Nobody Survey

    • Go in Peace

    • Reflection: Go in Peace

    • Allowing God to Make us Whole

    • Allowing God to Make us Whole, continued

    • Assignment: Embrace Shame

  • 6

    Next Steps...

    • God Will Provide a House

    • Reading Assignment: Conclusion

    • Additional Resources

    • Finishing Well

    • Course Survey: Spiritual Formation as a Leader

    • Congratulations!