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CMLE/CHRS 735/835W

Seeing Things Whole: Spirituality, Congregations, and Organizations, Winter 2014

Margaret Benefiel

Spirituality and spiritual formation are integral not only to individuals, but also to congregations and other organizations.  This course will combine insights from the field of spirituality and spiritual formation with insights from management and organizational studies to address such questions as: What do spiritual health and spiritual growth look like in a congregations and organizations?  Does congregational and organizational spiritual development parallel individual spiritual development? How can spiritual health and spiritual growth be facilitated in a congregation or organization? How do congregational and organizational spiritual growth and concern for social justice interrelate?  How does the spirituality of a congregation or organization get named, nurtured, and sustained over time?
This will be an experiential course, in which participants’ own experiences in congregations and other organizations will serve as the basis for reflection and discernment. Instructor permission required. With an additional assignment on the topic of administrative leadership, this course can be substituted for a basic (600-level) Ministerial Leadership course and meet the M.Div. requirement.


Winter - Winter Session 1, 2014 – January 3-9. January 3, 5:00 – 9:30 p.m.; January 4, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; January 6-9, 5:00–9:30 p.m.

Key to Course Listings

Key Description
EL "EL" following a course description indicates an E-Learning course.
F "F" following a course number indicates a course offered during Fall semester.
S "S" following a course number indicates a course offered during Spring semester.
W "W" following a course number indicates a course offered during Winter Session in January.
J "J" following a course number indicates a course offered during June.
"Y" following a course number indicates a yearlong course. Students must register each semester for year-long courses.

This listing is subject to change. Continue to check the school's eb site,, for current information about course listings, times and dates. All courses, including Church and Ministry Department courses, are now offered for 3 credits. Only students following the pre-2001 M.Div. curriculum may elect to take courses for other than 3 credits. Unless otherwise noted, courses are generally limited to 55 students.

Levels of Instruction

Level Description
500 Language courses or introductory courses meeting departmental requirements for either the M.Div. or the M.A. degree.
600 Meet departmental requirements for the M.Div., unless otherwise indicated, or program requirements for the M.A.
700 For advanced M.Div. and M.A. students with either background in an area or prerequisites completed. These courses meet some departmental upper-level elective requirements for the M.Div.
800 Primarily for D.Min. and S.T.M. students, although a limited number of seniors with the appropriate background may enroll with the instructor's permission.


Dual-numbered courses-e.g., [HIST 725/825] - indicate courses that serve more than one level. Students should register for the level appropriate to their program needs.

Example: an M.Div. or M.A. student would register for HIST 725, but an S.T.M. or D.Min. student would register for HIST 825.