Spiritual Formation: Shaping the Teachers..

Lecturer: Rev Dr Peter Bentley

This unit examines principles and approaches to learning that contribute to spiritual formation. The concepts of spirituality and spiritual formation are explored to set the context for how learning about particular aspects of ministry are facilitated according to formational principles.

The themes covered in the course include an examination of the core elements of formational learning, how these elements are applied within a range of learning contexts and the implications for practitioners in various fields of study.

Watch a short video trailer with lecturer, Peter Bentley

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to demonstrate evidence of personal engagement with, and integration of, concepts relating to spiritual formation by:

  • Articulating an understanding of spirituality and spiritual formation as they relate to formational learning experiences
  • Developing a critical understanding of three sets of agendas for formational learning

a. Informing and performing
b. Deforming and reforming
c. Conforming and transforming

  • Outlining and illustrating the factors that enhance the learning of participants in spiritual formation programs.
  • Critically assessing the contribution of formators and participants to the formational learning process.
  • Describing the key factors that generate safety without compromising the self-awareness and participants’ critical engagement with learning.

Information for 2022

Course Details

UD code: DS9030W

Thursdays 9.30am – 2pm

21 April to 16 June

In 2022, this unit will be offered online via Zoom.

More information from the Whitley website.

2022 Enrolment and Costs

Enrolment for academic credit:

This unit can be taken for academic credit through Whitley College, a college of the University of Divinity.


This unit may count towards a postgraduate award through Whitley College, a teaching college of the University of Divinity.

Costs will be as per University of Divinity fees schedule for 2022, $2732 per postgraduate single unit.

Eligible* students enrolling for academic credit may defer the payment of fees through the FEE-HELP loan scheme.

(*Australian citizens and holders of a permanent humanitarian visa.)

If you already a student with the University of Divinity, contact the registrar at your own Home College to arrange enrolment.


There is also the option of auditing this unit, at a reduced cost.

Fees for auditing in 2022 will be available in late October 2021. These are payable in full to Whitley College at the time of registering as an audit participant.

Participants who audit the unit are encouraged to complete the written tasks to gain full benefit.

Please download/complete this form and return it to Dorothy Morgan, Registrar at Whitley College.

NB: If you choose to register as an audit participant, no academic credit can be claimed for the unit, either at the time of enrolling or retrospectively.

Enrolments/further enquiries:

Dorothy Morgan
Whitley College
Ph: (03) 9340 8000
Email: registrar@whitley.edu.au