Welcome to MSFL

  • January Residency 2018

    Dr. Christena Cleveland is a social psychologist, public theologian, author and professor. She is the first Associate Professor of the Practice of Reconciliation at Duke University’s Divinity School and the author of Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart.

    Christena has devoted much of her vocation to teaching in higher ed, as well as serving the Church and broader society by regularly writing, speaking and consulting. Now at Duke Divinity School, Christena teaches classes on race, reconciliation, and conflict, and leads a research team that is investigating self-compassion as a buffer for racial stress.

    She’s also working on two books, one on privilege & another on pastoral leadership.

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    Space is limited – RSVP today!

  • MSFL Alumni and families experienced a weekend retreat celebration honoring the work God has done in our lives through one another and the MSFL program. Sessions were presented by Robert Moore-Jumonville, Ken Brewer, Eric Magnusson, Tom Hosinger-Friesen and can be viewed on our SAUCommunity YouTube Channel.

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Welcome to MSFL

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From The Director’s Point of View

– Eric Magnusson, D.Min.

Welcome to the Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation and Leadership program (MSFL). We are delighted that you are considering our graduate program!
The MSFL is designed as a cohort-based, hybrid program that allows you to travel through the degree with a group of others who are seeking to bring the life of the mind together with life with God in the world. Read more…


What Leaders Are Saying

Richard J. Foster, founder of Renovare

Author of Celebration of Discipline

“I give my highest endorsement to Spring Arbor University’s Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation and Leadership (MSFL). I have followed the development of this program from its inception and know each of the professors who teach in it.”

“The curriculum will provide you with a solid grounding in the theology, conceptual framework and practice of Christian Spiritual Formation.”

M. Robert Mulholland, Jr., PhD

Author of Invitation to a Journey

“Having taught an intensive seminar in the MSFL residency, and experienced its formational effect upon the students who were nearing the completion of their program, I would say that this program is one of the best conceived and most effectively implemented programs in spiritual formation of which I am aware. The faculty have not succumbed either to the temptation to make this a merely academic program or to make it simply a spiritual experience. It soundly balances knowledge and vital piety in a manner that calls the students into a life in the world that manifests the presence and activity of God for the world.”