What is 'Spiritual Formation'?
“SPIRITUAL FORMATION IS INTEGRAL TO CHRISTIAN HIGHER EDUCATION – IT IS THE BIBLICALLY-GUIDED PROCESS IN WHICH PEOPLE ARE BEING TRANSFORMED INTO THE LIKENESS OF CHRIST BY THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT WITHIN THE FAITH COMMUNITY IN ORDER TO LOVE AND SERVE GOD AND OTHERS.”
What does it look like to grow in your faith as a student at Malone?
At Malone, all faculty and staff members are dedicated to the spiritual well-being of students, but it is the primary focus of one office in particular: the Office of Spiritual Formation.
The Spiritual Formation staff members work to create a campus culture of Christian faith that encourages each student to grow in his/her relationship with God, develop a worldview rooted in scripture, and care for and about all humankind.
“Malone has taught me so much about my faith, building community, my major, and how to see God's light in everything. This place is so accepting of everyone that comes to visit, teach, work, or to get an education. I will cherish all I have learned from my friends and my professors for the rest of my life.”
The Spiritual Formation staff members are passionate about mentoring students, developing leaders on and off campus and being a source of support to students of all levels of faith in this time of growth.
They also develop and run the innovative Spiritual Formation Opportunities (SFOs) program that replaces a traditional chapel program. SFOs are a meaningful and required portion of each student's learning and development while at Malone. SFOs are one of the exciting things that makes Malone unique and distinctive from other institutions of higher education.
Office of Spiritual Formation Staff Members
“You can truly know that God loves you unconditionally and what it means to accept who you are.”
“God thinks you're dope.”
“God uses broken people.”
“You are seen, heard, known and loved...and you are not alone.”
“Brothers and Sisters, Whatever is TRUE, whatever is NOBLE, whatever is JUST, whatever is PURE, whatever is LOVELY, whatever is COMMENDABLE, if anything is praiseworthy or excellent- think of these things. ”
“Be justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God.”