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Spiritual Formation? Who needs a course on that?

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Sean Heady shares insights about the need for exploring Spiritual Formation.  Join him this Fall.

While academia, deeply theological and ministerial studies abound throughout seminary, there is one refreshing subject that focuses on an indispensable aspect of ministry (and the Christian life altogether!) that supersedes and, honestly, undergirds all others.  Spiritual Formation is an absolutely counter-cultural course that will inform you (or maybe remind you) of the supreme importance of intentionally carving out time in your life to implement the spiritual disciplines into your daily, weekly, and monthly routines.  Consistent practice of the spiritual disciplines is paramount for the spiritual growth and perseverance of every Christ follower because it is the application of these disciplines that postures us in the presence of Christ.


Stories often surface of people in ministry – whether volunteers in churches or a senior pastors, missionaries, small group leaders, or anyone doing the work of the kingdom in some capacity – who are folding under the pressures of life and ministry and often stepping away from their position, their family, and sometimes even life itself.  Maybe you have experienced burnout (or are experiencing) at some point in your life.  While many complexities factor into any given situation, often they are a result of spiritual dryness that occurs from neglecting the spiritual disciplines.  Of course, there is nothing in the spiritual disciplines themselves that can nurture our growth, but it is the implementation of these disciplines into our lives that positions us in our relationship with Christ to receive power from Him.  Richard Foster framed this truth so well, saying,


A farmer is helpless to grow grain; all he can do is provide the right conditions for the growing of grain. He cultivates the ground, he plants the seed, he waters the plants, and then the natural forces of the earth take over and up comes the grain...This is the way it is with the Spiritual Disciplines - they are a way of sowing to the Spirit... By themselves the Spiritual Disciplines can do nothing; they can only get us to the place where something can be done.


Going beyond the more familiar disciplines of prayer, fasting, and Bible reading, this course will also elaborate on deep scriptural study and meditation, simplicity and solitude, submission and service, and worship and celebration.  The goal of this course is to help you engage in a process of authentic life change, gaining an understanding of self and spiritual preparation for a lifetime of ministry.


This Spiritual Formation course facilitates the convergence of the spiritual with the physical in human existence and integrates the theoretical with the practical in academic pursuits. The exploration of spiritual formation provides the student with data for study and the minister with a directive for service. Both dimensions are critical and enable the renewing of the mind and the discipline of the body. 


Ultimately, this course seeks to develop a foundation for your personal spiritual development as a Christian leader in pastoral ministry and any other calling.  You will develop a personal philosophy of Christian spirituality and faith development that provides a solid biblical and theological rationale for the nature of spiritual life and growth.   You will gain a deep understanding of essential elements for the cultivation of an intimate relationship with God and Christ-like character in community, while comprehending the diverse workings of the Holy Spirit in your life and how to facilitate His power and presence in the work of ministry.

Spiritual Formation with Sean Heady is being offered this Fall as an online class.  Enroll Now!

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Worship is...

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Sean Heady shares his passion for one of his classes in the Fall 2016 Semester.

Lifted higher than an adoring song and extended beyond an outstretched hand, worship is a life-encompassing responsibility and privilege that defines the very reason we exist.  Romans 12:1 pleads with us to offer every fiber of our being as a living sacrifice to God – our reasonable worship.  In my seventeen years as a worship pastor, this truth has become more evident with each passing year.  We (you, I, and all men and women) truly are made to worship, but many sincerely struggle with grasping what worship really is.  Still, others merely equate worship with music or a Sunday morning gathering.

This is why I am so excited to offer this course on worship.  You will discover a definition and theology of worship from both the Old and New Testaments that will help provide you with a solid biblical perspective of the reality of worship that should not only embody our church gatherings but should personify the passionate life-pursuit of every true follower of Christ. 

This is a life-changing study that I personally began seventeen years ago and I’m still learning more wonderful aspects of worship each time I teach the course.  It may be that you desire to be a more passionate worshiper of God; you long for a more solid understanding of true worship that can transform your life.  If so, I invite you to dive deep into this course.  You may be a pastor, teacher, or small group leader looking to deepen your understanding of worship.  This study is for you.  I hope to see you this semester.

Worship with Sean Heady is being offered this Fall as an online class.  Enroll Now!


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