Formation in Prayer and Prayerfulness

This unit focuses on the understanding and experience of prayer as a core element within the study of Christian Spirituality in a systematic and comprehensive way from a denominational perspective. Participants will be introduced to the classic methods of Christian prayer through study of theological and scriptural foundations of prayer, types and schools of prayer, prayer and the community, praying personally, meditation, iconography, praying scripture, prayer and justice, and discernment in prayer.

Study Level



Christian Life and Ministry

Sub Discipline

Christian Spirituality

Credit Points



S7102 Introduction to Christian Spirituality.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Access and critically evaluate both historical and contemporary expressions of the literature on prayerfulness;
  2. Determine key foundations of the Christian practice of prayer from anthropological, a biblical and theological perspectives;
  3. Survey and discuss the classic methods of the practice of prayer, and interpret the theological and historical contexts of their emergence;
  4. Express the inter-relationship between personal prayer and prayer in common
  5. Discern the factors that both encourage and impede growth in prayer;
  6. Apply the themes of the course unit to evaluate and extend their own practice of prayer.
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