Internal and External Spiritual Formation

We are all formed by external and internal experiences. Often, spiritual formation is solely talked about and engaged with from the perspective of being transformed from the inside out, without recognizing the power of being shaped by things outside us. This course, Internal and External Spiritual Formation, looks at the current spaces of formation—ones we’re learning more about, like neurobiology, and others that we are still discovering the effects of, such as the digital world.

Takes approximately 15 hours to complete.


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Course Description

Spiritual growth is a rich journey that is often solely described as being transformed from the inside out. Yet it’s important to recognize that our external environment can have a powerful impact on our spiritual development. Neglecting this connection can sometimes lead to confusion or even a sense of disconnection from the world around us. But you don’t have to navigate this path alone. In the course, Internal and External Spiritual Formation, you’ll explore how your surroundings—people, technology, even neurobiology—affect your spiritual journey. Join Rev. Dr. Laura Murray, ordained pastor, author, and certified spiritual director, as she guides you through the effects of anxiety, shame, and trauma on your spiritual life. You’ll also learn how spiritual practices can help position you to receive healing and transformation, leading you to love well, use your God-given gifts, and bring shalom to your life and the lives of those around you. 

Please note: This course is the recommended third course in the Spiritual Formation Certificate Program.

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Meet Your Instructors

Laura Murray

Laura Murray is an ordained pastor, author, speaker, and certified spiritual director. For over 15 years she has worked closely with individual leaders and groups in the areas of leader development and spiritual formation. As the pastor of spiritual formation at Highland Park Pres, she wrote formational devotion guides and studies, and created and led worship services. She is currently working on her doctorate in Leading Change at Fuller Seminary. She is married to Craig, has two incredible children, an energetic pup, and lives in the Dallas area.

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