Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)



First Advisor

Carole Spencer

Second Advisor

Diane Zemke

Third Advisor

John Bergquist


Evangelical Christianity has a history of cultivating a predominantly cognitive focus to Christian formation leading to shortcomings for the emotive and ethical aspects of our lives. Ignatian Spirituality offers an alternative to the limits of cognition through its holistic approach to Christian formation. The Ignatian formational practices of Scripture reading, prayer practices of the Examen or imaginative contemplation and The Spiritual Exercises foster a fully embodied experience with Jesus. This is accomplished through engaging our head, heart, and hands to ever growing levels of awareness and thereby responsiveness to God’s presence in the everyday moments of our lives. Through exploring key practices of Ignatian formation, this dissertation is an effort to enable evangelicals to appreciate and experience the integrated approach of Ignatian Christian Formation, helping evangelicals move from a predominately rational formation process, to one that fosters relational intimacy with Christ engaging the cognitive, emotive, and ethical aspects of life in a unified way.

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