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Can I receive academic credit for participating in a Transforming Community? The answer is, "Yes!"

There are Several Options for Earning Academic Credit:

Doctor of Ministry and Masters Level Credit

If you are interested in earning a Doctor of Ministry in Spiritual Transformation or Masters level credit (Master’s Specialization in Spiritual Transformation) for your experience in Transforming Community, we will gladly assist you in securing a partnership with the academic institution of your choice. We have worked effectively with a variety of institutions to provide these academic options.

Upon request, we are able to provide syllabi for either option, sample contracts/letter of agreement for your institution to consider, and can provide a professor of record, if needed.

If you are interested, please indicate this on your Transforming Community application. You will also need to contact your academic institution to see if they are open to an academic partnership with us. For further information, you may e-mail or call David Hughes, our Executive Director and academic liaison.

Certificate in Spiritual Transformation

The Transforming Center awards a Certificate in Spiritual Transformation upon completion of the two-year Transforming Community experience. Real change takes place incrementally over time with others; thus, the method of learning is highly experiential and includes substantive teaching, readings and written reflections on spiritual formation themes, guided experiences in classic Christian disciplines, and significant engagement in community with other leaders.

This program establishes a theological grounding in Christian spirituality and a working knowledge of spiritual transformation. Participants will develop a holistic approach to spiritual transformation so that their leadership will flow naturally from the transformation they are experiencing in their own lives. The Certificate is awarded in recognition of these benefits.

Certificate Requirements

CEU (Continuing Education Units) Credit

90 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be awarded upon completion of the nine retreats and the requirements associated with all nine retreats.  To be awarded the CEU's you must submit a CEU request form and pay an additional $450 fee.

If at any point you have questions regarding the two-year Transforming Community, please don't hesitate to email the registar or call (630) 588-8133.