Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.- Romans 12 : 2 (NLT)
Spiritual Formation is foundational to who we are.
For ACOM, the learning process is not simply intellectual – it is about spiritual transformation. We care about who you are becoming and here’s why: we know that healthy, sustainable and effective graduates will be well grounded spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, physically and socially.
We want you to be successful for the long haul, and we know that students who have performed the challenging inner work in spiritual formation are more likely to adapt, survive and thrive when things in life go wrong.
Personal disasters can be faith forming or faith destroying – in our experience, what makes the difference is your connection to God found through deep spiritual formation. To lead spiritual transformation, leaders must first be transformed themselves.
We don’t just run classes on formation, we help each student explore their own personal journey of self-awareness, social development, spiritual understanding and faith surrender. This process is a transformational journey – going deep to be released for personal mission. To engage in spiritual formation is to commit to the journey of becoming deeply faithful, spiritually minded, self-aware and resilient.
Instruction-Action-Reflection is embedded in everything we do.
For over 20 years, ACOM has embedded action and reflection into all its learning programmes.
We recognise your place of work or ministry is a living laboratory and our courses help you integrate theory and practice, in your place of choice – making your learning experience relevant, exciting and meaningful.
ACOM courses create a learning context in which students take action in the field, which they then follow with personal reflection, enabling them to:
/ be stretched through the surprise of new experiences
/ identify and challenge assumptions, values and beliefs that are the basis for your feeling, thoughts and actions
/ learn to suspend judgment, listen, empathise and navigate complex relational situations
/ make sense of their practical situation through the lenses of theological, spiritual and biblical insight
/ understand their own strengths and weaknesses
/ integrate theory and practice to build the real-world skills necessary to thrive in ministry and mission
/ learn the skills of experimentation, inquiry and critical thinking to apply knowledge to improve self, work, ministry and / or mission
As a student, you will encounter Instruction-Action-Reflection throughout your entire course. In assignments, students integrate theory into their own place of ministry or work. In projects, students choose from topics that directly relate to their work or ministry priorities.
In research, students choose to make a contribution to theory and practice, producing useful outcomes that apply to their own development needs, areas of interest, or the needs of their ministry or workplace.
At ACOM we invest in the development of the whole person. You are more than what you know or can do.