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Spiritual Formation in Christian Higher Education

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Spiritual formation in Christian higher education has mainly been studied in relation to student perspectives while leader perspectives of these programs have been comparatively ignored (Olaoreby, 2016). The purpose of this study was to explore spiritual formation in Christian higher education. Utilizing a mixed-methods approach, the researcher distributed a survey with an opportunity for follow-up interviews to 36 participants who were leaders of spiritual formation programs at Christian higher education institutions holding membership to the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). Leaders of spiritual formation programs view spiritual formation programs as important. Additionally, findings show that denominational affiliation holds influence upon spiritual formation programs and that chapel is the main method of adding value to students spiritually.