The Office of Professional Formation (OPF) provides holistic preparation for leadership through praxis within Internship and CPE. The purpose of the professional formation curriculum is to cultivate the habits and practices for critical reflection, skills development, and the capacity to work across diversity and difference towards social justice and peace, including:
- Professional Formation: Developing a professional identity and understanding of one’s role as a leader, along with practices and ethics in relationship to diverse others within institutions and communities.
- Personal Formation: Deepening how one understands self and how they relate to others in ethical, effective, and healthy ways; and intentional focus on character development and self-care.
- Spiritual Formation: Embodying one’s faith, ethics, and values through habits of practice, relationship, and curiosity, which ground the self and affirm the value of diverse spiritual/religious identities and traditions.
- Cultural Capacity: Ability to understand and ethically participate within complex communities of intersectional identities and institutional cultures in order to co-create more just communities and institutions.
- Relational Capacity: Ability to cultivate and navigate the diverse public relationships needed to equitably share power and effectively engage in ministry and leadership.