Do you want to lead more effectively? 

In Spiritual Formation as a Leader taught by Dr. Noel Forlini Burt, lecturer at Baylor University, you will

  • Look at a definition of spiritual formation and the love of God.
  • Discuss the connection between loving and being loved.
  • Compare and contrast two Biblical characters who were given invitations to follow Jesus.
  • Reflect on receiving God’s grace in places that hurt.
  • Discover what it means to go the way of peace.

The course textbook, Upside-Down Leadership, by Taylor Field, is provided as a PDF file within the course.

This course can be taken as a stand-alone, or as part of our Leadership Certificate Program, an affordable online program of nine courses created for Christian women who want to develop their leadership skills.

The Leadership Certificate Program focuses on three areas of study in three semesters of course work. Participants will take three four-week classes each semester, one from each area.


Our leaders who took this course say  . . .

“I really didn’t know what to expect and got started late, but [the course] was something I had difficulty putting down once I started.”
- Janice Carter

“The course made me look at my own motivation as a leader.”
- Sue Stickel

“This was a very deep, rich, life-giving course.”
- Jennifer McKnight




Quick Start: You may begin your course immediately by clicking the Modules tab to the left of this screen.

This is a timed four-week course. You can work through weekly assignments at your convenience. We will send a notice 2–3 days before the course ends and again when the four weeks have expired.

You should be able to complete all learning activities and assignments in three to five hours per week.

During the four weeks you are registered, you can access and view all the learning activities and assignments in the order they are presented.

As long as you maintain a profile on this site, you will have a personal online portfolio. While registered for this course, you can save files of your work and some of the course information in your portfolio. Throughout the course, we’ll send prompts asking if you want to save certain files. Be sure to save any files you may want to access later.

We recommend saving the course textbook PDF to your computer for your personal use.

Your leadership, personal, and ministry skills are enhanced by engagement with other women leaders. We give you the opportunity to interact with and receive online feedback from Christian Women’s Leadership Center (CWLC) leaders.  Through the forum, you will also participate with others taking the course.

When you finish this course, a CWLC facilitator will assign a score of “Complete” or “Incomplete.” A “Complete,” indicates you have completed and submitted all assignments and received satisfactory feedback from a CWLC facilitator.


Watch the Course Introduction Video

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Here is the course outline:

Introduction and Materials

This module provides a course overview and course textbook.

Week One: Spiritual Formation, Loving, and Being Loved

Complete week one activities.

Week Two - The Invitation of God

Complete week two activities.

Week Three - Receiving God's Grace in Places that Hurt

Complete week three activities.

Week Four - Going the Way of Peace

Complete week four activities.


Complete this module and receive your course certificate.