Our culture is in tune with the "spiritual". Yet, understanding what constitutes the spiritual, let alone how to cultivate it, remains unclear. This article will explore the foundations of Benner's psychospiritual model of human nature and its implications for Christian educators. Of particular interest is the influence that Benner's model can have on our efforts toward holistic Christian formation.
This review of selected precedent literature traces currents of thought important to the contemporary debate on the nature and purpose of theological education. Of particular concern in this review is to trace the various perspectives on the relationship of the church and theological education.