The Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care is a peer-reviewed journal published twice a year (beginning May 2008) by the Talbot School of Theology Institute for Spiritual Formation. The purpose of the journal is advancing the discussion of the theory and practice of Christian formation and soul care for the sake of the educational ministries of the church, Christian education and other para-church organizations through scholarly publications that are rooted in biblical exegesis, systematic theology, the history of Christian spirituality, philosophical analysis, psychological theory/research, spiritual theology, and Christian experience.
While the journal will be rooted in biblical and theological inquiry, the existential nature of Christian spirituality demands an interdisciplinary approach in which disciplines such as history, psychology, philosophy, literature, and sociology have a valuable contribution. The major intent of the editors is to place before the Christian community writing that will foster the field of spiritual formation and soul care as that has been understood and developed within historic Christianity.
The journal seeks English-language submissions of original research and writing which develop a depth understanding of the need, nature, and practical components of spiritual transformation in Christ as well as articles which articulate the theory and practice of various kinds of soul care that are vital to such formation. Articles appearing in this Journal are indexed by Christian Periodical Index, ProQuest Religion, Religious and Theological Abstracts, PsychInfo, and EBSCO religion and philosophy database.