Dallas Willard

The Spirit of the Disciplines

"Christianity needs to clarify and exemplify realistic methods of human transformation. It must show how the ordinary individuals who make up the human race today can become, through the grace of Christ, a love-filled, effective, and powerful community."

Our Goals

We aim to help establish Christian spiritual formation as a domain of publicly available knowledge that is open to research and pedagogy of the highest order.

Through a variety of initiatives, we foster multidisciplinary scholarship on the need and nature of Christian spiritual formation and disseminate the deliverances of that research to Christian thought leaders for the good of the church.

We aim to support a new generation of thought leaders in the area of Christian spiritual formation.

Through a variety of initiatives, we come alongside students, pastors, scholars, parachurch leaders, and other publicly engaged individuals in their desire to be formed in Christ and advance knowledge of Christian spiritual formation.

Centers of the Martin Institute


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Conversatio Divina

A Center for Spiritual Renewal: Creates and offers resources for both “pilgrims” and “guides.”

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Dallas Willard Research Center

Supports and engages in Christian spiritual formation research and writing efforts.

Encourages the Westmont community to spiritual and moral transformation through experiences and tools for an alternative way of living with God. 

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Incarnatio Center

Incarnatio encourages our community on a path of whole-person development including authentic spiritual and character formation and renewal. 

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Other Initiatives

Next Frontiers

Be Renewed for Your Next Faithful Step in Ministry


A part of Frontiers, established through the generous support of Lilly Endowment, Inc., Next Frontiers is a two-year program designed to help mid-career pastors thrive in congregational leadership during times of transition in ministry.