Spiritual Direction Training Program
Phase I: Spiritual Formation & Development (2 Semesters)
The program admits selected participants who feel called to deepen their spiritual life. Applicants need to demonstrate a readiness for the program by:
- Satisfactory familiarity with one’s own theological, religious, or spiritual traditions as indicated by learning experiences and academic background as evidenced in written material and an oral interview
- Sufficient life experience to benefit from a training program of spiritual formation and development
- Currently in spiritual direction or willing to begin spiritual direction if one is accepted into the program
The first year is built around four core courses. These courses are about 50% academic and 50% process working with the questions—“What does the content have to say to me about my own faith journey?” and “What does the content say to me about the ministry of spiritual direction?” Successful completion of Phase One is necessary for entering into Phase Two.
Phase II: Two Tracks for Further Development and Training
At the end of the first year, there would be a discernment process for all to help each one determine the next step. There will be two available tracks offered for further development and training:
- Track One: For those who feel called to train for the ministry of spiritual direction, they will enter into a practicum phase which will consist of opportunities to do spiritual direction under supervision while continuing to grow in the knowledge, skill, and art of spiritual direction. (Three semesters)
- Track Two: For those who desire a deeper development of listening skills in daily life settings and various ministries in congregations such as prayer groups, Stephen Ministers, etc. This track will join track one for listening skills and other pertinent topics. (Three semesters)
A book list will be provided at the beginning of each semester. We ask that you purchase your course books through our Amazon purchase program to support the Spirituality Network. With each purchase the Network will earn a portion of the item's purchase price. Or you can use our link to Amazon.com (Amazon Purchase Program >) when you are buying any type of books, music, or gifts. Either way, the Spirituality Network will benefit from your purchases. Thank you for your help.