Years 1 and 2
Spiritual Direction Theory and Praxis
Art of Direction
Intern year- a supervised External Practicum with individual supervised and monthly group meetings
Prerequisites for the Program
There are a number of desirable prerequisites for the program. It is recommended that those applying for the program show evidence of the following:
- their giftedness and sense of call to the ministry of spiritual direction;
- capacity to listen empathetically and sensitively;
- sufficient life experience to enable them to respond with wisdom to people from different walks of life and with different levels of experience;
- an openness to learning from their own and others’ experience;
- mature Christian faith and an openness to other faiths;
- a love of and a commitment to prayer;
- receiving spiritual direction themselves for a period of time.
As well as these prerequisites, it is expected that during the three years of the program participants will:
- continue in on-going spiritual direction with a director from outside the program
- engage in directing others where possible.
- be in regular supervision if they are directing others
It is also strongly encouraged that:
- Each participant makes a retreat each year.
This program is designed to assist both lay and ordained people in their spiritual lives and to form them in the important work of being soul-friends to others in their journey into the mystery and justice of God.
The elements of the program seek to foster a contemplative attitude in the participants and as well as training in specific skills of spiritual direction.
By the end of the program, participants will have:
- deepened their own faith journey through lectures, worship and sharing in community
- integrated theological and spiritual insights with listening skills in relation to the art and practice of spiritual direction
- learnt specific skills in spiritual direction and practiced these skills in a supervised setting
- become aware of their own strengths and growing edges as they engage in the ministry of spiritual direction
- further developed gifts and experience already gained, to create increasing levels of expertise in spiritual direction
- discerned whether they are called to the ministry of spiritual direction
- become critically aware of the influences of cultural identity and contexts on the expression of the spiritual quest for meaning
- acquired an awareness of the ethical issues in spiritual direction.