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For nearly 30 years, we have provided a certificate in “Spiritual Formation, Direction & Leadership” which has provided life-giving content and experience for our Journey alums who are living out true lifestyle change in their various domains. The Journey process has changed the lives of leaders all around the world.
For those that desire more formal spiritual direction training that meets the requirements of the certifying agency the Evangelical Spiritual Direction Association based in Dallas, TX, we now offer a one-year School of Spiritual Direction. Our School of Spiritual Direction training actually exceeds the ESDA requirements. You can review those requirements on the ESDA website at http://www.ecswisdom.org/esda/training.
By learning the lifestyle rhythms of Jesus first through our Journey process, our spiritual direction training process is unique and deeply transformative personally. Our formal spiritual direction training process is enhanced by your bringing into the training a lifestyle deeply rooted in the rhythms of Jesus. We don’t just hope to train spiritual directors in a cognitive learning style only (though that is part of our process), our goal is to provide opportunities for lifestyle transformation that result in an abiding life with Jesus that flows into and empowers your work as a spiritual director.
We will begin Generation 2 of our School of Spiritual Direction once we have 10 Journey alumni who desire to commit to this process.
Upon completion of our additional year training process, you will not only receive a Certificate of Spiritual Direction from The Leadership Institute, but you will also be eligible to apply for acceptance to the Evangelical Spiritual Directors Association (ESDA, http://www.ecswisdom.org/esda).
SOME KEY DETAILS
- Three retreats in one year, concurrent with our regular Journey retreats.
- EPCs and spiritual practices
- Read six books w/reading logs
- Research paper
- Receiving spiritual direction concurrent to training
- Giving spiritual direction with supervision
- Additional reading and assignments (if you did not receive a certificate of Spiritual Formation and Leadership from the Journey.)
- $900 per retreat
Craig Babb has written a very helpful Addendum below for ways spiritual direction can benefit your job or ministry, no matter what your title or role. Spiritual Direction has many applications!
Desiring to lend support to another on the journey of faith flows from a heart that is itself being transformed. To come alongside a friend with the intent to encourage and support means a person has a view of understanding the Sacred is enmeshed in everyday ordinariness. Generally, there are three kinds of people who may desire to participate in certification training in order to best tend to another in this way.
Pastors are those who, by virtue of their vocational calling, have a responsibility to care for the souls of others. Pastors, who choose to follow their calling, know there is more to the task than casting vision, preparing sermons, and running organizational structures. These pastors, who know there is a need to add spiritual direction to their toolbox of pastoral care, will find the certification training to be one of the more valuable experiences in their continuing education.
Another type of person may be those in academic or other institutions that have responsibilities that include interpersonal relationships. Professors, teachers, chaplains, or even CEO’s and managers may fit in this category. These individuals along with those who desire to singularly specialize in this field of spiritual direction as a response to a call from God, will find certification training of immense benefit.
Then there are those individuals who find that expressing love and support by listening to another is what they do naturally. These individuals may have no title or special position in a church or Christian organization but others seem to consider them as a helpful and wise friend. The necessity of attending to another as a soul friend is a work that can be enhanced through training in the art of spiritual direction.