Growing a life with God is an essential dimension of the Christian journey. We grow best when we make the journey with others who give the gift of "one anothering" through prayer and encouragement. The ministry of spiritual direction is one form of relationship that responds to this need. Spiritual direction is a historic practice of the church that involves accompanying others in prayerful reflection and conversation as they attend to God's presence and calling in their lives and grow in Christian maturity.
Truett Seminary now offers a training program in spiritual direction for those who are interested in strengthening their gifts for spiritual discernment. The first cohort will begin training in Fall 2017. Course content includes study, prayer, and practical ministry opportunities with Baylor students and in congregations. Spiritual Direction I-IV will be offered over a two-year period. Those who complete the program will receive a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from Truett Seminary and can offer spiritual direction to individuals and groups in congregations, other ministry contexts, and beyond. The program is available to seminary students, Baylor faculty and staff, ministers, and lay people seeking to become spiritual directors.
The primary instructor in the spiritual direction training program is Truett Seminary's Director of Spiritual Formation, Dr. Angela Reed. Dr. Reed has been a spiritual director for nearly two decades and has a passion for teaching others about this ministry. She is the author of Quest For Spiritual Community: Reclaiming Spiritual Guidance for Contemporary and co-author of Spiritual Companioning: A Guide to Protestant Theology and Practice which received the Dallas Willard Center book award for 2016.
Meeting dates for the first year include four Saturdays in Fall 2017 (9:30 AM-4:30 PM): September 16, October 7, November 4, and December 2 (Spiritual Direction I) and four additional Saturdays in Spring 2018: January 27, February 24, March 24, and April 21 (Spiritual Direction II): January 27, February 24, March 24, and April 21. Training in the second year will continue with four Saturdays in Fall 2018 (Spiritual Direction III) and four in Spring 2019 (Spiritual Direction IV).