Spiritual Direction Training Program
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. 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.
Truett Seminary now offers a training program in spiritual direction for those who are interested in strengthening their gifts for spiritual discernment. Course content includes study, prayer, and practical ministry opportunities with Baylor students and in congregations. Spiritual Direction I-IV is offered over a two-year period. Those who complete the program 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.
About the Instructor
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.
Additionally, Dr. Reed is joined in our courses by a staff of spiritual direction supervisors who are trained in this ministry. The class meets together in a large group to receive instruction on the history, theology, theory, and practice of spiritual direction, but also meets in smaller groups that allow for students to offer and receive spiritual direction under the guidance and direction of a supervisor. Our staff of supervisors are certified spiritual directors who bring knowledge, experience, and wisdom in teaching others how to serve skillfully in this ministry.
Cohort Two will continue with four Saturdays in Fall 2020 and four in Spring 2021 (9:30 AM - 4:30 PM):
- Spiritual Direction III: August 29, October 3, October 31, December 5
- Spiritual Direction IV: January 23, February 27, March 27, April 24
Cohort Three launched Fall 2020 on Monday evenings, meeting every other week, and gathers on the following dates (6:00 PM - 9:00 PM):
- Spiritual Direction I: August 31, September 14, September 28, October 12, October 26, November 9, November 23
- Spiritual Direction II: January 25, February 8, February 22, March 15, March 29, April 12, April 26
- Spiritual Direction III: (Fall 2021; TBD)
- Spiritual Direction IV: (Spring 2022; TBD)
Cohort Four will begin their two-year cycle of training in Fall 2021 according to the Saturday rhythm. If you would like more information about the Spiritual Direction Training Program, email Truett_SpiritualForm@baylor.edu.