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.
Spiritual direction can be offered in groups or in one-on-one settings. We train leaders to do both. Spiritual direction differs from pastoral counseling, Bible study, or offering godly advice or guidance. God is the true director, and the spiritual director helps a person receiving direction pay more careful attention to God's presence and activity in his or her life through prayer presence, attentive listening, and gently offered questions.
If you are enrolled as a student at Truett Seminary, please enroll in the course as you would any other course.
If you are seeking to join our program as a Continuing Education student, please request our application form by emailing Truett_SpiritualForm@baylor.edu. You will submit your application to the Truett Spiritual Formation office. Admissions decisions will be made in early July, with notifications to follow shortly after.
No. The Spiritual Direction Training Program is offered only in residence. Most of our students live in Waco or the surrounding area, but we have had students commute from other metropolitan centers in Texas.
Tuition is currently $1,095 per year, payable in August. Other program costs include textbooks and the cost of meeting with a spiritual director, which varies from director to director. Spiritual direction can be offered by directors as part of their ministry at no charge or range from $20 to $100 for a one-hour session.
Class meetings often include large group instruction from a professor and small group gatherings for application and practice.
In a typical three-hour class meeting, two hours are spent together in large group for discussion of the readings and other topics pertaining to the ministry of direction, with a third hour spent in smaller supervision groups of four to five students and a trained spiritual director. In these smaller groups, you practice group spiritual direction, and as the program progresses, you offer verbatims from your experiences as a spiritual director.
Yes. In your first semester you will offer and receive spiritual direction as part of a group. By the end of the second semester, you will offer spiritual direction to others and submit a record of these experiences in verbatims.