Program Overview

Program Overview

Program Schedule

Cohort Two meets four Saturdays in Fall 2019 (9:30 AM-4:30 PM): September 14, October 5, November 2, and December 7 (Spiritual Direction I) and January 25, February 29, March 28, and April 25 in Spring 2020 (Spiritual Direction II). Training in the second year will continue August 29, October 3, October 31, and online on December 5 in Fall 2020 (Spiritual Direction III) and January 23, February 27, March 27, and April 24 in Spring 2021 (Spiritual Direction IV).

Cohort Three will launch in Fall 2020, meeting Monday evenings on August 31, September 14, September 28, October 12, October 26, November 9, and November 23. Cohort Three will continue in Spring 2021, tentatively meeting on January 11, January 25, February 8, February 22, March 15, March 29, April 12, and April 26.

Cohort Four is planned to begin according to our Saturday rhythm beginning in Fall 2021.

Curriculum

Spiritual Direction I: Theology and Practice of Soul Care (1 credit hour)
This course introduces students to the ministry of Christian spiritual direction. Biblical-theological and historical perspectives on spiritual guidance are explored. Students begin participating in a practicum by receiving spiritual direction and practicing prayerful listening.

Spiritual Direction II: The Art and Skill of Companioning (2 credit hours)
This course explores the craft of spiritual direction and provides opportunities to sharpen skills for companioning others by coming alongside them as they attend to the presence and activity of God in their lives. Students continue in a practicum by receiving and giving spiritual direction. Spiritual Direction I is a prerequisite.

Spiritual Direction III: Deepening Discernment (1 credit hour)
This course examines methods for discerning the invitations of God and responding to these invitations in various circumstances and seasons of life. Students continue in a practicum by receiving and giving spiritual direction. Spiritual Direction II is a prerequisite.

Spiritual Direction IV: Contexts of Ministry (2 credit hours)
This course considers the practice of spiritual direction in various ministry roles with special attention to the role of leader as spiritual guide and corporate discernment in ministry. Students continue in a practicum by receiving and giving spiritual direction. Spiritual Direction III is a prerequisite.

For past course syllabi, email Truett_SpiritualForm@baylor.edu.