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Training in Spiritual Direction

A transformational journey of discipleship focused on helping you develop vocational excellence in your current or desired context – all on your time and from wherever you are.

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Develop skills to “listen people to life” through discernment and prayer.

 

This non-credit bearing certificate of completion provides unique training for anyone desiring to “listen people to life” on their spiritual journeys.

The Listening People to Life Training in Spiritual Direction certificate of completion can be integrated into the Kairos Master of Arts program. Additional admissions materials, costs, and coursework are required for participation at the master’s level.

Class sessions are held on Monday evenings between September and May for two consecutive years.

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Only $150/month

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ACCESSIBLE

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From anywhere

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RELEVANT

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Customized for you

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FAITHFUL

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Stay rooted in Christ

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Why pursue a certificate of completion in Training in Spiritual Direction?

By inviting Kairos to walk on this journey with you, you’re seizing a unique opportunity to deepen your faith while simultaneously developing the content, character, and craft to flourish in your vocation. You’ll develop a mentor team that walks with you throughout the entire program. And then, we will invite you to integrate discipleship, vocational excellence, and mastery learning.

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Course of Study

Listening People to Life: Training in Spiritual Direction consists of these areas of study:

Year One

September
History of Spiritual Direction
The Human Experience of God

October
Christian Spirituality
Spiritual Formation

November
Spiritual Narrative

December
Discernment
Evaluating Experiences of God

January
Spirituality and Personality

February
Contemplative Listening

March
Prayer
Scripture

April
Spiritual Classics

May
Gender and Spirituality
Spirituality and Sexuality

Year Two

September
Faith Development Stages
Suffering and Direction

October
Psychology and Spiritual Direction
Resistance and Transference

November
Spiritual Direction and Ethics
Noticing Theological Themes

December
Developing a Spiritual Direction Practice
Group Direction

January
Scriptural Skills in Sacred Listening
Verbatim Tool/Supervision
Referral and Self-Care

February
Creating Meaningful Questions
Peer Group Supervision

March
Peer Group Supervision
Spiritual Formation in the Church

April
Peer Group Supervision

May
Preparing and Leading Retreats
Retreat

Listening People to Life Demonstrated Competencies

This certificate of completion for Training in Spiritual Direction requires participation in a number of activities, projects, and tasks and focuses on the following competencies.

For the
Certificate
of Completion,
you must:
  • Read at least the assigned readings and thoughtfully participate in class discussions and experiences.
  • Be in spiritual direction throughout the program (minimum of 18 sessions) and write four reflection papers based on the director/directee sessions.
  • Learn to ask meaningful questions.
  • Participate in the listening people to life spiritual life retreat.
  • Write a spiritual narrative that demonstrates God’s love; vulnerability, compassion, and redemptive living in Christ; and reflects living in the power of the Holy Spirit.
  • Complete the Clifton Strengths Assessment and Enneagram and understand their influence in spiritual formation and direction.
  • Lead a ten-minute spiritual formation experience for the class.
  • Create a Spiritual Disciplines binder for their use as a spiritual director.
  • Learn how to establish a covenant with spiritual directees.
  • Meet in spiritual direction with three individual spiritual directees for a minimum of six spiritual direction sessions, totaling 18 sessions (to be completed by the end of the commencing year).
  • Complete a minimum of 18 hours of in-class supervised peer/group supervision.
  • Learn to keep appropriate verbatims for each spiritual directee.
  • Prepare a spiritual director profile/brochure.
  • Participate in the Sabbath and Celebration retreat at the end of the commencing year.
  • Has prepared a spiritual director professional development plan.

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We’d love to help you discern if this is the next best step for you. Start a conversation with us today or check out our “Discerning Your Calling” step-by-step guide.

Ready to move forward? Here are a few of the things you’ll need to get started.

  • Official transcripts in sealed envelopes from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended (and high school diploma for bachelor’s students) for all bachelor’s, graduate certificate in theological studies, master’s, and doctoral students.
  • On a case-by-case basis, certificate of completion for Training in Spiritual Direction students may be asked to provide official transcripts.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher (or 3.0 for counseling applicants).
  • A completed application for admission and all admissions materials.

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