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.
Cohort sessions are typically held on either Monday evenings or Thursday mornings between September and May for two consecutive years. The next anticipated cohort will be offered in February 2024.
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 will meet with a certified spiritual director of your choosing, participate in cohort sessions which will provide insight and challenges in theological hospitality, the ministry of listening, and encouragement.
Listening People to Life: Training in Spiritual Direction consists of these areas of study:
Cohort Session I
History of Spiritual Direction
The Human Experience of God
Evaluating Experiences of God
Cohort Session II
Spirituality and Personality
Scripture in Spiritual Direction
Gender and Spirituality
Spirituality and Sexuality
Cohort Session III
Faith Development Stages
Suffering and Direction
Psychology and Spiritual Direction
Resistance and Transference
Spiritual Direction and Ethics
Noticing Theological Themes
Developing a Spiritual Direction Practice
Scriptural Skills in Sacred Listening
Cohort Session IV
Verbatim Tools for Spiritual Direction
Creating Meaningful Questions
Peer Group Supervision
Spiritual Formation in the Church
Preparing and Leading Retreats
Sabbath and Celebration Retreat
Listening People to Life is offered via Zoom. There is no residency requirement for this certificate program. Cohorts are typically offered annually. Meeting days/times vary per cohort but have included Mondays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Central or Thursdays from 10 a.m. – 12 Noon Central.
This certificate of completion requires prior learning in a spiritual formation program such as The Journey with VantagePoint3, the Transforming Center, the Apprentice Institute, etc. as well as an interview and a meeting with a certified spiritual director prior to admission.
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.
Ready to move forward? Here are a few things you’ll need to get started (more details in the catalog).