This course was designed for those seeking to become certified spiritual directors. Students learn the art and practice of spiritual direction through weekly practices of soul care, teaching, supervised in-class sessions, group and individual supervision, as well as providing bi-weekly spiritual direction to directees.
Through these multi-faceted experiences, students explore their capacity to help others attend to God’s presence in their lives while living out a theology of love for God, self and others. The two courses run consecutively from September to April. Students must register for both courses.
- Successful interview with the instructor prior to June 30 for the following Fall semester
Two references letters† submitted directly to the internship instructor from your two referees:
- Spiritual Director
- Christian Leader
- Completion of SPIR 0601, SPIR 0609, SPIR 0610 and SPIR 0700
- Clear Vulnerable Sector Check done prior to registering for the course
- Meet with a Spiritual Director for a minimum of one year
† Template to be provided by the Internship instructor after interview.
Spiritual Direction Internship
Both semesters will require the student to offer spiritual direction to a minimum of:
- 5 spiritual directees
- 30 hours per semester
Possible ministry opportunities for graduates are:
- Private Practice
- Spiritual Formation Pastor
- Spiritual Formation Specialist at a Missionary/Parachurch Agency
- Formulate a theological and biblical foundation for the practice of spiritual direction and practice theological reflection as the basis for ongoing conversion.
- Employ hospitable, deep listening as a means helping others attend more deeply to God’s presence and leading in their lives.
- Appraise and employ wisdom from key authors and literature pertaining to the ancient roots and contemporary practices of spiritual direction.
- Explain key components related to spiritual formation and direction, including but not limited to the contours of a healthy growing faith and spiritual pathways; deepening intimacy and prayer, God image, discernment, self-image and self-awareness; theological reflection, sin, suffering, forgiveness and healing; community, cultural sensitivity and growth “for the sake of others” (Reference: Spiritual Direction Competencies, 2021-2022).
- Practice listening prayer, ongoing reflection and supervision as essential to personal maturation and integrity of practice.
- Recognize one’s gifts and growing edges, posture and ongoing discernment related to the (ongoing) call of spiritual direction.