Affirming the role of authentic community and companionship in discipleship and spiritual formation, this course will work to define “spiritual direction and companionship” – in both its one-on-one form as well as “group” expressions. A variety of resources (including readings from Christian classics) will serve to illuminate key elements of and considerations surrounding such relationships, including: listening skills, psychological awareness, historical background, the differences between direction and counseling, and ethical considerations. Upon completion of the course, participants should have a clear understanding of the nature of the ministry of spiritual guidance as well as the formal processes involved in becoming a certified spiritual director. Completion of this course does not certify a participant as a spiritual director.
There will be 4 required zoom sessions amongst the learners within small groups. These are called “Zoom Listening Sessions” and require the learner to practice skills of spiritual listening that are taught throughout the course. They are scheduled to fit the learners’ availability and will not be recorded. Attendance of these sessions is imperative in order to pass this course.
Learners are required to have the following books for this class:
- Sacred Companions: The Gift of Spiritual Friendship & Direction, David G. Brenner
- Seeking God Together: An Introduction to Group Spiritual Direction, Alice Fryling
- The Practice of Spiritual Direction, William Barry & William Connolly
- Looking at Type and Spirituality, by Sandra Krebs Hirsh & Jane A. G. Kise
This course is eligible for 3.0 CEU.
About the Instructor
Anna Chua holds a Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation from Asbury Theological Seminary and is a certified Spiritual Director.
A native of Kansas, Anna currently lives in the south-central part of the state where her husband is a pastor in the Methodist Church. She spends most of her days mothering and homeschooling their children. Aside from other work or study, she also enjoys singing, listening to podcasts, reading, spending quality time with her family and friends, and traveling.