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 small-group live Zoom video chats as a part of this course. Each group will be selected based upon schedule availability.
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.
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About the Instructor
Anna Chua holds a Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation from Asbury Theological Seminary and is a certified Spiritual Director through the Center for Spiritual Formation in Pennsylvania.
A native of Kansas, Anna currently lives in the south-central part of the state where her husband is appointed in the Great Plains UMC. Aside from work or study, a few things that she enjoys giving her time to are spending time with family and friends, eating a delicious meal, listening to podcasts, reading, and traveling.