Spiritual Direction I

Course Description:

In this age of feelings first, spiritual direction offers a gentle way to lead people to  God and recognize His love in their life journey.  At its best, spiritual direction is a deeply pastoral form of shepherding sheep by feeding them God's Word obliquely through merciful questions and affirmations.  In this introductory course, students are taught how to observe God’s Presence and activity in the life of someone else.  Successful students learn to ask open-ended questions and look at personal circumstances through the lens of Scripture and disciplined faith.  

Guiding Questions:

  • What does it take to be a good spiritual director?

  • How can a person listen to the Holy Spirit's guidance for someone else?  

  • What is the difference between personal spirituality and Christian formation?

  • How can Christian spiritual directors avoid falling into Buddhist or New Age religious practices?