Spiritual Direction III
This is a Specialty Course designed to give students who desire to serve as spiritual directors the opportunity to develop specialized skills. Students are trained pastorally as spiritual practitioners to ask discerning questions and carry themselves relationally in a prayerful listening posture within the ministry context of spiritual direction. Whereas academic disciplines are typically associated with human knowledge, spiritual direction, by contrast, is best construed primarily in terms of human surrender unto God. To direct someone spiritually is to listen on their behalf before the Lord.
NOTE: Students receive weekly supervision as well as weekly classtime as they practice being spiritual directors. Because this is an advanced course, students must qualify for entrance.
Key Questions To Be Explored:
What does it mean to trust God?
How did Jesus trust God? How was Jesus’ faith connected to His priestly empathy?
How can spiritual directors increase their capacity for empathy?
How can a fragile person or self-sufficient person develop into someone who trusts God?
How does faith development correlate with a person’s ability to hear God?