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Barnabas Ministries

Barnabas Ministries is an ecumenical agency which offers spiritual care and nourishment for those on the journey of faith both as individuals and groups.

Barnabas Ministries offers training programs in spiritual direction for those who sense that God is calling them to the ministry of spiritual direction, and are looking for a community in which this call can be discerned and nurtured.

These programs  are for people in both professional and lay ministries.

The current programs are:

* Listen into Life, a 4 year part time residential program in spiritual direction, with an annual intake

  • Soul Journey Companions, a 3 year part time program – the next cohort will commence in 2019
  • Soul Space,  a program  to enable people to grow their gifts and skills to be able to lead retreats – commencing late 2018.

They reflect a contemplative ethos, drawing on the Christian scriptures, and the mystic and wisdom traditions, creating a learning style that goes beyond the acquisition of knowledge. They provide the opportunity for participants to be open to the mysterious work of transformation and to grow in capacity to companion others on their spiritual journey.

Barnabas Ministries also offers supervision and spiritual direction.

On request, members of Barnabas Ministries can facilitate workshops, quiet days or retreats, or participate in workshops and retreats being arranged by others.


Postal Address: PO Box 3177 Manuka, ACT 2603 AU
Office Phone: 02 6295 6766 (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri)

Barnabas Ministries is funded by those who use its services. Additionally we rely on donations from individuals, groups and churches. Some people who use the services we offer are not in the position to pay enough in fees for the ministry and donations are an important way of supporting them.


News and Events

  • Formal recognition of program

    Good news! Barnabas Ministries’ Listen into Life program has been formally recognised by the Australian Ecumenical Council for Spiritual Direction (AECSD) as meeting the AECSD’s Guidelines for Contemplatively Forming Spiritual Directors.

  • Supervision training with Lucy Abbott Tucker

    Barnabas Ministries is again sponsoring Lucy Abbott Tucker supervision workshops. A four day workshop will be held in Brisbane 30 July to 2 August, and another workshop in Perth 4-7 August.

    For further information and registration forms please go to Barnabas Ministries Events page


    Each workshop provides an opportunity to join leaders in the field of training and forming spiritual directors and supervisors to explore the process of supervision. The format will include input, sharing, and practising the presented material which will cover the “what, why and how” of supervision.


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