About the Program


It is recommended that applicants show some evidence of the following:

  • their giftedness and sense of call to the ministry of spiritual direction
  • capacity to listen empathetically and sensitively
  • sufficient life experience to enable them to respond with wisdom to people from different walks of life and different life experiences
  • an openness to learning from their own and others’ experience
  • a mature Christian faith and a respect for all Christian traditions and other faiths
  • a love of and a commitment to prayer
  • having received spiritual direction themselves for a period of time.

During the four years of the program it is expected that participants will:

  • continue in ongoing spiritual direction outside the program
  • be engaged in directing others where possible
  • be in regular supervision if they are directing others.

It is also strongly encouraged that each participant make a retreat each year.

Program Outcomes

The elements of the program seek to foster a contemplative attitude in the participants as well as training in specific skills of spiritual direction.

By the end of the program, participants will have

  • Deepened their own faith journey through lectures, worship and sharing in community
  • Integrated theological and spiritual insights with listening skills in the context of spiritual direction
  • Learnt and practised specific skills in spiritual direction
  • Become aware of their own strengths and growing edges as they engage in the ministry of spiritual direction
  • Further developed gifts and previous experience, to create enhanced levels of expertise in spiritual direction
  • Discerned whether they are called to the ministry of spiritual direction
  • Become critically aware of the influences of cultural identity and context on how the spiritual quest for meaning is expressed
  • Developed an awareness of the ethical issues in spiritual direction.

Key Program Elements

There are 6 key elements in the program:

  1. Contemplative Community
  2. Spiritual Direction Theory & Practice
  3. Peer Group learning
  4. Supervision – supervised quadrads; peer supervision for those in Professional Development stream (Years 3 & 4)
  5. Prayer Experience/Worship
  6. History of Christian Spirituality.

Detail on each of these elements, including a listing of the topics from which a selection will be made (where applicable), can be found in the Course Description document.

See also the indicative four-year program.


In order to satisfactorily complete the program, all participants must submit the following course work each year:

  • to their assigned Program Supervisor, a response paper after each Residential, and two book reviews which may be given at any time during the year
  • to the History Unit Coordinator, a reflection on the specified text, submitted between weekends,

and in the fourth year, a final paper.

In addition, participants in Years 3 & 4 need to submit the material required as part of the respective Personal Transformation and Professional Development strands.

See the Course Description document for further detail.

LiL Course Description (Program Handbook)

Listen Into Life Reading List