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.
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:
- Contemplative Community
- Spiritual Direction Theory & Practice
- Peer Group learning
- Supervision – supervised quadrads; peer supervision for those in Professional Development stream (Years 3 & 4)
- Prayer Experience/Worship
- 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)