- Spiritual direction training that blends theory and praxis.
- Incorporating spiritual direction clinical skills (applied counseling and people helping)
- Concentrating on classical models of spiritual direction with particular emphasis on Ignatian theory and practice, and on evangelical contributions to Christian spiritual formation with particular emphasis on the thought of Dallas Willard.
- Providing the highest possible Christology while valuing ecumenical dialogue
- Developing a substantial Christian Theology of spirituality and spiritual formation.
Year One (September 23 - October 3, 2019)
Gary Moon with Christopher Hall, Trevor Hudson, and Lacy Borgo
This course explores the theory, strategy, and methodology of spiritual direction. It argues that doing effective, holistic, spiritual direction is greatly enhanced by blending growing competencies in three primary areas: 1) Counseling/people helping skills, 2) Classic historical models of spiritual direction from the days of the early church to the 21st century, and 3) Modern evangelical understanding of Christian spiritual formation that maintains a high Christology. This first course in a 3-course series will also include the component of students receiving spiritual direction and interacting with a spiritual director. It will be argued in the course that it is possible to do spiritual direction in a way that is informed by modern psychological understanding of the person while drawing from both classical spiritual direction practices and in a way that has a high Christology and is unapologetic about the goal of helping others take on more of the character of Christ.
Year Two (September 21 - October 1, 2020)
Year Two Faculty: Trevor Hudson, Christopher Hall, Lacy Borgo, and Gary Moon
A heavy emphasis of year two will be classical models of spiritual direction, with a particular focus on Ignatian spirituality. However, the four course themes will continue to be developed: 1) Christian spiritual formation and the early church; 2) Ignatian spirituality; 3) Evangelical understanding of Christian spiritual formation; and 4) the “clinical skills” aspect of spiritual direction.
Year Three (September 20-30, 2021)
Year Three Faculty: Trevor Hudson, Christopher Hall, Lacy Borgo, and Gary Moon
An additional faculty member will be brought in to focus on aspects of spiritual direction in the context of the local church. The four course themes will continue to be developed: 1) Christian spiritual formation and the early church; 2) Ignatian spirituality; 3) Evangelical understanding of Christian spiritual formation; and 4) the “clinical skills” aspect of spiritual direction.