The Doctor of Ministry cohort in Spiritual Direction will offer a variety of different learning environments and structures that will allow the students to engage spiritual direction conceptually and practically. Each year will feature different co-teachers and will meet for a weeklong period in a retreat setting. The curriculum will focus on blending advanced helping skills with classical and evangelical approaches to spiritual direction.
Apply to join this cohort by June 10, 2015!
*A limited number of competitive spaces will be reserved for students pursuing a non-degree Advanced Diploma of Ministry Leadership (ADML). For more information on the ADML experience for this cohort, visit the ADML webpage or contact our office.
- 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 21-30, 2015)
Gary Moon with Christopher Hall and Trevor Hudson
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 (TBD 2016)
Year Two Faculty: TrevorHudson, Christopher Hall, Patti Pierce, Kirsten Burdick, 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. In the second year, the class will also meet in either Pasadena or Santa Barbara.
TrevorHudson, Christopher Hall, Patti Pierce, Kirsten Burdick, 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. In the third year, the class will also meet in either Pasadena or Santa Barbara.
Gary W. Moon is the Executive Director of the Martin Institute for Christianity and Culture and the Dallas Willard Center for Christian Spiritual Formation, at Westmont College. He is one of the founding editors of the Conversations Journal and has directed the Renovaré Institute since 2007. He is the author of numerous books including Spiritual Direction and the Care of Souls (Edited with David G. Benner), Falling for God, and Apprenticeship with Jesus. He lives in Santa Barbara, with his wife, Regina and has two grown daughters and one son-in-law.
TrevorHudson has been part of the Methodist movement for over 30 years serving primarily around Johannesburg, South Africa. He is deeply committed to the work and ministry of the local congregation. His leadership has been shaped in the crucible of the South African experience. In the post-apartheid era, he has been one of the leading voices in reconciliation and restoration in the Christian community. He is also the author of numerous books on spiritual formation including The Cycle of Grace, HopeBeyond Your Tears, The Serenity Prayer, TheWay of TransformingDiscipleship Participant’s Book, AMile in My Shoes, and Discovering Our Spiritual Identity: Practices forGod’s Beloved. Trevor’s two children, Joni and Mark, each were married this year!
Christopher Hall has served over the past nine years in a number of administrative roles at Eastern: Dean of the Templeton Honors College, Dean of Palmer Theological Seminary, Provost, and Chancellor of Eastern University. He recently moved back into full-time teaching and is happy to be back in the classroom. Dr. Hall possesses a B.A. from UCLA in history, an M.A. in biblical studies from Fuller Theological Seminary, a Th.M. from Regent College, and a Ph.D. from Drew University. He serves on the editorial board of Christianity Today and was the associate editor of the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture. He has published articles and book reviews in Christianity Today, Catalyst, Christian History, in Ministry, Books and Culture, Christian Scholars Review, Modern Theology, and Crux. He and his wife Debbie have three children, Nathan, Nathalie, and Joshua and are members of the Episcopal Church.
Patti Pierce is Founder and President of WellSpring. Patti served as Teaching Leader for Bible Study Fellowship and Minister to Singles at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church. She is a frequent conference and retreat speaker and trained spiritual director.
Kirsten Burdick is the Program Coordinator for the Martin Institute and Dallas Willard Center for Spiritual Formation at Westmont College. Kirsten earned her BA from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA and her Master of Divinity from North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL. She is also a trained spiritual director and an ordained minister in the Evangelical Covenant Church. Prior to working at Westmont, she served on pastoral staff at two different churches and most recently as the Director of Admissions for North Park Theological Seminary.
Contact the DMin office for more information on applying to this cohort!