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)
Gary Moon with TBD
In the second year, the cohort will focus on classical models of spiritual direction, with an emphasis on Ignatian spirituality
Year Three (TBD 2017)
Gary Moon with TBD
The cohort’s third year will focus on aspects of spiritual direction as it pertains to the local church context.
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.
Contact the DMin office for more information on applying to this cohort!