A Quiet Pentecost: Imagining and Enhancing your Spiritual Direction/Formation Ministry

  • June 3 - July 12, 2013
  • Dr. Dwight Judy
  • 6-week on-line course
  • 2 CEU’s
  • $300.00
  • 3-4 hours of preparation and participation required per week

Affirm the Covenant of the Community to participate

Course Description: Are you ready to imagine or enhance your spiritual direction/formation ministry? Do you have a team for support? Are you ready to create a planning group for your ministry, either within your congregation or as a free-standing ministry within your community? Join us in exploring the principles of spiritual direction/formation ministries, drawing on the stories of more than 40 practitioners in Dwight Judy’s new book: A Quiet Pentecost: Inviting the Spirit into Congregational Life. Work along with a team you assemble at your home-site or utilize the on-line support of fellow classmates to imagine such a group and begin planning.

Who may participate: Persons who are ready to imagine or enhance their spiritual direction/formation ministry within their congregation and community.

Desired outcome: Participants will examine the full range of spiritual direction/formation practices, including individual and small group spiritual direction, retreat ministry, and applications throughout congregational life. Models for developing an on-site ministry support team will be shared. Participants will develop brochure(s) and/or web-ready materials to share their ministry vision. Examples of a Spiritual Life Center focus for congregation and community will be explored.

Course requirements: This course is open to persons who are actively offering spiritual guidance to one or more persons, and/or who are intentionally tending spiritual formation within a congregation or other ministry setting.

Course reading: 

     1. Course handouts – available from the instructor on line.
     2. Dwight Judy, A Quiet Pentecost: Inviting the Spirit into Congregational Life (Nashville: Upper Room Books, 2013).                 
  
  3. Additional posted bibliography and spiritual direction/formation web-sties. Class participants will draw from the rich resources in
         spiritual direction/formation ministry to create their specialized learning objectives for the course.

Instructor: Reverend Dwight H. Judy, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Formation at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. He helped design the United Methodist Professional Certification in Spiritual Formation, approved in 2000. He has offered retreats in spiritual formation since 1980. He regularly teaches core courses in spiritual formation and spiritual direction at the seminary. Dwight has served as a parish pastor and director of spiritual formation for a retreat center. He offers spiritual direction in Evanston and in Syracuse, Indiana. His books include A Quiet Pentecost: Inviting the Spirit into Congregational Life (Upper Room Books, 2013); Discerning Life Transitions: Listening Together in Spiritual Direction (Morehouse, 2010); Embracing God: Praying with Teresa of Avila (Abingdon, 1996); Quest for the Mystical Christ: Awakening the Heart of Faith (OSL Publications, 2003); Christian Meditation and Inner Healing (OSL Publications, 2000, 2010).

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