Peer-led Group Supervision

  • 6-week on-line course
  • October 1 – November 9, 2012
  • 2 CEU’s
  • 3-4 hours of preparation and on-line participation required per week

Course Description: A primary way for spiritual directors to receive supervision is in peer-led supervision groups. This course will model the small group supervision process for peer supervision, a process which serves to sustain the ministering person, their ministry of soul-tending, and their continued need of community.

Since peer-led supervision calls for rotation of leadership among group members,

careful attention will be given to both guiding the rhythm of the group meeting (arrival and checking-in, crossing the threshold into a deeper place of listening and reflecting on a verbatim, followed by a time of fellowship and prayer), and to the

role and presence of the person offering peer leadership.

Who may participate? 1) Persons now in peer supervision groups who desire to deepen their understanding of the process, and 2) persons who are seeking a peer supervision group and wish to explore this process under skilled guidance.

Desired outcome: Participants will grow in self-awareness, confidence, and capacity to work within peer supervision groups. Active support will be given to create peer groups for those who are seeking such a group.

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. Barry and Connolly, The practice of Spiritual Direction. Part Three, Chs. 8-11.

3. Bumpus, Mary Rose and Rebecca Bradburn Langer, Eds. Supervision of Spiritual Directors: Engaging in Holy Mystery. Morehouse Publishing, 2005. Chapters to be assigned.

Instructor: Reverend Wendy J. Miller is Emerita Assistant Professor of Spiritual Formation at Eastern Mennonite Seminary, where she continues to teach the Summer Institute in Spiritual Formation (which she founded in 1994). A retreat leader, and spiritual director, Wendy teaches Training in Spiritual Direction, a two-year program, in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama-West Florida, Upper New York, and New England conferences of the United Methodist Church. She is author of Learning to Listen: A Guide for Spiritual Friends (Upper Room Books, 1993), Invitation to Presence: A guide to Spiritual Disciplines (Upper Room Books, 1995), and Jesus, Our Spiritual Director: A Pilgrimage Through the Gospels (Upper Room Books, 2004). Wendy is an Adjunct Faculty member at Garrett-Evangelical Seminary.

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