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Rueben P. Job Institute for Spiritual Formation

50% SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE! Our Doctor of Ministry in Spiritual Direction will give you the knowledge and spiritual practices to help you meet the needs and challenges of your community. Application deadline October 1, 2018!
This six-week online course opens up conversation as to why Christians may discern a need to expand their understanding of what it means to be a Christian and explore different spiritual traditions and practices and how they might be integrated into our faith.
Beginning with its first spiritual formation class in 1984, Garrett-Evangelical has long been at the forefront of Protestant seminaries in supporting faculty and developing programs in the area of spiritual formation.
Through rigorous academics paired with profound spiritual formation, the Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation and Direction provides you with advanced training in the spiritual and devotional practices that lead to both personal and communal growth.
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About the Rueben P. Job Institute

Established in 2012, the Rueben P. Job Institute for Spiritual Formation is an initiative for continuing education in spiritual formation of laity and clergy, named after a renown figure in the field of spiritual formation, Bishop Rueben P. Job. An alumnus of Garrett-Evangelical, Bishop Job’s ministry pioneered spiritual formation practices within The United Methodist Church. During his lifetime, Bishop Job was at the forefront in spiritual formation, serving as consultant in Christian spirituality, spiritual retreat leader, spiritual guide, and author or co-author of more than 20 books. The Institute, as well as the Rueben P. Job Endowed Chair in Spiritual Formation, are a lasting legacy to Bishop Job’s lifelong commitment to his field and ensures that Garrett-Evangelical continues to prepare well-formed spiritual leaders for many generations.

Meet the Director: Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schdmidt Jr.

The Reverend Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt Jr. holds the Rueben P. Job Chair in Spiritual Formation at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL, and directs the Rueben Job Institute for Spiritual Formation. He is an Episcopal Priest, spiritual director, retreat facilitator, conference leader, writer, and consulting editor at Church Publishing in New York. He is the author of numerous published articles and reviews, as well as several books: A Still Small Voice: Women, Ordination and the Church (Syracuse University Press, 1998), The Changing Face of God (Morehouse, 2000), When Suffering Persists (Morehouse, 2001), in Italian translation: Sofferenza, All ricerca di una riposta (Torino: Claudiana, 2004), What God Wants for Your Life (Harper, 2005), Conversations with Scripture: Revelation (Morehouse, 2005), Conversations with Scripture: Luke (Morehouse, 2009), and The Dave Test (Abingdon, 2013). He and his wife, Natalie (who is also an Episcopal priest), live in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, with their Gordon Setter, Hilda of Whitby. They have four children and five grandchildren: Henry, Addie, Heidi, Sophie, and Drew, with a sixth on the way.