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Certificate in Spiritual Formation and Direction

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Through Garrett-Evangelical’s Certificate in Spiritual Formation and Direction, you will receive training in the spiritual and devotional practices that lead to both personal and communal growth. It is perfect for those who are interested in being oriented to various forms of spirituality, learning how to manage the complexity of people’s lives, and being equipped to lead.

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$425 per Credit Hour with Student & Technology Fees Included Earn Up to 15 Credit Hours that can be Transferred into a Degree Program

A Certificate in Spiritual Formation and Direction will help you:

  • Understand the history of Christian spirituality while examining the theological assumptions that have shaped that history
  • Examine the multi-cultural, ethnic, and religious dynamics that shape spiritual practice and the context in which spiritual formation is taught and nurtured
  • Learn the varieties of Christian spiritual practice, experience with that practice, and the process of Christian formation
  • Develop the essentially spiritual nature of the leadership task, a theology of spiritual authority, and the application of spiritual practice and understanding to the leadership challenge
  • Experience the evolving challenges facing leaders engaged in spiritual formation and the practice of spiritual direction

Course Requirements

Each course treats subject matter in the discipline of spirituality and includes a spiritual direction module, which – when successfully completed – leads to a Certificate in Spiritual Formation and Direction. Those skills may be used in a direction setting, but they may also inform and enhance the student’s approach to leadership, preaching, teaching, pastoral counseling, and other tasks.

In order to receive the certificate, you must take all five courses outlined below. The direction modules are a part of each course. At the moment, these courses are only available to be taken on-campus during the Fall/Spring semesters.

  Course Title Credit Hours Per Course
 

The History and Theology of Christian Spirituality

  • Direction Module One: History, Theology, and Models of Spiritual Direction
3
 

Spirituality, Diversity, and the Global Landscape

  • Direction Module Two: The Spiritual Journey, Developmental Issues and the Use of Evaluative Tools
3
 

Spiritual Practice

  • Direction Module Three: Spiritual Direction, Therapy, and Pastoral Counseling
3
 

Spiritual Formation and the Leader

  • Direction Module Four: Applied Skills
3
 

Practicum in Spiritual Direction

  • Direction Module Five: Practicum
3

Courses for this certificate are primarily taught on campus during the fall or spring semesters. Please click here to view upcoming course schedules by semester.


 

 

Course and Module Descriptions

The History and Theology of Christian Spirituality (CL 560)
Focuses on the history of Christian spirituality, examining the theological assumptions that have shaped that history.

Direction Module One: History, Theology, and Models of Spiritual Direction

Objectives:

  • A basic knowledge of the history of Christian spirituality
  • An awareness of the theological assumptions imbedded in spiritual practice
  • A knowledge of the developments in Christian spirituality that shaped the contemporary practice of spiritual direction

Spirituality, Diversity, and the Global Landscape (CL 662)
Examines the multi-cultural, ethnic, and religious dynamics that shape spiritual practice and the context in which spiritual formation is taught and nurtured.

Direction Module Two: The Spiritual Journey, Developmental Issues, and the Use of Evaluative Tools

Objectives:

  • An awareness of the diversity of spiritual practice
  • A knowledge of the way in which differences in theology attach to those differences
  • A knowledge of the ways in which people understand the spiritual journey and its implications for the task of spiritual direction
  • A basic knowledge of the way in which the MBTI and Enneagram assist in understanding the spiritual journey of people engaged in spiritual direction

Spiritual Practice (CL 663)
Focuses on the varieties of Christian spiritual practice, experience with that practice, and the process of Christian formation.

Direction Module Three: Spiritual Direction, Therapy, and Pastoral Counseling

Spiritual Formation and the Leader (CL 664)
Focuses on the essentially spiritual nature of the leadership task, a theology of spiritual authority, and the application of spiritual practice and understanding to the leadership challenge.

Direction Module Four: Applied Skills

Objectives:

  • A knowledge of the essentially spiritual nature of the leader’s task
  • The ability to articulate a theology of spiritual authority
  • The ability to identify practices that flow from both
  • A mastery of techniques used in spiritual direction, particularly “holy listening”

Practicum in Spiritual Direction (CL 679)
Focuses on the evolving challenges facing leaders engaged in spiritual formation and the practice of spiritual direction.

Direction Module Five: Practicum (includes verbatims, in-class exercises, the integration of knowledge, and assessment of the student’s direction skills)

Objectives:

  • An understanding of the ways in which spiritual formation and direction contribute to a variety of endeavors
  • Experience in and an orientation to the use of skills associated with the task of spiritual direction
  • A knowledge of the ethical considerations that are associated with the tasks of spiritual formation and direction
  • A knowledge of the importance of self-evaluation and supervision

Admission Requirements/Application Process

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelors degree in religious or theological studies, or a master of arts in theological studies

Application Process

  • Complete online application
  • Submit resume
  • Request undergraduate/graduate transcripts be sent to Garrett-Evangelical

For more information about the admission requirements and/or application process, please visit our FAQs webpage or contact our Admissions Office at GetAdmitted@Garrett.edu or 847.866.3998.

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FAQs

Should I apply for the Certificate in Spiritual Formation and Direction if I am interested in pursuing UMC Professional Certification in Spiritual Formation?

No, this certificate does not include a UMC Professional Certification track. If you are interested in pursuing UMC Professional Certification in Spiritual Formation, those courses are included in a separate program from this certificate.

Why doesn’t the Certificate in Spiritual Formation and Direction include a UMC Professional Certification track of courses similar to other Garrett-Evangelical certificate programs?

The United Methodist Church prescribes the required courses for spiritual formation you need to complete to be eligible for UMC Professional Certification. With one exception, these courses are not part of the courses/modules in the Garrett-Evangelical Certificate in Spiritual Formation and Direction. However, we still wanted to continue to provide the courses for those interested in UMC Professional Certification in Spiritual Formation, so we are offering it separately.


Click here to access more FAQs about Garrett-Evangelical Certificate Programs and UMC Professional Certifications.

"The Certificate in Spiritual Formation and Direction offers students across the Christian tradition a sound, balanced introduction to the discipline of spirituality, including the history, theology, methods and practice of the church. In addition, the certificate provides an introduction to the discipline of spiritual direction, which can serve as a valuable resources for leaders of every kind."