The Center for Spiritual Formation offers the Ministry of Spiritual Direction (MSD) training. This two year program offers monthly gatherings to learn, to expand and nurture the art of spiritual direction/companioning for those discerning a charism of holy listening.
The model of training is pastoral in its approach rather than academic and is designed to encourage life long learning and integrity within a community of care and encouragement. Graduates receive a recognition of completion at the end of the training.
Year One focuses on the history, traditions & models, Biblical roots and theological foundations of Spiritual Direction. It stresses the differences between psychological counseling and Spiritual Direction, and demonstrating a contemplative approach to God.
Year Two focuses on the actual practice of Spiritual Direction: developing listening and assessment skills; becoming familiar with displacement and projection; transference and counter-transference; acquiring a working knowledge of the life-stages of faith development; cultivating an increased awareness of the power of prayer and healing; and learning the importance of supervision.