Advanced Spiritual Guidance Seminar
The Advanced Spiritual Guidance Seminar will be offered during the 2017-2018 academic year in a low-residency, "hybrid" format. It begins in August with preliminary online work, continues in September with two days on the AMBS campus, moves to exclusively online work through the fall and winter, and concludes in April with three days back on the AMBS campus. The seminar is limited to 12 participants.
The purpose of the advanced seminar is to foster competence, compassion, and spiritual awareness in the practice of spiritual direction through presentations, supervision, group prayer, reading, and writing. It’s open to spiritual directors who have received some training in spiritual direction and who’ve been offering direction for at least two years (one of those years can be the internship year during which initial training was received).
Offering spiritual direction to others is a ministry that summons the director to draw from an extensive body of knowledge, experience, and wisdom. Therefore the topics in this seminar will range widely across scripture, practical theology, the spiritual journey, prayer and spiritual practices, ethics, psychology and human development, approaches and techniques, texts and traditions from the history of Christian spirituality, contexts (social, economic, ethnic, gendered, situational, etc.), and tools.
Participants are expected to meet regularly with at least two, and preferably three, directees for the duration of the seminar. With the instructor’s permission, one of these directees can be a “corporate” directee such as a spiritual direction group or your congregation.
Dan Schrock, D. Min., Sessional Faculty, has 21 years of experience as a spiritual director. He is a co-editor (with Marlene Kropf) of An Open Place: The Ministry of Group Spiritual Direction (Morehouse, 2012) and author of The Dark Night: A Gift of God (Herald, 2009). He received a Doctor of Ministry degree with an emphasis in Christian Spirituality from Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Ga., and has completed a year-long practicum in supervising spiritual directors from Together in the Mystery. He has also worked as a pastor for 27 years.
The seminar opens on August 14 with online work.
Participants will meet on the AMBS campus from 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM on each of the following days: September 11 & 12, and April 23, 24, & 25. Participants will also need to reserve 2 half-days in November and 2 half-days in February for peer group supervision, which will be done remotely using video conferencing software. The specific dates for peer supervision will be set after the on-campus sessions in September.
The seminar fee is $900. A non-refundable deposit of $450 is due by August 1, with the remaining payment of $450 due the first day the seminar is on campus (September 11).
A non-refundable deposit of $450 is due by August 1. Course cancellations after August 14 will not be refunded.
On-campus sessions will be held at AMBS. The rest of the seminar can be done from your home, assuming you have high-speed internet, a reliable computer with a webcam, and either a microphone and speakers or a headset.
Continuing Education Units
6.3 CEUs are available for completing this seminar.
Lodging for participants who travel from a distance is available for a fee, upon request, at the seminary guest house. Contact the AMBS receptionist, 574.295.3726 ext. 0, to arrange for lodging. Please tell her the event to which you are coming and make payment for lodging with her.
Bring your own sack lunch or eat at a local restaurant. A list of local restaurants will be provided on the first day.
Spiritual Guidance Seminar
The first level of the Spiritual Guidance Seminar was offered during the 2016-2017 academic year. Learn more.
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