Advanced Spiritual
Guidance Seminar

  • Spiritual Journey and Contexts

  • Tools and Traditions

Advanced Spiritual Guidance Seminar (ASGS) is the second level of our supervised program for those who want to become spiritual directors or to make spiritual guidance a part of their ministry. ASGS is divided into two parts—“Tools and Traditions” and “Spiritual Journey and Contexts”—offered on alternating years. You can take one or both parts in any order.

ASGS is open to anyone who has received at least one year of initial training in spiritual guidance. It’s limited to 12 participants.

Topics include:

  • Using the Bible in direction
  • Desert, evangelical, creation, apophatic, and kataphatic spiritualities
  • Stages of spiritual practice
  • Silence and sounds
  • Developing a rule of life
  • Growing in contemplation
  • The prayer practice of beholding
  • The nature of transformation
  • Long-term direction relationships
  • Working with highly sensitive persons, mystics, and leaders
  • Navigating boundary crossings and violations

Topics include:

  • Group spiritual direction
  • Working with rather than against sexuality
  • Collaborating with the Holy Spirit
  • Using technology, ritual actions, and the arts
  • Reframing and recontextualizing
  • Honing visual perception
  • Growing a spiritual direction practice
  • Working with people from different Christian streams
  • The Mystical Theology and The Cloud of Unknowing
  • Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Madame Jeanne Guyon, and more

Each part requires a total of six days on the AMBS campus, divided into three visits over the course of six months. 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.

You’ll immerse yourself in both the theory and practice of spiritual guidance through:

  • Interactive classroom presentations
  • Mentoring and supervision from instructor Dan Schrock
  • Group prayer
  • Practical, directed reading and writing assignments
  • Regular meetings with directees of your own
  • Attend all sessions on the AMBS campus and keep up with all assignments.
  • Offer regular spiritual direction to at least two people during the year, preferably three.
  • Receive regular spiritual direction from your own director.
  • Present three cases for supervision. 
  • Choose a spiritual practice that you want to maintain for the duration of the seminar. 
  • Make one 75-minute presentation to the rest of the class on a topic of your choice.
  • Benner, David G. Spirituality and the Awakening Self: The Sacred Journey of Transformation. Grand Rapids: Brazos, 2012. 
  • Hoare, Liz. Using the Bible in Spiritual Direction. New York: Morehouse, 2015. 
  • Reiser, William. Seeking God In All Things: Theology and Spiritual Direction. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2004. Ruffing, 
  • Janet K. Spiritual Direction: Beyond the Beginnings. New York: Paulist, 2000.

You won't receive academic credit, but 3.2 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) are available for completing this seminar.

Dan Schrock, D. Min., Sessional Faculty, has 22 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 28 years.


Advanced Spiritual Guidance Seminar: Tools and Traditions will be offered 2019-2020.

The early registration deadline is Sept. 5, 2019.

Advanced Spiritual Guidance Seminar: Journey and Contexts will be offered 2020-2021.

The cost of Advanced Spiritual Guidance Seminar: Spiritual Journey and Contexts is $650 USD before Sept. 5 and $750 USD after Sept. 5.

A non-refundable deposit of $325 USD is due upon acceptance. The remaining payment is due the first day of the seminar, Oct. 1.

Course cancellations after the first week of class will not be refunded.

Lodging 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 bring your own sack lunch or eat at a local restaurant.  A list of restaurants will be provided on the first day.

Participants in Advanced Spiritual Guidance Seminar: Tools and Traditions will meet on the AMBS campus 9:00 am - 4:00 pm on each of the following days: 

  • Oct 7-8, 2019
  • Feb 17-18, 2020
  • May 4-5, 2020


Email us or call 574.296.6269.