Spiritual Direction: Wisdom

Spiritual Direction: Wisdom and Spiritual Direction: Mystery are the next level of our supervised program for those who want to become spiritual directors or to make spiritual guidance a part of their ministry. Spiritual Direction: Wisdom and Spiritual Direction: Mystery are offered on alternating years. You can take one or both parts in any order.

Who can sign up for Spiritual Direction: Wisdom?

Spiritual Direction: Foundations is a prerequisite for taking Spiritual Direction: Wisdom. A spiritual direction training program similar to Foundations may be substituted for the prerequisite with approval from the instructor.

What will I learn in Spiritual Direction: Wisdom?

Spiritual Direction: Wisdom focuses primarily (although not exclusively) on the perceptive insights and concrete skills that we spiritual directors bring to our work. Topics may include:

  • Using the Bible in direction
  • Creation spiritualities
  • The prayer practice of beholding
  • The nature of transformation
  • Developing rules of life
  • Understanding the stages of spiritual practice
  • Using the arts
  • Applying theological insights in direction
  • Long-term direction relationships
  • Working with highly sensitive persons
  • Navigating boundary crossings and violations

Will I come to campus or work from home?

Each seminar requires a total of eight days of class plus reading, supervision, and several short assignments. In light of ongoing COVID realities, the seminar will be offered in-person as well as online. Students may choose which format they are most comfortable with.

What kind of work will we be doing?

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

What will be expected of me as a participant?

  • Attend all sessions 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. 

Which textbooks will we use for Spiritual Direction: Wisdom?

  • Benner, David G. Spirituality and the Awakening Self: The Sacred Journey of Transformation. Grand Rapids: Brazos, 2012.
  • Cole-Turner, Ron. Prayer in the Trinity: A Brief Theology of Christian Prayer. TheologyPlus Publishing, 2018. Available here.
  • 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.

Will I receive academic credit?

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

Who will be teaching the class?

Dan Schrock, DMin, has 25 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. He is a member of Spiritual Directors International and has completed a year-long practicum in supervising spiritual directors from Together in the Mystery. For 30 years, he served as a pastor in three lively Mennonite congregations.

Sounds great, I’m ready to register!

Spiritual Direction: Wisdom and Spiritual Direction: Mystery are offered on alternating years.

Spiritual Direction: Wisdom is offered 2021–2022.


Early registration deadline: Sep. 3. Early registration cost: $800 USD

Final registration deadline: Sep. 20. Regular registration cost: $900 USD

A non-refundable deposit of $400 USD is due upon acceptance. The remaining payment is due the first day of the seminar, Oct. 4.

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


Participants in Spiritual Direction: Wisdom will meet in 2021–2022 from 11:00 am – 4:30 pm on each of the following days: 

  • Oct. 4-5, 2021
  • Jan. 10-11, 2022
  • Mar. 7-8, 2022
  • May 9-10, 2022

Spiritual Direction: Mystery will be offered 2022–2023.

Lodging and Meals

Lodging may be available for a fee, upon request, at the seminary guest house. Contact the AMBS receptionist, 574.295.3726 ext. 0, to check availability. Please bring your own sack lunch or eat at a local restaurant. 


Email us or call 574.296.6269.