Affirming the role of authentic community and companionship in discipleship and spiritual formation, this course will work to define “spiritual direction and companionship” – in both its one-on-one form as well as “group” expressions. A variety of resources (including readings from Christian classics) will serve to illuminate key elements of and considerations surrounding such relationships, including: listening skills, psychological awareness, historical background, the differences between direction and counseling, and ethical considerations. Upon completion of the course, participants should have a clear understanding of the nature of the ministry of spiritual guidance as well as the formal processes involved in becoming a certified spiritual director. Completion of this course does not certify a participant as a spiritual director.
There will be 4 small-group live Zoom video chats as a part of this course.
Students are required to have the following books for this class:
- Sacred Companions: The Gift of Spiritual Friendship & Direction, David G. Brenner (or Amazon)
- Seeking God Together: An Introduction to Group Spiritual Direction, Alice Fryling (or Amazon)
- The Practice of Spiritual Direction, William Barry & William Connolly (or Amazon)
- Looking at Type and Spirituality, by Sandra Krebs Hirsh & Jane A. G. Kise (or Amazon)
This course is eligible for 3.0 CEU.
About the Instructor
Anna Chua holds a Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation from Asbury Theological Seminary and is in the midst of completing a two-year Ministry of Spiritual Direction Program through the Center for Spiritual Formation in Pennsylvania.
Though native to Kansas, Anna currently lives in northeast Nebraska where her husband is appointed in the Great Plains UMC. When she is not studying or working, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, enjoying good food, listening to podcasts, reading, and traveling.