MIGHT JESUS BE INVITING YOU TO BE TRAINED IN THE ART OF SPIRITUAL COMPANIONSHIP?
In our busy society, we rarely take time to stop long enough to take a breath, let alone give some extra time to turn our ears toward Jesus. Learning the fine art of spiritual direction (companionship) is one of the best ways you can help both yourself and others “step out of traffic to take a long, loving look at your High God” (Psalm 46:10 The Message Bible)
An experience in our Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction (SOSD) offers participants an immersive, integrated and robust introduction to the ministry of spiritual direction. Through the combined experience of reading superb literature, engaging in individual and group exercises, paying close attention to one’s life, practicing spiritual disciplines, receiving spiritual direction, and offering direction – all in a communal setting – students move toward competency as spiritual directors.
FIVE MODULES – TEN TRANSFORMING DAYS – ONE REMARKABLE YEAR.
OUR 2020-21 SOSD SCHOOL YEAR:
Sandy & I are scheduling two ON-LINE YEAR ONE COHORTS for this fall (dates below are still tentative) and, in order to keep things intimate, we plan to limit our class size to eight students per cohort.
Tentative On-Line Cohort Weekend Dates/Times for the School Year 2020-2021 running on US Central Time Zone (9 am to 5 pm):
ON-LINE COHORT ONE: Fri/Sat – Sep. 11/12, Fri/Sat – Nov. 13/14, Fri/Sat – Jan. 15/16, Fri/Sat – Mar. 19/20, Fri/Sat – May 7/8.
ON-LINE COHORT TWO: Fri/Sat – Oct. 2-3, Fri/Sat – Dec. 4-5, Fri/Sat – Feb. 12-13, Fri/Sat – Apr. 9-10, Fri/Sat – May 21-22.
Didn’t make it to one of our Info Meetings? No problem. You can watch one on-line!
Ames, IA – Year Two SOSD cohort – 2020-2021
Year Two pre-requisite: successful completion of a Year-One SOSD cohort.
Tentative Dates (subject to change):
Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction (SOSD) is now growing at a phenomenal rate! What was once a small equipping ministry in Cincinnati designed for raising up a handful of church leaders in spiritual direction has now become a multi-dimensional, cross-denominational ministry that rewards its two-year graduates with a certificate reflecting that the student has met the demanding requirements of most spiritual direction professional networks worldwide. One recent report has deemed Sustainable Faith as “the largest spiritual direction training group in North America!”
Our training in spiritual direction flows from a Trinitarian and Christocentric foundation. We believe in the triune God, confessing God as Creator of all, Jesus as God revealed in the flesh, and the Holy Spirit as the gift of God who empowers us to enter into God’s redemptive work in the world. We guide people to embrace the contemplative life, encouraging you to honor sabbath and observe life-giving rhythms, drawing you toward healthy, embodied spiritual practices, nurturing self-awareness and vocational clarity, and ultimately, launch Kingdom enterprises.
Our Schools of Sustainable Faith are honored to be amongst the fine schools of spiritual formation recommended by ESDA (Evangelical Spiritual Directors Association). Those who complete the requirements of our first and second year training in spiritual direction are awarded a certificate reflecting that the student has met the demanding requirements of most spiritual direction professional networks worldwide. Graduates can also apply for membership with ESDA which will serve as a means of certifying your training/fitness as a spiritual director, and add a level of confidence and visibility for the spiritual direction ministry you have in your heart to do.
Here are the facts…
Our School of Spiritual Direction (SOSD) Year One cohort will meet for five 2-day sessions over the course of nine months, meeting all day (Friday and Saturday in most cases) from 9 am-5 pm. A minimum of six to eight students is required to make up a cohort, with twelve being the maximum.
You can begin your registration on-line by filling out an application on the SOSD page: www.sustainablefaith.com/ssd and scheduling a phone conversation with Marty and Sandy Boller. Once you have filled out your application and had an interview, a $400 registration fee, paid to Sustainable Faith via bank transfer or electronic check, is required to reserve your spot.
The cost for the training is $2400 per year, which includes the $400 registration fee. The balance can be paid, via bank transfer/electronic check, in 8 equal payments of $250, and is due on the first of the month, starting in October. Please note that paying by credit or debit card/PayPal/ApplePay will result in an additional $100 charge to cover our finance costs. Books, transportation, food, and lodging aren’t included in the $2400 cost. If you have further questions, would like to set up a phone interview or receive a copy of the course syllabus, please email us.
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We look forward to hearing from you!