As you continue your journey into Christ-centered 3-C contemplative activism, we suggest you prayerfully consider Stepping Stone Five: practical training in the ancient traditions of spiritual companionship (direction). Here, you’ll find yourself learning to listen to people in a whole new way; embracing communication skills that will serve you well if you’re involved in any form of work or ministry where one-on-one conversation, discernment and prayer matter deeply.
TEN MODULES – TWENTY TRANSFORMING DAYS – TWO REMARKABLE YEARS.
A two-year 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.
OUR 2020-21 SOSD SCHOOL YEAR:
Are you interested in bringing a Year One SOSD training cohort in Spiritual Direction to your city? You can be the “feet-on-the-ground-recruiter” for Sustainable Faith and join us in getting the word out in your area. If you help us recruit a minimum of eight students in your area, you get up to $500 off your Year One tuition! Contact us! We’d love to hear from you and work with you on a strategy of training up Christ-centered spiritual directors in your area!
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.
Maybe not feeling ready for this big of a training commitment? Start here.
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Click here to access our growing network of Christ-centered spiritual companions.
COMMISSION: RE-FORMING CHRIST’S CHURCH. As more of us continue our journey into Christ-centered 3-C contemplative activism, the more there will be a need for vibrant churches across North America that will reflect the values of those beliefs we hold dear. And we believe that you, dear reader, are very likely called to be an important part of this work of God in the years ahead. Read more…