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 2019-20 SOSD SCHOOL YEAR:
Registration is now closed for this school year.
Ames, IA – Year One SOSD cohort – 2019-2020
Cohort Dates: Fri/Sat Aug 23/24, Fri/Sat Oct 11/12, Fri/Sat Dec 13/14, Fri/Sat Feb 21/22, Fri/Sat Apr 24/25. To stay in touch for more info, drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Read our blog…“Have You Ever Considered Becoming a Spiritual Director?”
Milwaukee, WI – Year Two SOSD cohort – 2019-2020
Cohort Dates: Fri/Sat Sep 27/28, Fri/Sat Nov 22/23, Fri/Sat Jan 24/25, Fri/Sat Mar 27/28, Fri/Sat May 22/23. Pre-requisite: successful completion of a year-one SOSD cohort. To stay in touch for more info, drop an email to email@example.com
Boise, ID – Year Two SOSD cohort – 2019-2020
Cohort Dates: Fri/Sat Sep 6/7, Fri/Sat Nov 1/2, Fri/Sat Jan 10/11, Fri/Sat Mar 6/7, Fri/Sat May 1/2. Pre-requisite: successful completion of a year-one SOSD cohort. To stay in touch for more info, drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
OUR 2020-21 SOSD SCHOOL YEAR:
We are already working on our training schedule for the 2020-21 school year. Right now, we have serious interest in Corvallis, Oregon, Kansas City, Mo, and Minneapolis, MN! Contact us for more info on any of these cities!
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.
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/spiritual-direction/ 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.
Maybe not feeling ready for this big of a training commitment? Start here.
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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…