This is an introduction to the art and science of spiritual
direction as soul care in the Protestant tradition. The course will provide a model for spiritual
direction as soul care in the local congregations. The primary focus will be
upon listening, seeking wisdom and direction of God in journeying with others.
Attention will be given to two other questions: the inner spiritual life of the
spiritual director as well as the art of discernment.
The desired outcomes are that by the end of the course,
students are able to
a biblical and theological basis of Christian spiritual formation and
the psychospiritual dynamics of spiritual development
between the dynamics of spiritual friendship, mentoring, counseling and
and cultivate discernment concerning the movements of the Holy Spirit
some basic skills in spiritual direction
spiritual direction and its role in spiritual formation and transformation
direction in different traditions (Reformed, Pentecostal, Wesleyan,
Anglicans, Roman Catholics, Orthodox, etc)
and theological foundations of spiritual formation (concepts from shalom,
Trinity, imago dei and missio dei)
psychospiritual dynamics of spiritual development
continuum of soul care: spiritual friendship, discipling, mentoring,
coaching, counseling and spiritual direction.
spiritual life of a spiritual director
art of listening
in spiritual direction
and Review Essay
All students are expected to
attend all lectures; this is a short, compact course; attendance is therefore
expected for all sessions.
Discussion and Reflection Paper.
Each student will either choose or
be assigned to a small group of 2-4 persons (ideally
3) discussion. The faciliatator
will provide guidelines during the first session for these
groups which will meet outside of
the lecture time, but during the week of the course. From this small group
interaction each student will submit a reflection paper of 3-4 pages.
DUE: Mon., Nov 26,
Reading and Essay.
Read the recommended texts the course
reader (500 pages for 2 or 3 credit students)
and from the bibliography, and
write a review essay of your reading. The review
article should be a critical
examination of material read, which both reviews the book
but then also provides an extended
reflect critical response. The response to this
reading should give clear evidence
of understanding of the course lectures; ideally,
the review of these books should
provide for critical interaction between the lectures
and the readings. Note: only books
from the bibliography may be chosen for this
assignment; any additional books
need to be approved in advance by the
Word limit: 1,500.
DUE: Mon., Nov 26,
Small Group/Reflection Paper 30%
Review Essay 70%
Keith R. & Randy D. Reese. 1999. Spiritual
Mentoring. Downers Grove,
IL: InterVarsity Press.
of the following:
Eugene H. 1989. The Contemplative Pastor:
Returning to the Art of Spiritual Direction. Grand Rapids, MI:
William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.
William A., William J. Connolly. 2009.
The Practice of Spiritual Direction. New
York, NY: HarperOne.
Benner, David G. 2002. Sacred
Companions. Downers Grove,
IL: InterVarsity Press.
Bakke, Jeanette A. 2000. Holy
Invitations. Grand Rapids,
Ml: Baker Books.
Baker, Howard. 1998. Soul
Keeping: Ancient Paths of Spiritual Direction. Colorado
Barry, William A. 1990. Discernment
in Prayer: Paying Attention to God. Notre Dame:
Ave Maria Publication.
Calhoun, Adele Ahlberg. 2005. Spiritual
Disciplines Handbook. Downers Grove, IL:
Demacopoulos, George E. 2007. Five Models of Spiritual Direction in the Early Church.
Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre
Edwards, Tilden. 1980.
Spiritual friend: Reclaiming the Gift of Spiritual Direction.
Dyckman, Katherine Marie, L. Patrick Carroll. 1981. Inviting the Mystic Supporting
Gratton, Carolyn. 1995. The
Art of Spiritual Guidance: a Contemporary Approach to
in the Spirit. NY: Crossroad.
Guenther, Margaret. 1992. Holy Listening: The Art of Spiritual Direction. Cambridge:
Horsfall, Tony. 2008. Mentoring
for Spiritual Growth. Abingdon,
UK: The Bible
Houston, James M. 2006. Joyful
Exiles. Downers Grove, IL:
Howard, Elmer B. 2008. The
Brazos Introduction to Christian Spirituality.
Johnson, Jan. 1999. When
the Soul Listens: Finding Rest and Direction in Contemplative
Jones, Alan 1982. Exploring
Spiritual Direction. Boston, MA:
Jones, W. Paul. 2002. The
Art of Spiritual Direction: Giving and Receiving Spiritual
Nashville, TN: Upper Room Books
Leech, Kenneth. 2001. Soul
Friend: Spiritual Direction in the Modern World. Harrisburg,
PA: Morehouse Publishing.
Nouwen, Henri. 2006. Spiritual
Direction. New York, NY:
May, Gerard G. 1992.
Care of Mind, Care of Spirit: A Psychiatrist Explores Spiritual
New York, NY:
Moon, Gary W. David G. Benner. 2004. Spiritual Direction and the Care of Souls.
Downers Grove, IL:
Phillips, Susan S. 2008. Candlelight:
Illuminating the Art of Spiritual Direction. New
Reed, Angela H. 2011. Quest
for Community: Reclaiming Spiritual Guidance for
Congregations. New York,
NY: T&T Clark International.
Tan, Soo-lnn. 2008. Friends
in a Broken World. Singapore:
Voon, Choon Khing. 1999. Spiritual
Direction in a Malaysian Context: in Search of a
Way Ahead. Donaldson, Indiana: Graduate Theological Foundation.
Wilhoit, James C., Evans B. Howard. 2012. Discovering lectio divina: Bringing
into ordinary life. Downers Grove, IL:
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