Class of 2022-2023 Spiritual Direction Training

The next cohort begins March 2022, and runs through the end of 2023. Each cohort of SDT features 18 months of teaching.

Course Requirements

Spiritual Disciplines:

  • Engage in personal, life-giving spiritual practices. Share your spiritual journey regularly with your own spiritual director, and with your SDT cohort through forums and sessions.
  • Complete times of solitary retreat to focus on your own journey and contemplative practices. We recommend discussing these experiences with your spiritual director.

Spiritual Direction:

  • Provide spiritual direction for at least two adults (over 18) for a combined minimum of twenty sessions in two years, with a goal of having at least seven sessions with one individual. Students should not have more than four directees at one time. We can help you find directees.
  • Write a 1-2 page verbatim each month on a direction session you have given. Submit it to your faculty supervisor at least one week prior to class.
  • Supervised spiritual direction groups are a foundational element of the SDT program, each led by an SDT faculty member. Actively participate in your supervision group to reflect on your supervision group to reflect on your direction sessions and receive feedback and guidance by the faculty and fellow students. This intensive, hands-on learning process increases each student’s skills and confidence.

Spiritual Kinship:

  • Broaden the application of spiritual direction by applying the same skills to new settings. Meet with and offer spiritual kinship to someone on the margins. PRC will make the arrangements through its work in the Community Meal Program in Lancaster City and with immigrants at York Detention Center. Forums and teaching sessions will also emphasize practicing spiritual kinship.

Participation:

  • Regular participation in teaching Saturdays, monthly small Supervision groups, and the online student forum. Always engage respectfully and thoughtfully with those holding differing views.

Readings:

  • Read and interact with the texts and assigned readings each month prior to class.

Liability Insurance:

  • Student liability insurance is required as a part of SDT prior to seeing directees. More information will be provided in class.

TEACHING SATURDAYS

Students can choose to participate in person or online via Zoom.  

9:00am: Contemplative Gathering

9:30am: Main Teaching Time with Guest Expert

12:30pm: Lunch

1:30pm: Contemplative Time

2:30pm: Teaching Integration (practicums, discussion, readings)

4:30pm: Fish Bowl 

5:30pm: Contemplative Closing

6:00pm: Departure

 

MONTHLY SMALL GROUPS

Students will all participate online via Zoom.  

 

Small groups of students will meet with a faculty member for two hours each month at a time convenient for students for supervision and practicums tailored to students’ needs.

Kairos Faculty

These four form the core of the SDT faculty. Guest Experts will join them monthly to address specific topics.

Rev. Julia Bruton-Sheppard, M.Div. is ordained as a Baptist Minister. She is the Program Facilitator for Communication and Leader Development at the Philadelphia Baptist Association where part of her work is providing spiritual direction for pastors and writing diversity curriculum on Cultural Humility.

Julia’s previous career was as a hospice Registered Nurse. She recently renewed her nursing license to join the COVID vaccine effort. She is a seasoned Spiritual Director and Kairos SDT alum. She specializes in Jungian dreamwork.

Jean Lengacher, M.Div, has 20+ years of connection with Kairos as a student and faculty member, and is returning in the newly formed position of Contemplative Faculty. She received her M.Div. in Christian Spiritual Formation and a Certificate of Spiritual Direction from Eastern Mennonite Seminary. She has completed additional training through Kairos, Shalem Institute, Maryland Center for Reiki Training, and Common Awakening.

Jean specializes in mindful meditation, awareness, and compassion-based practices, honoring Christian and Buddhist traditions. She is a reiki master and attends to energy and body movement as a prayer practices.

Rev. Dr. Eldon Fry, D.Min. was a Campus Pastor at Messiah University before founding Open Hands, a nonprofit focusing on spiritual direction and formation for pastors and church leaders. Eldon has spent much of his career serving in interdenominational settings and has provided coaching and mentoring to those in ministry across 14 denominations.

Eldon had been ordained in The Wesleyan Church for over 50 years and has pastored multiple congregations. He is an author and has trained in Spiritual Direction at Kairos and Shalem.

Amy Shutt, MBA, is a long-time spiritual companion and retreat leader. She is a Kairos SDT alum and former Kairos board member. She has an MBA from Drexel and a Bachelor’s in Architectural Engineering. Amy is employed as a Senior Mechanical Engineer, managing HVAC system design and construction in the pharmaceutical sector. She especially enjoys mentoring the next generation of engineers.

Amy is a ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church, USA and active as a teacher and leader in her church – First Presbyterian in Pottstown.

2022

Mar 5, 2022
Apr 2, 2022
May 7, 2022
June 4, 2022

Sep 10, 2022
Oct 1, 2022
Nov 2, 2022
Dec 3, 2022

 

2023

Jan 7, 2023
Feb 4, 2023
Mar 4, 2023
Apr 1, 2023
May 6, 2023
June 3, 2023

Sep 9, 2023
Oct 7, 2023
Nov 4, 2023
Dec 2, 2023

 

 

Early Bird Price: $6,200 for two year program 

(Apply before Nov. 31, 2021)

Pay Monthly (18 payments)
Set up automatic, monthly payments of $345

Pay Yearly (2 payments)
$3,100 due upon acceptance
$3,100 due on Jan. 15, 2023

Regular Price: $7,200 for two year program

(Apply after Nov. 31, 2021)

 Pay Monthly (18 payments)
Set up automatic, monthly payments of $400

Pay Yearly (2 payments)
$3,600 due upon acceptance
$3,600 due on Jan. 15, 2023

PRC Members receive 10% discount. Limited financial aid is available. Applicants are encouraged to seek funding from their church, religious affiliations, or employer.

$500 scholarships are available on a limited basis. If you are interested in a scholarship, please include a letter of request for financial aid with your application. The letter of request should include why you are seeking financial aid at this time, other avenues of funding you have pursued, and any other information that would be helpful in making this decision. If you receive a scholarship, it will be spread evenly across your first-year payments.

Scholarships are awarded yearly based on the pool of applicants from all SDT cohorts. A first-year scholarship does not guarantee a second-year scholarship. You will need to submit a new letter of request (by Nov. 31, 2022) to be considered.

Additional aid may be available to help students receive monthly spiritual direction throughout SDT. If the cost of this practice is prohibitive, please include it in your letter of request.

Have three references (at least one personal and one professional) write a letter of recommendation answering the questions below. References must be submitted before your application can be considered.

  1. How are you familiar with the applicant and their ministry?
  2. What is your personal appraisal of the applicant’s skills and potential in Spiritual Direction? (Please note that skills in spiritual direction—listening, noticing God, tending someone’s spiritual journey—can be demonstrated in any profession).
  3. Would you have any hesitation in referring someone to the applicant for spiritual direction?
  4. What is your appraisal of the applicant’s spiritual maturity and practice?
  5. What is your opinion of the applicant’s psychological maturity and stability?
  6. What is at least one area of the applicant’s life or work that you see as an area in need of growth?

 

All applications should include a 1-2 page personal essay including:

  • Your discernment around starting Spiritual Direction Training;
  • Experience of spiritual direction or spiritual friendships with others;
  • Background in theology, psychology, communications;
  • Exposure to readings and/or study in spiritual formation. 

Apply Online

1. Fill out the Inquiry Form on this page.

2. Download the References Form and send it to 3 references. We cannot consider your application until we receive the references.

3. Send us your personal essay (and financial aid request if applicable) to info@parishresourcecenter.org.

4. Provide copies of your Act 34 PA Criminal History Check and your Act 151 PA Child Abuse History Check (dated within the last two years). If you have resided outside of PA in the last ten years, you will also need to submit your Act 114 FBI Criminal History Report. For applicants residing outside of PA, comparable clearances will need to be submitted.

5. Pay the $150 application fee.

Apply by Mail

1. Download the Application Packet. Mail your completed application form, personal essay, clearances, financial aid request (if applicable), and a check for the $150 application fee made out to Parish Resource Center to 2160 Lincoln Highway E. #18, Lancaster, PA 17602.

2. Download References Form and send it to 3 references. We cannot consider your application until we receive the references.

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