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What is Spiritual Direction?

Christian spiritual direction is a ministry of holy listening in which one person helps another notice the Triune God’s active presence and perceive the Holy Spirit’s movement in their ordinary life. Spiritual directors journey with directees, assisting as they deepen their lived intimacy with Christ, the One True Director.

What does the Certificate in Spiritual Direction program entail?

The curriculum for the Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Direction consists of five 3-credit hour courses.  Each course is designed where two thirds is focused on the content and one third is focused on putting the content to practice.  The practical component will include supervision while offering or giving spiritual direction one on one, in triads or in groups.

Course work will be taught both online and through residential modules including a weeklong orientation as well as at least two three day intensive courses. The program is to be completed in 4 consecutive semesters (approximately 15 months).

The courses are each 3 credit hours and are offered consecutively in a blended format of residency and online coursework. 

Course 1: Perceiving a Holy Invitation 

This course is the first in a five-course sequence in spiritual direction. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the foundations of the practice of spiritual direction. Special emphasis will be given in this course to the clarification of terms, spiritual direction’s relationships with both theology and scripture, and discerning one’s call to spiritual direction. 

This class will also focus on historical roots of spiritual direction and the role of spiritual direction within the Kingdom of God. All of these topics will be explored and experienced in a growing community of learning, prayerfulness, and intentionality. This course has both residency and online components. The residency component includes a short monastic retreat. 

Course 2: Preparing an Available Self 

This course is the second in a five-course sequence in spiritual direction. The purpose of this course is to develop students’ understanding of the nature of spiritual formation and invite them to pursue significant self-reflection. Particular emphasis on the Ignatian Exercises continues the program’s focus on historical roots and the role of spiritual direction within the presently available Kingdom of God. Attention will be given in this course to spiritual formation, the role of personality and psychometric assessment tools. All of these topics will be explored and experienced in a growing community of learning, prayerfulness, and intentionality. This course is taught in an online format. 

Course 3: Discerning and Knowing God 

This course is the third in a five-course sequence in spiritual direction. The purpose of this course is to help students know God more intimately and develop their ability to discern God’s communication. Special emphasis will be given in this course to the process of knowing God, methods of prayer, awareness and surrender in the discernment process, and the Ignatian rules of discernment. This class will continue the program’s focus on historical roots of spiritual direction and the role of spiritual direction within the Kingdom of God. All of these topics will be explored and experienced in a growing community of learning, prayerfulness, and intentionality. This course has both residency and online components. 

Course 4: Developing a Listening Ear 

This course is the fourth in a five-course sequence in spiritual direction. The purpose of this course is to help students develop the practical listening skills of spiritual direction. Special emphasis will be given in this course to practicing spiritual direction as a director and participationin individual and peer supervision. This class will continue the program’s focus on historical roots of spiritual direction and the role of spiritual direction within the Kingdom of God. All of these topics will be explored and experienced in a growing community of learning, prayerfulness, and intentionality. This course has both residency and online components. 

Course 5: Arranging a Sacred Space 

This course is the fifth in a five-course sequence in spiritual direction. The purpose of this course is to prepare students to offer the ministry of spiritual direction with integrity. Special emphasis will be given in this course to identifying the needs of various constituencies, ministering within different contexts, and addressing special issues that arise in spiritual direction. This class will continue the program’s focus on historical roots of spiritual direction and the role of spiritual direction within the Kingdom of God. All of these topics will be explored and experienced in a growing community of learning, prayerfulness, and intentionality. This course is taught in an online format. 

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Requirements for Admission
School of Ministry | Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Direction

  1. Application Form and Fee
  2. Autobiography

    Write a personal statement incorporating the following theme:

    • “My understanding and sense of call to pursue the ministry of spiritual direction” 
    Your statement should be a minimum of 500 words and approximately 2-5 pages. This statement will be examined to determine your writing ability and will be rated according to clarity of thought, grammar, and readability. It will also be used to learn more about you personally.
  3. Resume
  4. Official Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. Transcripts must be sent directly from the institution. In order to review your file, we must have an official transcript for every institution attended, even if any credits were transferred to another school. These can be submitted electronically to admissions@richmont.edu or mailed to our Atlanta Campus–1900 The Exchange SE, Building 100, Atlanta, GA 30339
  5. Ministry Reference-The reference should be completed by a pastor, small group leader, missions leader, etc.  Ideally it should be someone that can address your ministry involvement who you have served with/under or alongside. Please provide this link (http://richmont.edu/ministry-reference/) to your reference as they will submit this reference on your behalf.

Applications are review on a rolling basis, so once an application file is complete, we will have a decision in 2-4 weeks.

Tuition and Fees

2014-2015 Tuition:
Students Enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Direction: $375 per credit hour*

Fees:
$50 application fee, $50 student fee (per semester), $25 library fee (per semester), $25 orientation fee (first semester only), $125 technology fee (per semester); $150 Graduation Fee (final semester only); $6 per transcript request

Financial Aid is not available for the Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Direction.

A full list of Richmont’s tuition and fees can be found here

*Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice. For a full list of possible fees, see the academic catalog

To find estimated total cost of the program view our Estimated Cost of Attendance.


 

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