Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance Program

Do you companion others on their spiritual journeys?
Do others see your spiritual commitment and your gift of spiritual companioning?
Do you desire support and enrichment for this ministry?

If your answers are yes, perhaps the Spirit is calling you to Nurture your Call with Shalem’s Spiritual Guidance Program.

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Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance offers both academic resources and experiential support SGP_WordCloud_horfor the ministry of spiritual direction or holy listening. At the heart of this program is the radical conviction that spiritual companionship is a form of prayer and that contemplative listening comes from being grounded in ones relationship with God.

To learn more about spiritual direction, you may view Shalem’s Pamphlet on Spiritual Direction here.

Accepting Applications Now

Program Dates
(The program includes at-home work before the first residency, between residencies and after the second residency.)

At-Home Work: March-June 2020
1st Residency: July 28-August 6, 2020
At-Home Work: Sept 2020-June 2021
2nd Residency: June 22-July 1, 2021
At-Home Integrative Phase: Sept-Dec 2021

Program Components
At-Home Work & Two Residencies

Participants do much of the program work in their own communities, coming to the Baltimore/Washington area for residencies twice during each program.

At-home work includes:

  • Receiving and offering one-to-one spiritual guidance;
  • Mutual support and accountability with a self-established peer group;
  • Reading of selected texts, including classics and specific topical material;
  • Several brief theme papers;
  • Periodic reports to Shalem;
  • Personal journal-keeping;
  • A personal spiritual practice;
  • Self-scheduled, solitary retreat days;
  • A 6-12-page final paper.

Residencies include:

  • Topical seminars (sampling follows):
    – Classics of Christian spirituality
    – The arts and spirituality
    – Scripture and spiritual direction
    – Discernment
    – Group spiritual direction
    – Social vision and the spiritual life
    – Contemporary social contexts
    – Spirituality in our time;
  • Practicums in prayer and spiritual discipline;
  • Individual interviews with staff;
  • Guided, silent retreat time;
  • Supervised peer groups, group processing, and reflection;
  • Participant-led morning and evening prayer.

Our desire is to foster a community of peers within a prayerful atmosphere. Frequent sessions on prayer will expose a broad range of prayer forms and issues, both theoretically and experientially.

A Certificate of Completion is awarded upon completion of all program requirements.

For more details about the program including at-home work, residency topics, peer groups and other program components, please download the Detailed Program Brochure below.

Liz WardLiz Ward
Liz, Director of the Program, is an Episcopal layperson and a graduate of the 1994 Spiritual Guidance Program Class. She is an experienced spiritual guide and retreat leader and has mentored local churches in communal discernment for many years. She also serves as a spiritual director at Virginia Theological Seminary and as an elected member of the Commission on Ministry and a discernment facilitator for the Diocese of Virginia.

For a full listing of current staff for this program, please download the Detailed Program Brochure below.

(non-refundable application fee)

Fill out the application online with the $45 fee above.
You may download the application included in the Detailed Program Brochure below.

Program Price
Early Bird (11/30/19): $8,260
Regular (1/15/20): $8,750

For more information on tuition and residency fees, installment plan, and tuition assistance, please download the Detailed Program Brochure below.

To download the brochure that includes the application, click below.

Feel free to contact Katy Gaughan, Program Administrator, at (301) 897-7334.