Spiritual Direction Training Program

Spiritual Direction Training

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``The first service one owes to others in a community involves listening to them. Just as our love for God begins with listening to God’s Word, the beginning of love for others is learning to listen to them. God’s love for us is shown by the fact that God not only gives God’s Word, but also lends us God’s ear. We do God’s work for our brothers and sisters when we learn to listen to them.``

Dietrich Bonnhoeffer, Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community

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``Spiritual direction involves a process through which one person helps another person understand what God is doing and saying.``

Richard J. Foster

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``It is easier to find guides, someone to tell you what to do, than someone to be with you in a discerning, prayerful companionship as you work it out yourself. This is what spiritual direction is.``

Eugene H. Peterson

Spiritual Direction Training Program

Each person has a need to be heard and to share about one’s life because our stories matter. We believe to listen to another is sacred. And so we practice radical hospitality, listening deeply and valuing each person we sit across from. People who desire to  deepen their awareness of God’s presence and work in their life can meet with a spiritual director where they will experience this deep hospitable listening through the practice of spiritual direction.

Those who feel called to become spiritual directors and to listen in this deep hospitable way are welcome to apply to our training program. Download our information below.

Because of the unpredictability of the pandemic and a probable re-surge of Covid-19, we are moving our program online. As a result, we will be breaking up the first week intensive into smaller segments.

Contact us at info@journeycenterofchicago.org to learn more.