School of Spiritual Direction Beyond Borders

The School of Spiritual Direction Beyond Borders believes we are in an ever-learning journey to seek God beyond the borders in our lives and in our world.  The directors (lay and clergy) trained in the program are formed by Korean, Black, Latin, Indigenous, African and Anglo traditions of Spiritual Direction.  From these various traditions, we can begin to seek discernment in order to  break down the borders within our hearts and culture.


A trained listener who exhibits the skills of spiritual discernment with their directee. They are not advice givers but a listening ear to how the directee can deepen their relationship with the divine.


Spiritual Directors provide space for spiritual discernment with individuals, small groups or congregations.  The process for Spiritual Direction is life-giving and will nurture the seeds of spiritual growth. Through spiritual discernment, persons and groups will find clarity and spiritual formation as a foundation for sustainable discipleship. Through the gifts of listening we can deepen our ministry of discernment and evangelism.


This newest offering of the Institute for Early Career Clergy Development is The School of Spiritual Direction Beyond Borders. It will begin this September.  This two-year certification program will train you to become a Certified Spiritual Director and is open to both Clergy and Laity. The training format consists of six three-day retreats over a two-year period. Students in the program will also be required to meet with their own Spiritual Director for the length of the program.


If you are interested in participating in our next class, please complete the attached application. Once completed, we will forward all additional information you’ll need for the first retreat.

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Your first payment of $500 is due by September 15, 2021. Subsequent payments are due at the beginning of each Retreat. We accept checks and credit/debit cards through our Square link below. Please contact us for additional payment options. We never want cost to be a deterrent to your participation, so if you need to set up a payment plan or apply for a scholarship, please contact Rev. Kimberly Clarke Turner. Preference is given to Rural and Small Member Church Early Career Clergy.

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Wednesday, 9:00am – 6:00pm


Thursday, 9:00am – 3: 30pm


Friday, 9:00am – 12:00 noon

Retreat 2 will be held February 9-11, 2022. Retreats 3,4 and 5 will be held  May 11-13, September 14-16, 2022, and February 8-10, 2023. The date for Retreat 6 is TBD.

The Study manual and book list will be provided for you prior to the first Retreat. Please plan on purchasing books prior to the first Retreat.

The cost of the two-year program is $3,000.00 payable over the two-year period, $500 due prior to each Retreat. Payment plans are available for your convenience.

The Institute will also offer scholarships on a per case basis to Rural and Small-Member church pastors.

Please contact Rev. Kimberly Clarke Turner, Director of the Institute for Early Career Clergy Development at or at 704-636-6891 for additional information.

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Our Team:


Wendy Miller is a contemplative story-listener and a transformative instructor. She has a deep love for the narratives which form the biblical mega-story, narratives which offer a doorway for persons to engage with their own life and soul-story, and to encounter God within and behind their storied experience. She holds a B.A. in Religion and Philosophy from Iowa Wesleyan College, a Masters degree in Church Leadership with a concentration in pastoral care and counseling from Eastern Mennonite Seminary (EMS) in Harrisonburg, VA, and an STM degree in Spiritual Theology and Spiritual Direction from General

Theological Seminary in New York City. Wendy was named Professor Emeritus in Spiritual  Formation at EMS after teaching spiritual direction, formation, and training supervisors of  spiritual directors for 19 years. She has also nurtured the spiritual formation, and trained spiritual directors within various United Methodist and Mennonite Conferences, for the  missional ministry of tending the soul of the persons within and beyond the Church.

Wendy and her husband Ed Miller – both ordained ministers within the Mennonite Church – live in intentional community at Spring Forest, Hillsborough, NC, along with Elaine Heath, Dean  of Duke Divinity School, and her husband, Randy Bell, a retired civil engineer who tends the  house and the grounds, also Sean Rice, a full-time M.Div student at Duke Divinity School, and  his wife Nicole, a community family therapist. She finds much joy in being the mother of five  grown children, grandmother of fourteen grandchildren, and great-grandmother of one great  grandson.

She enjoys walking local trails, and sandy beaches, flower gardening, calligraphy, reading, and  writing. Wendy is the author of four books, Learning to Listen: A Guide for Spiritual Friends,  Invitation to Presence: A guide to spiritual disciplines, Jesus Our Spiritual Director: A Pilgrimage  through the Gospels, and Come with Me: Daily Living with a New Monastic Rule of Life. She is  presently writing and editing a Guide for the Spring Forest house community’s life together,  also their rhythm of morning and evening prayer.


Maria is a Community Developer and International Certified Executive Coach serving as a Vitality Strategist for the United Methodist Church in the Triad area. Her training came through the South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation with Dr. Peter Story and the Community Development Association in Chicago. She has scanned the landscape of North Carolina through her work to develop authentic engagement and partnerships in Community Development. Initiatives she has helped developed: community skate park, GED programs for teens, food justice and health education for youth, chronic homelessness engagement network, medical clinics in the US and Honduras and ecumenical community alliances for racial and religious restorative partnerships. Her current role is empowering neighbors toward building and nurturing relationships in order to be in genuine partnership with their communities’ hopes, dreams and sustainability. Along with coaching leaders and teams toward their goals, she creates and facilitates training in community development, cultural intelligence and community leadership. She also created and administers across the triad: Leadership Cooperatives ,Truth and Reconciliation Initiatives, Community Mentorship and The School of Spiritual Direction Beyond Boarders. Maria is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church who has served diverse settings of faith communities across North Carolina. She is a native of Seagrove, NC and currently lives in Greensboro with her family.