School of Spiritual Direction Beyond Borders

“A wise teacher of English literature and writing, once said, ‘All our stories, no matter who told them or when they were recorded, include two major themes: our journey towards God, or our journey away from God.’ ”

– Wendy Miller, Trainer

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.

What is a Spiritual Director?

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.

How can Spiritual Direction be a resource for your congregation?

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.

Next Steps?

This newest offering of the Institute for Early Career Clergy Development is The School of Spiritual Direction Beyond Borders. It will begin this March.  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.

retreat schedule

Day One

Wednesday, 9:00am – 6:00pm

Day Two

Thursday, 9:00am – 3: 30pm

Day Three

Friday, 9:00am – 12:00 noon

The training includes 4 retreats (2X per year) + intermittent reading + practicums. Study manuels and book lists are provided for you prior to the first retreat. Additional books and spiritual direction for trainees are not included in the total cost of the certification.

Program costs are payable over the two-year period and payment plans are available for your convenience. The Institute also offers 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.

Our Team

Rev. Wendy Miller

Rev. Wendy Miller

Rev. Maria King

Rev. Maria King

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