Emmaus Spiritual Direction Course

‘Having a Spiritual Director who is skilled in ‘holy listening’ and in helping me explore what God is up to in my life has been crucial to my ministry both before and since ordination. I am clear that every priest, and all those who exercise public ministry, should have a spiritual director or equivalent. I am delighted that SWMTC is offering this new course for Spiritual Directors and hope that many people will take up the opportunity that it offers.’
The Rt Revd Hugh Nelson, Bishop of St Germans & Acting Bishop of Truro       

You are invited to join a learning community preparing people to offer the ministry of Spiritual Direction.

Welcoming people from across the South West, this two-year, part-time course is for those sensing a call to listening ministry and a desire to deepen their own spiritual journey.

Year 1 is for those who are testing a call to accompany others in the ministry of spiritual direction. It offers a foundational understanding of spiritual direction with a focus on listening skills and spiritual conversation. Participants’ own spiritual journey is deepened through an introduction to Christian spirituality and they are supported in an on-going discernment of their call to accompany others in faith.

Year 2 is for those who have discerned a call to the ministry of spiritual direction. Participants develop advanced listening skills and good practice in supervision, whilst further deepening their own spiritual journey and awareness of the major Christian traditions.

Participants are supported in a final discernment process which may lead to an invitation to join the diocesan networks for spiritual directors in Truro and Exeter.

The course is offered as a formational learning community led by the Revd Janette Mullett and the Revd Rachel Bennetts with a team of experienced Spiritual Directors.

Download information sheet for more details – and here’s a poster to put up in your church – or click on the thumbnails to download

Duration & Attendance: Each year runs from September to July and consists of a two-night residential weekend in Truro, five Saturdays at Plymouth Marjon University and five weekday evening ZoomTM meetings.

Fees: The fee for each year of the course is £1,100. This includes the fully catered two-night residential, all teaching, course materials and tutor support throughout the course.

To apply: For more information and an informal conversation, please contact: principal@swmtc.org.

 ‘This is an exciting new development from SWMTC.  I warmly commend the Spiritual Direction Course to any who seek to deepen their own spiritual life and learning, and to develop their gifts as a ‘holy listener’, able to accompany others in their vocation and spiritual journey.’
The Rt Revd Jackie Searle, Bishop of Crediton & Acting Bishop of Exeter