Gateways to God 2022-2024
Monday, September 19, 2022 12:00 AM
Gateways to God is a 20-month retreat-format cohort, certificate training program in Missional Spiritual Direction at Rolling Ridge.
At Rolling Ridge...
- We define Spiritual Direction as the art and skill of spiritual companionship, paying loving attention to God’s presence and invitations within the everyday events and rhythms of our lives.
- We understand missional as living and listening deep into Spirit and wide into our world.
Missional Spiritual Direction training teaches people how to listen deeply to the movements of God within themselves and others, and to discern how God is incarnate, embodied, living in us and in our world. How God’s love shows up in the flesh – in the hands and feet of our lives, within the many contexts and multicultural settings of our churches, neighborhoods and world – matters to all of us. And it matters for our world.
Our focus on missional spiritual direction (whether one-on-one or in groups) equips people to listen deeply for the movement of God in their context and so to make a difference in this world.
Rolling Ridge offers the Gateways training as a hybrid program. We encourage people to meet in person at the Ridge for the training retreats, but we also offer an online option (via Zoom) for those who may not be able to attend in person. Online attendees will engage fully in all large and small group sessions. The cost for in person and online engagement is the same.
Contact Program Director Beth Garnaas-Holmes at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Read this interesting article on Gateways to God Spiritual Direction training on the New England Conference website.
- Introduction to Spiritual Guidance
- Journey of the Soul and Listening as an Act of Justice
- Learning to Listen in Painful and Anxious Places
- Discernment in the Journey: Joining Contemplation and Action
- Discernment with Communities: Incarnational Soul Tending
- Missional Imagination of the Spiritual Director in Context
What to Expect:
- Taking time for personal reflection, solitude and the experience of Christian spiritual practices
- Connecting in a learning community of peers, lay and clergy
- Receiving spiritual direction for yourself throughout the entire course.
- Participating in group instruction and small group practice and reflection
- Engaging in reading and home-based experiential learning in preparation for each retreat
- Reflecting your learning through writing or other expressive means
- Receiving guidance in discerning gifts and calling toward a spiritual direction practice
- Offering supervised spiritual guidance to another during the course.
Although there are no specific educational requirements for this training, those who apply should have an active spiritual life, a deep love for all God’s people, strength in purposeful listening, embrace diversity, be in spiritual direction, and have personal time needed for the six retreats and course expectations. Note: Rolling Ridge’s “Way Of The Heart” program provides an excellent foundation for “Gateways to God.”
#1 – September 19-22, 2022
#2 – January 20-23, 2023
#3 – May 15-18, 2023
#4 – September 18-21, 2023
#5 – January 26-29, 2024
#6 - May 3-6, 2024
Applications are received until September 1, 2022 (or until class fills). Apply early as space is limited. Acceptance is on a rolling basis. You will be notified by the Gateways Director of your acceptance.
Course Fee = $4,600 includes course tuition, online instruction and accommodations (Note: books, travel, personal spiritual direction fees, and other incidentals are not included.)
Payment Plan A (2 payments)
• $2300 one month after acceptance into the program
• $2300 by May 5, 2023
Payment Plan B (3 payments)
• $1570 one month after acceptance into the program
• $1570 by May 5, 2023
• $1570 by January 5, 2024
Due to the nature of this program, there are no refunds after the start of the course.
- Limited scholarships are available. Contact Gateways Director for details.
- CEUs available
- UMC clergy are eligible for MEF grants.
- Boston University School of Theology has a process to provide credits from this program toward Certification in Spiritual Formation in the United Methodist Church.
Once accepted into the Gateways program, please follow this link for payment.
About the leader(s)
Ruth is a graduate of the Oasis Ministries Contemplative Living and Spiritual Direction for Spiritual Guides programs. She also participated as small group leader and co-led the Contemplative Living program at Oasis. Ruth studied for certification with Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and is a CTI Certified Professional Co-Active Coach. In addition, the International Coach Federation (ICF) has awarded her the designation of Professional Certified Coach. Ruth holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational behavior from Oakland University and a master’s degree in business policy from Columbia University.