Gateways to God 4

Monday, February 25, 2019 12:00 AM

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Gateways to God is a two-year certificate program in missional spiritual direction.  Missional Spiritual Direction Training teaches people to walk alongside and listen to the hidden nudges of God within the heart and soul journey of another.  Dr. Heidi Miller, the Director of Neighborhood Seminary at Duke Divinity School, along with a team of spiritual directors/supervisors, will provide the instruction, training, and support that are needed to listen deeply for God and to minister in today's changing spiritual landscape.  
Our next session of Gateways begins in February 2019 and continues until October  2020.   Attendance at all training retreats is expected.  The dates are:
• February 22-25, 2019 (Friday to Monday)
• May 20-23, 2019 (Monday to Thursday)
• September 30-October 3, 2019 (Monday to Thursday)
• February 21-24, 2020 (Friday to Monday)
• May 18-21, 2020 (Monday to Thursday)
• September 28-October 1, 2020 (Monday to Thursday) 

We will receive applications between May 1 and November 1, 2018.  Please note that space is limited; not all qualified applicants can be accepted into the program.  We will notify you by November 15 at the latest of your acceptance.  Once accepted, you will receive information about registering for room and board at the Ridge, about the fee payment schedule, and about dietary needs.  Accepting your place in the program implies accepting payment of all fees.  Limited scholarships are available.  Should you need financial assistance, please contact Beth Garnaas-Holmes, Gateways Director, after being accepted.
$4,200 for the training & single accommodations (when paid in full) or  $1,450 paid in three installments (each payment due on or before first, third, and fifth session) 
(Books, travel, and other incidentals are not included in the tuition.)
$100 non-refundable application fee is due with your application.  Participants are responsible for full tuition of the 20 month program.
Limited scholarships for laity and clergy are available.  Contact Beth Garnaas-Holmes, Gateways Director, for details. 
United Methodist clergy under appointment are eligible for MEF grants.   CEU's available. Boston University School of Theology also has a process to provide credits for this program toward Certification in Spiritual Formation within the United Methodist Church.

How to apply:

Please write a brief spiritual autobiography following the guidance questions (found on the registration page).  The questions are designed to help you in your own discernment and sense of readiness for training in personal spiritual formation and companioining others.  

Applications are due by November 1, 2018.  Early application is encouraged, as space is limited.  
Send your spiritual autobiograpphy and two recommentdations to Beth Garnaas-Holmes at

Submit your registration by clicking the "Register Now" button and following through to the "Continue for Payment" to pay the non-refundable application fee. 

(If preferred, a check may be mailed to Rolling Ridge Retreat and Conference Center, Attn. Gateways to God, 660 Great Pond Road, North Andover, MA 01845, checks made payable to Rolling Ridge.

NOTE:  On line autobiographies/essays are no longer available due to complications.  

About the leader(s)

Deadra Ashton

A Presbyterian pastor, conference center chaplain and retreat leader for more than 30 years, Deadra Ashton joined the Gateways staff in 2016.  She has served congregations of all sizes and settings in New England, New York and the Mid-Atlantic, including a federated church that put her back in touch with her Methodist roots and led her to the Gateways I program in which she was trained as a spiritual director.  She is currently pastor of Christ Church, Presbyterian in Burlington, Vermont.

Beth Garnaas-Holmes

Beth Garnaas-Holmes is a United Methodist pastor, having served congregations in Montana and New Hampshire.  Her training in spiritual direction was through the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation and the Mercy Center (Colorado).  She listens to others both as a spiritual director and a piano teacher, and works with the Gateways to God program as the program director and as a small group supervisor.

Cathy MacGovern

Cathy MacGovern is a retired Diaconal Minister in the United Methodist Church.  She completed her training in Spiritual Direction through Tending the Soul with The Rev. Wendy Miller and is also a graduate of the Guild for Spiritual Guidance.   Having served on the staff for Gateways to God 3 she looks forward to Gateways to God 4 under Dr. Heidi Miller’s leadership.

Heidi Miller

Through her teaching and ministry, Dr. Heidi Miller focuses on bridge-building between academia and the church, the church and the world. A graduate of Goshen College, Eastern Mennonite Seminary, and The Catholic University of America, she served as Assistant Professor of Christian Worship at Perkins School of Theology until 2017 when she became the Director of Neighborhood Seminary at Duke Divinity School. She was licensed as minister of the Virginia Mennonite Conference and has served as a spiritual director and supervisor for twenty years.

Carroll Moore

Carroll Moore  is certified in Spiritual Formation by the United Methodist Church, trained as Spiritual Director and in work with Peer Groups for Directors, one of the leaders for the past two years with Insight and pastor for over 50 years.