Gateways to God ADVANCED

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 12:00 AM

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Advanced Missional Spiritual Direction Training
is a one year program with two tracks, each with specific course offerings and practicum. Track I focuses on a spiritual guidance approach within community and/or organizational contexts. Track II focuses on the training in supervision of spiritual directors.
 

Track I:  Missional Spiritual Direction in the Neighborhood
of the World
  • Spiritual Guidance Presence within the Neighborhood of the World
  • Spaces for Spirit within the Neighborhood of the World
  • Developing a Missional Spiritual Direction Discernment Model in Context
     
Track II:  Training in Supervision of Spiritual Directors
  • Companioning Emerging Spiritual Directors I
  • Companioning Emerging Spiritual Directors II
  • Developing a Missional Spiritual Direction Discernment Model in the Context of Supervision
     
What to expect:
  • A contemplative model of spiritual guidance in action
  • Participation in a learning community of peers, lay and clergy
  • Group instruction
  • Reading and home-based experiential learning in preparation for each retreat
  • Written work reflecting your learning and growth as a spiritual director in context
  • Participants are expected to be in spiritual direction
Tuition: 
$1,950 (paid in full) or $1,000 paid in two installments (payable on or before first and third session)
(Tuition covers training, single accommodations, and meals. Books, travel, and incidentals are not included in the tuition.)
For Commuters:
$1,460 (paid in full) or $750 paid in two installments  (payable on or before first and third session)
(Tuition covers training and 3 meals per day. 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 one year program.
Limited scholarships 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

Requirements:
People applying for Track I and II need to have completed a spiritual direction training program.  Applicants for Track II also need to have provided spiritual direction for 3-5 years. All applicants should have an active, growing spiritual life; a deep love for all of God's people; ability to embrace diversity; strength in deep, purposeful listening; and the personal time needed for reflection and 3 training retreats.

Retreat schedule
(Full participation at all sessions is expected)
Tuesday, February 26 to Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019
Friday, May 24 to Monday, May 27, 2019
Friday, October 4 to Sunday, October 6, 2019
 
How to apply
You may apply for the program either online by clicking here to fill out and submit the application, or by downloading your application and  mailing it to Rolling Ridge along with your application fee. If you prefer to email your application, you can do so to gatewaystogod@rollingridge.org and mail your application fee to Rolling Ridge, 660 Great Pond Road, North Andover, MA 01845
 
 

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.

Andrea Bliss-Lerman


Andrea Bliss-Lerman is a graduate of Shalem Institute of Spiritual Formation and has been active in facilitating and teaching in the Gateways to God Spiritual Direction Training Program at Rolling Ridge, as well as being involved in Days Apart, Drawing Nearer to God, and individual and group spiritual direction. She has served as the Minister of Spiritual Direction at Free Christian Church in Andover, Massachusetts since 1990. In addition to teaching in a variety of spiritual direction training programs and leading numerous retreats and workshops, she has also served in reaching out to inner city youth and young adults through skateboarding events, writing projects, and community development.

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.
 
 

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.