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What Is the School of Spiritual Direction?

June 22, 2012

We are in the closing day of The School of Spiritual Direction in Colorado Springs today. It’s been a wonderful experience. We want to provide a little information about The School of Spiritual Direction for those of you who are not aware of what this is all about. (There are two more opportunities in 2012 to attend one of Dr. Larry Crabb’s School of Spiritual Direction. For more information, visit

This week-long intensive for 30 students in a retreat setting is an opportunity to understand and experience how the Spirit works deep in our souls to spiritually form us: and learn and practice a way of following the Spirit in others to arouse and direct their hunger for God.

Led by Dr. Crabb and two colleagues, the course offers a model of spiritual direction that draws on both the age-old wisdom of the church and more recent perspectives. I call it the Passion/Wisdom Model of Spiritual Direction, and I see it as offering the opportunity for our interior worlds and supernatural reality to meet. This model offers a conceptual understanding of the private and often confusing world beneath the surface of our everyday lives and a rhythmic strategy for following the Spirit into the depths of people’s souls, including our own. That is where God’s Spirit is moving us into the Father’s presence and into the light of the Son so that we can (1) enjoy God, (2) accept ourselves, and (3) engage with others in the energy of Christ.

Teaching, worship, personal interaction, group dialogue, reflection, prayer, journaling, and instruction in the process of spiritual direction fill our days together.

If your interest has been confirmed in your heart to the point where you wish to apply for possible participation in one of the courses, please read on.

Each of the previous weeks was a rich and exciting time of paradigm-shifting, spiritually enlightening, and personally stirring training.

The objective of the School of Spiritual Direction (SSD) is not to professionally prepare people for vocational ministry. It is to encourage Christians to consider the enormous value of spiritual direction and to equip a handful of selected people to engage in meaningful, powerful, soul-shaping conversations with folks who long to move through life’s challenges into a deeper relationship with God.

I am persuaded that the absence of such conversations in so many of our lives is significantly responsible for the all too common distance and shallowness in our experience of God. Paul speaks of a NEW WAY to live in Romans 7:6. He calls it the “new way of the Spirit”. I understand spiritual direction to involve the supernatural work of relating to others in a way that guides them into the new way to think, live, and relate that the gospel makes possible.

Thanks for your encouragement and prayers. Whether or not you apply for participation, we covet your prayer support. Never have I felt so strongly compelled to begin new initiatives with the prayer that the Spirit will usher in a reformation in living the New Way with New Covenant resources.

If you wish to apply for one of the two Schools of Spiritual Direction remaining in 2012 (Late September in North Carolina; Late October in Colorado), please visit the NewWay Ministries web site at Read through the information there about the School of Spiritual Direction. If the Spirit is calling you to participate, fill out the application packet and send it to us soon. Instructions are in the application packet.

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