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Southern California Certificate Program in

Christian Formation and Spiritual Direction

The goal of the Certificate Program in Christian Formation and Spiritual Direction is to help the student

  • To mature into deeper intimacy and friendship with the Triune God

  • To develop a theology of Christian spirituality by drawing on and integrating insights from Scripture, theology, historical traditions, psychology and related fields

  • To discover the richness of one’s own spiritual tradition and the gifts and blessings of other traditions

  • To learn about, and engage in, spiritual habits and practices that facilitate spiritual growth

  • To grow in balancing prayer, study and service and in developing practical wisdom based on Scripture, tradition, reason, and experience

  • To gain experience and skills in providing individual and group spiritual direction in a Christ-centered program and context 

  • To participate in a creative partnership among Christian spiritual directors in the Southern California Regional Networks of CFDM.  

 

Certificate Program Events and Dates

Year One [Focus on Christian formation and introduction to the art/skills of spiritual direction]

Classes will be held at Bel Air Presbyterian Church

 

2020 Meeting Dates:

  • Week One: January 14-17th

  • ALL SHALL BE WELL CONFERENCE: Feb. 1st

  • Week Two: April 21-24th

  • CFDM Sponsored Silent Retreat: March TBA

  • Week Three: August 25-28

  • Week Four: November 3-6th

 

AND

By arrangement            Monthly retreat Days

By arrangement            Monthly individual meetings with a spiritual director

 

Year Two [For those continuing, focused now entirely on practical training in spiritual direction]

 

DATES TBD                   Two three 1\2 -day training events, including 2 day retreat

By arrangement            Regular meeting with one’s spiritual director

TBD                                Monthly supervision for direction given

By arrangement            Participation in a network of spiritual directors

 

 

Tuition

Tuition for the two-year program is $3,900.  In the first year [$2,300], tuition covers 16 days of instruction and practicum in a church setting, refreshment/snacks, noon meals, faculty resources, administrative costs, reprints and other materials. In the second year [$1,600], tuition covers 6 days of instruction and supervision and one overnight in a retreat center with food and overnight lodging included, faculty resources, administrative costs, reprints and other materials, and supervision in monthly group meetings for ongoing evaluation and training.  Not included are overnight accommodations the first year for classes, if needed, fees for individual spiritual direction and monthly personal quiet days.  $400 non refundable fee towards tuition is due at time of admission to the program [to reserve a place—space is limited] and tuition for the Program is due in advance on a yearly, term, or quarterly basis, or by arrangement. 

Admission Requirements

Admission is open to individuals [lay or clergy] from any Christian denomination or group who have a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent and/or have training or demonstrable knowledge of Scripture and theology.  Life experience is highly valued as is awareness of a potential call to be a spiritual director.  Admission to the program is granted when the following steps have been completed:

 

  • A completed application…  Earlier application is encouraged because the size of a class is limited and may be closed early.   $65 application processing fee non refundable

  • A statement detailing educational background, work experience, Christian journey, involvement in church and Christian service, and interest in the program and in being a spiritual director. 

  • Two letters of reference [one pastoral and one personal]

  • An interview (phone or in person) with one of the Program Faculty/Staff

 

For more information contact

Rev. Care Crawford 818 788 4210 ext. 114   care.crawford@belairpres.org

To apply, download the application document below