Summer Institute 2014
June 16-27, 2014

Cost: For seminary credit- $470 per credit hour
Participation audit- $235 a credit hour.

Morning classes

Choose one, based on your year in the Summer Institute

Year 1: Spiritual Guidance in Life & Practice
1 Credit Hour
Instructor: Kevin Clark

Grounded in the understanding that God in Jesus Christ is inviting us to be reconciled- to God, to ourselves, to each other, and to God’s creation- this course is designed to offer learning in three areas: a biblical foundation and historical overview of spiritual formation; an understanding of spiritual discernment; and learning the practice of spiritual guidance. View Syllabus

Years 2 & 3: Spiritual Directors Peer Group
1 Credit Hour
Instructor: Wendy Miller

This class offers guidance for depth listening, reflection, spiritual discernment, and discovery in our journey as emerging spiritual directors. We will be engaging in spiritual direction conversations, and in-depth listening to verbatim. View the schedule.

Afternoon Classes

Choose one based on your interest

Spiritual Direction: Journey of the Soul
2 Credit Hours
Instructor: Kevin Clark

This course offers us guidance as we trace stages of faith, and attend to the journey of the soul. We will be attentive to discerning God’s presence and activity in the lives of persons as well as caring for the congregational across the formational journey. View Syllabus

Worship: Congregational Soul Tending
2 Credit Hours
Instructor: Wendy Miller

This course focuses on how to create intentional spaces for listening, encountering, discerning, and responding to God’s healing work in and through the church. Furthermore, this course shows that worship can become a space for healing. The ministering contexts of each student will be explored in this class as we discover specific ways and intentional spaces within gathered worship, which attend to encountering God, sustaining the community of faith, and engaging the world. See the syllabus

Other Options

Home-based Practicum
This is an individually designed project that students complete once the institute is over each year. Students will receive individual guidance from faculty based on their project. Students complete one home-based practicum each year of the institute.

Oasis for pastors and spiritual directors
Eastern Mennonite Seminary offers a special program for pastors on summer sabbatical and spiritual directors wanting additional continuing education. The Oasis program, connected with the Summer Institute for Spiritual Formation provides opportunities for intentional guided reflection and prayer time, or the option of sitting in on classes with no record. It also provides continued training options for spiritual directors. In place of coursework, Oasis offers intentional Sabbath and space. Cost is equivalent to one semester hour of study with no seminary credit available. Learn more about Oasis