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TRAINING RESOURCES

selah_brochure.inddNew Cohort Forming for 2016-18

As a part of the Senior Faculty for this training program, it is a joy to get to share this opportunity with others. Starting in the Boston area 8 years ago, Selah has graduated almost 60 people trained in Spiritual Direction. The program’s distinctives are three fold: the training is Trinitarian, Biblical, and Contemplative. In addition, the training is done over the course of 5 residencies with monthly interaction with a supervisor. Our first cohort for Selah-West is off to a great start and we’re now accepting application for the next cohort which will start Fall 2016. Click here for more information, dates, cost, etc.

phxsem logoPursue a Master of Divinity in Spiritual Formation or a Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation. In addition, a Certificate Program of Study is also available. 

These are new degree tracks at Phoenix Seminary and will feature classes such as “Foundations of Spiritual Formation” – “The History and Literature of Spiritual Formation” – “Dynamics of the Spiritual Journey” and “The Practice of Spiritual Formation.” Learn more about the MDiv here and the MA here. Learn about all of Phoenix Seminary’s great opportunity for study at phoenixseminary.edu.

Ted Wueste will be teaching:

  • “Foundations in Spiritual Formation” in Fall 2016
  • “Living in God’s Presence” in Spring 2017
  • “The Practice of Spiritual Formation” in Summer 2017

ONLINE RESOURCES

Daily emails that encourage contemplative living … 

Brother, Give Us a Word. Receive simple daily emails from The Society of St. John the Evangelist, a monastic community in Boston. Click here and check the box to receive “Brother, Give Us a Word.”

Inward/Outward. This email is a ministry project of the Church of the Saviour and offers a daily quote. Click here for the subscription page.

Daily devotional readings …

The classic My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers can be found here.

BOOKS

manions

 

a great resource on seven stages of spiritual intimacy/prayer (a modern retelling of Teresa of Avila’s Interior Castle)

 

basking

 

 

very accessible book about contemplative prayer from an evangelical writer

 

experiencing the trinity

 

a great book on the doctrine of the Trinity and the implications for our lives and relationship with God

 

 

way of the heart

 

Nouwen shares a simple approach to the contemplative life

 

centering prayer

a great book on Centering Prayer … gives historical background and theological context as well as practical counsel of integrating Centering Prayer into ones life.

 

crafting a rule of life

excellent book written by friend and mentor, Steve Macchia, on how to craft a personal rule of life … based on the wisdom of Benedict, each section contains solid Biblical wisdom and challenge looking at getting seriously intentional about our lives with God

 

SDH

this book is indispensible for anyone who wants to learn and grow in incorporating spiritual disciplines into life! Filled with great reflection questions, practical ideas, and background on each discipline.

 

soul making

one of my favorite books on the spiritual journey … its an indepth look at desert spirituality … how we grow and are shaped by time in the desert places.

 

 

surrender

 

love this simple yet deep book on the primacy of love as the beginning, means, and end of our life with God.

CURRICULUM

Life with God is a biblically-based, interactive spiritual formation curriculum designed to deepen a believer’s relationship with God. It is not your typical Bible study. Through teaching podcasts, heart-probing personal projects and weekly small group meetings, participants are immersed in the opportunity to receive God’s love, grow in their love for God and practice “loving” within the context of a committed community group. Click here for more info.

The Pursuing Spiritual Transformation series of 6 small group studies is a basic series that is reflective of spiritual formation themes and exercises. Great for groups that may not be familiar with spiritual formation (a gentle introduction). Click here.

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