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Year One

Becoming a spiritual director is first and foremost about the formation of the director.

The ministry of spiritual direction requires both formation and training; it involves transformation and education. Participants in this program will acquire the skills of asking good questions, listening attentively, and fostering stillness as they facilitate deep and meaningful conversations. Participants will also read and discuss many of the best books about this focused type of pastoral care. Yet, at the heart of this experience is tending to one’s own spiritual formation.

Our design for renewing the ministry of spiritual direction reflects this primary need for formation. Over the course of eight months, participants will participate in five two-day intensives which will meet from 8:00 a.m–5:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. These intensives will meet in idyllic homes, providing an atmosphere for deep personal reflection, discussion and growth. Our gatherings will be a place for experimentation with various contemplative exercises and practice in the skills of spiritual direction.

To receive the certificate of completion, there are seven requirements:

  1. Participate in all five modules
  2. Experiment with and engage in chosen spiritual disciplines
  3. Receive regular spiritual direction
  4. Offer spiritual direction (five sessions to two directees, totaling ten sessions)
  5. Submit a recording/verbatim for feedback
  6. Read the required books
  7. Submit seven monthly general reports via email

The intensives will also prepare participants for where the best training in the ministry of spiritual direction will occur: in offering spiritual direction to a few others in their own contexts. Hence, the intensives are like laboratories along the way as you learn to provide direction for others. Between the intensives, participants will also receive spiritual direction.

Fall 2020-2021 Year One cohorts

The deadline to apply for our fall cohorts was Friday, July 31st. All applications received after this deadline are automatically archived and a new application is required to be considered for the following year.

The cost of this experience in formation and training is $2,950. Payment in full is due before Module One. Payment plans are available upon request and must be approved by the Director of the Institute for Christian Spirituality. 

This price covers your training as well as breakfast and lunch during each of the modules. You will be responsible for the cost of your travel, lodging, books, and any other meals.

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If you have any questions about our spiritual direction cohorts or anything pertaining to the Institute for Christian Spirituality, please email us at ics@lipscomb.edu.

Fall Year One Cohorts

2020- 2021 Fall Locations, Facilitators & Dates

Mallory Wyckoff

Nashville, TN: Mallory Wyckoff

Mallory Wyckoff lives with her husband, Tim, and daughters, Olive and Ivy, in Nashville (despite her disinterest in Southern food and country music). She studied journalism at Lee University, earned a Masters in Theological Studies and graduate certificate in conflict management from Lipscomb University, as well as a Doctor of Ministry in Missional and Spiritual Formation. She received her training as a spiritual director from the Institute for Christian Spirituality, and has been working in a private spiritual direction practice since 2016. She serves as executive director of Faith & Culture Center, a non-profit that integrates communities across divides of religion, race, ethnicity, and culture. She teaches in the Bible department of Lipscomb University and works in Lipscomb's DMin department supporting students as they pursue their research. Her fundamental conviction is that human dignity is the answer to every question, and she kindly requests that you let her know of any connections you have that might enable her to meet Justin Timberlake.

Dates:
September 4-5, 2020
November 6-7, 2020
January 22-23, 2021
March 5-6, 2021
April 23-24, 2021

Tiffany Bird

Franklin, TN: Tiffany Taylor Bird

Tiffany Bird is a native Nashvillian who received her training in spiritual direction through Biola University’s Institute for Spiritual Formation. She has been offering spiritual direction to pastors and ministry leaders for over 8 years. Her formation includes an intensive 3-year Masters in Spiritual Formation and Soul Care, a nine-month experience of the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises, and an apprenticeship as a spiritual direction cohort facilitator. She serves full-time as a spiritual director, transformational coach and retreat leader for pastors and ministry leaders through a non-profit called ReNew and her own private practice.

Dates:
September 18-19, 2020
November 13-14, 2020
January 8-9, 2021
February 26-27, 2021
April 16-17, 2021

John Grant

Lebanon, TN: John Grant

"In full-time ministry, it's difficult to care for your soul. You're always nurturing others, and few people watch out for you. Spiritual direction has been a lifeline, a safe place to grow as a leader and as a child of God." John Grant has received monthly spiritual direction since 2003 and completed two years of training with Lipscomb's ICS. He worked in congregational ministry with three churches over 25 years and now serves as Executive Director of Compassionate Hands, a network of 40 Wilson County churches caring for people experiencing homelessness.

Dates:
September 18-19, 2020
November 6-7, 2020
January 8-9, 2021
March 19-20, 2021
May 14-15, 2021

Chris Altrock

Memphis, TN: Chris Altrock & Grant Azbell

This year's Memphis cohort is being co-facilitated by Chris Altrock and Grant Azbell.

Chris Altrock is the author of seven books, including Newsworthy and Ten Minute Transformation. His formation includes formal training as a Spiritual Director (Lipscomb University), a nine-month experience of the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises, and degrees from Harding School of Theology (M.Div.; D.Min.). He has preached for the Highland Church of Christ in Memphis, TN since 1998.

Grant Azbell

Grant Azbell’s formation includes two years of spiritual direction training, nine months of Ignatian spiritual formation, training in Immanuel formational prayer, training in identity formation through Healing Care Ministries, and training in spiritual companionship on the doctoral level through Lipscomb University. Grant has sixteen years of full-time ministry experience and also teaches philosophy, logic and world religion at Northwest Community College. He holds a Master of Divinity from Harding School of Theology and is in the project/dissertation stage of his Doctorate of Ministry in missional theology and spiritual formation at Lipscomb University. Grant loves God and people. He is a practitioner as well as teacher and draws heavily from his ministry experience, his academic training, his spiritual direction training and experience to train first year directors.

Dates:
September 18-19, 2020
November 20-21, 2020
January 15-16, 2021
March 5-6, 2021
April 23-24, 2021

Lance Bolay

Tyler, TX: Lance Bolay

Lance served in pastoral ministry for 20 years before launching his own private practice in spiritual direction in 2017. He and his family live in Tyler, TX, where he is also the Director of Spiritual Integration for the Samaritan Counseling Center of East Texas. His formation includes two years of formal training in spiritual direction and an apprenticeship as a spiritual direction cohort facilitator through the Institute for Christian Spirituality. He also received formal training in contemplative leadership through the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation and received IEA-accredited training in the Enneagram through Motions of the Soul ©iEnneagram. He completed his D.Min. in Missional and Spiritual Formation from Lipscomb University.

Dates:
September 18-19 , 2020
November 6-7, 2020
January 15-16, 2021
March 5-6, 2021
April 16-17, 2021

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