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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 2021- 2022 Year One cohorts

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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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The deadline to apply for our fall cohorts is Friday, July 30th. All applications received after this deadline are automatically archived and a new application is required to be considered for the following year.

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

Fall Year One Cohorts

2021- 2022 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 the key relationships officer for Preemptive Love, a global organization working to end war and care for those most impacted by it. 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.

August 20-21, 2021
November 5-6, 2021
January 21-22, 2022
March 4-5, 2022
April 22-23, 2022

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.

September 10-11, 2021
November 5-6, 2021
January 7-8, 2022
March 4-5, 2022
April 29–30, 2022

Grant Azbell

Memphis, TN: 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.

September 17-18, 2021
November 19-20, 2021
January 14-15, 2022
March 4-5, 2022
April 22-23, 2022

Lance Bolay

El Dorado, AR: 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 leading contemplative prayer groups and retreats from the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation, he is a certified teacher in the Enneagram Spectrum Method, and is experienced in inner healing prayer and Ignatian spiritual formation. He completed his Doctor of Ministry degree in Missional and Spiritual Formation from Lipscomb University.

September 17-18, 2021
November 12-13, 2021
January 14-15, 2022
March 4-5, 2022
May 13-14, 2022

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