The Art of Spiritual Direction

This unit builds on the dynamics of spiritual formation and provides the skills and practice necessary to consider taking the role of a spiritual director. The unit covers the basics of spiritual direction, an historical overview, healthy and unhealthy spirituality, effective listening and communication skills, discernment, stages and seasons of spiritual development, and ethics and supervision in spiritual direction.

Study Level



Christian Life and Ministry

Sub Discipline

Christian Spirituality

Credit Points



18 credit points from Spirituality (S) series units.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Examining spiritual direction as both a historical and relevant contemporary Christian ministry.
  2. Implementing learning on spiritual formation in the spiritual direction context.
  3. Demonstrating an engaging and skilful listening posture that empowers spiritual conversations.
  4. Identifying healthy and unhealthy responses when listening to the action of God in another’s spiritual life.
  5. Calculating ones suitability to engage in an ongoing ministry in spiritual direction.
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