Barbara McMillan is the current Coordinator of the Spiritual Directors' Formation Programme.
Barbara completed her spiritual director formation through Spiritual Growth Ministries’ programme in 1998/1999 and over the past several years has contributed to the Programme as a workshop facilitator and supervisor.
Barbara is particularly interested in assisting people to recognise and be open to responding to God in the midst of everyday life. She is a mother of four daughters, and is currently working towards her Masters Degree in Spiritual Theology from Regent College in Vancouver BC.
Barbara has a professional background in nursing and chaplaincy. Her love of mountains and gardening comes from growing up on the West Coast of the South Island, and spending her early married life sheep farming in Otago. She and her family have recently moved to Auckland
If you :
are interested in helping others grow in their relationship with God;
already have people approaching you to talk about their spiritual life;
sense God’s invitation to consider this area of ministry;
demonstrate in your own life and faith journey a commitment to spiritual growth and an awareness of the all-embracing love of God ...
then contact the Coordinator of the Spiritual Directors' Formation Programme:
(CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS for the 2013/2014 programme is SEPTEMBER 20th 2012, although late applications may be considered)
CONCLUSION OF THE PROGRAMME
A letter of completion and a certificate indicating that all course requirements have been met are awarded at the conclusion of the Programme.
Application may then be made for membership of the Association of Christian Spiritual Directors in Aotearoa New Zealand (ACSD). See the ACSD website for details.
Click here for a PDF document which has some further details regarding the Spiritual Directors' Formation Programme.
Established in 1988, SGM’s two year part-time programme offers comprehensive formation and training in both the theory and practice of spiritual direction.
From 2009 the programme entered an exciting new phase. We are making some changes to ensure that we continue to offer significant opportunities for personal spiritual growth alongside a comprehensive exploration of both the theory and practice of spiritual direction and spiritual companionship.
Our programme is open to mature people and aims to produce informed and competent spiritual directors and spiritual companions who may minister formally or informally in settings such as parishes, schools, chaplaincies, retreat centres, prisons, workplaces, small groups and community centres.
|Practical work includes the regular giving of spiritual direction under supervision, and is supported by reading and written assignments and attendance at regular workshops. These events deepen participants’ understanding of spiritual direction and spiritual companionship and offer plenty of opportunities to practice a wide range of relevant skills in a safe and supportive environment.||
Residential training week for 2012-2013 group
CONDITIONS FOR ADMISSION TO THE PROGRAMME
Participants are normally mature people with a grasp of the spiritual life, Scripture and theology, who will have:
experience of receiving spiritual direction and making directed retreats
a degree of wisdom based on life and faith experience
some understanding of human developmental psychology
some experience of being approached by others for help with their spiritual journey
Pre- or co-requisites for participation in the programme may include:
undertaking a counselling or skilled listening course
gaining familiarity with personality type theory e.g. through Myers-Briggs and Enneagram workshops
taking a workshop in Christian Dreamwork
attending a five-day silent, directed retreat
For some people a FOUNDATION YEAR will be suggested to enable adequate preparation before entry into the Formation Programme itself.
CONTENT OF THE PROGRAMME
The Programme's division into two independent parts - the theory and practice of spiritual direction - is intended to promote the growth of the participant both as a person and as a spiritual director.
This consists of eight modules with reading, study and reflection guides and written assignments (2 essays of approx. 1000 words per module):
An introduction to spiritual direction
The relationship between director and directee
Spiritual growth and its stages
Psychological aspects of spiritual direction
Reading and reviewing exercise
A special interest project (of up to 3000 - 3500 words)
Receiving spiritual direction from a trained spiritual director
The giving of spiritual direction throughout the formation programme
20 individual supervision sessions spread over the two years, including the presentation of verbatim and case studies
Attendance at all 10 workshops - PLEASE NOTE: trainees travel to the nearest of 3 locations - normally Auckland, Palmerston North and a South Island venue decided by the trainees' locations
Attendance at the week long residential programme, usually held in late July in Year 1
Attendance at the residential weekend, usually held in November/December of Year 2
COSTS (2013 intake)
It costs SGM $2,500.00 per person to offer this programme each year. If your employer or denomination is paying for this course, or you are in a position to pay more, the full yearly cost for fees is $2,500.00 (GST incl.):
Application Fee: $NZ50.00. Programme Fee: Each year (2 years) = $NZ2173.90 + $326.10 GST* = $2500.00
A subsidised fee is available from Spiritual Growth Ministries, made possible through the support of the Christian community in Aotearoa. The subsidised fees are:
Application Fee: $NZ50.00. Programme Fee: Each year (2 years) = $NZ1608.70 + $241.30 GST* = $1850.00
* GST = Goods and Services Tax, 15% at time of printing.
Options for payment include paying by monthly automatic payments or in 3 installments.
Supervision Fee: $60.00 approx. per session, according to supervisor's fee.
Please note that Year 2 fees are an estimate only. SGM reserves the right to increase them before Year 2 begins.
Additional costs include books, travel, residential workshops, personal spiritual direction and a five day retreat.