Spiritual Direction for Ministry Leaders

Disciple making is the critical issue facing the church today. A Doctor of Ministry in Spiritual Direction equips Christian leaders to guide communities in becoming mature disciples of Jesus Christ.

Spiritual direction provides a classic approach to deepening discipleship in Christian communities. As Christian leaders, spiritual direction in your ministry context begins with you; only then can you guide the entire faith family into a life of mature discipleship. As you travel through the D.Min. program together, the cohort itself will serve as a formation model for you as seasoned pastors and ministry leaders.

Guest speakers include Jonathan Powers and Steve O’Malley.

As you complete your degree, you will:

  • Appreciate the vibrant historical Christian tradition of community spiritual direction.
  • Integrate the practices of the Christian tradition into personal daily formation.
  • Apply the wisdom of community spiritual direction in your ministry context to create mature disciples of Jesus Christ.

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Spiritual Direction for Ministry Leaders Cohort Degree Plan

Sample Cohort Syllabi

DM910A Core Course Habits that Sustain Ministry 2 credit hours
DM910B Core Course Habits that Sustain Ministry 2 credit hours
DM911A Core Course Discovering God’s Missional Heart 2 credit hours
DM911B Core Course Discovering God’s Missional Heart 2 credit hours
DM(SDL)915A Seminar I Biblical and Theological Foundations of Community Spiritual Direction 2 credit hours
DM(SDL)915B Seminar I Biblical and Theological Foundations of Community Spiritual Direction 2 credit hours
DM(SDL)916A Seminar II Formational Tradition of Community Spiritual Direction 2 credit hours
DM(SDL)916B Seminar II Formational Tradition of Community Spiritual Direction 2 credit hours
DM(SDL)917A Seminar III An Introduction to the Art & Discipline of Individual Spiritual Direction 2 credit hours
DM(SDL)917B Seminar III An Introduction to the Art & Discipline of Individual Spiritual Direction 2 credit hours
DM(SDL)918A Seminar IV Case Studies in Spiritual Leadership for Renewal 2 credit hours
DM(SDL)918B Seminar IV Case Studies in Spiritual Leadership for Renewal 2 credit hours

Faculty

Tammie Grimm, Ph.D. serves as Assistant Professor of Congregational Formation & Christian Ministry in Indiana Wesleyan University’s School of Theology and Ministry. An ordained deacon in the North Carolina Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, Tammie thought she would teach high school chemistry and physics in her native state of New Jersey until her retirement, but God opened other doors. Tammie has served in a variety of congregational settings from small rural churches, to mid-sized and large suburban settings in New Jersey, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Virginia. Tammie has been engaged in missional discipleship through the Inspire Movement, serving in Chesterfield, England.

Rev. Dr. Michael C. Voigts serves as an Associate Professor of Spiritual Formation at Asbury Seminary. Before coming to Asbury, he spent more than 25 years in pastoral ministry in Texas and Kentucky. His academic areas of expertise include Medieval Christian spirituality, Christian spiritual direction, and pastoral leadership. Mike is the author of Letters of Ascent: Spiritual Direction in the Letters of Bernard of Clairvaux (Wipf & Stock, 2013), as well as several academic and pastoral articles.

Mike received a B.A. from Baylor University, an M.Div. and D.Min. from Asbury Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from Brunel University in London, England. Mike is a member of the Lay Cistercians of Gethsemani Abbey, where he is involved in the formation of new members and in the leadership of monthly meetings.

Mike and his wife Sheryl have two grown children and a rambunctious Yorkshire Terrier named Gracie. He is an avid sports fan and reads The Lord of the Rings each January.

Angela Reed, Ph.D. came to Truett in Fall 2010 from Princeton Theological Seminary where she completed a Ph.D. in Practical Theology. She teaches on various aspects of Christian spiritual formation, discipleship, and pastoral care, and she leads a two-year training program in spiritual direction. Dr. Reed has engaged in research and writing on a variety of topics, including spiritual direction and prayer in congregations, assessing spiritual formation in seminaries, pastoral care and mental health. Her most recent book, Spiritual Companioning: A Guide to Protestant Theology and Practice received the 2016 Dallas Willard Center book award.