This past Sunday, 13 persons completed North Alabama's first Spiritual Direction Certification Process sponsored by Perkins School of Theology in partnership with the Conference's Board of Ordained Ministry. The coursework took place over a two year period at Sumatanga Camp and Conference Center. (Find more information at www.smu.edu/Perkins/PublicPrograms/CSD/CSDCoreCourses.)
As a result of these two years of classes, coursework and mentoring, participants not only grew spiritually themselves, but also further developed their skills in assisting others in journeying as Christ-followers. North Alabama Conference participants included Jeff Armbrester, Patsy Carlberg, Patsy-Coe Densmore, Shirleen Harvey and Deanna Shotts.
Spiritual direction is an important component in developing spiritual leaders. I am speaking from first-hand experience as I have been blessed with an extraordinary spiritual director for the past several years. I was first introduced to her when attending a powerful and engaging retreat she led on prayer. Later when I was considering a major life decision I asked her to journey with me in a year of spiritual discernment about my future. One year led to another and then another. Now, seven years later, conversations with my spiritual director are a part of the regular rhythm of my spiritual journey. My spiritual life is richer and deeper because of the spiritual direction that she provides.
The next Spiritual Direction Certification Process offered in North Alabama will be launched in late October 2017 with an application deadline of October 1. If you are interested in a spiritual director or in participating in the Fall 2017 Spiritual Direction Certification Process, contact Rev. Denise Mullaney at 205-516-7606 or Rev. Mike Densmore at 256-749-9355. By so doing you will grow in your own spiritual leadership and further equip yourself to assist others on their journeys with Christ. What a great way to participate in our Conference focus on discovering, developing and deploying spiritual leaders!
As always it is a privilege to serve as your bishop.
North Alabama Conference