Charis Spiritual Director Program Open for Applicants

Date Posted: 1/15/2020

Grounded in Wesleyan spirituality, the three-year Charis program encompasses discernment and self-discovery, spiritual formation, the historical sweep of Christian spirituality, a wide range of experiential prayer practices, and culminates in a practicum in spiritual direction. Training encompasses 450 class hours, including six three-day retreats at Lakeview Conference Center and 24 Saturday training days hosted at a United Methodist church which accommodates the regional demographics of the class.
 
The Charis program is seeking laypersons and clergy who sense a calling to companion others on the spiritual journey to apply for Charis Class 6, which will begin training in the fall of 2020. The deadline to request a Class 6 application is March 1, 2020.
 
To discuss the training and/or to request an application packet please contact Becky Oates, Charis Program Director at havenofrest@earthlink.net or 979-690-9193.
 
As Charis seeks new class members, pastors can help by identifying potential spiritual directors, noticing those who have the inclination to be good listeners and encouraging them to share that gift with others. A requirement of the Charis program is that every class member meet regularly with a trained spiritual director so it’s helpful to establish such a relationship while in discernment. One can best understand what spiritual direction is by having a spiritual director.
 
To learn more about the Charis program and to see a list of available spiritual directors, visit http://www.charis-txcumc.org
 
For help in locating a spiritual director, contact the Reverend Cindy Serio, Coordinator of The Gathered Community of Spiritual Directors at 832-330-3973 or mailto:cserio@m-sfm.org.
 
The Charis program is represented on the Faith Forming Relationships & Spiritual Formation Committee, TAC’s Center for Congregational Excellence. The Reverend Glynden Bode, chair of the Charis board, says that Charis maintains relationships with Hearts on Fire, the Fellowship of United Methodist Spiritual Directors and Retreat Leaders (http://www.fumsdrl.org) and with Spiritual Directors International (www.sdiworld.org). These connections enable us to draw upon the wisdom of other experienced spiritual directors and training programs throughout the Methodist church and the greater community of believers.