Spiritual Accompaniment



An Introduction to the Ministry



April – September 2015


 Morley Retreat and Conference Centre

 Sponsored by the Derby Diocesan Spirituality Group

 About the Course

This is an ecumenical experiential course for both lay and ordained, exploring the basics of listening, teaching prayer, discernment and accompanying others in the Christian life.

Is this course for you?

  • Are you finding that people come to you for help in deepening their relationship with God?
  • Do you sense a call to the ministry of Spiritual Accompaniment?
  • Are you looking for somewhere to learn more about this ministry and test out a possible vocation?
  • Do others support and share your discernment in this? 

The approach and content

Each day will be structured around

  • Input and discussion on core themes of spiritual growth and accompaniment
  • Reflection time in small groups
  • Practical listening and discernment skills training
  • Times of creative prayer

By the end of the course you will have

 Explored the theology and practice of spiritual direction.

  • Explored the relationship between personality, temperament, ways of praying & Christian maturing & the task of applying these insights to the lives of others.
  • Developed further your skills in listening & discernment.
  • Grown in self-awareness and discernment on your own life journey as an essential precondition for traveling with others.

 The structure of the course

The course consists of 10 one-day sessions and one or two Quiet Days.

The day sessions run from 9.45 – 3.30.

Refreshments but not lunch are provided.

The dates are as follows:

  • April 16 and 30
  • May 7 and 21
  • June 4 and 18
  • July 2 and 16
  • September 10 and 24

 Please note:

Availability and commitment to attending all these dates are an essential precondition for joining the course.

 Meet the course leaders:

 Jill Willett is a Baptist Minister in the East Midlands Association, and a Prison Chaplain at HMP Leicester. She has been interested in spiritual accompaniment in the charismatic and catholic traditions for the last 18 years, and completed the Full Spiritual Exercises in 2011. She has been leading Quiet Days for a number of years, and is also a practising Spiritual Director.

Alan Harper is Chair of the Diocesan Spirituality Group.  He has been a parish priest and spiritual guide for 25 years, over that period he has explored a number of Spiritual traditions.  He has studied and practised meditation for a number of years and most recently has been working with the World Centre for Christian Meditation. 

 Glenn Martin has been involved in church ministry for over 40 years, firstly with the Church Army and as a Reader. He was also a Registered Psychiatric Nurse. He has been ordained for 28 years and served in parishes and NHS establishments as priest and chaplain. He was also Professional Development Officer for NHS Chaplains and spirituality in the NHS, based at the Regional office. Glenn has led over 30 retreats in Ignatian and IGR style and has been a Spiritual  Director for 15 years. He has led retreats at Launde Abbey and St Buenos in North Wales. Currently he is involved in individual Spiritual direction and Supervision for other directors.

Glenis Page held the Portfolio for Spiritual Direction in the diocese for 10 years and has been Secretary of the Diocesan Spirituality Group for 12 years. She has facilitated spirituality days around the diocese and organised many support days and retreats for Spiritual Directors/Companions. A practitioner herself, she has had a long-term interest in spiritual companionship and helped to lead the last two courses in the Diocese of Derby.

The cost of the course

The cost is £395 – a subsidised fee for Anglicans within the Diocese of Derby. Licensed clergy within the diocese may use their CME grant for the course. There are discretionary grants available on application to lay people. Please contact Eirene Palmer for details.

How to apply for the course

For any queries or application forms please contact:

Mrs Eirene Palmer, 19, Priory Way, Ripley, DE5 3TJ
01773 742064        eirene.palmer@googlemail.com

 or visit www.derby.anglican.org

 Closing date for applications is 28th February 2015.
 A maximum of 18 places are available on this course.