Gateways to God- Opening Doors through Spiritual Direction

A two-year Certificate Program in Missional Spiritual Direction

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How to apply

To apply, follow the steps below. 

1) Pay your application fee by clicking the box below.  This will guide you to a check out page. 

2) Please make sure you have listed your contact information – name, address, phone number, email address –  on the top of this application.

3) Submit a spiritual autobiography reflecting on the guidance questions below (no more than 3-4 pages, double spaced).  Please include your name, address, email and phone number at the top of your autobiography.  The questions are designed to help you in your own discernment and sense of readiness for training in personal spiritual formation and companioning others. 

Guidance Questions:

A. Describe your earliest religious/spiritual experiences.
B. Who or what are the persons, books, and experiences which have influenced your life and faith    journey.
C. Explain how your experience and understanding of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit has developed and grown. Who or what is the Divine for you now?
D. Describe how your relationship with God and walk of discipleship is nurtured and fed.
E. What experience do you have offering or receiving spiritual direction or companioning?
F. What draws you to the ministry of spiritual direction and, in particular, the ministry of missional spiritual direction?
G. Describe the ways in which you are presently ministering (lay, religious or clergy setting).

4)  Provide references from two people.  For laity one recommendation would be from your pastor and the other from someone who knows of your readiness, maturity, and interest in spiritual direction.  For clergy or religious, please supply two recommendations from those who know of your readiness, maturity, and interest in spiritual direction. One recommendation should be from someone in a church/other setting in which you have served.  Please have your references email their letters directly to Rev. Beth Garnaas-Holmes at  

5.)Email your autobiography to Rev. Beth Garnaas-Holmes at


*Application Fee (non-refundable) ($100)

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The application deadline is January 15, 2019.  Early application is encouraged, as admission is on a rolling basis. Please note that space is limited. Once the class fills, we will no longer receive applications  Once accepted, you will receive information about registering for room and board at the Ridge, and about the fee payment schedule.  Accepting your place in the program implies accepting payment of all fees.  Limited scholarships are available.  Should you need financial assistance, please contact Beth Garnaas-Holmes, Gateways Director, after being accepted at

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