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Larry Crabb

Applying to Attend
the School of Spiritual Direction


  your own spiritual journey has moved you from “recipe theology” and “formula living” into the mystery of dependence on the Holy Spirit,


  you sense a longing to know God as your supreme treasure and joy,


  you are drawn, not to fixing problems, but to the adventure of discerning the Spirit’s movement through both hardships and blessings toward spiritual formation, and


  you feel a quiet compelling desire to join others, in the role of companion and guide, on their journey through life’s realities into the experience of Trinitarian life,


  I invite you to apply for one of the following Basic Course sessions:

2019 SSD Dates

April 24–May 1 (Wed.–Wed.)
The Cove, Asheville, North Carolina
This event is completed

June 14–21 (Fri.–Fri.)
The Cove, Asheville, North Carolina
This event is completed

September 9–16 (Mon.–Mon.)
The Cove, Asheville, North Carolina
Accepting applications now


General Information

The week begins with the 6:00pm evening meal the first day and ends at 10:30am the last day. All sessions (unless noted) will be held at The Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville, NC. The Cove has arranged a remarkably reasonable rate for us which includes lodging, meals and snacks. Please note that all lodging must be onsite with no exceptions. The week is intense requiring your full focus from early morning until late evening.

the Cove conference center
The Cove

The Cove:  If you plan to fly in, the Ashville airport is about 20 minutes away. Charlotte International Airport is about 2 ½ hours away. Transportation to and from either airport will be the responsibility of each student.

Class Size

Class size is limited to 30 students. Again, we urge you to apply as soon as possible to insure space is available in the week of your choice.

Qualifications for Application:

  1. You must resonate with the four “IF’s” listed above.
  2. You must be 30 years of age or older (no upper age limit).
  3. You must read Becoming a True Spiritual Community, Shattered Dreams, and The Pressure's Off and be in general sympathy with (defined as no clear opposition to) the point of view expressed in these books. SoulTalk and Real Church are recommended readings, but not required. These five books reflect NewWay Ministries' philosophy.
  4. You must be willing to meaningfully open yourself to the Spirit’s work in a week of intensive training.
  5. You need NO PRIOR TRAINING in spiritual direction, discipling, counseling, therapy, or theology. However, those with such training are more than welcome. The training will, we believe, prove highly beneficial (and perhaps paradigm-changing) to those already involved in intensive personal conversations, whether as disciplers, therapists, counselors, pastors, small group leaders, or just good friends.
  6. You must see yourself as desiring relational ministry at the level of soul care, and you must have reason to believe you are called to such a ministry, either at the lay, informal level or at a more professional level.

Procedure for Application (3 steps):

  1. Write a letter (2-3 typed pages) answering three questions:
    • What makes you interested in a week of training in spiritual direction?
    • How has your own spiritual journey prepared you for guiding others into spiritual formation?
    • How do you think you might be able to use this training in your own community?
  2. Include two letters (each no more than one page typed) from close friends and/or spiritual leaders who know you well and are willing to relate what it is about you that makes you suited for the work of spiritual direction.  Each letter MUST include contact information (preferably an email address; if not available, then a mailing address and phone number). Please do not solicit letters from people who will be coming to the School with you.
  3. Complete the application form below; either mail or email the completed application along with the above information. (PDF fill-in Application Form INSTRUCTIONS)
    PLEASE NOTE THAT the application, 3 questions and 2 references CAN BE EMAILED SEPERATELY IF NEEDED (or directly from your references).

Cost of Tuition and Lodging

2019 - $2,265 per person/double occupancy; includes all meals and snacks.

A limited number of single rooms are available for an additional $325.00.
Airfare and ground transportation are arranged for and paid for by the student, to and from either property.


A non-refundable application fee of $100.00 must accompany each application; fee will be applied against tuition and lodging costs. (Please send a check via USPS or complete the downloadable credit card authorization form and return via fax or email.)

Download credit card authorization form

Application fee (due with each application):

U.S. Conferences 2019: $100.00

Once your application is approved, the below amount must be received:

Total due three months before course begins:

U.S. Conferences 2019: $1150.00

Please send a check via USPS or complete the downloadable credit card authorization form and return via fax or email.

Download credit card authorization form

Total due six weeks before course begins:

U.S. Conferences 2019: $1015.00

Please send a check via USPS or complete the downloadable credit card authorization form and return via fax or email.

Download credit card authorization form

SSD Tuition Assistance

Some tuition assistance is available. Assistance resources are limited. More information is available here.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation up to 61 days prior to the session you are scheduled to attend will result in a partial refund of $1015 US. If your space can be filled, $1150 US will be refunded after complete payment is received from the new student.

Academic Credit

Colorado Christian University offers 4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for this training. Cost for these CEU's is $35.00. Forms available at the school.

Next—DOWNLOAD the PDF Application Form (fill in electronically):

School of Spiritual Direction Application Form 2019

PDF fill-in Application Form INSTRUCTIONS

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