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Spiritual direction is a ministry of listening, discernment and prayer that presents a vision of life with the expectation of finding God in all things. While Latinx ministry leaders in the Evangelical Covenant Church (“Covenant”) have gained increased exposure to this ministry, it remains limited among some ethnic/cultural groups. As such, this doctoral project proposes the creation of a bilingual spiritual direction certification program at Centro Hispanos de Estudios Teológicos (CHET) to train Latinx ministry leaders serving the broader Latinx community.

The approach to this proposed program would encompass bridging historically divergent streams of Christian spirituality utilizing Richard Foster’s Streams of Living Water as a model for integration. It would maintain a theological foundation consistent with the beliefs and values of the Covenant, embracing a Christocentric approach while partnering with the denomination’s long-standing spiritual direction program at North Park Theological Seminary. It would build upon CHET’s current academic programs and its historically robust emphasis on spiritual formation, targeting the 1.5 and second generation students and alumni who have been exposed to various formation models and therefore have some paradigm for the benefits of spiritual direction.

Contextualization would be key, intentionally utilizing a mix of Latinx authors coupled with quality resources common to spiritual direction training programs, providing a healthy mix of Protestant as well as Catholic authors. The approach would tap the spiritual strengths of Latinx ministry leaders, exploring Pentecostalism and charismatic theology, identifying the work of the Holy Spirit within the contemplative stream and build upon the strong communal values within the Latinx community. The goal would ultimately be a holistic approach to spiritual direction uniquely accessible and contextualized to the complexities of the Latinx community.

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Doctor of Ministry

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Barsotti, Catherine

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English; Spanish


certification, contemplative, discernment, formation, Hispanic, Ignatian Spirituality, Latinx, spiritual direction


Biblical Studies | Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Curriculum and Instruction | Practical Theology | Religious Education


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