Jan. 15 - April 15, 2023

Class Sessions on Thursdays at 2:30-4pm PT
12-Week Virtual Course - $375

Are you interested in learning how to walk alongside the children in your life? Together we will seek to understand the inner life of a child and their unique ways of spiritual engagement. In addition, we will learn how to have spiritual conversations with children that help them to recognize and respond to their encounters with God.

Through readings and experiences, adults will learn about the unique aspects of a child’s life with God and how to come alongside and support. Adults will gain information and insights around children’s spiritual formation and how meeting the child where they are with acceptance and encouragement opens the child to resiliency and a lifelong relationship with the Divine.

Course fee doesn't include course texts. Space is limited to 25 students.
Watch Intro Video

Listen in as Lacy shares a bit about what you can expect.

Through this Course, You will...

  • Learn the four elements of children’s spiritual formation.

  • Explore and understand the various dimensions of the person and how that impacts the spiritual lives of children.

  • Grow in your skills and posture to be a listening presence for children.

  • Explore and reflect upon your own childhood experiences of God in the presence of a trained spiritual director.

  • Engage in intentional child-like spiritual practices that are natural to children.

  • Describe, practice and implement the distinctive elements in the practice of listening with children.

Lead Guide

Instructor

Lacy Finn Borgo

Lacy Finn Borgo, DMin, teaches and provides spiritual direction for the Renovaré Institute, for the DMin. in Spiritual Direction at Fuller Theological Seminary, for Portland Seminary and for the Companioning Center. Lacy has a spiritual direction and supervision of spiritual directors ministry, and provides spiritual direction for children at Haven House, a transitional housing facility for homeless families. Her most recent book is Spiritual Conversation with Children: Listening to God Together. See her website GoodDirtMinistries.org for a list of her other publications. She is a member of the Renovaré ministry team. She holds a DMin. from George Fox Evangelical Seminary and is a graduate of the Renovaré Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation. She has a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from Portland Seminary. Her supervision training is from the Mercy Center in Burlingame, CA. Lacy lives on the Western Slope of the Rocky Mountains.

Assistant Guides

Instructor

Terra McDaniel

Terra is a spiritual director, pastor, teacher, and writer who loves making space for people of all ages to tune into the holy and their own souls. She received an MDiv with a concentration in spiritual formation from Portland Seminary. Terra and her husband live in Austin, Texas with their tiny rescue dog Edie. She’s thankful that their daughter, son-in-law, and grand-dogs are only a ten minute drive away. You can find her online on Facebook, Instagram, and at terramcdaniel.com.

Instructor

Kaisa Stenberg-Lee

Kaisa is a certified Christian spiritual director and workshop leader. She holds B.A. in Childhood Studies from University of Wales, Bangor and a Spiritual Director Certificate from Sustainable Faith. Kaisa is a Finland native, and before moving to the USA she served families as a pioneering member of a missions organization and on pastoral staff of a multicultural church in Amsterdam for nearly a decade. Currently Kaisa lives in sunny Denver where she offers spiritual direction to both children and adults. She also hosts creative contemplative retreats, writes prayer guides, and crafts handheld prayer tools. You can find her writings and tactile prayer tools on her spiritual direction practice website  at www.kutsucompanions.com. 

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the course!

    • A message from the instructor: Welcome to the Course!

    • How to use this course

    • Children's Spirituality: Listening to God Together Syllabus

    • Book List

  • 2

    Week One: Our Picture of God is Shaped in Childhood

    • Week One: Preparation

    • Week One: Practice

    • Zoom class meetings Thursdays 8-9:30am PT

  • 3

    Week Two: Spiritual Formation with Children: Four Elements

    • Week Two: Preparation

    • Week Two: Practice

    • Zoom class meetings Thursdays 8-9:30am PT

  • 4

    Week Three: Posture, Power and Patterns

    • Week Three: Preparation

    • Week Three: Practice

    • Zoom class meetings Thursdays 8-9:30am PT

  • 5

    Week Four: The Gift of Ears and Eyes

    • Week Four: Preparation

    • Week Four: Practice

    • Zoom class meetings Thursdays 8-9:30am PT

  • 6

    Week Five: The Language of Play and Projection

    • Week Five: Preparation

    • Week Five: Practice

    • Zoom class meetings Thursdays 8-9:30am PT

  • 7

    Week Six: Attending the Spirit

    • Week Six: Preparation

    • Week Six: Practice

    • Zoom class meetings Thursdays 8-9:30am PT

  • 8

    Week Seven: Recognize and Respond

    • Week Seven: Preparation

    • Week Seven: Practice

    • Zoom class meetings Thursdays 8-9:30am PT

  • 9

    Week Eight: Divinely Curious Questions

    • Week Eight: Preparation

    • Week Eight: Practice

    • Zoom class meetings Thursdays 8-9:30am PT

  • 10

    Week Nine: Whole Person Prayer

    • Week Nine: Preparation

    • Week Nine: Practice

    • Zoom class meetings Thursdays 8-9:30am PT

  • 11

    Week Ten: Loss, Suffering and Existential Questions

    • Week Ten: Preparation

    • Week Ten: Practice

    • Zoom class meetings Thursdays 8-9:30am PT

  • 12

    Week Eleven: Two Friends on an Expedition

    • Week Eleven: Preparation

    • Week Eleven: Practice

    • Zoom class meetings Thursdays 8-9:30am PT

  • 13

    Week Twelve: Mystery

    • Week Twelve: Preparation

    • Week Twelve: Practice

    • Zoom class meetings Thursdays 8-9:30am PT