May 5 - June 2, 2022

Virtual Sessions on Alternate Thursdays, 3-4:30pm PT (5/5, 5/19, 6/2)

In this third and last course of the Forming as Soul Companions series, we will engage the topic of discernment. Many of us have questions about what to do next and how God is inviting us forward. Students will be able to bring a topic they are discerning as a way forward and will walk together in navigating the discernment process. Join Kathi to engage finding the way forward from here.


  • Required Book: Sacred Compass: The Way of Spiritual Discernment by Brent Bill

  • Required Book: Sleeping with Bread: What Gives You Life by Dennis Linn

Our Guide


Kathi Gatlin

Kathi Gatlin founded Boldly Loved and co-founded the Companioning Center to bring together her two greatest passions: spiritual formation and teaching. In this, she utilizes her DMin. in Leadership and Spiritual Formation from Portland Seminary and her M.Ed. earned through George Fox University. Her greatest joy is walking alongside others, individually and in groups, in their own spiritual journey, sharing ways of understanding God anew through contemplative prayer and teaching, and to see them grow in the depth of their own understanding of who God is and who they are in relationship with God. Kathi is a spiritual director, writer, spiritual formation group facilitator, retreat speaker, leadership mentor, and adjunct professor at George Fox University. For more information about Kathi, check out

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the course!

    • Group Covenant

  • 2

    Week One | Lives That Speak

    • Weekly Assignment

    • Discernment Portfolio

    • Zoom Chat: Thursday, May 5; 3-4:30pm PT

    • Examen Prayer Handout

  • 3

    Week Two | Listening & Testing for God's Promptings

    • Weekly Assignment

    • Learning Reflection Forum - Due May 12

    • Cultivating Foundational Discernment Skills

  • 4

    Week Three | What if... The Dark and Unexpected

    • Weekly Assignment

    • Learning Reflection Forum - Due May 19

    • Zoom Chat: Thursday, May 19; 3-4:30pm PT

  • 5

    Week Four | Traveling With and For Others

    • Weekly Assignment

    • Discerning a Call to Spiritual Direction Assignment Description

    • Learning Reflection Forum - Due May 26

  • 6

    Week Five | Final Reflection

    • Discerning a Call to Spiritual Direction - Due June 2

    • Zoom Chat: Thursday, June 2; 3-4:30pm PT