Spiritual Leaders

Spiritual Leaders is a one-year, part-time program for people in various positions of leadership, spiritual formation and outreach ministries.  Priests, ministers, members of religious Orders, lay ecclesial ministers, community and spiritual leaders, chaplains, pastoral carers, and those in health and education – will especially find the program of benefit.  There is generally a limit of ten participants.

The Spiritual Leaders learning process supports the participant’s personal integration of the theory and practice of a contemplative and discerning approach to the spiritual and pastoral elements of leadership. The program is contemplative and experiential in its approach and enables participants to focus on growth in self-awareness and sensitivity to the movement of God’s Spirit in oneself, as well as in the person to whom one is ministering.

The Program includes individual and peer group supervision, written and oral verbatims, and the following seminar work:  the leadership exercised by Jesus, Christian prayer and mysticism, spiritual practices in world religions, the nature and source of interior movements, discernment of spirits and contemplative decision-making.

Attendance has generally been one half day per week – Friday mornings with individual supervision on Friday afternoons on a rotating basis and two Reflection Weekends.  Heart of Life is however exploring offering the program in a timetable of alternating Saturdays, and three-day intensives during school holiday breaks. We would be pleased to receive expressions of interest for this alternative mode of delivery as support for the Saturday/Intensives may warrant changing to this timetable.  Kindly send us your expressions of interest here.

Spiritual Leaders can be credited for 36 points toward the Diploma in Theology, the Bachelor of Theology or the Bachelor of Ministry.  Each of these courses of study may be undertaken at Yarra Theological Union, which is a College of the University of Divinity.  Fee-Help for tuition fees is available to qualifying students when studying for any of these awards.

Spiritual Leaders will not be offered in 2022.  We therefore invite applications for Spiritual Leaders 2023, the closing date for which is 30 November 2022.  Places in the program are limited, and so it is recommended that applications be submitted well in advance of this date.

Testimonials / Comments from Former Participants


As I embarked on the journey of learning about spiritual leadership, the year brought new opportunities, rewarding challenges and personal growth. The course was like finding a treasure in a field, whilst discovering treasures within me. It has been a journey of getting to know myself and the deepest parts of who I truly am. This has led me to desire a freedom to become more of who God has called and created me to be. I experienced a richness of God’s compassion for me and for those I care for and support in my ministry as a spiritual leader. I am now left with my heart seeking to find more hidden treasures within and a longing to help others discover the treasure they are in God. It was a great blessing for me to have had the opportunity to learn and grow through the Spiritual Leaders Program. I am truly grateful for all that I learnt from those gifted in teaching the course and from my fellow spiritual leaders.”– Nicky, VIC


The Spiritual Leaders program was one of the best things I have ever done. The depth with which we explored the course content, especially the verbatims and discernment processes, helped to deepen & affirm my own spiritual practices and hone my ability as a group facilitator of holistic meditation programs. The supervisors were quite awesome in their “soul mining” skills & abilities, and while at times very challenging, hauled up many treasures. This led, quite unexpectedly, to a deep personal healing along the way, which gave me a greater level of trust and confidence in myself, in God, and in the unfolding of life & love. It was a great honour to share this journey with spiritual companions who have been inspiring, courageous, accepting, compassionate and encouraging. A truly life changing experience for which I am deeply grateful.” – Marilyn, VIC


The experience that I acquired from the Spiritual Leaders course has had much more effect in my life and much more value than I can express in a sentence or two, or a full page. It is however to me a lifelong experience, which starts at the beginning of the course and never comes to an end, as it becomes part of my life. God bless you and keep up the good work.” – Gabby, VIC


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