SCHOOL OF SPIRITUAL LEADERSHIP
For those wishing to progress beyond individual self-development classes, we offer Instructor Training and Ministerial and Leadership studies through our SCHOOL OF SPIRITUAL LEADERSHIP.
Entry to our comprehensive Instructor (Practitioner) Training course first requires the successful completion of 162 hours of classroom instruction. Additionally, there are several reading assignments. Mandatory courses are:
PHILOSOPHY AND THEORY (90 hours)
Introduction to New Thought (36 hours)
Treatment and Meditation (30 hours)
Thomas Troward – the Edinburgh Lectures (24 hours)
PRACTICAL APPLICATION (72 hours)
Successful Living (24 hours)
Financial Freedom (24 hours)
You Can Heal Your Life – The Mind-Body Connection (24 hours)
Self-Reliance (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
Spiritual Economics (Eric Butterworth)
The Essential Ernest Holmes (Jesse Jennings)
The Art of Meditation (Joel Goldsmith)
The Instructor Training is for 48 weeks over an 18-month period. Areas of instruction are covered by six Practitioner Modules which include:
Exploring Individual Creation.
Cause and Effect.
Investigating Early Influences.
Addictions and their influences.
Exploring individual mind and its influences .
Using the creative process.
Choosing spiritual principles.
Creative mind and success.
The power of prayer.
The power of faith.
The power of love.
The sacredness of life.
Living in the light.
Living in freedom.
Living through change.
Living a life of trust.
Spiritual being/human experience.
The essentials of counselling.
The consciousness that heals.
Healing concerns and case histories related to health, prosperity, relationships, career and work, death and dying.
Practice, practice, practice.
Ethics and the consciousness of a practitioner.
Visioning and individual goals.
MINISTERIAL and LEADERSHIP STUDIES
Ministerial and Leadership studies may commence after the completion of two years of successful Practitioner activities and community support.
Training includes a combination of coursework and EMERSON GLOBAL Centre-related activities. Required coursework involves a total of 27 classes plus 120 hours of Internship for a total of 525 hours as below:
COMPARATIVE RELIGIONS (30 hours)
Mainstream/Western — Christianity, Judaism, Islam.
Mainstream/Eastern — Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism.
Unconventional — Jainism, Baha’i, Sikhism, Confucianism.
METAPHYSICAL BIBLE INTERPRETATION (45 hours)
Both the Old and New Testaments with emphasis on prophecies, historical textural accuracies, geological discoveries and spiritual relevance.
REBELLIOUS ROOTS OF NEW THOUGHT (30 hours)
Transcendentalism: Emerson et al; Quimby, Troward, Hopkins, Christian Science, Divine Science, Unity, Religious Science.
CONSCIOUSNESS AS SOLE AUTHORITY (30 hours)
Meditation, First Cause, Secondary Causation, Demonstration, Understanding Spiritual Laws, Faith, Healing, Abundance/ Opulence/Extravagance; Giving/Receiving, Grace and Graciousness.
EMERGING SCIENCE AND SPIRITUALITY (15 hours)
Cosmology — Who are we? Where did we come from? Why are we here?
MYSTICAL SOUL (45 hours)
Ancient Wisdom — Gnosticism, Essenes, Greek Philosophy.
Mysticism — Kabbalah, Sufism, Christian Mystics.
Indigenous Spiritualties — Native American/Shamanism, Celtic, Nordic, African, Pacific/Asian, Aboriginal.
Mythology — Gods and Goddesses, Archetypes/Tarot.
A Course in Miracles.
DELIVERING THE MESSAGE (105 hours)
Homiletics, curriculum development, teaching/training/facilitation, NLP in group settings.
OPERATIONS AND ADMINISTRATION OF MINISTRY (30 hours)
Licensing, ethics, boards/leadership, congregants/participants/ volunteers, programs, outreach, music, finances/bookkeeping, fundraising, stewardship.
CEREMONIAL/RITUAL (30 hours)
Traditional holidays, rites of passage, weddings, funerals/memorials, blessings/christenings, etiquette as visiting clergy.
PASTORAL CARE/COUNSELLING (45 hours)
Death and dying, hospice, illness, addictions, support groups, life/marriage coaching, reframing/revealing, NLP rapport building skills.
INTERNSHIP (120 hours)
Internships are concurrent program efforts, appropriately focused on the Centre’s activities or community outreach programs.
(A detailed student-specific study program is developed for each individual ministerial and leadership applicant.)