Deepen: train in spiritual companionship

Deepen is a two-year course of study offered jointly by Novo and Youth With A Mission. It is designed for individuals who desire to grow in their own spiritual lives as well as to nurture the spiritual lives of others in a cross-cultural setting. 

Deepen is designed to cultivate, among cross-cultural workers, the capacity and skills to come alongside and spiritually nurture one another in partnership with God. It is experiential training for those who desire personal, transformational growth and intimate relationship with the Lord as the foundation for ministering to others.

Grounded in multiple streams of Christian spirituality, the course offers a balanced learning environment blending spiritual formation with skills development through experiential, developmental and group activities. Deepen I and II include three residencies in Málaga, Spain, online small and large group meetings, other online components, and prescribed reading and reflections.

To apply to attend Year 1, please contact us or complete the form here.

Dates for deepen - years 1 & 2

Year 1: November 2024 - October 2025

Year 2: November 2025 - October 2026

Year 1- Spiritual Companionship

Deepen I will focus primarily on personal spiritual formation as well mutual spiritual companionship to be practised in personal relationships and through peer group direction. Additionally, attention will be paid to discerning gifting or calling to spiritual direction.

Topics include:

God in Our Stories

Making Space for Another Through Listening

Mutual Spiritual Companionship for Cross-cultural Workers

Crossing Cultures: Deepening through Disorientation


Consolation and Desolation


Chinks in the armor: Discerning the link between our inner-life and the external battle

Theology of Suffering

Spiritual Disciplines

Developing a Rule of Life

Year 2 – Spiritual Direction

“Spiritual direction is a prayer process in which a person seeking help in cultivating a deeper relationship with God meets with another for prayer and conversation that is focused on increasing awareness of God in the midst of life experiences and facilitating surrender to God’s will.” (David Benner, Sacred Companions)

Open to those who have completed the first year and have evidenced a giftedness or calling to spiritual direction, Deepen II will draw from various streams of Christian Spirituality. Participants will both train in and practice the art of spiritual direction, while continuing to attend to their own growth and relationship with God.

Topics include:

Spiritual Direction 101

Techniques of Spiritual Direction

Spiritual Health and Vitality for the Director

Practicum and Role-plays


Cross-cultural issues in Spiritual Direction

Streams of Christianity/Spirituality

History of Christian Spirituality

Developmental Spirituality and Prayer

Spiritual Temperaments

Psychological Issues in Spiritual Direction/When to Refer


Retreat direction