Spiritual Mentoring

Spiritual Mentoring is a ministry of equipping and walking alongside others in their deeper faith development. One of the greatest needs for Christian leaders today is to intentionally and regularly engage with a discerning mentor. A mentor may not know all the answers but can skilfully inspire and sustain the leader in healthy and enjoyable ministry.

Mentoring others into deeper intimacy with God

Building on the basic concepts of mentoring and spiritual direction training, this course specializes in training those who show an aptitude for spiritual discernment and are testing their calling to mentor others into deeper intimacy with God and subsequent spiritual health.

Spiritual Mentoring Training involves exploring:

  • Key principles of Spiritual Mentoring
  • How to develop your own unique style and model of Spiritual Mentoring
  • Skills involved in being attuned to God, self and others
  • How to deepen spiritual intimacy with God and guide spiritual formation in others
  • The nature of transformation and discernment as well as spiritual practices which promote formational change

About the facilitator

Sue Whiteley (MA – Christian Spirituality, TAE40110) is the Facilitator of Spiritual Mentoring with Churches of Christ in NSW. Previously the Associate Dean of Formation with ACOM, Sue conducts her own private practice as a Spiritual Director & Mentor to Christian leaders across Denominations around Australia and further afield. She is also active as a Retreat Leader & Conference Speaker in the area of Contemplative Christian Spirituality & Spiritual Leadership.

What You Need To Know


The Spiritual Mentoring Course is a 2-year commitment, with 3 retreats each year (of 4 days each). You need to attend all 6 retreats to complete the course. The group size is capped at around 10 people in order to meet accommodation requirements as well as allow deep community to form. You will journey with the same group for the 2 years of the course.


There is a financial commitment to each retreat. The cost for 2020-2021 is $370 per retreat. You will be invoiced approximately 2 weeks prior to each retreat.


Students who are or wish to study with the Australian College of Ministries can gain academic recognition for the practicum of these residentials at either undergraduate or postgraduate level upon completion of the entire course for up to four Spirituality units:

  • Spiritual Formation
  • Spiritual Mentoring
  • Introduction to Christian Spirituality
  • Discerning God’s Will Together

Please contact ACOM ([email protected]) to find out more information about the study component.

Take The Next Step

Deep community and personal growth

What a treasured experience of deep community and personal growth as I ventured on the spiritual mentoring journey. The residencies are life changing – you will grow in self-awareness and intimacy with God, whilst learning the value and skills of spiritual mentoring.

Spiritual Mentoring Participant

A whole new journey

An experience that has challenged my internal world and produces a blossoming of fresh new invigorating life to my external world. This course has opened up a whole new journey of intimacy with God and in turn influences the way I do relationship with those around me and to those He leads me to mentor.

Spiritual Mentoring Participant


Upcoming Events

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