News from SGM ...

After 12 years in the position, Andrew Pritchard has decided that it's time to let of his role as SGM Convenor and his membership of the SGM Workgroup. While he says he's looking forward to now focusing on his other areas of work (and play) the rest of us on the Workgroup will greatly miss Andrew's wise facilitation of our meetings!

You can read more about this, and future directions for the Workgroup, in Andrew's 'SGM News' in the latest Refresh (p. 43). Fittingly the theme of this issue is "Letting Go".


From the latest issue of Refresh ...

Joy returns
after the quaking shaking breaking
not in great gushes
or bucket loads
but in gentle drops
like rain on newly sown carrot seeds
or tears of welcome over a new baby

Joy comes
just a glimpse
a glance
a sudden lifting of hope
like an old familiar friend
awaiting my return
even as I wait and long for her

(Barbara Sampson, p. 8)


Who are we?

Spiritual Growth Ministries is a network of people from diverse Christian traditions and experience who find depth and meaning through the whole Christian heritage of contemplative spirituality.

The Spiritual Growth Ministries Trust* aims to enable people to develop spiritual resources for their life and work by deepening their relationship with God in Jesus Christ through spiritual direction, formation of spiritual directors, retreats and other experiences of prayer.

Contemplative spirituality

What do we do?

We express our passionate interest in contemplative spirituality in three main ways:

  • We offer a two year, part-time Formation Programme for the training of Christian spiritual direction.

    Details are available here
  • We publish 'Refresh' - a journal of contemplative spirituality - usually twice each year. The Summer 2015 issue is now available, and reflects on the theme of  "Letting Go". Click here to read the new issue.
  • We produce an annual Calendar of retreats, quiet days and other events throughout New Zealand.
    To see the new Calendar for 2015 click here.

* Spiritual Growth Ministries is an incorporated trust registered with the Charities Commission on 17 June 2008 (CC 26037)

New special interest
papers available

Special interest papers written by spiritual directors in formation with SGM have just been added: click here to see all papers.


Some key people ...

Barbara McMillan

Barbara McMillan
Formation Programme Coordinator

Andrew Pritchard

Andrew Pritchard
SGM Workgroup Convenor
(retiring 2015)

Joanne Garton

Joanne Garton
SGM Administrator

Diane Gilliam-Weeks

Editor of Refresh