News from SGM ...

The former coordinator of the SGM Spiritual Directors' Formation Programme Barbara McMillan decided earlier this year that the time for her to step down. She now wants to devote more time to family, spiritual direction. We will miss her! Applications have been received for this role, and we hope it will not be long before an appointment is confirmed.

In the meantime, Andrew Pritchard is continuing as Acting Coordinator for the programme.

Applications for the Year 1 intake for 2017 should be in as soon as possible!


  From the latest issue of Refresh ...

"'Silence is the sacrament of the age to come,’ wrote Isaac, Bishop of Nineveh, in the 8th century. So, what if silence is the richest language of eternity? My heart sings in affirmation of the notion that before the presence of the Lord upon the throne, the deepest worship will not be the cacophony of sound, but the richness of silent adoration and presence! ‘Be still and know that I am God’ takes on deepest reality then."

(Andrew Dunn, "Thirsting for Silence")


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 directors.

    Details are available here.
  • We publish 'Refresh' - a journal of contemplative spirituality - usually twice each year. The Winter 2016 issue is now available, focusing on the theme of "SIlence." 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 Calendar for 2016 click here.

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

Some key people ...

Mike Wright

SGM Workgroup Convenor

Andrew Pritchard

Andrew Pritchard
Acting Formation
Programme Coordinator

Joanne Garton

Joanne Garton
SGM Administrator

Diane Gilliam-Weeks

Editor of Refresh


New Research Papers Available

Check out the interesting titles available in the list of research papers produced by those who have completed the Spiritual Directors' Formation Programme. New papers are added each year.