Turning 30!

This year marks 30+ years of Spiritual Growth Ministries' existence, including 25 years of forming spiritual directors.

Celebration events were held around New Zealand as people gathered to meet old friends, remember what has been, and to dream about what the future might hold for SGM.


From the latest issue of Refresh ...

"When I was a child, many days began with very little planned and grew into adventures as the hours passed. . . . In the same way today I’m finding joy in the wonder of a bloom, the scent of freesias, the sun on my back as I hang out the washing, noting the tide as I look south over the harbour – all blessings that address the healing of past events."  
(Alan Upson, p28)

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 2013-2014 issue is now available, with the theme "Meaning to live". 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 2014 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

Joanne Garton

Joanne Garton
SGM Administrator

Diane Gilliam-Weeks

Diane Gilliam-Weeks

Editor of Refresh