News from SGM ...

In light of some significant health issues, our Spiritual Directors' Formation Programme Coordinator Barbara McMillan is taking extended leave. In the interim, Andrew Pritchard, the Assistant Coordinator, has stepped into the role until Barbara returns.

As part of this temporary situation the SGM Workgroup has decided to postpone the next Year 1 intake until 2017.

There is a longer statement concerning this decision on the Formation Programme page.

(See also SGM News in the latest issue of Refresh).


From the latest issue of Refresh ...

"I drank tea with Osama Bin Laden in 1996, when I met him in Laghman province in Afghanistan. He seemed a serious and likeable man. Tea, like faith, is a connector, a healer and a leveler. I’m sure God made tea as a ritual and ceremony of peace ...

So why do tea drinkers kill? Why were we born?"

(Excerpt from an article by Bob McKerrow, "Faith and neighbours in storehouses of sorrow."


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 Summer 2015 issue is now available, on the ever pertinent question,  "Who is my neighbour?" 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 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

Barbara McMillan

Barbara McMillan
Formation Programme Coordinator

Andrew Pritchard

Andrew Pritchard
Assistant Formation
Programme Coordinator

Joanne Garton

Joanne Garton
SGM Administrator

Diane Gilliam-Weeks

Editor of Refresh