Kavanna House has learned much about creating and growing a spiritual formation center since our founding in 2011. We now regularly receive inquiries from individuals and organizations who feel called to explore similar work. Kavanna House is committed to helping those who have a need or an interest in learning more about how we do what we do.
As a small organization with a gifted, but small, team, we have formalized our consultation services to enable us to offer the best possible support within our existing capacities. The process for securing consultation services from Kavanna House is outlined below.
- Initial Intake Discussion: An initial 30 minute discussion (in person, by phone or Skype) is complementary. This time should be used to outline desires for the relationship and timeframe. Completion of a Preparation Questions for Complimentary Consultation form prior to this appointment is required.
Initial consultation sessions will not include the sharing of any printed materials or guidelines from Kavanna House. Subsequent consultation sessions may include some printed materials or guidelines pursuant to Kavanna House policies on the use of materials by outside groups.
At the end of the complimentary session, Kavanna House will engage in a period of discernment with you to determine if the consultation relationship will continue. If continued, there are two types of consultation relationships offered. The fee structures for each will be independently discussed with potential clients.
Work Hour Retainer Agreement:
- A defined fee per work hour for subsequent consulting sessions and necessary preparatory work by Kavanna House
- All clients will be electronically invoiced with payment expected upon receipt
- Most suitable for first time clients of Kavanna House who have defined projects with specific benchmarks and deadlines (i.e., development of a course, establishing a center)
Access Retainer Agreement:
- A monthly fee for access to Kavanna staff for response to emails and/or phone calls which require no preparatory work for response; if preparatory work is needed, then work hour retainer fees will be incurred in minimum 15 minute increments
- All clients will be electronically invoiced monthly with payment expected upon receipt
- Most suitable for ongoing relationships where questions and support are less frequent but often time sensitive
Available Consultation Subjects/Focuses:
- Setting up a Spiritual Formation Center
We often get questions about how we started Kavanna House. Consultation would revolve around helping you identify who you want to work with, what offerings you might provide, how you could structure a fee service, etc. It would not include any access to Kavanna House curriculum. Suggestions for potential sources of curriculum materials can be made.
- How to Structure Spiritual Formation Groups in your Church
For churches that are looking for a way to introduce spiritual formation into their church community, Kavanna House suggests starting with a spiritual formation group. We can help you form this specific kind of group by offering some guidelines around the how, what, when, where and who and also offer you a unique group model to distinguish it from the normal small group/Bible study interaction. Spiritual formation groups are a lovely way to begin to familiarize people to a deeper spiritual transformation and help people engage the material with their hearts rather than from an intellectual posture.
- How to Start a Spiritual Friendship Group
A spiritual friendship group would be a helpful process for those who are already familiar with spiritual formation. It consists of three individuals sharing with each other where they are noticing God in their everyday lives. Kavanna House will help you discern how to choose the appropriate people, how to structure the group and how to ask spiritually formative questions.
- Peer Supervision Groups
We offer Peer Supervision Groups for spiritual directors at Kavanna House, as we feel all spiritual directors need to be in some form of supervision. We can provide consultation on how we structure these groups and what it might look like to have your own supervision group for spiritual directors.
- The Critical Journey (for individuals only)
Kavanna House uses The Critical Journey (a book about how we grow spiritually, written by Janet Hagberg and Robert Guelich) as an essential part of the framework guiding our work. We teach people about the six stages and help them discern where they might be in their own journey, which can be particularly helpful especially when people find themselves in Stage Four and The Wall. Examining your spiritual history and where you presently find yourself, in light of The Critical Journey, can help you make sense of your journey and can help clarify issues of discernment.
We all find ourselves in places where we are trying to discern between two choices -- a change in vocation or calling, or a major move. How do we do this? It’s more than just coming up with a pros and cons list. It includes considerations of your current image of God, how deeply you trust God and your ability to hear God’s voice. And ultimately it requires that you find the courage to move, into the decision. Through some practical and concrete steps, we can help you work through a process of discernment.
- How to Develop a Discerning Board
The Kavanna House Board of Directors uses a discernment process to engage all major decisions. It is a unique and refreshing process. Instead of relying on our own wisdom and skill, we follow a model that helps us learn to listen to God’s leading. We can help you with understanding if this type of board would be a good fit for you and your organization and offer you some guidance on how this type of board works. And, if you are just beginning to think about pulling a board together, we can assist you in determining who you might want to participate on your board and how to structure it. Our board’s discernment process has been shaped by the process outlined in Ruth Haley Barton’s book, Discerning God’s Will Together.
- Spiritual Mentoring (for individuals only)
Often times, we just need someone to listen, someone to bounce ideas off of or someone to offer some gentle guidance. Whether you are seeking guidance in your own life about major decisions or forging a new path, or if you might be the leader of an organization and are looking for ways to be more intentional about how you lead, then spiritual mentoring might be for you. Spiritual mentoring is different than spiritual direction. In a spiritual direction relationship, the focus is on noticing the movement of God in your life. A spiritual director will ask open-ended questions, allowing space for the Holy Spirit to illuminate the presence of God and God’s leading. Spiritual mentoring is a relationship where the mentor listens, asks questions and may offer guidance or advice, often providing practical steps towards whatever the mentor and the mentee together discern is the way forward.