Christian Formation and Direction Ministries [CFDM] was initially the ongoing ministry of Friends of the Bridegroom Ministries, founded in 1988 by Catherine Gregg and incorporated in California in 1996 as a non-profit organization to support her personal teaching and speaking ministry of prayer, intercession, and spiritual formation. In the year 2000, Catherine’s husband Douglas Gregg, a Presbyterian pastor, professor, and author, joined her in the work that became Christian Formation & Direction Ministries, with a renewed vision for the training and equipping of spiritual directors in the Western United States. Beginning in 2018, a transition in leadership of CFDM will have been accomplished. Currently there are five strong regional networks, or affiliates, of CFDM: CFDM-Arizona (this site), CFDM-Central California, CFDM-Los Angeles, CFDM-Nevada, and CFDM-Northwest, which have become entirely independent, with their own nonprofit or not-for-profit status.
CFDM Arizona began with Cohort 1 in 2011. Since that time, CFDM Arizona has graduated 4 Cohorts; we are currently taking applications for Cohort 5, which begins in October of 2018 (see Two Year Certificate in Spiritual Direction). We have offered two recent workshops: an all-day workshop on Celtic Spirituality and a weekend workshop on How to Discern the Will of God. All offerings are open to the community. A pilgrimage is currently planned to Iona, which will include Edinburgh and Lindisfarne. This pilgrimage is already full and has a wait list but there will be more pilgrimages in the future.
CFDM Arizona is a growing ministry, always seeking God’s direction and guidance. Our focus remains on training spiritual directors, providing on-going supervision for spiritual directors and creating programs that enhance spiritual growth.