In John 14:12 Jesus says, “whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” The Equip Course is designed to envision, equip and empower people to do the things that Jesus did — that is, “the works” that bring the presence and power of the kingdom into our world and into people’s lives today. As such, the Equip Course involves not only teaching, but training — “hands on” training designed to release people into participating in the ongoing ministry of Jesus.

Schools of Sustainable Faith

For almost a decade now, Sustainable Faith ( has been working toward a culture of sustainability in the vocational work of pastors and leaders. Originally based in a Convent in Norwood, Ohio (Cincinnati area) and under the leadership of Dave & Jody Nixon, Sustainable Faith hosts retreats, nurtures conversations, educates leaders, trains spiritual directors, and helps faith communities pursue an active life from a deep place.
The Schools of Sustainable Faith guide people to embrace the contemplative life. They help people honor sabbath and observe life-giving rhythms. They draw us toward healthy, embodied spiritual practices. They nurture self-awareness and vocational clarity. They launch kingdom enterprises.
Sustainable Faith currently (2015) has first and second year training groups in 24 American cities (including Phoenix) and the Netherlands. Our goals are to place qualified spiritual directors in local churches, grow the practice of group spiritual direction in churches, and make this a widely available form of pastoral care.


The School of Spiritual Direction (SOSD) serves one part of the larger mission of Sustainable Faith: to cultivate excellent pastoral care and deeper spiritual formation within the local church. We look forward to the day when spiritual direction is regarded as a normal and vital ministry of the local church, not something that’s hard to find or outsourced to more contemplative groups.