Faculty Program Overview

At West Coast Faculty Conference this year, we will explore themes of Christian hope and disappointment, with special focus on our academic journeys. We will study God's word for insight and experience connection, encouragement, and hope among believers and partners in the academy.

Here is a glimpse of what we have in mind:

  • Together, we will worship and be guided in various practices of prayer
  • Meet together with a small group
  • Sign up for an individual meeting with a spiritual director
  • Hear from faculty presenters
  • Attend optional seminars
  • Engage with art as directed by our Artist-in-Residence
  • At any time, take time and space to be alone with God on Westmont’s beautiful Santa Barbara campus
  • Commune together with old and new friends, our families, and colleagues around meal tables, art stations, the Westmont College swimming pool, and the beautiful Santa Barbara beaches

Guest Day Program

Our 2020 Guest Day Program will take place on Tuesday, July 28 from 9am-9pm. We invite faculty and their families to join us for one full day of our scheduled programming, including lunch and dinner. This program is fully included into our regular programs.

Cost:

$60/person by May 1st
$70/person after May 1st

Final deadline for Guest Program Registration: July 1, 2020.

2020 Program Schedule

The West Coast Faculty Conference 2020 will be held Monday, July 27- Friday, July 31 on the tranquil campus of Westmont College(link is external) in Santa Barbara, California.

Check back here for the schedule. In the meantime, please reference the travel page for start and end times.

Spiritual Direction

Spiritual Direction is the process by which a seasoned and trained spiritual director listens to and communicates with you in conversation and prayer to help you discern God’s activity in your life as you grow in grace.

Discerning God’s voice and activity in our lives can be challenging, especially in times of transition or difficulty.  Gordon Smith writes in his book Spiritual Direction: A Guide to Giving and Receiving Direction writes, “A spiritual director offers spiritual guidance and companionship to help us make sense of our faith journey, interpret with us the significant markers on the road, and encourage us, particularly through the more difficult transitions and valleys of our pilgrimage.  Most of all, a spiritual director helps us make sense of the witness of the Spirit – assisting us to respond well to the question, ‘How is God present to me and how is God, through the ministry of the Spirit, at work in my life?’”

A Spiritual Direction session is usually 50-60 minutes long where a director and directee have set-aside the hour to attend to God’s presence and activity in the directee’s life. It is always confidential.