Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Direction


The Certificate in Spiritual Direction is a two-year, 12-credit program which prepares qualified spiritual directors for evangelical contexts and beyond—women and men with deep understanding of the Christian tradition of soul care who can assist others on the journey toward restoration and ongoing transformation into the image of Christ.

Students receive spiritual direction training that is deeply rooted in biblical, theological, historical, and cultural inquiry, honing their skills through a unique process which integrates head, heart, and hands. They work one-on-one with a spiritual director, practice direction themselves as interns, and participate in both peer and individual supervision.

They also encounter the texts and traditions of the Christian faith, examining personal and corporate spiritual practices through which God works to transform lives and foster faithful growth in maturity and wisdom. Graduates may practice as spiritual directors, retreat and workshop facilitators, or in service to congregations in the areas of individual and group direction, prayer, and other areas of Christian spiritual formation.

All of these courses transfer directly into our Masters in Spiritual Formation and Direction, if you desire more training.

Membership: Evangelical Seminary is a member of the Evangelical Spiritual Directors Association (ESDA).

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