Spiritual direction has played a role in Christian formation since Jesus sat at Martha and Mary’s kitchen table. People find themselves called to this path from many directions and many stages of life – young people still engaged in their M.Div. studies, retiring pastors, lay counselors, chaplains, retreat leaders, people called to serve LGBTQ+ people, interfaith leaders, those who identify as transreligious, evangelical, black church, Catholic laity – and more. Whatever path you have walked to get here, we welcome you as friends on a shared spiritual journey.
No program can certify another person as a spiritual guide. This program grants a certificate or diploma that indicates that you have undertaken serious study and practical training as a spiritual director or as a guide for individuals and communities seeking spiritual formation.
Our program emphasizes that spiritual guidance is founded in your personal commitment to your own spiritual formation and spiritual direction during and after your participation in our programs. Our courses offer sustained training in deep listening, theories of spiritual direction, professional issues, the art of discernment, and exploration of a variety of spiritual practices.
SFTS offers both a certificate and a diploma in spiritual direction and formation, with the difference being the number of classes and academic credits.