Spiritual Direction Training and Support

ESDA is pleased to offer the following organizations as helpful resources in the area of spiritual direction and spiritual formation.

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The Leadership Institute’s School of Spiritual Direction

By learning the lifestyle rhythms of Jesus first through our Journey process, our spiritual direction training process is unique and deeply transformative. Our formal spiritual direction training is enhanced by the student bringing into the training a lifestyle already deeply rooted in the rhythms of Jesus. In addition to training spiritual directors in a cognitive learning style, our prayerful goal is to also provide opportunities for lifestyle transformation that result in an abiding life with Jesus that flows into and empowers the ministry of the spiritual director.

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The Journey with The Leadership Institute

The Journey is more than a two-year retreat-based training process, it is a catalyst for holistic life and leadership transformation. The Journey was created to refresh and inspire leaders who listen to God, follow Jesus’ rhythms of life and lead from the overflow. We invite you to benefit from a seasoned training process that has matured for nearly 30 years.By integrating spiritual formation and leadership development, the Journey cares for leaders at every level.

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Unhurried Living

Unhurried Living inspires Christian leaders around the world to rest deeper so they can live fuller and lead better.  We provide content and training that helps people lead from fullness rather than leading on empty.  In our online courses, we will mentor you through practices that will help you rediscover the genius of Jesus’ unhurried way of life and leadership.

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Moody Spiritual Formation Program

This cohort-style program integrates emotional and spiritual development to assist individuals to radically and holistically deepen their relationship with Christ and be inwardly conformed to His image. They offer a one-year Spiritual Formation Certificate, which can be followed by a second year Advanced Spiritual Formation Certificate or a Certificate in Spiritual Direction. Each year is comprised of 4 weekend retreats, located in Mundelein, IL.

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HCM International’s Spiritual Formation

Certificate Program in Spiritual Formation & the Art of Spiritual Direction

This certificate program in Spiritual Formation and the Art of Spiritual Direction provides participants with the contemplative experiences, knowledge, and wisdom necessary to deepen their awareness of God, self, and others. A series of four residencies and two praxes form the core of this two-year training experience with faculty guidance and peer interaction between residencies using virtual formats.

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Biola University’s Institute for Spiritual Formation

A Christian, evangelical, academic community within Biola University and Talbot School of Theology. Located in Southern California they offer an MA in Spiritual Formation and Soul Care, an MA and an MDiv with an emphasis in Spiritual Formation, and a Certificate in Spiritual Formation, and are dedicated to deepening the life of prayer and openness of the heart to God.

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Christos Center for Spiritual Formation

Located near St. Paul, Minnesota, Christos is an ecumenical program that trains students of all Christian denominations though their two-year program: Tending the Holy: Preparation for the Ministry of Spiritual Direction. They also train in Chicago, IL, as well as through a distance program. Currently, a third of their spiritual direction students come from evangelical denominations. For more information about Christos, contact Coordinator and ESDA member Nancy Blanski at nancy@christoscenter.org.

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Denver Seminary

For more than a decade, Denver Seminary has provided training in spiritual direction that is evangelical in theology, classical in approach, and contemplative in spirit. Currently they offer a Certificate, an M.Div Concentration, and an M.A. in Christian Formation and Soul Care.

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Emmaus Formation Centre

Located in southern Ontario, Canada, the goal of the Emmaus Centre is to enable the evangelical mission of the church by providing a sacred space where people can respond to God’s desire for a transformed people.They provide a supportive community and learning opportunities. The Emmaus two-year part-time certificate is offered to those called by God into the ministry of spiritual direction, as well as those seeking personal spiritual growth.

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George Fox Evangelical Seminary

Located in Oregon, this seminary trains persons as spiritual guides in the Christian tradition with various degrees offered either locally or online.

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