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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Holy Conversation: A Course in Spiritual Direction in the Anglican Tradition

This two year course out of the Anglican Diocese in New England seeks to equip mature and skilled spiritual directors grounded in Anglican sacramental theology and the Catholic contemplative tradition. It is led by ESDA member Susan Skillen.

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Richmont Graduate University

Located in Atlanta, GA, this training offers a Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Direction through a series of five 3-credit hour graduate courses. The program is based around intensive residencies and on-line learning. It is rich in hands-on spiritual direction practice, while it focuses on the historical roots of spiritual direction and the role of spiritual direction within the Kingdom of God. Topics are explored and experienced in a growing community of learning, prayerfulness, and intentionality. Please contact co-directors Dr. Tim Harben (timothy.harben@gatrans.com) or Dr. Sharon Rowland (sharon.rowland87@gmail.com) with questions.

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Selah (East and West locations) at Leadership Transformations

Selah is a 2-year certificate program in spiritual direction which is intentionally Trinitarian in theology, contemplative in style, and biblical in grounding. This program’s participants and graduates represent over 20 states and 3 foreign countries from a variety of evangelical Protestant backgrounds. Both Selah-East (New England) and Selah-West (AZ) are offered within the context of a residential model. Selah nurtures spiritual direction’s foundational understanding of the theology of spiritual formation through faculty teaching during retreat Residencies (5 retreats over 2 years), as well as reading and reflection assignments in between Residencies. Selah also develops spiritual direction’s central practice, through small group experience during retreat Residencies, as well as individual experience of offering spiritual direction and reflecting on it with a Selah faculty Supervisor (in person or by phone) in between Residencies. Download a brochure or contact Selah Director Susan Currie for more information: Susan@ltinc.org.

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Sioux Falls Seminary

The Listening People to Life: Training in Spiritual Direction Program at Sioux Falls Seminary fills a unique need by providing specialized training to individuals who “listen people to life” on their spiritual journeys. This is a conversational style of learning program complemented with readings, teachings and retreat. Students can obtain a Certificate of Completion for Training in Spiritual Direction or a Master of Arts in Christian Leadership Degree with a certificate in spiritual direction.

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Sustainable Faith

Since 2008, Sustainable Faith has offered accessible, practical, and affordable training in spiritual direction. The program is cohort-based, with 1st and 2nd year training located at multiple locations throughout the U.S. and Europe. Their focus is on preparing pastors, church staff & lay leaders to be effective directors through integrative study and hands-on practice. Cohorts meet for five weekend intensives over the course of training. This contemplative, experiential Christocentric approach is open to Christians of all denominations. For more information email todd@sustainablefaith.com

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Tyndale Seminary

Located in Toronto, Canada, this evangelical seminary offers both an MDiv and an MTS in Spiritual Formation which can include training in spiritual direction.

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The Contemplative Center of Silicon Valley

A retreat and spiritual direction ministry located near San Jose, California.

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Evangelical Spiritual Directors Network

A regional network of spiritual directors who hold an evangelical theological perspective, located in the New England area.

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Restoration Ministries

A spiritual direction and soul care ministry located in Minnesota.

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The San Diego Spiritual Directors Association (SDSDA)

A group of trained Spiritual Directors primarily from a Judeo-Christian background who choose to affiliate based on their Mission Statement. They offer Trainings, casual evenings of Discussion (often around a communal meal) and Formational Events that have a spiritual focus.

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