ESDA Membership

The Evangelical Spiritual Directors Association is a trusted resource for evangelical pastors, leaders, and lay persons. As such, ESDA maintains high standards for membership in our spiritual director network. ESDA spiritual directors acribe to our doctrinal statement and code of ethics, and have completed formal training in the art of spiritual direction.

We welcome those who do not meet our spiritual director requirements to join the ESDA community as an educational member, where they will experience support and opportunities for growth.

Types of Membership

Spiritual Director

For trained spiritual directors who abide by an evangelical creed

Spiritual Directors are full members in ESDA. They are publicly listed for discovery on ESDA’s interactive map and search page. To qualify as a spiritual director, members must agree to abide by our doctrinal statement and code of ethics, as well as have completed an educational program that meets our training requirements.

Why Join?

ESDA is the most prominent spiritual director membership organization serving evangelical churches and communities worldwide. Evangelical interest in the ministry of spiritual direction is growing, and ESDA provides a platform for spiritual directors to be discovered locally and internationally.

Benefits
  • Online Listing
    A professional listing on our website, including photo, biography, and keywords, and searchable by churches, potential directees, and fellow spiritual directors for referral purposes
  • Member Discounts
    40% discount on all InterVarsity Press books
    50% discount on online courses from Unhurried Living
    $10 discount on materials from Grafted Life Ministries
  • Community
    Access to an interactive and supportive network of trained spiritual directors of similar theological beliefs
  • Insurance
    Eligibility for affordable liability insurance (U.S. and Canadian residents only)
  • Publications 
    Subscription to the Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care, and the Dialogue, our bi-monthly resource. Access to Formatio newsletter.
  • Professional Resources
    A comprehensive database of ministry helps, including a customizable brochure, sample directee agreement, list of available supervisors, articles, book recommendations, and more
Annual Fee

$118 USD for domestic membership
$130 USD international

Apply Online

Educational Companion

For pastors, Christian leaders, and spiritual directors-in-training

Educational Companions are community members in ESDA. While not publicly listed on ESDA’s website, they are privately listed with the ESDA community and receive all publications and resources and participate in community interactions. There are no requirements for membership as an educational companion.

Why Join?

ESDA Educational Companions gain access to an active community of evangelical spiritual directors. We serve pastors looking to integrate the ministry of spiritual direction with their church, leaders of lay direction programs, and spiritual directors currently in the midst of their formal training.

Benefits
  • Community
    Access to an interactive and supportive network of trained spiritual directors of evangelical beliefs
  • Member Discounts
    40% discount on all InterVarsity Press books
    50% discount on online courses from Unhurried Living
    $10 discount on materials from Grafted Life Ministries
  • Insurance
    Students enrolled in qualified training programs have access to affordable liability insurance (U.S. residents only)
  • Publications 
    Subscription to the Dialogue, our bi-monthly resource, and access to newsletter from Formatio.
  • Educational Resources
    Access to relevant articles, book recommendations, and information about the ministry of spiritual direction
Annual Fee

$78 USD for domestic membership
$90 USD international

Apply Online

Note: If you complete your spiritual direction training while you are an ESDA Educational Companion, we will upgrade you to the Spiritual Director Member level for the remainder of your year, at no additional cost.