About ESDA

At Grafted Life, we believe that spiritual direction is an important ministry to deepen our awareness of and engagement with God. Many believers are hungry to have someone come alongside them and help them discern God’s activity for the purpose of their continued spiritual growth.

We established the Evangelical Spiritual Directors Association (ESDA) to support Christian spiritual directors in their work, promote the ministry of spiritual direction in the church and connect believers with skilled spiritual directors.

ESDA’s wide network of spiritual directors share 3 key traits:

  • Agreement with our doctrinal statement
  • Successful completion of a formal spiritual direction training program
  • Concurrence with our code of ethics in their spiritual direction work

Additionally, we invite pastors, leaders, and spiritual directors-in-training to join the community as Educational Companions, supporting the ministry of spiritual direction through education and outreach.

Membership Levels

Learn more about the two levels of ESDA membership and start an application.

Spiritual Director
Educational Companion

Membership Standards

Learn more about the three standards that apply to all ESDA Spiritual Directors.

Doctrinal Statement
Training Minimums
Ethical Standards