Spiritual Direction Certificate

The Spiritual Direction certification program will:

  • Enable students to deepen ethical skills and professional practices in spiritual direction
  • Enhance student capacity for noticing and attending to self while maintaining effective spiritual-direction relationships


The Spiritual Direction Certification program is designed to equip individuals who have completed initial spiritual direction training to serve as professional spiritual directors. The program offers scriptural and Christ-centered training from skilled and experienced spiritual directors who are attuned to the vulnerability of the other and noticing the internal dynamics that arise in the context of a contractual relationship.


Students can take advantage of the flexibility of a fully online certification structure. 


Our spiritual formation curriculum is biblically grounded and Christ-centered, and our understanding of spiritual formation involves the intersection of Scripture, theology, and social-cultural factors. The focus of our curriculum, therefore, is on developing awareness, increasing empathy and compassion skills, and building distinct practices that are spiritually centering.

Courses (2 credit hours)

SFAD 576 Spiritual Direction Certification I 1
SFAD 577 Spiritual Direction Certification II 1

Other Components 

While completing the certification courses, students will also completed a required number of hours of supervision, will meet with directees and will personally receive regular spiritual direction. NOTE: The cost of supervision and spiritual direction is not covered through the tuition and fees paid for the coursework.

Admissions Requirements 

  • A graduate theological degree from an ATS-accredited seminary
  • Previous spiritual direction training equivalent to that earned through our spiritual direction specialization OR completion of 12 additional credit hours of prerequisites prior to start of certification. NOTE: The prerequisite courses include an in-person intensive once a semester.

If applicants have experience in spiritual-direction relationships without formal training or if training was completed at another institution (Renovaré, etc.), the seminary will do a leveling evaluation on a case-by-case basis in light of the standards of this certification program.