Become a Certified Spiritual Director.

Soul Shepherding’s Spiritual Direction Training (SDT) is a 2-year certificate program that builds on the Soul Shepherding Institute with additional monthly online groups for mentoring and supervision.

Program Benefits

  • Learn through personal experience in spiritual community
  • Receive group supervision in your Spiritual Direction ministry
  • Receive training from Bill & Kristi and other certified Spiritual Directors
  • Meet the guidelines of the Evangelical Spiritual Directors’ Association (ESDA)
  • Apply to become a Soul Shepherding Associate or to be listed on the ESDA website

What’s included in the program?


Soul Shepherding Institute Retreats as part of a cohort of up to 25 men and women in ministry.




Spiritual Direction Training Online Classes (one 90-minute class every other month).


hours of personal Spiritual Direction. Four hours are fulfilled during the retreats, and 12 are arranged on your own with Soul Shepherding staff or an approved director/mentor of your choice.


online supervision groups to discuss your spiritual direction cases with a trained Spiritual Director every other month, and one individual supervision meeting.

The program also includes reading 12 books from the Spiritual Direction Training and Certification Reading List, related reading assignments and a practicum project, and 1-3 short reflection papers turned in at the end of each two-month unit.

What people are saying....

Here’s a place where I can go and actually have my needs as a Pastor met. I started to experience a friendship and fellowship with other Pastors and that was so, so helpful for me.

Dave Rimoldi
Pastor and Spiritual Director

“I wish every Pastor and Ministry Leader in the country could benefit from Bill’s ministry!"

Bobby and Hannah Schuller
Pastor and Wife, Shepherd’s Grove Church & The Hour of Power

...Soul Shepherding is so powerful [and shows us] this other side of developing the leadership of our heart and our soul… that’s the part that I’ve been missing. That’s the part that makes leadership flourish.

David Larson
Lead Pastor, New Life Christian Center


Next cohort begins March 2021.

Program Prerequisite: Soul Shepherding Institute


Soul Shepherding Institute: $900 per retreat (4 total retreats over 18 months)

Spiritual Direction Training: $150/month for 24 months (plus 12 Spiritual Direction sessions paid by you separately)

Partial scholarships are available upon approval.