Become a Spiritual Director

Soul Shepherding’s Spiritual Direction Certificate Training is a 2-year program led by Dr’s Bill & Kristi Gaultiere. 

Learn how to bring spiritual direction into your current ministry role or begin a new ministry as a spiritual director or soul care coach. 

Our online spiritual direction training is designed for pastors, missionaries, and everyday disciples of Christ who support the Wonderful Counselor by journeying with others.

Program Benefits

  • Training from Bill, Kristi and other Soul Shepherding Sr. Spiritual Directors 
  • Experiential Learning Framework
  • Online classes and supervision groups
  • Meets the guidelines of the Evangelical Spiritual Directors’ Association (ESDA)
  • Eligible to apply for listing as a Sr. Spiritual Director in the Soul Shepherding Network and ESDA
  • Less than 20% of the cost and time of seminary certificate training programs

Try Our Courses Today

You can get taste of the training program by being “in the classroom” with Bill, Kristi, and other spiritual direction training instructors through these recorded class video trainings

Certificate Program Training Components


Institute Retreats in a community of about 25 fellow soul shepherds.


Online Classes and supervision groups (90-minutes each month).


Practicum experiences to practice spiritual direction ministry and receive support from your supervisor and peers. 


12 or more meetings with one of Soul Shepherding’s Sr. Spiritual Directors.

The Spiritual Direction certificate program also includes 14 assigned books* to read/review (from the Soul Shepherding reading list that informed the curriculum), 5 reflection papers, and 1 individual supervision meeting (with the option to add more).

We provide you with a Certificate Completion Planner that makes it easy for you to track your progress and earn your certificate.

Spiritual Direction Training Faculty

Bill Gaultiere, Ph.D.
Psychologist, Founder, Instructor
Kristi Gaultiere, Psy.D.
Psychotherapist, Founder, Instructor
Dave Rimoldi, M.A.
Program Lead, Supervisor, Sr. Spiritual Director, Instructor
Jeff McCrory, Ph.D.
Pastor, Sr. Spiritual Director, Instructor
Susan Snyder, M.D.
Sr. Spiritual Director, Supervisor, Healing Prayer Minister
Sheridan McDaniel
Pastor, Sr. Coach, Instructor
Michelle Ruetschle, JD
Pastor’s wife, Sr. Spiritual Director, Supervisor, Author
Craig Davis
Pastor, Sr. Spiritual Director, Supervisor
Wes Johnson, D.Min.
Pastor, Sr. Spiritual Director, Supervisor, Author
Jessica Stong, MA
Coaching Program Lead, Supervisor 
Ed Salas, MA
Pastor, Supervisor, Author

What people are saying....

"It was so very helpful for me to read your book Journey of the Soul and to realize that everything I was feeling (and doubting!) was a normal part of going deeper into life with Jesus. God has really used the Institute to solidify in my heart what following Jesus in the next phase of life can look like. My passion for serving God's people is renewed!"

Institute Attendee

“I wish every pastor and ministry leader in the country could benefit from Bill’s ministry!"

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

After only one year in the program, my life has changed dramatically. I've experienced healing from a long season of church hurt and am experiencing the joys of a life yoked with Jesus. I've made soul friendships in the program that I know will last into eternity. And I am being equipped for my calling in Christ to help others in their journeys!"

Molly Sparling
SDT Class of 2023
Ministry Leader and Writer

“I have never felt so listened to and cared for as when I talked with Dave on the Soul Shepherding staff. Meeting with him for Spiritual Direction changed my insides. It changed how I operate and function as a pastor. Now, after going through the Institute and certificate program, I get to serve as a Spiritual Director for others!”

Sheridan McDaniel
Lead Pastor, A Place for Worship, Fullerton, CA

"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


Starts March 1st each year.


$299 per month for 24 months (this includes fees for the required 4 Institute retreats).

* Additional costs for spiritual direction sessions, books, and private room on retreats.

** Pastors and missionaries can apply for scholarship assistance.

Try Our Courses Today

Get a taste of the training program by being “in the classroom” with Bill, Kristi, and other spiritual direction training instructors through these recorded class video trainings

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