Become a Certified Spiritual Director

Soul Shepherding’s Spiritual Direction Certificate Training is a 2-year online program led by Dr’s Bill & Kristi Gaultiere. It builds on the Soul Shepherding Institute with additional monthly groups online for mentoring and supervision. You’ll learn how to bring spiritual direction ministry and soul care coaching into your current ministry role or a new ministry as a Spiritual Director. It’s great for pastors, missionaries, and others.

Program Benefits

What’s included in the certificate program?


Institute Retreats in a residential community of about 25 men and women in ministry.


Online Classes (90-minutes) in Spiritual Direction ministry.


Spiritual direction experiences during Institute retreats. 


Online supervision groups (90 minutes) with other students led by a Sr. Spiritual Director on staff.

The Spiritual Direction certificate program also includes 20 conversations of practicing spiritual direction ministry, 14 assigned books to read/review (from the extensive Soul Shepherding reading list that informed the course curriculum), and 5 reflection papers, and 1 individual supervision meeting (with the option to add on more).
The Certificate Completion Planner makes it easy for you to track your progress and earn your certificate!

What people are saying....

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

Dave Rimoldi
Sr. Spiritual Director

“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

"...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


Registrations remain open through July for late start.

Program Requirement: Soul Shepherding Institute (can be completed at any time)


Soul Shepherding Institute: $900 early bird price per retreat (60 days ahead) or $1,100 regular per retreat (4 total retreats over 18 months) 

Spiritual Direction Training: $150 per month for 24 months, plus the cost of 12 spiritual direction sessions and books

Partial scholarships are available upon approval