Become a certified Spiritual Director

Soul Shepherding’s Spiritual Direction Training (SDT) is a 2-year online 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?


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


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


Meetings with a Spiritual Director: 4 hours are provided during the retreats and 12 are arranged on your own with a Spiritual Director on Soul Shepherding’s staff.


Online Supervision groups (90-minutes) led by a staff Spiritual Director. You get to listen to peers’ experiences providing spiritual direction ministry and discuss your own. Plus, you get an individual supervision session and can arrange more.

The program also includes reading 13 books from the Spiritual Direction Training and Certification Reading List, engaging in 20 conversations in which you practice giving spiritual direction to a friend or directee, completing 9 reflection papers (one page each).

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 Requirement: Soul Shepherding Institute


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

Spiritual Direction Training:$150/month for 24 months. (Plus the cost of books and 12 Spiritual Direction sessions paid separately.)

Partial scholarships are available upon approval.