Spiritual direction is a covenant relationship in which one Christian assists another or others in the discernment of God’s presence and the contemplative living out of God’s call.
San Francisco Theological Seminary, the first Protestant seminary to offer such a program, educates and prepares men and women, both ordained and non-ordained, for the ministry of spiritual direction.
The DASD program blends rigorous academic work with time for retreat, worship, celebration, prayer, contemplation of God’s presence in our lives, and focused practice of, and reflection on, the art of spiritual direction. Combining three successive three-week January intensives, which provide 18 semester hours of graduate-level credit, and year-round, home-site supervision, the DASD program offers an inviting opportunity for prayer, study, and practical experience focused on the nature and practice of spiritual direction.
I have been so blessed by the community and leadership of the program. I can genuinely say that the DASD program helped save my faith. It’s been a community of grace, generosity, and encouragement, as well as a welcomed challenge in the academic sense. 2017 DASD Student, Adam L.
The program offers skills not only in the discernment with individuals, but also of structures and groups, a unique aspect of SFTS’ program. We assume that spiritual direction skills transfer to work with many kinds of groups. If you successfully complete the course of study and supervision, you receive a diploma of completion. This diploma does not imply credentialing as a spiritual director per se, because the ministry of spiritual direction is constituted by a call from God, instituted by a specific invitation to exercise this ministry, and authenticated by its fruits, but it testifies to your rigorous and multi-dimensional preparation.