Program in Christian Spirituality

Spiritual direction training

The Program in Christian Spirituality invites, equips, and encourages individuals to pay attention and respond to the presence of God in their own and others’ lives, the life of the church, the systems and structures of human society, and God’s unfolding creation. The primary values that express and guide our training in spiritual direction include:

  • Prayerful awareness and response: Being open to the movement of the Spirit and responding with integrity and commitment.
  • Hospitality: Welcome others as we would hope to welcome Christ.
  • Wholeness: Embracing the wisdom of the Spirit as it emerges within the dynamic play of scripture and experience, theology and prayer, body and mind, reason and imagination, contemplation and action.
  • Compassion and justice: Being vulnerable to the suffering of others and resisting whatever may deny the fullness of life.
  • Spiritual nurture is offered to all students through retreats, prayer and spiritual formation groups, individual and group spiritual direction, and academic courses.

The following spiritual development degrees and programs incorporate aspects of Christian Spirituality:

  • Concentration in Christian Spirituality focuses M.Div. study in the area of spiritual leadership.
  • Master of Divinity students may elect to concentrate in Christian spirituality, focusing on spiritual formation for themselves and in their ministries.
  • Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction prepares clergy and laity for the ministry of contemplative listening with individuals, groups, and congregations.
  • The Doctor of Ministry may be earned at SFTS with an emphasis in Christian spirituality or spiritual direction.
  • Students pursuing the Master of Arts or the Doctor of Philosophy through the Graduate Theological Union may take courses at SFTS and receive faculty support and guidance from the Program in Christian Spirituality.

The program also serves the ecumenical Christian community through:

For further information, please contact:

Dr. Wendy Farley, Director, Program in Christian Spirituality

415.451.2867 |

Wendy Farley & Dalai Lama

The SFTS Program in Christian Spirituality was one of first to offer spiritual direction training in a Protestant seminary. It presents a ground-breaking approach to spirituality that combines head and heart, prayer and public witness, ancient practices and contemporary experimentation across many faith traditions. Congratulations to the program, which celebrated its 20th Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction graduating class in 2016.


SFTS Program in Christian Spirituality
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