Certificate in Spiritual Direction
In spiritual direction, a practice with ancient roots, one person offers intentional, experienced spiritual companionship to another, or a group of others. Spiritual directors provide confidential, trustworthy spaces in which people are invited to explore their doubts, longings, and faith experiences. In a Christian context, spiritual directors may offer their spiritual directees guidance in prayer, spiritual practices, and baptismal discipleship in the world.
Spiritual direction is about growth in relationship to God rather than about solving problems or fixing things. Despite the title, a spiritual director is less likely to “direct” than to listen, ask questions, reflect, suggest, or share resources. In particular, the director and directee listen together for the ways the Spirit might be leading the directee.
Combining academic and experiential learning, the General Theological Seminary offers a certificate in spiritual direction.