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Certificate In Spiritual Direction

Why a Certificate in Spiritual Direction?

In this graduate-level program, you’ll be trained to serve as a qualified spiritual director in the Christian tradition, equipped with the skills to offer a ministry of guidance and prayer in a confidential setting of encouragement and compassion.

Your gifts of listening and discernment will be utilized to enable pastors and laity to become the people God created them to be.

Course Schedule

2.5-year academic program
3 7-day intensive courses during 3 consecutive summers.
2 online practicum courses

Total of 15 semester hours of academic credit.
Learn more about the schedule and course requirements.

Faculty Spotlight: Ellen Kogstad

Ellen Kogstad has served the C. John Weborg Center for Spiritual Direction since its founding as a professor in the certificate program, spiritual director, and center director. She regularly teaches spiritual formation classes for all Seminary students.

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Why North Park?

We provide affordable, flexible, graduate-level instruction and training characterized by practitioner-based experiences and reflection. The courses in this 15-credit certificate can be applied to a full master’s degree at North Park Theological Seminary.

Practical Training

Throughout the program, you will combine theory and practice by both receiving and providing spiritual direction. You’ll engage in one-one-one spiritual direction sessions, individual sessions with a supervisor, and peer supervision group sessions.

C. John Weborg Center for Spiritual Direction

The Center is grounded in the heritage of the Evangelical Covenant Church and offers one of the leading spiritual direction certificate programs in the Evangelical tradition.

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Cohort, Online, and In-Person Intensive Study

The cohort model allows you to build relationships with a small, supportive group of peers. A blend of online learning throughout the year and in-person intensive courses during the summer enables you to continue working or serving while you study. Learn more about our online, intensive, and intensive hybrid course formats.

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Tuition and Financial Aid

North Park Theological Seminary is committed to making graduate ministry study affordable. We offer a variety of financial aid options to assist you, including Church Matching Grants, limited need-based grants, and payment plans. Learn more about tuition and financial aid options.


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Admission Requirements

All applicants to the Certificate in Spiritual Direction Program should have, at a minimum, a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Please submit an application by March 31, including essays, official transcripts, references, and a $25 non-refundable fee. Tuition deposits to reserve your place in the program are due by May 15.


Community Life

Here, you’re prepared for ministry not just in the classroom, but in community, by developing:

  • Habits of study, prayer, reading, health, and fellowship alongside peers
  • Fellowship through events, worship, groups, and service
  • Relationships in a close-knit environment.

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