Training in Spiritual Direction

A transformational journey of discipleship focused on helping you develop vocational excellence in your current or desired context – all on your time and from wherever you are.


Develop skills to “listen people to life” through discernment and prayer.


This non-credit bearing certificate of completion provides unique training for anyone desiring to “listen people to life” on their spiritual journeys.

The Listening People to Life Training in Spiritual Direction certificate of completion can be integrated into the Kairos Master of Arts program. Additional admissions materials, costs, and coursework are required for participation at the master’s level.

Cohort sessions are typically held on either Monday evenings or Thursday mornings between September and May for two consecutive years. The next anticipated cohort will tentatively begin in Fall 2024 and held on Monday evenings.



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Why pursue a certificate of completion in Training in Spiritual Direction?

By inviting Kairos to walk on this journey with you, you’re seizing a unique opportunity to deepen your faith while simultaneously developing the content, character, and craft to flourish in your vocation. You will meet with a certified spiritual director of your choosing, participate in cohort sessions which will provide insight and challenges in theological hospitality, the ministry of listening, and encouragement.


Course of Study

Listening People to Life: Training in Spiritual Direction consists of these areas of study:

Year One

Cohort Session I
History of Spiritual Direction
The Human Experience of God
Spiritual Formation
Spiritual Narrative
Evaluating Experiences of God

Cohort Session II
Spirituality and Personality
Contemplative Listening
Prayer Methods
Scripture in Spiritual Direction
Spiritual Classics
Gender and Spirituality
Spirituality and Sexuality

Year Two

Cohort Session III
Faith Development Stages
Suffering and Direction
Psychology and Spiritual Direction
Resistance and Transference
Spiritual Direction and Ethics
Noticing Theological Themes
Developing a Spiritual Direction Practice
Scriptural Skills in Sacred Listening

Cohort Session IV
Verbatim Tools for Spiritual Direction
Creating Meaningful Questions
Peer Group Supervision
Spiritual Formation in the Church
Preparing and Leading Retreats
Sabbath and Celebration Retreat

Program Overview

Listening People to Life is offered via Zoom. There is no residency requirement for this certificate program. Cohorts are typically offered annually. Meeting days/times vary per cohort but have included Mondays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Central or Thursdays from 10 a.m. – 12 Noon Central.

This certificate of completion requires prior learning in a spiritual formation program such as The Journey with VantagePoint3, the Transforming Center, the Apprentice Institute, etc. as well as an interview and a meeting with a certified spiritual director prior to admission.


Listening People to Life Demonstrated Competencies

This certificate of completion for Training in Spiritual Direction requires participation in a number of activities, projects, and tasks and focuses on the following competencies.

For the
of Completion,
you must:
  • Read at least the assigned readings and thoughtfully participate in class discussions and experiences.
  • Be in spiritual direction throughout the program (minimum of 18 sessions) and write four reflection papers based on the director/directee sessions.
  • Learn to ask meaningful questions.
  • Participate in the listening people to life spiritual life retreat.
  • Write a spiritual narrative that demonstrates God’s love; vulnerability, compassion, and redemptive living in Christ; and reflects living in the power of the Holy Spirit.
  • Complete the Clifton Strengths Assessment and Enneagram and understand their influence in spiritual formation and direction.
  • Lead a ten-minute spiritual formation experience for the class.
  • Create a Spiritual Disciplines binder for their use as a spiritual director.
  • Learn how to establish a covenant with spiritual directees.
  • Meet in spiritual direction with three individual spiritual directees for a minimum of six spiritual direction sessions, totaling 18 sessions (to be completed by the end of the commencing year).
  • Complete a minimum of 18 hours of in-class supervised peer/group supervision.
  • Learn to keep appropriate verbatims for each spiritual directee.
  • Prepare a spiritual director profile/brochure.
  • Participate in the Sabbath and Celebration retreat at the end of the commencing year.
  • Has prepared a spiritual director professional development plan.

Get Started

We’d love to help you discern if this is the next best step for you. Start a conversation with us today or check out our “Discerning Your Calling” step-by-step guide.

Ready to move forward? Here are a few things you’ll need to get started (more details in the catalog).

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended (and high school diploma for bachelor’s students) for all bachelor’s, graduate certificate in theological studies, master’s, and doctoral students.
  • On a case-by-case basis, certificate of completion for Training in Spiritual Direction students may be asked to provide official transcripts.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher (or 3.0 for PhD, ThD, DPC, DMin, MACO, & MAMFT applicants).
  • A completed application for admission and all admissions materials.