Spiritual Direction Certification

We believe Holy Listening is at the core of spiritual direction. It’s listening to one another, and most attentively to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. The real and most genuine spiritual director is always the Holy Spirit.

Our primary purpose is to train people who feel called to be such spiritual friends, spiritual companions; however, those who are interested in deepening their own spiritual practices are also welcome.

Within the Christian tradition, we are grounded in the Trinitarian faith. However, we recognize that there is deep spiritual wisdom that can be found in other faith traditions. We will draw on those traditions and will integrate them from a Christian perspective.

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Take the next step toward completing your Spiritual Direction Certificate at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary.



The admission process includes an application, personal essay and background check. A recommendation is required from a faith leader or spiritual director and a professional or personal contact.

Please note: Applications to the program are currently paused until January 2026.

Program Overview

The certificate program is designed to identify your potential in becoming a spiritual director, to assist you in discerning a call to this ministry, to formulate a model of spiritual direction and chaplaincy and to develop the specific skills required to serve as a spiritual director.

"This certification program is a rare opportunity to focus on how the Holy Spirit leads us to discover how we can best serve our brothers and sisters in Christ as spiritual companions. The program is a rich blend of learning and praying, of creating spirit-based community, and of opening our hearts to the great gift of holy listening." —Betsy Wolff, Spiritual Direction Certification participant

For more information about the program, please contact Rev. Melanie Dobson at melanie.dobson@lr.edu or 803.461.3229.

Next Intensive Cycles

The next cycle will begin in January 2026. Applications are due November 12, 2025, and are accepted based on rolling admission.


  • Early January 2026
  • Mid June 2026
  • Early January 2027
  • Mid June 2027

Program Cost

Total cost for the program is $3,000, which includes tuition and meals. Participants find their own lodging. On-campus housing is limited and is available at a rate of $50 a night.