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Spiritual Guidance Program

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 Listen to the stories of our graduates:

Do you companion others on their spiritual journeys?

Do others see your spiritual commitment and your gift of spiritual companioning?

Do you desire support and enrichment for this ministry?

If your answers are yes, then the Spirit may be calling you to Nurture your Call with Shalem's Spiritual Guidance Program.

Shalem's Spiritual Guidance: Nurturing the Call is designed to nurture the spiritual heart of those called to the ministry of "holy listening," known as spiritual direction, spiritual guidance, or spiritual companionship. Begun in 1978, this program was the first to offer both academic resources and experiential support for an ecumenical mix of spiritual directors. Since its inception, the Spiritual Guidance Program has attracted and been enriched by men and women from a wide variety of professions and faith traditions from around the world.


The breadth of material available in this Program is similar to that of many academic programs, and its experiential component is of a depth that few can offer. The learning that takes place between participants is also nearly unrivaled as all participants must already be spiritual companions.

Shalem's Spiritual Guidance Program draws on the rich resources of Christian contemplative tradition to enhance and deepen the spiritual lives of those called to this ministry. At its heart is the radical conviction that spiritual companionship is a form of prayer and that contemplative listening comes not so much from a set of skills but from grounding in one's relationship with God.

To support this understanding, the Program offers an environment that nurtures an increasing openness to the many ways God's Spirit is seeking to be alive in both our participants and in those whom they companion on life's spiritual journey. This is done in a spacious, prayer-filled atmosphere with the support and guidance of committed peers and Shalem's seasoned staff. Always, the emphasis is on an open, immediate awareness of God's presence.

To review Shalem's pamphlets on Spiritual Direction and Group Spiritual Direction, please click here.

For more details about the program including at-home work, residency topics, peer groups and other program components, you can download a detailed program brochure (PDF) here.

If you would like to apply for this program, contact Katy Gaughan This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it at 301-897-7334 or download the application form (PDF) now.

Shalem Institute and Lancaster Theological Seminary are pleased to announce the MDIV / Spiritual Direction Combined Program.


The special, combined MDiv and Spiritual Direction Program allows students to earn their MDiv degree from Lancaster Theological Seminary and complete the certificate program in spiritual direction at Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation within three years. This innovative and collaborative program draws on the rich resources of Christian contemplative tradition to prepare individuals called to the ministry of spiritual direction.

For more information on this new partnership, click here.