|Accepting Applications for Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction
SFTS Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction is Celebrating 20 Years!
Accepting Applications Now through October 15
Through October 15, San Francisco Theological Seminary is
accepting applications for its 20th class in the Diploma in
the Art of Spiritual Direction (DASD) program, which begins with the 2014 January
Term. Twenty years ago, SFTS was one of the first Protestant seminaries in the country to offer
this innovative program, which provides students with the tools to enable individuals,
groups and organizations to identify and respond to God’s call. As students
grow in the art of listening, discernment, and spiritual direction, they gain
invaluable experience applicable in every ministry setting, whether that is in
a church, hospital, or coffee shop.
- Experience. SFTS has been offering
this program longer than any other Protestant Seminary in the country. As
a result, we have a particularly well-developed program and
- Schedule for working professionals.
The schedule for this three-year program is as follows: three weeks of
intensive classroom time each January, followed by hands-on experience working
as Spiritual Directors in a student’s local context under a well-developed
supervision program. This means only three weeks a year are spent on our
San Anselmo campus, and away from your regular daily life.
- Flexibility. The courses you take
as part of the DASD program may also be applied towards other degrees
offered at SFTS, such as a Doctor of Ministry or Masters in Divinity.
- Discernment of structures.
Traditional DASD programs prepare students to help individuals discern
their calls. The DASD program at SFTS goes a step further by preparing
students to discern the calls of groups and institutions as well. This is vital
for those who wish to help shape the direction of worshipping communities,
non-profit organizations, or any other structured body.
- Community. With classroom
learning, small group experiences, and community worship, a strongly-supportive
community bond is built among students, and between students and faculty.
What Graduates are
Ineda Adesanya, a 2013 DASD graduate and senior M.Div.
student, finds contemplative listening and the discernment of God’s will
extremely important in helping individuals see and follow the path God has laid
out for them. Additionally, her studies have “helped me to better recognize God
moving in my life, and I have developed this weird, inexplicable, ever-present
joy [because of it].” A current Minister of Spiritual Life at Allen Temple
Baptist Church in Oakland, Adesanya looks forward to establishing her own
full-service spiritual direction practice, with particular focus on providing
spiritual care for pastors.
Ken Shigematsu, a 2008 DASD and 2013 D.Min. graduate, says
“The courses [in Spiritual Direction] offered me far more than instruction in
spiritual direction and prayer. The chapels, the guided prayer exercises, and
the spiritual direction simulations ushered me into a space where I felt held
in a place of belovedness by God. I was so moved by the program that I enrolled
in the D.Min. program at SFTS.” Shigematsu is currently the senior pastor of
Tenth Avenue Alliance Church in Vancouver, Canada.
We invite you to be a part of our 20th DASD class! To download an application for the program, please click
For more information about the course offerings through our DASD
program at SFTS, please visit our DASD Program page at http://sfts.edu/academics/dasd_about.asp.