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SFTS Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction is Celebrating 20 Years!

Accepting Applications Now through October 15

2015 Program Dates: Sunday, January 4 - Friday, January 23

Through September 15, San Francisco Theological Seminary is accepting applications for its 21st 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.

Why SFTS?         

  • 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 highly-experienced faculty.
  • 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 Saying:

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.

Enroll Today!

We invite you to be a part of our 20th DASD class! To download an application for the program, please click here: http://sfts.edu/academics/dasd_application.asp

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.


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