Step 5: Giving Away All God Is Giving You

As you continue your journey into Christ-centered 3-C contemplative activism, we suggest you prayerfully consider Step Five: training in the ancient traditions of spiritual direction. Here, you’ll find yourself learning to listen to people in a whole new way; embracing communication skills that will serve you well if you’re involved in any form of work or ministry where one-on-one conversation, discernment and prayer matter deeply.



A Year One experience in our Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction (SOSD) offers participants an immersive, integrated and robust introduction to the ministry of spiritual direction. Through the combined experience of reading superb literature, engaging in individual and group exercises, paying close attention to one’s life, practicing spiritual disciplines, receiving spiritual direction, and offering direction – all in a communal setting – students move toward competency as spiritual directors.


Watch a short video that describes the primary role of a spiritual director.

Read more about five gifts a person received from spiritual direction.

Read a very convincing article, “Why We Need Spiritual Direction More Than Ever.”



Classes for the 2018/19 school year are now closed. But we are already looking ahead to the 2019/20 school year. Cities under serious consideration are:


Ames, IA

Tentative dates (subject to change): Fri/Sat Aug 16/17, Fri/Sat Oct 11/12, Fri/Sat Dec 6/7, Fri/Sat Feb 21/22, Fri/Sat May 1/2. An informational meeting will be held on Sunday, February 17, 2019, 2:00 pm at First United Methodist Church, 516 Kellogg Ave, Ames, IA. Click here to RSVP. To stay in touch for more info, drop an email to

Minneapolis, MN

Tentative dates (subject to change): TBA.  An informational meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 7:00 pm at TBA location. Click here to RSVP. To stay in touch for more info, drop an email to

Contact us, letting us know of your interest in any of the cities listed above and we’ll keep you posted as our planning for 2019/20 continues.

Are you interested in bringing a Year One training in Spiritual Direction to your city in the 2019/2020 school year? You can be the “feet-on-the-ground-recruiter” for Sustainable Faith and join us in getting the word out in your area. If you help us recruit a minimum of eight students in your area, you get up to $500 off your Year One tuition!  Contact us! We’d love to hear from you and work with you on a strategy of training up Christ-centered spiritual directors in your area!

The Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction (SOSD) is now growing at a phenomenal rate! What was once a small equipping ministry in Cincinnati designed for raising up a handful of church leaders in spiritual direction has now become a multi-dimensional, cross-denominational ministry that rewards its two-year graduates with a certificate reflecting that the student has met the demanding requirements of most spiritual direction professional networks worldwide. One recent report has deemed Sustainable Faith as “the largest spiritual direction training group in North America!”

Our training in spiritual direction flows from a Trinitarian and Christocentric foundation. We believe in the triune God, confessing God as Creator of all, Jesus as God revealed in the flesh, and the Holy Spirit as the gift of God who empowers us to enter into God’s redemptive work in the world. We guide people to embrace the contemplative life, encouraging you to honor sabbath and observe life-giving rhythms, drawing you toward healthy, embodied spiritual practices, nurturing self-awareness and vocational clarity, and ultimately, launch Kingdom enterprises.

banner_esdaOur Schools of Sustainable Faith are honored to be amongst the fine schools of spiritual direction recommended by ESDA (Evangelical Spiritual Directors Association).  Those who complete the requirements of our first and second year training are awarded a certificate reflecting that the student has met the demanding requirements of most spiritual direction professional networks worldwide. Graduates can also apply for membership with ESDA which will serve as a means of certifying your training/fitness as a spiritual director, and add a level of confidence and visibility for the spiritual direction ministry you have in your heart to do.

sustainablefaithlogoHere are the facts…

Our School of Spiritual Direction (SOSD) Year One cohort will meet for five 2-day sessions over the course of nine months, meeting all day (Friday and Saturday in most cases) from 9 am-5 pm. A minimum of six to eight students is required to make up a cohort, with twelve being the maximum.

You can begin your registration on-line by filling out an application on the SOSD page: and scheduling a phone conversation with Marty and Sandy Boller. Once you have filled out your application and had an interview, a $400 registration fee, paid to Sustainable Faith via bank transfer or electronic check, is required to reserve your spot. 

The cost for the training is $2100 per year, which includes the $400 registration fee. The balance can be paid, via bank transfer/electronic check, in 8 equal payments of $212.50, and is due on the first of the month, starting in October. Please note that paying by credit card will result in an additional $100 charge to cover our finance costs, and that books, transportation, food and lodging aren’t included in the $2100 cost. If you have further questions, would like to set up a phone interview or receive a copy of the course syllabus, please email us

Click here to see the faces of Sustainable Faith: our cohorts 2015-present! 

Click here to access our growing network of Christ-centered spiritual directors.


2 thoughts on “Step 5: Giving Away All God Is Giving You

  1. I would like to know if this is an online course or just confined to your local area. And the cost?
    I am located in South Carolina
    Thank you


    • Hey Gina. Sustainable Faith training is offered only in assembled cohorts, not on-line. One of the most important parts of training in SD is the face-to-face connections. SF offers training all over the USA. The best advice is to visit There you will find all the details about cost & locations. Be sure to drop them an email and let them know you are interested in something in your area…OK? BLESSINGS! Stay in touch!


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