Sustainable Faith-Heartland



The Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction 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!”

We invite you to prayerfully consider joining us for a Sustainable Faith Year-One Training Cohort in Spiritual Direction. A year-one experience 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.

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Here’s a list of 2017/2018 training dates & locations for you to choose from.

On-line Registration is NOW OPEN!


Year One Cohort: Boise, ID. Teachers: Marty & Sandy Boller
Fri/Sat Sept 8/9, 2017
Fri/Sat Nov 3/4, 2017
Fri/Sat Jan 12/13, 2018
Fri/Sat Mar 9/10, 2018
Fri/Sat May 4/5, 2018


Year One Cohort: Minneapolis, MN. Teachers: Marty & Sandy Boller
Fri/Sat Sept 15/16, 2017
Fri/Sat Nov 10/11, 2017
Fri/Sat Jan 19/20, 2018
Fri/Sat Mar 16/17, 2018
Fri/Sat May 11/12, 2018


Year One Cohort: Wichita, KS. Teachers: Marty & Sandy Boller
Fri/Sat Sept 29/30, 2017
Fri/Sat Dec 8/9, 2017
Fri/Sat Feb 9/10, 2018
Fri/Sat Mar 23/24, 2018
Fri/Sat May 18/19, 2018

Want more info? Come to our Wichita Year One Cohort Informational Meeting: Tuesday, May 2 – 6:45 – 8 pm – 1841 N Lark Circle, Wichita, KS.Click here to RSVP.


Year One Cohort: Kansas City, MO. Teachers: Marty & Sandy Boller
Fri/Sat Oct 6/7, 2017
Fri/Sat Dec 1/2, 2017
Fri/Sat Feb 2/3, 2018
Fri/Sat Apr 6/7, 2018
Fri/Sat Jun 1/2, 2018

Year Two Cohort*: Kansas City, MO. Teachers: Marty & Sandy Boller
Sun/Mon Oct 8/9, 2017
Sun/Mon Dec 3/4, 2017
Sun/Mon Feb 4/5, 2018
Sun/Mon Apr 8/9, 2018
Sun/Mon Jun 3/4, 2018

* you must have completed our Year One training in order to register for Year Two.

On-line Registration is NOW OPEN!

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Since 2008, the Sustainable Faith Schools of Sustainable Faith have established first and second year spiritual direction training groups (cohorts) in twenty-four American cities and the Netherlands. SOSD cohorts are open to pastors, church leaders and laypeople, alike, and are geared to serve not just one denomination or church tradition, but the larger body of Christ. The ministries of Sustainable Faith continue to grow, and today, we are now the largest spiritual direction training group in North America! Our training is Christocentric and guides people to embrace the contemplative life, helps us honor sabbath and observe life-giving rhythms, draws us toward healthy, embodied spiritual practices, nurtures self-awareness and vocational clarity, and ultimately, launches Kingdom enterprises.

Our Year One objectives…

  • grow in your own love for and devotion to God
  • grow in your experience of God’s love for you
  • grow in discerning the movement of the Holy Spirit
  • develop superb listening skills at the cognitive, affective, and non-verbal levels
  • understand basics of body language/non-verbal communication
  • become acquainted with the art & practice of spiritual direction through great literature
  • cultivate a personalized definition and practice of spiritual direction
  • become familiar with the Enneagram as a tool for personal self–understanding and spiritual growth
  • develop a set of basic questions for framing & guiding spiritually-directed conversations
  • become a spiritual director who is confident in God and growing in competency with people

The Schools of Sustainable Faith are honored to be amongst the fine schools of spiritual direction recommended by The 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.

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Our School of Spiritual Direction (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 eight students is required to make up a cohort, with twelve being the maximum.

Tuition for Year 1 (and Year 2) training for the 2017-18 school year is $2,100*. Please note that books, transportation, lodging, and food are not included in your tuition. After your application is approved, you can reserve your spot in the cohort with a $400 non-refundable deposit. Afterward, you can pay the entire tuition, or if you desire a monthly schedule, make a $440 non-refundable deposit and pay the balance in 8 equal automatic (electronic) payment payments of $212.50. (Monthly payments must be made electronically) You can begin your registration on-line by filling out an application on the SOSD page:

On-line Registration is NOW OPEN!

* What factors determine the price of our tuition?

Thanks to a group of dedicated volunteers and very generous donors, Sustainable Faith has been able to keep our tuition rates as low as possible so we can reach as many people as possible. But that business model, which relied heavily on contributions from donors, just will not support us as this ministry continues to grow and expand. In recent months, our Sustainable Faith board thoroughly investigated other well-established two-year spiritual direction training programs around the USA and found that most programs are priced at well over $5000 for two years of training. Thus, in order to help Sustainable Faith remain solvent in the years ahead and keep our tuition costs competitive with others, our board has set tuition for our two-year program to $4,200 (or $2,100 per year). If you have concerns or questions that arise from this tuition increase, please let us know.

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Hey, we have a lot of fun while learning as well!! Above are pics of our 2015-2016 Year One cohort graduates in Milwaukee, Kansas City and Central Iowa. What a great team of men and women! This year we have a full Year One cohort meeting in Kansas City, with students coming in from Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma!

Are you interested in bringing a Year One training in Spiritual Direction to your city here in the Heartland? Now you can become a “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 40% off your Year One tuition! WOW!  Drop us an email! We’d love to hear from you and work with you on a strategy of training up Christ-centered spiritual directors in your area!

I’ve done some of the training exercises (in spiritual direction) with Marty and Sandy Boller, and as a therapist who has done a lot of research into, as well as published some professional essays on, spirituality and spiritual transformation, I think this is one of the most transformative kinds of ministry people can participate in and lead others in.  Shane Moe, MA, MDiv, LMFT, Life Development Resources, Minneapolis, MN

Here’s what some of our students are saying…

This program has rocked my world in a wonderful way. Thank you for making spiritual direction training accessible!

What an intentional year!  Forming new friendships with members of my cohort; plans for going further in Year Two training; casting vision for networking and professional growth; laughter, tears, and growing closer to our Amazing Father God, Savior Christ, and Holy Spirit.

I have been involved in men’s ministry for over 15 years. After 9 months of training I have been given a number of new tools that I have already been able to use. The best part is to see God taking men deeper in relationship with Him.  I personally have become a better listener and facilitator of what God is wanting to do in these men’s lives.

Life-changing! This year has opened my eyes and soul in ways so wonderful I didn’t think they were possible.

This year has changed my life! I’m so thankful for Marty & Sandy. They are excellent teachers/coaches and I am excited to travel forward with them in Year Two.

Sustainable Faith Schools of Spiritual Direction is a Christ-centered ministry with a mission to create a culture of sustainability among leaders of churches and non-profit organizations across North America, and is an accredited School of Spiritual Direction, recognized by the Evangelical Spiritual Directors Association.

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2 thoughts on “Sustainable Faith-Heartland

  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


    1. 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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