Become a Life with God Leader

Overview of the Certification Process

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Life with God certified leader! Individuals who complete our certification process join a like-minded community of pastors, specialists, and lay leaders who are actively engaging the church in the work of spiritual formation and discipleship through Life with God.

We are praying for you as you consider this opportunity.

Certification Process

  1. Approval: Grafted Life approves each Life with God leader candidate prior to certification training. You will need to submit an online application, collect two ministry references, and complete a brief phone interview.
  2. Training: Approved candidates enroll in a 5-week online certification course with Grafted Life’s formation specialists. Leaders train within a cohort community. The training course is in-depth and individualized for each candidate.
  3. Membership: At the conclusion of certification training, Grafted Life grants leaders access to purchase Life with God curriculum materials for their small groups. Leaders also join a private forum for ongoing support in their ministry.

Get Started

While certification training itself is only 5 weeks long, plan to submit your application at least 3 months ahead of your small group start date with the Life with God curriculum. This allows necessary time for the approval process, training registration, and material shipments.


Step 1: Submit an Application

Start your process toward becoming a Life with God certified leader by submitting an online application. The application consists of three essay questions and requires about 30 minutes to complete.

Step 2: Send Reference Requests

We require two ministry references with your application. Your references will submit an online form which is kept confidential with our staff. Email the link to this form to your references.

Step 3: Enroll in Online Certification Training

After we receive your application and references, we will conduct a brief phone interview and give approval to begin training. Once you are approved, you may register for a spot at an upcoming training.


Note that the certification process requires a free Grafted Life account. If you have already a set up an account to listen to Grafted Life podcasts or are currently an ESDA member, please log in to this account as you begin.