About ESDA

At Grafted Life, we believe that spiritual direction is an important ministry to deepen our awareness of and engagement with God. Many believers are hungry to have someone come alongside them and help them discern God’s activity for the purpose of their continued spiritual growth.

We established ESDA to support Christian spiritual directors in their work, promote the ministry of spiritual direction in the church and connect believers with skilled spiritual directors.

ESDA’s wide network of spiritual directors share 3 key traits:

  • Agreement with our doctrinal statement
  • Successful completion of a formal spiritual direction training program
  • Concurrence with our code of ethics in their spiritual direction work

Membership Levels

Learn more about the two levels of ESDA membership and start an application.

Spiritual Director Student Member

Membership Standards

Learn more about the three standards that apply to all ESDA Spiritual Directors.

Doctrinal Statement Training Minimums Ethical Standards