ESDA Membership

The Evangelical Spiritual Directors Association is a trusted resource for evangelical pastors, leaders, and lay persons. As such, ESDA maintains high standards for membership in our spiritual director network. ESDA spiritual directors acribe to our doctrinal statement and code of ethics, and have completed formal training in the art of spiritual direction.

We welcome those who do not meet our spiritual director requirements to join the ESDA community as an educational member, where they will experience support and opportunities for growth.

Types of Membership


Spiritual Director

For trained spiritual directors who abide by an evangelical creed

Spiritual Directors are full members in ESDA. They are publicly listed for discovery on ESDA’s interactive map and search page. To qualify as a spiritual director, members must agree to abide by our doctrinal statement and code of ethics, as well as have completed an educational program that meets our training requirements.

WHY JOIN?

ESDA is the most prominent spiritual director membership organization serving evangelical churches and communities worldwide. Evangelical interest in the ministry of spiritual direction is growing, and ESDA provides a platform for spiritual directors to be discovered locally and internationally.

BENEFITS
  • Online Listing
    A professional listing on our website, including photo, biography, and keywords, and searchable by churches, potential directees, and fellow spiritual directors for referral purposes
  • Member Discounts
    40% discount on all InterVarsity Press books
    20% discount on select online courses from Unhurried Living
    $10 discount on materials from Grafted Life Ministries
  • Community
    Access to an interactive and supportive network of trained spiritual directors of similar theological beliefs
  • Insurance
    Eligibility for affordable liability insurance (U.S. and Canadian residents only)
  • Publications  
    Subscription to the Dialogue, our bi-monthly resource, and access to newsletter from Formatio
  • Professional Resources
    A comprehensive database of ministry helps, including a customizable brochure, sample directee agreement, list of available supervisors, articles, book recommendations, and more
ANNUAL FEE

$98 USD 

Apply Online

Student Membership

For those enrolled in formal spiritual direction training

ESDA offers complimentary membership to those engaged in a recognized formal spiritual direction training program. 

WHY JOIN?

The Student Membership provides access to an active community of spiritual directors, along with a host of professional resources. In addition, engagement in the ESDA community provides a rich enhancement to the learning process.  

BENEFITS
  • Community
    Access to an interactive and supportive network of trained spiritual directors 
  • Publications  
    Subscription to the Dialogue, our bi-monthly resource.
  • Insurance
    Eligibility for affordable liability insurance (U.S. and Canadian residents only)
  • Educational Resources
    Access to relevant articles, book recommendations, and information about the ministry of spiritual direction.
ANNUAL FEE

Complimentary, expires upon graduation  

Apply Online