Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance Program

Do you companion others on their spiritual journeys?
Do others see your spiritual commitment and your gift of spiritual companioning?
Do you desire support and enrichment for this ministry?

If your answers are yes, perhaps the Spirit is calling you to Nurture your Call with Shalem’s Spiritual Guidance Program.

Listen to a recording of our Discern with the Director call on October 22 here.

Apply now!


Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance Program offers both academic resources and experiential support for the ministry of spiritual direction or holy listening. At the heart of this program is the radical conviction that spiritual companionship is a form of prayer and that contemplative listening comes from being grounded in one’s relationship with God.

Timeline & Components

Early Bird by 11/30/21
Extended deadline by 1/27/22 at 5pm ET

All applications must be submitted online or emailed to 

Program Dates
(The program includes at-home work before the first residency, between residencies and after the second residency.)

At-Home Work: March-June, 2022
1st Residency: July 26-August 4, 2022
At-Home Work: September 2022-June 2023
2nd Residency: June 20-29, 2023
At-Home Integrative Phase: September-December, 2023

Program Components
At-Home Work & Two In-Person Residencies

Participants do much of the program work in their own communities, coming to the Baltimore/Washington area for in-person residencies during each program.

At-home work includes:

    • Receiving and offering one-to-one spiritual guidance;
    • Mutual support and accountability with a self-established peer group;
    • Reading of selected texts, including classics and specific topical material;
    • Several brief theme papers;
    • Periodic reports to Shalem;
    • Personal journal-keeping;
    • A personal spiritual practice;
    • Self-scheduled, solitary retreat days;
    • A 6-12-page final paper.

Residencies include:

    • Topical seminars (sampling follows):
      – Classics of Christian spirituality
      – The arts and spirituality
      – Scripture and spiritual direction
      – Discernment
      – Group spiritual direction
      – Social vision and the spiritual life
      – Contemporary social contexts
      – Spirituality in our time;
    • Practicums in prayer and spiritual discipline;
    • Individual interviews with staff;
    • Guided, silent retreat time;
    • Supervised peer groups, group processing, and reflection;
    • Participant-led morning and evening prayer.

Our desire is to foster a community of peers within a prayerful atmosphere. Frequent sessions on prayer will expose a broad range of prayer forms and issues, both theoretically and experientially.

A Certificate of Completion is awarded upon completion of all program requirements.

Program Director

Phillip Stephens
Phillip, Program Director, is an Episcopal lay-person and graduate of the 2006 Spiritual Guidance Class. In addition to being an associate of the Order of the Holy Cross, he serves as a spiritual guide and retreat facilitator. He is interested in cross-cultural studies and inter-spirituality.


For a full listing of current staff for this program, please download the Detailed Program Brochure.

Read Program Director Phillip Stephen’s article about how he first heard the call to become a Spiritual Director.

Price & Apply Now


Early Bird Price (by November 30, 2021): $8,475
Regular Price (after November 30, 2021): $8,975
Need-based tuition assistance is available.

Please see the brochure for detailed information on tuition and residency fees, installment plan, and tuition assistance.

We are requiring all participants to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (including booster shots).

Application Requirements

Click here to review the Criteria for Ideal Spiritual Guidance Program Candidates and Application Requirements before filling out the application form.






To learn more about spiritual direction, you may view Shalem’s Pamphlet on Spiritual Direction here.


Click below to download the brochure, which includes detailed information on at-home work, residency topics, peer groups, program components, and a full listing of current staff.

Feel free to contact Katy Gaughan, Program Administrator, at (301) 897-7334.