Sustainable Faith – Canada

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The Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction is now growing at a phenomenal rate! What was once a small equipping ministry in Cincinnati, Ohio (USA) 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 across Canada:

On-line Registration is NOW OPEN!


Year One Cohort: London, Ontario.

Sep 15-16, 2017
Nov 24-25, 2017
Jan 26-27, 2018
Mar 23-24, 2018
May 25-26, 2018

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Teachers: Todd Long with Wayne & Sabrina MacQueen

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Year One Cohort: Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Oct 13-14, 2017
Dec 1-2, 2017
Feb 2-3, 2018
Apr 6-7, 2018
Jun 1-2, 2018


Teacher: Danny Mullins


Since 2008, the Schools of Sustainable Faith have established first and second year Spiritual Direction training groups (cohorts) in numerous North American cities, and now, in Europe! Our 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 ESDA (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 six to eight students is required to make up a cohort, with twelve being the maximum.

Tuition for Year 1 training for the 2017-18 school year is $2,100 (USD)*. 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 (USD) non-refundable deposit. Afterward, you can pay the entire tuition, or if you desire a monthly schedule, make a $440 (USD) non-refundable deposit and pay the balance in 8 equal automatic (electronic) payment payments of $212.50 (USD). (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 (USD) 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) (USD). If you have concerns or questions that arise from this tuition increase, please let us know.

banner_esdaAll teachers listed above are associated with and are working under the direction and supervision of Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction, a Christ-centered ministry with a mission to create a culture of sustainability among leaders of churches and non-profit organizations across North America. Sustainable Faith is an accredited School of Spiritual Direction, recognized by ESDA(Evangelical Spiritual Directors Association).