Application Requirements

Applicants for Seeking the Spirit Within shall:

  • obtain and submit an application.
  • obtain reference forms to be submitted by applicant’s pastor and one other person from within their faith community.
  • obtain and submit forms for required background check.
  • participate in a personal interview with the Director of Seeking the Spirit Within and one advisory board member.
  • engage in a one-on-one relationship with a certified spiritual director, preferably for one year prior to application.
  • commit to continued individual spiritual direction during the two-year program.
  • develop and/or maintain computer literacy and access for participation with the program’s online discussion board.


  • One-time application fee (non-refundable) – $75* (*Application fee will be discounted to $50 for those who attend a Seeking the Spirit Within discernment retreat.)
  • Tuition (ELCA) – $900 per term for four terms – $3,600 total
  • Tuition (Non-ELCA) – $1,100 per term for four terms – $4,400 total

Cost of books, individual spiritual direction, travel and any incurred computer costs are the responsibility of each participant.

Persons interested in this program should contact the Director.