Spiritual Director Training Program of the Nebraska Synod

Discerning a call towards serving as a Spiritual Director?

Seeking the Spirit Within, in partnership with the Nebraska Synod, offers a three-year formational program for people sensing a call to be spiritual directors.

Spiritual Directors walk with others who are seeking to deepen their spiritual lives. The mission of Seeking the Spirit Within is to help ensure that people everywhere in Nebraska and beyond have access to that kind of spiritual companionship. To help fulfill that mission, we offer a high-quality certificate program in becoming a Spiritual Director.

Participants will meet regularly online (and in person at our Summit retreats in years one and two) with a small group of other students and a certified spiritual director to study materials, deepen one’s understanding of contemplative practices and principles of spiritual direction, developing the skills necessary to serve as a spiritual director.

After two years of study and successful completion of all requirements, the student will enter a third year of mentoring and supervision in order to receive certification as a spiritual director. We encourage all our certified spiritual directors to join our ongoing education program called: Reflective Practices as well as continuously meet with their own spiritual director.

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Remember, it is up to you to choose your spiritual director wisely. You are encouraged to speak with one or two directors in order to establish a comfortable fit for you and the director.

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Staff Contacts:

David Pinkston

Director of Seeking the Spirit Within

David was raised in a farming town in Northern California. He moved to the Los Angeles area in ‘94 to attend LIFE Pacific University. He married Brita in ’96 and have 3 adult children. They’ve pastored together at Pasadena Foursquare Church for over 25 years. His love for soul care led him to the ministry of Spiritual Direction with a specific niche in clergy care. He was trained and certified as a spiritual director through the School of Sustainable Faith. He graduated from Portland Seminary at George Fox University in 2020 (MASF). He also went through training using the Enneagram through the Deep Coaching program. David is passionate about soul care, spiritual leadership training, music and exploring their new home state of Nebraska!