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Certificate in Christian Spiritual Formation

Your safety is our first priority! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the in-person elements of this certificate program have been adjusted to ensure the safety of all students. Program participants will have the option to attend spiritual formation retreats through Zoom, and for those desiring to attend in-person, protocols will be in place during the retreat. For more information or with questions, please contact

Christian Spiritual Formation Certificate

We are now accepting applications for the 2021/2023 cohort.

Application Deadline for Fall, 2021 is May 30, 2021.

Join the Christian Spiritual Formation Certificate program, a two-year cohort program designed to help you learn how to abide in Christ. You’ll be transformed as you strengthen your walk with Him. You will also learn how to minister to others, through spiritual formation and instruction in the church.

To begin, fill out an application today! Upon application approval, you can pay for the course and begin your program to grow deeper in your intimacy with Christ!

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See how Spiritual Formation has influenced Jenny’s walk with Christ

The program is divided into four weekend retreats throughout the year. Each retreat includes teaching, worship, shared meals, times of reflection, small groups, and personal meetings with a spiritual director. You’ll encounter Christ in a new way as you grasp a deeper sense of the process of spiritual transformation. Form lasting relationships with others who also want to deepen their relationship with Him.

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If you are interested in spiritual formation and want to help others grow in their relationship with Christ, Moody also offers a Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation and Discipleship!

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Participant Experience

As an active participant, you’ll:

  • Encounter Christ and grow in your intimacy with Him as you talk to Him.
  • Receive tools to honestly measure yourself by God’s truth.
  • Identify sinful patterns that inhibit your relationship with Christ.
  • Develop a spiritual rhythm of walking with God, and join a growing community of believers who will encourage you to mature in Christ.
  • Learn how to internalize God’s Word, discern His voice, and understand His redemptive plan for humanity.
  • Develop your identity in Christ and cultivate spiritual practices that deepen your intimacy with Him.
  • Learn how to bring God’s love to the oppressed and those in need.
  • Recognize what is keeping you from loving God and others.
  • Strengthen your biblical worldview and interact with Christian spiritual classics that have shaped the church.



After completing the two-year program, you can choose to become certified as a spiritual director. This is a one-year program with a slightly increased workload meeting four (4) times over a one-year period. As you train for the certification, you will:

  • Meet with a small group of peers for supervision and training in spiritual direction.
  • Read biblically informed books about spiritual growth.
  • Provide spiritual direction in your practicum.
  • Meet personally with a supervisor to discuss practicum cases.
  • Learn how to listen to others with humility and discernment, and understand the process of spiritual growth and change.



At the retreats, you’ll join with the 18–30 other members of your cohort at the retreat center, where room and board are provided. You’ll talk about the coursework you’ve done between retreats, and hear lectures from experts. You’ll have time to enjoy the spacious retreat ground located on the lake.

Joseph and Mary Retreat House, Mundelein, IL

Chicago — 2021-2023

  1. September 24-26, 2021
  2. December 10-12, 2021
  3. February 25-27, 2022
  4. June 3-5, 2022
  5. August 19-21, 2022
  6. November 4-6, 2022
  7. January 20-22, 2023
  8. April 7-9, 2023

Cohorts Anticipated in 2022 for Memphis, Tennessee and Ocoee, Florida. More information to come!



The program fee is $3,150 per year, which covers both class materials and retreats. Students may be required to buy a few books. Moody offers a payment plan and offers scholarships on a case-by-case basis.