Lancaster Theological Seminary
Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation
MDIV/Spiritual Direction Combined Program
Providing formation for contemplative living and leadership
The combined MDiv and Spiritual Direction program offers students the ability to earn a MDiv degree from Lancaster Theological Seminary and complete the certificate program in spiritual direction at Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation within three years. This innovative and collaborative program draws on the rich resources of Christian contemplative tradition to prepare individuals called to the ministry of spiritual direction.
94 Credits Required for Graduation
MS101 Interpretive Task & Retreat (2 credits)
Anti-Racism Institute (1.5 credits)
Comprehensive Vocation Review
Cross-Cultural Seminar (option of 3 credits)
Ministry Seminars: 4 credits (MS 106 & MS 107)
Specialized Electives: 12 credits from the following:
Two years, offering spiritual guidance with the support of a Shalem model of peer supervision. Shalem will not be supplying the peer supervision group, but could help with its formation based on the groups already in the area and/or graduates in the area. The spiritual guidance may be offered within a congregational setting and combined with other pastoral work if the student intends to pursue ordained ministry.
Spiritual Guidance Program with Shalem Institute
Additional elective credits to equal 94.
This program will allow students to complete their MDIV degree and a certificate in spiritual direction within 3 years. Students in this program will be required to complete the final spiritual direction intensive and project in the summer following their graduation. Successful applicants must apply to both programs and be accepted by both programs in order to be eligible. This program will begin with a limit of 8 students per year. Because the intent of this program is to get graduates into pastoral positions more efficiently, it is intended for full-time students. However, if space is available and acceptance into the specialization is acceptable to both institutions, part-time students may become eligible.
**Persons interested must apply separately to both programs.**
To apply to the MDiv program click here.
To apply to the Shalem Spiritual Guidance Program click here.
 52 credits total. Successful candidates must be accepted into both programs in order to be eligible for this specialization.
 Additional specialized electives may be offered.