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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 2021/2022 Year 1 and Year 2 cohorts

Application Deadline for Fall, 2021 is May 30, 2021

Join the Christian Spiritual Formation Certificate program, a one- or 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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Student Experience


As a year one student, 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.
  • Study devotional literature and learn how your life fits in the grand theme of Scripture.
  • Develop a spiritual rhythm of walking with God, and join a growing community of believers who will encourage you to mature in Christ.


As a year two student, you’ll:

  • 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.



You can choose to become certified as a spiritual director during the year two program. You’ll have a slightly increased workload, but you’ll follow the same schedule as others in year two. 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 meet with the 18–30 other members of your cohorts at the retreat center, where room and board is provided. You’ll talk about the coursework you’ve done between retreats, and hear lectures from experts.

Joseph and Mary Retreat House, Mundelein, IL

Chicago Year One — 2021-2022

  • September 24-26, 2021
  • December 10-12, 2021
  • February 25-27, 2022
  • May 13-15, 2022

Chicago Year Two — 2021-2022

  • September 10-12, 2021
  • November, 19-21, 2021
  • February 4-6, 2022
  • April 22-24, 2022


America’s Keswick, Whiting, New Jersey

New York Year One — September 2020

  • September 25-27, 2020
  • November 20-22, 2020
  • January 29-31, 2021
  • April 16-18, 2021

Florida Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center

Florida Year One 2021-2022

  • January, 8-10, 2021
  • March 26-28, 2021
  • June 18-20, 2021
  • September 24-26, 2021



The program fee is $2,950 per year*, which covers both class materials and retreats. Students may be required to buy several books. Moody offers a payment plan and offers scholarships on a case-by-case basis.

* This is a yearly fee. The student must apply annually, signing up for one year at a time.