Certificate – Spiritual Exploration


Spiritual preparation comes from prayer, worship, counsel from spiritual advisors, and engagement with one's faith community. For those who want to explore the life of the Spirit, for personal or vocational reasons, ESR offers the Spiritual Exploration Certificate.

Certificate courses are designed to deepen students' spiritual lives and expand their ability to offer ministry as a result of inner leadings and promptings from the Holy Spirit. ESR’s Spiritual Exploration Certificate is a six-course program that can be completed in as little as two years.

Classes begin with August Intensives


  • Spiritual Formation and Personal Practice (offered as an August two-week intensive each year)

Five of the following:

  • Quakers Among Mystics
  • Prayer
  • New Frontiers in Spirituality
  • Eco-Spirituality
  • History of Christian Spirituality
  • Spirituality of Peacemaking
  • The Spirit of Islam
  • Mysticism: An Interfaith Exploration
  • Quaker Spirituality
  • Individual Spiritual Direction

Learn more about Michael Birkel, Professor of Christian Spirituality, and our other teaching faculty.

Request more information or apply online.

ESR's certificate programs combine foundational classes with specialized courses that deeply explore areas of concentration. Students can choose from residential, intensive, online or hybrid residential/online courses to fulfill certificate requirements. These flexible yet rigorous programs can support vocational or ministry goals, or serve as an interim step toward a degree program.

Certificate cost: $600/credit hour (most certificates are 18 credit hours), plus semester fees (aprox. $300/semester); 25% discount for prepayment of total cost or apply for up to 25% in need based aid.