Spiritual Exploration Certificate

Spiritual Exploration 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.

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.


Classes for this certificate begin with August Intensives.

Required Course:

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

Additional required courses (choose five):

  • 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

Our faculty

The Spiritual Exploration program is led by Michael Birkel, professor of Christian Spirituality.

Next steps

Ministry isn’t just a vocation or a calling—it’s a way of being in this world, seeking to make it whole. ESR is ready to support you in answering your own call to ministry, whatever shape it takes.