Association of Covenant Spiritual Directors

Association of Covenant Spiritual Directors

Our desire in the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC) is for individuals to have a deep, abiding life with Christ. This kind of experience is in keeping with the strong traditions of our denomination as we consider the formational question in the narrative of our history together: “How goes your walk with Christ?” A foundational verse for the ECC is found in Psalm 119:63: “I am a companion of all who fear [God]” (NRSV). We believe that a gentle, listening presence can help bring transformation in peoples’ lives.

Denominational Association

The Association of Covenant Spiritual Directors (ACSD) exists to facilitate broader connection between Covenant–affiliated spiritual directors.

Click here to download the ACSD brochure.

Our Purpose

The purpose of the Association Covenant Spiritual Directors (ACSD) is to further the spiritual direction ministry of the ECC through providing visibility for the ministry, advocacy to strengthen and expand the ministry, support for affiliated spiritual directors, and coordination of shared ministries and resourcing with regional spiritual direction networks.

Visibility: We seek to increase the visibility/awareness among ECC members, pastors, churches, and leaders of the role, educational opportunities, and ministry of spiritual direction.

Advocacy: We are committed to advocating for the ministry of spiritual direction.

Strengthening and Expanding the Ministry of Spiritual Direction throughout the denomination: We offer the ministry of spiritual direction at various Covenant events such as the Midwinter Conference, Women’s Triennial, Sustaining Pastoral Excellence events, and Covenant Orientation classes.

Support: To provide opportunities for the individual growth for affiliated spiritual directors through supportive fellowship, continuing education, resourcing, and individual encouragement.

Membership and Application

Membership in the Association of Covenant Spiritual Directors is granted to those who support the purposes of the ACSD and are committed to the criteria and standards of the Association. Annual dues for membership are established each year by the ACSD.

Click here to download the Membership Process Checklist.

Full Membership: Full membership in the ACSD is open to any spiritual director who is a graduate of an approved spiritual direction program and who is an active member of an Evangelical Covenant Church. Full members have voting privileges. Click here for a Full Membership application.

Associate Membership: Associate membership is available to Covenant-affiliated spiritual directors who are not members of a Covenant church. Click here for an Associate Membership application.

Student Membership: Student membership in the Association is open to Covenant-affiliated students preparing for spiritual direction ministry through enrollment in a spiritual direction certification or degree program recognized by the ACSD. Click here for a Student Membership application.

Renewal of Membership: All categories of membership in the Association is to be renewed by means of a renewal application and payment of annual dues. Click here to renew your membership.

Initial Membership: Initial membership whether full, student, or associate is granted upon the applicant meeting the standards and criteria established by the ACSD.

Annual Membership: Annual renewal of membership for any class of members will be granted upon meeting criteria for continued participation as determined by the ACSD and upon payment of the membership dues. Membership is from the ACSD’s annual meeting to annual meeting.


Members in the ACSD may participate in and receive the following:

  • Opportunities for individual growth for spiritual directors through supportive fellowship, continuing education, and individual encouragement
  • Opportunities for broader connection between Covenant-affiliated spiritual directors
  • Participation in forums for the sharing of ideas and resources related to spiritual direction
  • ACSD annual meeting and spiritual directors’ retreat in conjunction with the Covenant Midwinter Conference
  • Inclusion in a master listing of members (access for members only)
  • Periodic written communication with members
  • Web-site posting resources and email updates for spiritual directors

Regional Networks

The purpose of spiritual direction networks in the various ECC regional conferences is to offer a gift of listening, discernment, and prayer in a confidential setting of encouragement and compassion to the pastors, ministry staff, missionaries, and their spouses in their conferences. Some conference networks also serve laity as part of their mission and ministry. Through the networks, individuals may connect with a spiritual companion who can listen to the stories of their lives and help discern the presence and work of the Holy Spirit. The regional networks provide multiple benefits for spiritual directors: fellowship, connection, accountability, training, practice. For contact persons of regional networks, click here.


Pro Tem Coordinating Council

Jim Gaderlund, President
Patty Thompson, Vice President
Deb Steinkamp, Finances
Judy Peterson, Secretary
Eva Sullivan-Knoff, Facebook Editor
Jennifer Andersson
Debbie Blue
Rick Mylander, Retreat Coordinator