Spiritual Direction

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I have a confession to make.

I never went to seminary in order to become a spiritual director.  I didn’t even know what spiritual direction was.  Somehow, I ended up accepted into a direction training program and once I started meeting with people, I knew.  I knew that it was no accident that I ended up doing this training. What I found in spiritual direction was a lovely way in which to journey with other people as they grow and deepen in relationship with God.  In some small ways, I’d been doing it for years.  I loved that my job wasn’t to have all the spiritual answers.  My place was to listen and pray.

As for the more practical bits, I graduated from the Institute for Spiritual Formation at Talbot School of Theology in May 2010.  During my time there I received training in spiritual direction and have been practicing ever since.   I currently offer individual and group direction for men and women and am a member of the Evangelical Spiritual Director’s Association (ESDA). My interests lie in helping others to freely approach the Lord, bringing this honesty into community, and creativity for the non-artist.

“The Risen Christ makes life a perpetual feast.”

-Athanasius

WHAT IS SPIRITUAL DIRECTION?

(Taken from the Evangelical Center for Spiritual Wisdom website)

Spiritual direction is a safe place to explore your questions and concerns about your life with God.

A Christian spiritual director is a trained listener who will accompany you as you share about your spiritual journey, helping you to notice God’s presence and activity along the way, as well as your personal reactions and responses. Hospitable, confidential, and grounded in biblical truth, spiritual direction is a ministry that helps you grow in prayer and live into your calling as a follower of Christ.

What to Expect

You can meet with a spiritual director either in person, over the phone or via video conferencing. A session usually lasts for about an hour and takes place about once a month. Each spiritual director sets their own fee (if any), but the average cost is about $50 a session. Every meeting is confidential, and the spiritual director will help guide the dialogue through attentive listening and thoughtful questions.

Ministry Distinctions

People unfamiliar with spiritual direction can sometimes confuse it with other Christian helping ministries. Spiritual direction is similar to biblical and pastoral counseling in that it is biblically grounded and involves Christians helping one another to live the Christian life. Psychological counseling is intended to help solve personal and interpersonal issues.

Spiritual direction differs from all three primarily in its focus: the intention in spiritual direction is not to help solve a problem, but rather to look for God’s activity within any problems and within the rest of the person’s life experience. This perspective invites you into deeper relationship with God in the midst of whatever you are experiencing.

To Begin Direction

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