- A prayerful space to explore your relationship with God
- A time for reflection on life's experiences
- A place to be real about the hard questions of faith
- An opportunity to grow in your awareness of God's presence
Spiritual direction is not therapy, coaching, teaching, or mentoring.
Spiritual direction is more about co-discernment, and the Holy Spirit is the true director. This is an ancient practice being renewed in our time, and it is intended to deepen one's relationship with God as we seek to become more open to the Spirit's guidance and transformation.
If you desire someone to walk beside you as a co-listener for God's presence and to assist you in deepening your awareness of the Spirit in daily life, then spiritual direction may be for you.
The purpose of spiritual direction “is to help people deepen their awareness of God’s presence and activity in their lives… Direction is living out a call to pay attention. We are listening for God’s movement in us and in the lives of those we engage. Direction helps people ground themselves in God and deepen their self-understanding as followers of Jesus individually, in the group setting, in the church, and in the world at large.” —Heather Webb, Small Group Leadership as Spiritual Direction
“We define Christian spiritual direction, then, as help given by one Christian to another which enables that person to pay attention to God’s personal communication to him or her, to respond to this personally communicating God, to grow in intimacy with God, and to live out the consequences of that relationship.” —William A. Barry and William J. Connolly, The Practice of Spiritual Direction
Spiritual direction is “recognizing God’s amazing work in us and among us in the ordinariness of human existence.” —Margaret Guenther, Holy Listening: The Art of Spiritual Direction
“What is the purpose of a spiritual director?... His direction is simply and clearly to lead us to our real director. He is the means of God to open the path to the inward teaching of the Holy Spirit.” —Richard Foster, Celebration of Discipline
“The whole purpose of spiritual direction is to penetrate beneath the surface of a [person’s] life, to get behind the façade of conventional gestures and attitudes which he [or she] presents to the world, and to bring out his [or her] inner spiritual freedom, [the] inmost truth, which is what we call the likeness of Christ in the world… A spiritual director is then one who helps another to recognize and to follow the inspiration of grace in his life, in order to arrive at the end to which God is leading him.” —Thomas Merton, Spiritual Direction and Meditation