The World of Spiritual Direction

If you would like to learn more about spiritual direction or experience it yourself, please email us at spiritualdirection@faith4yourday.com for details on the program.

What is Spiritual Direction?

Spiritual Direction is a specialized ministry in the Church. It is a graced way of serving another believer, helping the other to grow in intimacy with God and to live out the consequences of this intimacy. The focus of spiritual direction is the directee’s (man/woman of prayer) experience of God and how communication happens between God and the directee. Trained spiritual directors have a background in ministry, communication skills, personality dynamics, and various resources in prayer, spirituality, and scripture. While some directors may be trained pastoral or psychological counselors, problem-solving or therapy is not the focus. Rather, both director and directee agree to meet regularly (usually monthly) so the directee might pay closer attention to the action of God. In spiritual direction, you are far more active than the director is, but you are also fully assisted by the loving attitude and attentiveness of the director.

Why would you need a Spiritual Director?

The need for a Spiritual Director comes when you want to develop a deeper relationship with God, when your search for God seems to be at a crossroad, when you want to explore new methods of prayer or prayer becomes difficult, when you feel the need for someone to assist you in discerning the call of the Spirit, or when you feel the need for a companion on the spiritual journey to walk with you and listen. We are not made to walk the spiritual journey alone!

What can I expect in Spiritual Direction?

The director assists you in becoming more aware of who God is for you, in helping you notice God’s movement in the events of your life, and in your prayer as they listen to your story.   

A Spiritual Director Helps You:

  • To be more aware of who God is for you
  • To notice God’s movement in the events of your life, in your prayer
  • To be able to talk about what you are experiencing
  • To reverence and savor your experiences of God
  • To be attentive to God’s invitations, urgings, confirmations
  • To recognize resistances and roadblocks
  • In the process of making choices that respond to God’s invitation

The spiritual director is not judgmental but assists the directee to objectify his or her experience. The director can assist the directee by gaining insight into oneself by trying to name the experience and to hold the conversation in reverence by savoring the experience with God. The director will keep the focus on the directee’s relationship with God. Contemporary direction presumes that God communicates through ordinary human experience and in that experience is found God’s invitations and urgings. The director is a companion on life’s journey, asking reflective questions and pointing out resources that may help along the way.In summary, Spiritual Direction is about a desire to learn and a call to deeper understanding of three primary relationships, our relationship with ourselves, others, and God. Incorporated within these relationships is the mystery of how they relate one to the other. If you would like to learn more about spiritual direction or experience it yourself

Spiritual Direction is a specialized ministry in the Church. It is a graced way of serving another believer, helping the other to grow in intimacy with God and to live out the consequences of this intimacy. The focus of spiritual direction is the directee’s (man/woman of prayer) experience of God and how communication happens between God and the directee. Trained spiritual directors have a background in ministry, communication skills, personality dynamics, and various resources in prayer, spirituality, and scripture. While some directors may be trained pastoral or psychological counselors, problem-solving or therapy is not the focus. Rather, both director and directee agree to meet regularly (usually monthly) so the directee might pay closer attention to the action of God. In spiritual direction, you are far more active than the director is, but you are also fully assisted by the loving attitude and attentiveness of the director.

Why would you need a Spiritual Director?

The need for a Spiritual Director comes when you want to develop a deeper relationship with God, when your search for God seems to be at a crossroad, when you want to explore new methods of prayer or prayer becomes difficult, when you feel the need for someone to assist you in discerning the call of the Spirit, or when you feel the need for a companion on the spiritual journey to walk with you and listen. We are not made to walk the spiritual journey alone!

What can I expect in Spiritual Direction?

The director assists you in becoming more aware of who God is for you, in helping you notice God’s movement in the events of your life, and in your prayer as they listen to your story.   

A Spiritual Director Helps You:

  • To be more aware of who God is for you
  • To notice God’s movement in the events of your life, in your prayer
  • To be able to talk about what you are experiencing
  • To reverence and savor your experiences of God
  • To be attentive to God’s invitations, urgings, confirmations
  • To recognize resistances and roadblocks
  • In the process of making choices that respond to God’s invitation

The spiritual director is not judgmental but assists the directee to objectify his or her experience. The director can assist the directee by gaining insight into oneself by trying to name the experience and to hold the conversation in reverence by savoring the experience with God. The director will keep the focus on the directee’s relationship with God. Contemporary direction presumes that God communicates through ordinary human experience and in that experience is found God’s invitations and urgings. The director is a companion on life’s journey, asking reflective questions and pointing out resources that may help along the way.In summary, Spiritual Direction is about a desire to learn and a call to deeper understanding of three primary relationships, our relationship with ourselves, others, and God. Incorporated within these relationships is the mystery of how they relate one to the other.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s