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Spiritual Direction

 
Spiritual direction is an ancient form of Christian soul care that goes back to the earliest days of the church. It has never really gone away. It is just that large sectors of the Christian church have forgotten their own heritage. In its classical form, spiritual direction is a one-on-one relationship organized around prayer and conversation directed toward deepening intimacy with God...Spiritual directors are not experts, nor do they direct. They do not follow a standardized curriculum or implement a prepackaged program. Rather, they journey with others who, like themselves, are committed to the process of spiritual formation in Christ.”
— David Benner, Sacred Companions*

 

What is Spiritual direction?

Spiritual direction is a relationship of discerning God's movement and listening to His voice alongside another, growing in attentiveness and awareness of God in all of life (from the mundane to the mysterious), and creating space to name and respond to the Holy Spirit's invitations. We believe that God is always speaking to us, and spiritual direction helps us to “pay attention to God’s personal communication to [us], to respond to this personally communicating God, to grow in intimacy with this God,” and to live out the results of this intimacy in daily life.*  

Borrowing from the wisdom of pastor and author Eugene Peterson, we affirm and practice his three core convictions of spiritual direction: 

"(1) God is always doing something: an active grace is shaping this life into mature salvation; (2) responding to God is not sheer guesswork: the Christian community has acquired wisdom through the centuries that provides guidance; (3) each soul is unique: no wisdom can simply be applied without discerning the particulars of this life, this situation." ***

 

How do I know if spiritual direction is for me?

Spiritual direction may be for you if you are wrestling with the following questions:

  • Where is God in this season of life, or in this situation I'm facing?

  • How do I discern where God is leading me?

  • Will God meet me in my longing for more?

  • Is God speaking to me in ways I am not fully aware?

  • How can I learn to hear God's voice and become aware of God's presence?

  • Can I still experience God, even though I feel stuck in my spiritual life? ****

 

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*William Barry and William Connolly, The Practice of Spiritual Direction (HarperOne, E-book edition, 2012), 8.

**David Benner, Sacred Companions (Chicago, IL: IVP Books, Kindle Edition, 2004) loc. 111.

***Eugene Peterson, Working the Angles: The Shape of Pastoral Integrity (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1993), 150.

****Adapted from http://www.b-ing.org/direction/index.php