"As we have come to understand it, spiritual direction differs from moral guidance, psychological counseling, and the practice of confessional, preaching or healing ministries in that it directly assists individuals in developing and cultivating their personal relationships with God." William Barry and William Connally in The Practice of Spiritual Direction.
The role of a spiritual director is to assist you to pay attention to how God is revealing himself to you. Your presence in spiritual direction communicates that you have put your faith in God and that you desire a more intimate relationship with Him. It shows a spirit of humility and wisdom in that you are inviting a spiritual director along on your personal journey. I am here to assist you, encourage you and pray with and for you as you seek a deeper relationship with God.
In the process of direction we will meet together in the presence of God and await His leading. There will be times of silence as we await His direction as well as times of encouragement as we receive affirmation and direction Together we will sit and consider God's movement. It will be a sacred time.
In Individual Spiritual Direction, you meet one-on-one with a trained spiritual director. Meetings typically last 45 minutes. The purpose of Individual Spiritual Direction is to grow in your capacity to relate to God, therefore the attention of the spiritual director and the dialogue you carry together will be centered on that relationship. It is a time to grow in your capacity to discern the movement and direction of the Holy Spirit in your life. The spiritual director will ask you questions to gain greater understanding of your relationship with God and will often incorporate the reading of and reflection on Scripture as part of the time.
Group Spiritual Direction covers similar aspects to Individual Spiritual Direction, but does so through community. It allows for space for peers to talk about how the Spirit of God may be moving, calling, and inviting them, as well as listen to others share. A group typically consists of a maximum of six persons, plus one trained spiritual director