What is Spiritual Direction, and how does it assist you in becoming a Christ-centered 3-C contemplative activist?
In recent years, as more and more people are finding themselves burned out and stressed out from trying to keep up in a world that is stuck on fast, the ancient disciplines surrounding Spiritual Direction, when anchored in the life and ministry of Jesus of Nazareth, are offering great hope to many!
In Spiritual Direction, the director and the directee come together for the primary purpose of engaging in meaningful spiritual conversations, focusing on the presence and activity of God in the directee’s life. In a word, Spiritual Direction is co-discernment, with the director holding space open for the directee, discerning together to “see what the Father is doing (John 5:19),” not just in that moment, but over the months and seasons of a person’s life.
What are the tools of Spiritual Direction?
A trained director does her/his work through a combination of means: silence, prayer, reverent listening, excellent questions, keen observations, attention to the mind, affect, and body of the directee, self–awareness, and knowledge of both human personality and spiritual dynamics. And while Spiritual Direction is most commonly done one-on-one, it can also be used successfully in facilitating small groups as well!
The idea that only church leaders or those with great maturity in their faith can pursue Spiritual Direction is false. While, indeed, pastors and leaders will greatly benefit from working alongside a qualified spiritual director, Christ-centered Spiritual Direction is for anyone who desires to draw closer to God and to grow in his or her personal relationship with Jesus of Nazareth.
Once you’ve decided to look for a well-qualified, Christ-centered spiritual director, we suggest you begin your search here with our Sustainable Faith-Heartland Spiritual Directors Network. Sustainable Faith-Heartland (SFH) is a collective of pastors, ministry leaders, and spiritual directors working across the upper Midwest to create a spiritually healthy culture among leaders and their communities.
Generally, Spiritual Direction is best done in person, so our primary goal at SFH will be to match you up with one of our trained spiritual directors who lives closest to you. But, in truth, there just aren’t enough well-trained, Christ-centered, biblically-based* spiritual directors at this time across the fruited plain of North America. That’s why we here at The Contemplative Activist have joined with Sustainable Faith in training and equipping more directors for the increasing need out there. In the meantime, our SFH directors can successfully conduct sessions via Skype, Facetime, or over the phone, if that works for you…and for many, it does!
Click here to see a current list of spiritual directors who are part of our growing SFH network.