Step 3: Partner With A Spiritual Companion

As you continue your journey into Christ-centered 3-C contemplative activism, we suggest you prayerfully consider working with a Christ-centered spiritual director whose primary job is to simply come alongside you, becoming a spiritual companion in the care of your own soul.

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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. One author defines spiritual direction as a wonderful way to “dust for the fingerprints of God” in your life.

What are the tools of Spiritual Direction?

A trained spiritual 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.

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Where can I find a well-qualified, Christ-centered Spiritual Director?

Once you’ve decided to look for a spiritual director, we suggest you begin your search here with our Sustainable Faith-Heartland Spiritual Directors Network. It’s our vision, as a network of trained spiritual directors, to offer high quality, Christ-centered spiritual direction to any individual, group of individuals, or any church, ministry or non-profit organization that is looking to benefit from the absolute joys of receiving on-going spiritual direction. We personally know each of these directors listed here and highly recommend any of these wonderful men or women listed below.

Click on the spiritual director’s picture or name to contact them inquiring of your interest in spiritual direction.


COLORADO

KimNielsen Kim Nielsen – (Breckenridge) Kim, formerly of Columbia, MO, offers one-on-one spiritual direction, retreats, speaking on the spiritual life and retreat coordination, and has training in the Enneagram. Kim received her two-year certificate in spiritual direction from Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction. She is also a trained companion for the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises, through Sustainable Faith. Kim is a member of ESDA and is available for direction via in-person, Skype, or phone.

ILLINOIS

joankelly Joan Kelly – (Palatine) Joan offers one-on-one spiritual direction, guided retreats, facilitation of Listen to My Life for individuals, groups or retreats, speaking on spiritual growth, life story and spiritual practices and has training in the Enneagram. Joan received her two-year certificate in spiritual direction from Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction. Joan is a member of ESDA and is available for direction via in-person or phone.

deirdrevanrensburg-2  Deirdré Jansen Van Rensburg – (Barrington) Deirdré is passionate about being present with people in ways that increase their awareness of and response to God’s presence, His love and redeeming work in them. She holds an Advanced Certificate in Trauma and Abuse Counseling from the Seattle School of Psychology and Theology. Deirdré received her two-year certificate in spiritual direction from Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction.

timreist-2 Tim Reist – (Peoria) Tim is passionate about helping others follow Christ with all their mind, heart, body, and soul.  He has been in vocational ministry for the past 26 years serving on staffs of 3 churches in Indiana and Illinois. Tim leads retreats for people in their contemplative journey with God, and Enneagram retreats as well. He received his two-year certificate in spiritual direction from Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction.

IOWA

martypic Marty Boller – (Cedar Rapids) Marty received his two-year certificate in spiritual direction from Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction. He loves coming alongside pastors, companioning them in the care of their souls as they juggle the heavy demands of pastoral ministry. Marty’s been involved in pastoral ministry for 30+ years and serves the larger body of Christ through his blog and website: The Contemplative Activist. Marty is a member of ESDA and is available for direction via in-person or Zoom.com.

sandypic Sandy Boller – (Cedar Rapids) Sandy received her two-year certificate in spiritual direction from Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction. She loves to help women learn the rhythms of slowing down and listening for the Holy, offering spiritual direction in such a way so that we may learn to recognize God in the middle of our everyday lives. Sandy encourages her directees to find creative ways to be present to the One who is always present to us, learning the rhythms of slowing down and listening for the Holy. Sandy is a member of ESDA and is available for direction via in-person, Skype, or Facetime.

BillDaylong William (Bill) Daylong – (Marion) Bill, a veteran of 42 years of pastoral ministry, has embraced his passion for ministry working alongside persons who seek through spiritual practices to open up to the God who has always been present in their lives. Bill integrates practices from his Native American and Celtic spiritual heritages to help seekers to slow down and attend to the slow work of God within them. Bill received his two-year certificate in spiritual direction from Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction.

rod copy Rod Dugan – (Cedar Rapids) Rod’s focus is to come alongside worship leaders, musicians, and other artists, helping them to more clearly hear the melodies of God woven throughout their lives, see more clearly the portraiture of their true selves, and assist them to creatively participate with the in-breaking of God’s Kingdom around them. Rod received his two-year certificate in spiritual direction from Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction, and has training in the Enneagram.

lauriejensen Laurie Jensen – (Ames) Laurie’s life’s passion…Christian spiritual growth in a context of a down-to-earth conversation and listening which is grounded in the Bible and in the realities of life as it is. She loves to listen, accompanying others as they explore the possibility of God’s present work in their lives. Laurie has a certificate in Spiritual Formation with Ruth Haley Barton and received her two-year certificate in spiritual direction from Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction. She is available for direction via in-person or Skype.

leslieleavenworth (1) Leslie Leavenworth – (Des Moines) Leslie is a practicing nurse, and visual artist. She believes there is both an art of healing and healing in art.  She offers a listening ear, an engaged spirit and an opportunity to explore together the rhythms and patterns of God’s working in the directee’s life. Leslie received her two-year certificate in spiritual direction from Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction.

ericN Eric Nicolaysen(Des Moines) Eric received his two-year certificate in spiritual direction from Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction. He graduated with his Masters of Divinity from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology in 2012, after which he pastored a church in Sacramento, CA from 2013 to 2016. He’s convinced that spiritual direction genuinely helps people as they tend the landscapes of their life, the desires of their heart, and God’s loving presence and compassionate action through it all.

KANSAS

jenniealtstadt Jennie Altstadt(Fairway) Jennie loves to help create a grace-filled window of time for women to experience the Holy Spirit and connect the dots of God’s working in their lives in ways they may not otherwise see. She received her two-year certificate in spiritual direction from Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction. Jennie is a member of ESDA and is available for direction via in-person or Skype.

karenbartlett (1) Karen Bartlett (Wichita) Through her years of ministry, Karen recognized a need to create space for people to hear God’s voice as they expressed doubts, concerns, or a longing for a deeper spiritual life. Her Masters degree in social work and Masters certificate in theology helps her understand spiritual formation and personal development as part of a holistic approach to faith and life. Karen received her two-year certificate in spiritual direction from Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction.

chandelleclaassan Chandelle Claassen(North Newton) Chandelle offers spiritual direction as a listening ministry where she protects and holds open space for people to explore interior movements or feelings as they interact with God in a conversational relationship. She is also a certified life coach, working with individuals in the areas of leadership and soul care. Chandelle is available for retreats and speaking on spiritual formation and soul care rhythms. She received her two-year certificate in spiritual direction from Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction.

barbtoft (1) Barb Toft – (Overland Park) Barb’s heart’s desire is to create a peaceful space where women can come to know God in a deeply intimate way. She received her two-year certificate in spiritual direction from Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction. Barb’s passion is to hold spiritual retreats for women who are hungry to hear the calm still voice of God. Find Barb on FaceBook at Pathway to Paniym. Barb is a member of ESDA and is available for direction via in-person or Skype.

MINNESOTA

Justin (1) Justin Law – (Inver Grove Heights) Justin has a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Writing, has completed Vineyard Leadership Institute’s two year program, and received his Masters of Ministry in 2011. Justin serves on the pastoral staff at River Heights Vineyard Church in Inver Grove Heights, currently overseeing worship arts, prayer, and youth. Whether in the role of artist, worship leader, minister, or spiritual director, his passion is to create space for connection with God. Justin received his two-year certificate in spiritual direction from Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction.

MISSOURI

sarahcook Sarah Cook(Kansas City) Sarah is passionate about coming alongside others as they journey with Jesus.  Her desire is to create a safe atmosphere where others can encounter the Holy Spirit and identify ways in which God is actively at work in their lives that they might have missed otherwise. Sarah is a graduate of Vineyard Leadership Institute and has a B.A. in Art History. She received her two-year certificate in spiritual direction from Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction.

WISCONSIN

nancybooth Nancy Booth – (Madison) Nancy is passionate about creating safe, quiet spaces for midlife Christian women so they can discover God’s fingerprints in their stories and explore what new adventures He may be calling them to explore. Nancy provides one-on-one sessions in person or by Skype as well as offering guided small group retreats using life maps. Along with a MS Degree in Education and certification in life coaching, Nancy received her two-year certificate in spiritual direction from Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction.

ONTARIO, CANADA

waynesabrinaA (1) Wayne & Sabrina MacQueen – (London) Wayne and Sabrina offer one-on-one spiritual direction as well as group spiritual direction. It is their passion to help ministry leaders remain and come into health…to come alongside men and women who are ministering in today’s hurried, frenetic church cultures. Wayne & Sabrina received their training in spiritual direction from Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction.


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banner_esdaAll directors listed above are associated with and are working under the direction and supervision of Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction, a Christ-centered ministry with a mission to create a culture of sustainability among leaders of churches and non-profit organizations across North America. Sustainable Faith is an accredited School of Spiritual Direction, recognized by ESDA (Evangelical Spiritual Directors Association).

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