What is Spiritual Direction?
Spiritual direction helps you to clarify and pay attention to what is happening between you and God, to grow in intimacy with God, self, and others, and to make high-quality decisions as you respond to God’s communication in your life. Spiritual direction usually occurs on an ongoing basis as part of a longer-term relationship. It may also address and support short-term needs. Work with a spiritual director can help develop a sense of inner peace and discernment of life purpose. Clergy and other leaders may seek out a spiritual director for many different reasons, including:
- Informal spiritual companionship outside of the demands of one’s congregation or organization
- Clarification of one’s own mission, vision and purpose
- Addressing challenges, issues or impasse in one’s inner life and spiritual leadership
- Decision-making regarding a vocational change or transition
- Exploring and embracing inner growth and transformation
Spiritual direction is not intended to be a substitute for therapy, although there are some similarities. Instead, spiritual direction focuses on guidance in the contemplative realm of life.
For more information about Spiritual Direction and other services for clergy and congregations, contact David Miron at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-560-1949, extension 108.
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