A spiritual director is a compassionate, concerned observer whose task is to help people notice the ways in which God’s Spirit is moving in their lives. (Why meet with a spiritual director?)
What is group spiritual direction?
Group spiritual direction includes times of silence, time to speak about your faith journey, and time to listen deeply to other members of the group. A spiritual director guides the logistics of the process and helps the group to stay in a contemplative mode.
- you want to be intentional about your faith and would like to be part of a community of like-minded people,
- you are willing to rest in God’s presence on behalf of others to assist them in their ongoing discernment without trying to “fix it” for them,
- you are drawn to contemplative, quieter forms of prayer or would like to deepen that aspect of your spiritual life.
Do you know of other resources for finding spiritual direction groups? Please leave a comment, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why meet with a spiritual director?
Meeting with a spiritual director can help you grow in your faith and become more fully who God created you to be. You might seek out a spiritual director if…
- you would like someone to help you notice where God is showing up in your day-to-day life and how God is calling you to live,
- you are in transition and wonder where God fits in, or you are making a decision and need help and encouragement in your discernment process,
- you plan to go on a personal retreat and want spiritual direction before or during that time,
- you are angry or doubting or having other issues with God and don’t feel free to explore it in your church or faith
- you feel a pull toward spiritual direction for whatever reason, and simply want to give it a try.
Typically, individual direction happens once a month for an hour, and groups meet once a month for two hours. It’s customary for spiritual directors to charge a fee.
When people are looking for a spiritual director, they often interview several directors to find out which one is right for them. The SDI site has a helpful list of questions to ask a prospective spiritual director.
For a description of how I proceed when someone contacts me about spiritual direction, see Spiritual direction agreement.