Varieties of Spiritual Companionship

Holy Invitations: Exploring Spiritual DirectionI ran into this chart today and I thought it could be of some help to you all. It comes from Jeannette Bakke’s Holy Invitations. For much of my Christian life I had difficulty figuring out what the difference was between the four categories below.

I’d love to hear about your experiences with these things.

How do you like how the chart frames what happens?

Varieties of Spiritual Companionship

Agenda Process Role of Helper Goal of the Learner
Pastoral Counseling Set by Counselee Problem solving
Crisis management
Healing of past wounds
Facilitator “Healthy”
Mentoring Chosen by mentor and mentee and influenced by an “external” such as a workplace or educational institution Development Coach Improvement “like the external”
Discipling Set by the discipler Instruction Transmitter Learning incorporation “like the teacher”
Spiritual Direction Revealed by the Holy Spirit Noticing
Paying attention
Imago Dei
“like God”
“like Christ”
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