Spiritual Direction and your Leadership Team

leading a group

One of the greatest gifts a spiritual director brings to any leadership team, council, session or board is the gift of non-attached observation. When you participate in working groups such as these it is easy to get bogged down in the work, making it difficult to step “onto the balcony” and see what is really [Read More...]

Hiring a Spiritual Director for your Group

For a paltry fee most any spiritually-oriented group can hire a spiritual director to lead, facilitate or organize gatherings for discernment and prayer. I recommend this even if there is a member of the group (say a pastor or church leader) with mad skills in leadership. Why? Every group has its own personality and every [Read More...]

Covert Group Spiritual Direction

No matter what I’m invited to do at churches or spirituality gatherings, I’m covertly doing group spiritual direction. That’s because spiritual direction is not just something I do for a living, it’s more the way I see and interact with the world. So I believe every time I lead a group in a prayer practice [Read More...]

How to do Group Spiritual Direction

Group spiritual direction is as varied as the groups and directors involved. There are two models, though, that are popular and helpful to know about.  I learned them with names that sound like a Three Musketeers’ motto, but you may hear them described differently.   One–for-All This is a well-known model for introducing spiritual direction [Read More...]

Group Spiritual Direction

  You can learn things with others than you don’t learn by yourself or with just one other person. Group spiritual direction is an excellent way to explore your spiritual path with other people wanting to do the same. In group direction you discover: You are not alone in your questions, doubts, or need to [Read More...]

What a Spiritual Direction Session Looks Like


Two people sitting in a quiet, private space perhaps with a lighted candle on a table nearby, discussing whatever life experience the directee shares.  That’s spiritual direction. At the first visit, the two of you will likely spend some time getting to know one another.  After the initial “meet and greet,” the spiritual director will [Read More...]

One-on-One Spiritual Direction

When you are in need of a safe place to share your spiritual questions and experiences, individual spiritual direction is a good place to start. The one-on-one approach allows for deep, confidential and slow-paced sharing. Typical one-on-one spiritual direction involves a 50-60 minute session between a spiritual director and you, the directee. The director is [Read More...]

Spiritual Direction vs. Spiritual Friend

my spiritual friends

It’s great to have a friend you can talk to about your spiritual life. But that’s not the same as having a spiritual director. You may be wondering why anyone who has a good spiritual friend would want or need a spiritual director. As a person who has had both–spiritual friends and directors (over the [Read More...]

Spiritual Direction vs. Counseling

There are very real differences between spiritual direction and counseling (also known as therapy). You may be wondering which one is best for you in your current life situation. One thing we learn in spiritual direction training is that spiritual direction can be therapeutic but that doesn’t mean it is therapy! Just like therapy can be [Read More...]

Appreciating Spiritual Experiences

A common misconception is that spiritual direction is mostly about people’s discomfort or problems. In fact, much of what spiritual directors do is help you savor, appreciate and explore wonderful places in your life–places where you feel deeply connected to the source of all life. This is an important practice because as the world seems [Read More...]