What to Look for in Spiritual Direction Training

Redemptorist Renewal Center in Tucson

Let’s say you are seriously considering the time and money commitment to a formation and training program that prepares you to become a spiritual director. What should you be looking for? While most spiritual direction training programs teach a method that is more evocative than directive, they do not all teach it in the same [Read More...]

Spiritual Direction Training

Hesychia School of Spiritual Direction

Though the practice we call spiritual direction has its roots in the monastic desert movement of Christianity it has flowered prolifically in the last 60 years. When I first heard of spiritual direction in 1987, there were only a handful of spiritual directors in Tucson and most were Catholic priests, former priests or sisters. Thanks [Read More...]

How to Become a Spiritual Director

The Hesychia School of Spiritual Direction

Since spiritual direction is a faith-oriented practice, there is no standard regulation or licensing available. So in a practical sense anyone can hang a shingle and start offering spiritual direction. But please don’t do that. It’s a really bad idea because if you don’t have some training—either by apprenticing or attending a formation and training [Read More...]

Using a Discernment Coach

Part of every spiritual director’s training is (or should be) education in the art of spiritual discernment. In addition to the work I do with people exploring their spiritual path, I also serve as a discernment coach for some individuals and groups. That is, they have a particular question facing them—a choice, a change or [Read More...]

Does a Candidate’s Faith Matter?

Does a candidate’s faith matter? Patheos has asked its bloggers to reflect on this question during the campaign season, so naturally I will approach this from the lens of a progressive Christian spiritual director. A candidate’s faith matters if that candidate’s actions that are rooted in their faith —as in what he or she stands for, [Read More...]

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...]