Spiritual Direction

 

Spiritual Direction Helps Your Relationship With God Flourish...

 

After years of listening to my clients in life coaching tell me that they believed in God, but not in religion I realized there was a great need for intercession in this area.  Truth be told, I was just like them...God has a way of placing people in our lives that mirror our inequities.  I had the same questions they did.  Why are there so many denominations?  Why are there so many interpretations of the Bible and which is correct?  Why does the Old Testament counterdict the New?  How come my pastor/priest says I am not worthy of God's love yet expects me to trust in God like a father?  Even though my clients were coming for coaching, we always ended up sharing about our faith.  Why was this?  God was barging in on my work and it became very clear that there was a theme underfoot.  You see, I love God with all my heart, and I do trust God...always have since I was a wee little one.  But I abandoned the idea of church and the value of Scripture with it just as most of my clients had.  I became puzzled why God was sending people to me with questions I could not answer for  myself.  As soon as I realized what was happening, the Holy Spirit coerced, well, pushed me right into masters studies at seminary. My coaching practice had to stand still for three years as I threw myself into God's call to study at seminary, even though I had no idea why I was going or what I would do with my degree.  

 

Just my luck (or God's plan), after my first year seminary began a new specialization program called "Spiritual Direction."  It is a specialization to add on to the Master of Arts in Christian Leadership program. This program fit nicely with my coaching background and allowed me the tools to effectively listen people into faith formation.  It also afforded me the opportunity to gain strength in my own faith formation in very profound ways.  After three years of theological leadership study and two years of Spiritual Direction training I feel confident in serving as your spiritual director/mentor.  While I don't have all the answers, nor will I ever claim to, I can help you learn how to better listen to God for your own answers.  

 

God meets us where we are as individuals and nobody has the right to speak to you for God. Good Christian leaders are merely vessels for the Holy Spirit to speak into in order to point someone to God...so that they can hear God for themselves.  Faith cannot be taught, it must be experienced through effective use of Scripture and Christian Tradition applied in a modern context.  My education affords me the ability to help you do learn how to do this for yourself.  

 

I am most excited about this facet of my business because it gives me the opportunity to walk along side folks as they learn how to empower their personal contexts (lives, families, jobs, relationships) with the help of the Holy Spirit.  Spiritual direction is a cooperative effort involving a director (mentor), the Holy Spirit and one or perhaps a group of others all working together to live a kingdom centered/driven life.  Many people will meet with a director once a month but other options are available too. 

 

The Ministry of Spiritual Direction

(Information provided by the Evangelical Spiritual Directors Association)

Spiritual direction is a safe place to explore your questions and concerns about your life with God.

A Christian spiritual director is a trained listener who will accompany you as you share about your spiritual journey, helping you to notice God’s presence and activity along the way, as well as your personal reactions and responses. Hospitable, confidential, and grounded in biblical truth, spiritual direction is a ministry that helps you grow in prayer and live into your calling as a follower of Christ.

What to Expect

You can meet with a spiritual director either in person, over the phone or via video conferencing. A session usually lasts for about an hour and takes place about once a month. Each spiritual director sets their own fee (if any), but the average cost is about $50 a session. Every meeting is confidential, and the spiritual director will help guide the dialogue through attentive listening and thoughtful questions.

Ministry Distinctions

People unfamiliar with spiritual direction can sometimes confuse it with other Christian helping ministries. Spiritual direction is similar to biblical and pastoral counseling in that it is biblically grounded and involves Christians helping one another to live the Christian life. Psychological counseling is intended to help solve personal and interpersonal issues.

 Spiritual direction differs from all three primarily in its focus: the intention in spiritual direction is not to help solve a problem, but rather to look for God’s activity within any problems and within the rest of the person’s life experience. This perspective invites you into deeper relationship with God in the midst of whatever you are experiencing.

 

  • Jill can do spiritual direction for individuals, groups, in a retreat setting and for families and churches.  If you are not in the Sioux Falls area, consider Skype sessions. 
  •  Session prices range from $40-50 per hour.  Call for group, family, church or retreat rates. 

 

 "And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near." Hebrews 10:24-25