Spiritual Direction

Journeys Counseling Ministry

Spiritual Direction

What is spiritual direction?

When you engage in Spiritual Direction, you receive help discerning how God is speaking to you, how to respond to Him, and how to live out your relationship with Him.

The purpose of Individual Spiritual Direction is to grow in your capacity to relate to God, therefore the focus of the conversation between you and your spiritual director will be centered on your relationship with God. It is a time to grow in your capacity to discern the movement and direction of the Holy Spirit in your life.

What does it look like to receive spiritual direction?

Your spiritual director will ask you questions in order to gain greater understanding of your relationship with God. Your time together is primarily focused on the question: “Where is God in this?” and “How might God be at work in this?” Your spiritual director may incorporate prayer, reflection, and scripture during your time together.

Spiritual Direction vs Therapy

Spiritual Direction allows you to focus on and look for God’s activity in your life, presently and in the past. It is important to understand that spiritual direction is not psychotherapy nor is it a substitute for therapy. It can be useful to consider the differences between the two before engaging in a spiritual direction to determine which service would best meet your needs:

Spiritual Direction:

  • Less formal; collaborative partnership between you, your spiritual director, and God
  • Current and past focused
  • Focus on attending: aims to answer the question “where is God at work in you life presently?” and “how has God been at work in your life in the past?”
  • May not diagnose or treat mental illness or disorder
  • Not regulated by any government agency
  • No license or certification required, but all our directors have graduate degrees and/or extensive pastoral experience
  • Information shared is considered private

Psychotherapy:

  • More formal; “expert-patient” relationship
  • Often past-focused and reactive
  • Focus on healing: overcoming problems, resolving issues causing past or current emotional pain or impaired functioning
  • Includes the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of mental illness or disorder
  • Regulated by state and local government agencies
  • License and/or certification required to practice
  • Information shared is confidential and legally protected

How would I benefit from spiritual direction?

The Christian life often entails times of spiritual uncertainty—situations when we are unsure about God’s will, confused about what God is doing through our circumstances, or generally disoriented in our relationship with God. Spiritual direction offers a safe place to explore your questions and concerns about your life with God.

What qualifies someone to be a Spiritual Director?

Our Christian spiritual directors are trained listeners, with advanced degrees in Spiritual Formation and/or extensive experience in local church ministries, who will accompany you as you on your spiritual journey. Your spiritual director will be a hospitable, confidential companion to your journey with God as you aim to grow in prayer and live into your calling as a follower of Christ.

What is the time commitment for Spiritual Direction?

You will meet with your spiritual director for 45-50 minutes once a month. Spiritual direction can be a short-term commitment or a long-term practice. Your director will help you discern what might be best for you in your particular season of faith.

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Megen Phillips

MA Spiritual Formation & Soul Care
MS Clinical Psychology
LMFT

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