It is easier to find guides, someone to tell you what to do, than someone to be with you in a discerning, prayerful companionship as you work it out yourself. This is what Spiritual Direction is.

Eugene  PETERSON

What is spiritual direction?

Spiritual Direction is an ancient ministry in the care of souls. A spiritual director is someone who will sit with you in God’s presence and help you notice the work of God in your life.

I like how one of my friends and mentors, Danny Mullins, put it. He said:

“Spiritual direction is the act of spiritual friendship, one person coming alongside another to help them, in the presence of God, to notice the work of God in their lives. It is not mentoring, coaching, counseling, or accountability. Rather it is, arm in arm, walking with another down their road, accompanying them on their journey for the ‘soul’ purpose of seeing them realize everything God has in His mind for their lives. By God’s grace, a spiritual director helps point out what appears to be the fingerprints of God in a person’s life, calling their attention to things they may have missed due to familiarity or busy-ness. It’s the art of asking good questions, something that Jesus often did and was very good at, questions that probe our hearts and reveal our desires”

What I love about spiritual direction (being on both the giving and receiving end) is the act of just being. It’s not about having answers, but rather, it is about the journey of faith. It’s having someone who will walk a stretch of your spiritual journey with you, and who will ask questions, and point you to Jesus.

Attention and Intention

A SPIRITUAL DIRECTION SESSION CONSISTS OF MAKING SPACE TO LISTEN TO HOW THE HOLY SPIRIT IS SPEAKING AND LEADING IN YOUR LIFE

These sessions are unhurried environments (usually 60 minutes), without distraction, for prayer and conversation around what the Lord is doing in your life. It is a time of intentionally asking, “What is God saying? Where is He at work? What is He inviting you to?”

SESSIONS CAN BE HELD IN PERSON OR ONLINE VIA FACETIME OR SKYPE

More About Joel

PASTOR & SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR

Iam a graduate of Sustainable Faith’s School of Spiritual Direction, and a minister with years of cross-cultural experience both in the congregational and non-profit ministry. I love my local worship community of Vineyard Gilbert where I am the worship pastor, and give leadership to the spiritual formation ministry. I am also grateful to be connected to some wonderful networks in addition to my Vineyard ‘tribe,’ and I am a part of the network of the Alliance of Renewal Churches, and a member of the Spiritual Formation Society of Arizona.

SESSIONS CAN BE HELD IN PERSON OR ONLINE VIA FACETIME OR SKYPE

“Spiritual direction involves a process through which one person helps another person understand what God is doing and saying.”

Richard Foster

“Your life, my life, is given graciously by God. Our lives are not problems to be solved but journeys to be taken.”

Henri Nouwen

More Things to Explore

HERE ARE LINKS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUR JOURNEY OF SPIRITUAL FORMATION (CLICK THE ICONS BELOW)

Opportunities which I help to develop

Quiet Days and Worship Nights

Trainings and Gatherings

Events and Retreats

A Directory of Spiritual Directors

Resources

A collective of spiritual directors and pastors working to create a spiritually healthy culture among leaders and their communities.

School of Spiritual Direction

Ignatian Formation