Spiritual direction is the process of accompanying people on a spiritual journey. It is sometimes referred to as spiritual guidance or spiritual friendship. In this ongoing relationship, one who wants to be more attentive to his or her spiritual life, meets with a person trained in spiritual direction who helps them see where they are growing closer to God as they become more aware of, and respond to, God’s Presence. The director, who is only a facilitator in the process, may question, challenge, suggest, support as seems called for by the Spirit. The one seeking spiritual direction claims the journey and insights uncovered are dependent upon the prayerful openness to the Spirit’s leading. The real Director is the Holy Spirit.
Spiritual Direction, while most often a part of other faith traditions, is also being sought by United Methodists. There are 18 United Methodists among the 35 spiritual directors who have recently formed as The North Carolina Community of Spiritual Directors, indicating their availability for referrals. Four other United Methodists (lay and clergy) are currently enrolled in spiritual direction in a Catholic training program.
North Carolina Community of Spiritual Directors – find a spiritual director or become a member of the group. Check the brochure links below:
Friends of Christ for Christian Spirituality – offers training and classes for the spiritual journey
Spiritual Directors International – educational events, publications, and outreach programs, helping people connect with one another and with the Sacred