What is Spiritual Direction?
“Spiritual direction is a journey towards more freely and deeply choosing to surrender to God.” –Dr. Gerald May, “Care of Mind, Care of Spirit”
“Simply put, spiritual direction is helping people tell their sacred stories every day.” -Liz Budd
The ultimate goal of spiritual direction is to deepen your connection with God. This is attained primarily through the act of Christian listening. Listening occurs through prayer, times of silence, spiritual disciplines, and through sharing with your spiritual director about your relationship with God.
What is a spiritual director?
A director will have certification in spiritual direction which includes: deep knowledge of Christian faith and tradition, scripture, and theology, human and spiritual development, adhere to the Professional Ethics and Guidelines prescribed by Spiritual Directors International and participate in a Peer Supervision Group for Spiritual Directors
Recognizing that the Holy Spirit is the true director in this relationship, a spiritual director will pray, support, and encourage you as you listen and respond to God. Spiritual direction is not therapy. There may be therapeutic elements in direction sessions, but the purpose is to work together in discerning God’s presence and leading in your life.
Who participates in spiritual direction?
Groups or teams
Clare’s teaching of spiritual practices is followed by classic exercises along with guided active listening. Individuals are listening to the movement of the Holy Spirit for themselves and with each other. In silence, together, they are held in Loving Presence and share responses and reflections.
What spiritual direction can do for you…
- Help you pay attention to how God is moving in your life right now
- Help discern the will of God
- Observe attachments that keep us from being free to fully experience and express God in our lives
- Help move you toward creativity
- Discover God-given essence and false self-patterns
- Help move you toward love
- Help move you toward interior freedom
Some topics for the first meeting
- Understanding of spiritual direction
- Purpose of the directee/director relationship
- Frequency, length, and format of meetings
- Prayer for participant/s between meetings
- Spiritual direction as a spiritual exercise, not an intellectual exercise
Spiritual Direction Costs:
Individual sessions WITH CLARE:
- 50-60 mins in length
- Occur monthly
- $90 per hour
- Review the Spiritual Direction Agreement-2018*
Teaching/Guiding OF Groups WITH CLARE:
Clare’s teaching spiritual disciplines followed by practice are designed for a group’s unique stage of faith. While spiritual practices are classic, designing the time for your group will be customized. $1,500.00 per day plus expenses
*Download Form (DOC):
SD Memo of Understanding 2018
Note from Clare:
Spiritual direction has been practiced in the church for centuries especially by those who served in ministry. Today, many who long to engage with God on a more intimate level and want someone to listen to God’s leading with them, engage spiritual direction a discipline. I feel specifically called to offer spiritual direction to Christian leaders. The danger for Christian leaders is that in the call to serve others on the spiritual journey, they lose their own close connection to God. Spiritual Direction is an important discipline that can help you pay attention to your own soul and your soul’s desire for an authentic relationship with God. Follow this link to learn more about Spiritual Direction from my dear teacher and friend Ruth Haley Barton.
Rev. Clare Loughrige,is a church planter, pastor, and social activist. She is a formally trained Spiritual Director for leaders with The Transforming Center in Wheaton, IL, and President of Crossroads Transforming Resources. Clare is the Author of two Enneagram Books and President of the International Enneagram Association (IEA) Great Lakes Chapter. She is co-author of the new IVP book Spiritual Rhythms for the Enneagram: A Handbook for Harmony and Transformation. As a credentialed Professional and Trainer with the IEA she has developed a program that certifies Enneagram instructors in the Harmony Triads. Loughrige is also cited as a recommended Instructor with First Analysis Institute of Integrative Studies, Loyola University Chicago. In addition to Clare’s work with Spiritual Communities, she currently serves on boards for Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force and Sexual Assault Services Calhoun County Advisory Board.
Clare is a contemplative-activist Christ-follower with a conviction that all sustainable action in the world must emerge from a life that is centered and operates from interior freedom. Gratefully married 36 years, deeply blessed with 3 children and 4 grandchildren. As a ministry team and individually, Clare’s mission is to help people navigate the journey home. You can email her.