The scandal of spiritual direction is the underlying assumption that the Almighty God, Creator of the Universe, Anointed Savior, Living Spirit (whatever language that you use) takes a particular interest in individuals, and honors each of us with a path we can discover as we start to pay attention to our own unique spiritual lives. That means that though I have a tradition that I follow and draw wisdom from, I understand that each person’s encounter with God will be their own unique journey. The conventions of your own faith tradition may be a source of inspiration, or they may be a hindrance that you choose to relinquish along the way. No judgments. No expectations. No one right way to listen for God’s activity in your life. That’s what makes spiritual direction such a sacred conversation! Anything and everything may be possible.
My preference in offering spiritual direction is to meet face-to-face, so if you live in the greater Richmond area or plan to come to Richmond on retreat, I am willing to meet with you to see if it’s a good fit for us to work together. The ability to connect is crucial in spiritual direction. It is less about technique (though there are a number of tools in my toolbox) and more about having a partner that will assist you in your own listening to God.
Special Thoughts For Clergy
I have benefitted so much from those wise pastors who guided me in the early years of my ministry that I want to offer the same “lessons learned” to pastors who might be either inspired by or learn what not to do from my years of experience. I have a heart for pastors. They are doing hard, hard work in today’s world. Going it alone is leading to health concerns, both mental and physical. You don’t have to be on your own in this job – though solo pastors sometimes don’t know exactly where to turn. If I can help by connecting with you, or offer help in getting connected to other clergy in your own area, please let me know.
How much does spiritual direction/coaching cost?
For individuals seeking spiritual direction, clergy coaching or both, the first appointment is free. God seems to be calling me to be a minister to those who minister. Therefore, I want to hear from you and know your story because I am leaning into that role mid-life and mid-career! If you are intentionally seeking a spiritual director or clergy coach, together we need to determine if the fit is appropriate. You shouldn’t have to pay to find that out.
My hourly rate after our first meeting is $30/hour.
What is the time difference between spiritual direction and clergy coaching?
Spiritual Direction is on a monthly basis – it is different from the emotionally therapeutic ministries in that you are doing the spiritual heavy lifting – I would be there to simply help you hear what you’ve already been working on with God. Clergy coaching can be on more of an “as needed” basis.
How do I set it up?
Use the contact form below.