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Individual Spiritual Direction

Spiritual direction is a contemplative and confidential practice started in the Church centuries ago. Spiritual direction was created for people who desired a deeper intimacy with God. A spiritual director commits to being attentive with you as a support and a companion along your journey to God. The practice is God-oriented rather than goal-oriented, reflecting your relationship with God rather than fixing a particular problem. Typically a directee will meet with his or her director monthly or biweekly for an hour.


"Something in our nature necessitates external support for our development. God designed us on purpose to be dependent on others for our spiritual growth"

-St. Teresa of Avila

 

Group Spiritual Direction

 Four to six people meet together once a month with a spiritual director, inviting them to share their own personal and authentic spiritual journeys and to seek transformation for the sake of others. The purpose of these groups is not counseling or therapy, but rather spiritual formation as each person becomes more likened to the image of Christ in their work for others. Thus, the intention of group spiritual direction is to help individuals grow in their faith, become more aware of God in their lives, and to love others more fully.  Through practices like listening and prayerful observance, the group comes to an awakening of the soul. This awakening then leads to a life that is both purposeful and intentional.

The format is simple.  The groups starts with a time of silence.  Then one person is invited to share for about 10 minutes, speaking without interruption.  After that there is a time of prayerful silence as the group members reflect on what they heard and listen for the voice of God on behalf of the person who just shared.  This is followed by a response time where group members offer what came from the silence.  At the close of the person’s presentation and the group’s response, there is another time of silence, during which each person prays silently for the person who just presented.  Each person will have an opportunity to present.  


Spiritual Exercises

The Spiritual Exercises are comprised of meditations, prayers, and contemplative practices developed by St. Ignatius Loyola to help people deepen their relationship with God. These exercises have also been adapted to meet the needs of people in modern times, being offered in a group format. 

If you desire to deepen your relationship with Jesus, the Spiritual exercises can be a transforming journey.  We are knowledgeable in both Larry Warner’s book, Journey with Jesus, an adaptation of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, as well as Father Joseph Tetlow's St. Ignatius’s Spiritual Exercises, Choosing Christ in the World.  


Emmaus walk

Solvitur Ambulando.. "it is solved by walking."

Instead of sitting inside, take a walk with a spiritual director. The Emmaus Walk is an intentional time of talking, listening and connecting with the Triune God in the beauty of creation.
 


The enneagram

Used to help personal transformation as well as collective, the term "Enneagram" stems from the Greek words ennea (nine) and grammos (a written symbol). Thus, the Enneagram symbol is nine-pointed, representing the nine distinct strategies for relating to the self, others and the world.

Our Enneagram-type test includes a profile that outlines your unique way of thinking, feeling and acting as well the insights into your inner motivation and worldview. Being able to know one's Enneagram type leads to not only a deeper understanding of one's self, but also to a recognition of Enneagrams types in others, translating to better communication in both the personal and professional realm.


2nd half spiritual direction

Explore the unique challenges that you face during the second half of life. A spiritual director will help you navigate challenges such as aging, loss, retirement, purpose and death.


spiritual formation classes

What is Christian Spiritual Formation?
Silence and Solitude
Self Care as a Spiritual Practice
Scripture Meditation
Prayer as Listening
An Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life
Discerning God's voice in the midst of silence
Lectio Divinad
A Rule of Life

 


Harben christian formation inventory (HFCI)

HCFI facilitates personal reflection on an individual’s Christian formation through self-assesment. Not only is this self-assesed survey confidential, it is also statistically reliable, administered through a secure and web-based link. This tool is primarily used to identify the strengths and areas of growth in Christlikeness, based on nine virtue/vice families. This tool can also reflect a respondent’s tendency toward Christlikeness in the various dimensions of the self, based on Dallas Willard’s six dimensions.

This assessment sheds light on the user's process of spiritual formation, in a similar way as a workbook for Renovation of the Heart. The test has also been known to help the user discover the statistical relationships between their practice of spiritual disciplines and their formation in Christlikeness.

Our assessment comes with a comprehensive report detailing the user's strengths and areas of growth relative to the user's Christian formation. These results also include a ranking with respect to various population groups, the level of self-awareness of their own Christian formation, and recommended targeted spiritual disciplines to continue growth and improvement. 

This resource is especially effective with our one-on-one spiritual direction and powerful in our group settings, too. 


 

silent retreats

 A time of reflection and peace


Creating Space

An introduction to six facets of the spiritual disciplines as seen in the life of Jesus. The focus of the group will be to create space in your days to practice the presence of God. It will be a time for encouragement and renewal as relationships are deepened with others and with God. This practice is based on the book, Streams of Living Water: Celebrating the Great Traditions of Christian Faith by Richard Foster.