We define Christian spiritual direction then as help given by one Christian to another which enables that person to pay attention to God’s personal communication to him/her, to respond to the personally communicated God, to grow in intimacy with this God, and to live out the consequences of this relationship.
~ Barry and Connolly, The Practice of Spiritual Direction
In the midst of the headiness of seminary life, I realized that my heart and soul needed tending. As God would have it, shortly after this realization I found myself in group spiritual direction with young mothers, which was ironic since I was approaching 50. But my time with those younger women was so life-giving that I discerned my call to be both a pastor and a spiritual director. So while finishing courses for a Masters of Divinity degree, I started training to be a spiritual director at Mercy Center in Burlingame, California. In 2012, I graduated from Western Theological Seminary and was ordained to the specialized ministry of spiritual direction by the Reformed Church in America. In 2019, I completed a Doctorate in Ministry degree in spiritual direction from Fuller Theological Seminary. You can read my thesis which is entitled, “Spiritual Disciplines for Spiritual Directors.”
I love the sacred spaces that spiritual direction creates for redemption, causing the great works of God’s covenant promises to be remembered again and again. Just as I had once done as a mother, now as a spiritual director I cling to the fourth verse from John’s third letter: “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in truth.” Journeying with others as they discover and discern how God is at work in their lives is pure joy. Moreover, I pray that those who come for spiritual direction will live with their truest selves fully known and at peace with God and others.
For more information about either individual or group spiritual direction, I invite you to email me at email@example.com. I look forward to being part of your journey with God.
~ Jill Sweet