Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect in spiritual direction?
Spiritual direction is a sacred time when you talk about your relationship with God, self, and others.
How often & where will I meet with my spiritual director?
Meetings with your spiritual director can be at the Benedict Inn or at another mutually agreeable location. After the initial interview, meetings are usually scheduled for one hour, once a month.
What is the fee for spiritual direction?
The importance of any spiritual ministry is beyond any monetary nature. Fees are agreed upon at the initial session, based upon the needs of both the director and directee. Typically, fees range between $25 and $65.
What should I look for in a spiritual director?
Since spiritual direction is entered into with the purpose of deepening your relationship with God, the director must be trustworthy and have the ability to listen and discern the movement of the Holy Spirit. Directors should have some formal study in the art of spiritual direction and be receiving ongoing direction and supervision.
Interested in becoming a spiritual director? Our next Spiritual Direction Internship program begins September, 2022. Click button for more information.
"In the first place it should be known that if a person is seeking God, His beloved is seeking him much more."
-St John of the Cross
What is Spiritual Direction?
People everywhere are longing for a closer relationship with God. Our spiritual journey is not one we must walk alone. Yet, who can lead us on this journey? Spiritual direction (also known as spiritual friendship, mentoring, or companioning) has been part of the Christian tradition that has existed throughout the ages. It is a prayerful relationship with a trusted companion as we experience our spiritual journey.
Spiritual Direction is:
An ongoing relationship between a trained, competent, certified director and someone (a directee) who desires to grow in a relationship with God.
Guidance which enables us to listen for God's voice in our everyday life experiences.
A mechanism for fostering spiritual growth.
A process that allows us to live more fully in God's presence.
Honoring the desire to go deeper in your life with God.
Believing God is central in discernment/decision making.
Benefits of Spiritual Direction:
Companionship on your spiritual journey.
Opportunities to share with a trusted companion God's longing for you and your longing for God.
Answering the call to be more deeply grounded in the Spirit.
Encouragement and support to make spiritually authentic choices.
Is spiritual direction the same as counseling?
Spiritual direction is different from therapy or counseling. The primary focus of spiritual direction is for the directee to develop a deeper, more meaningful relationship with God. Whereas counseling or therapy focuses on a problem with a relationship or life event.
Are you interested in receiving spiritual direction?
For more information on receiving spiritual direction or locating a spiritual director, please contact Bev Hansberry at 317-788-7581 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Choosing a Spiritual Director
Begin with prayer! Your spiritual direction journey will be a prayerful process which includes your director, yourself, and the Holy Spirit. Throughout your discernment, ask yourself:
What do I hope to gain from Spiritual Direction?
Do I have a desire to deepen and/or develop my relationship with God, self, and others?
To begin your journey, you will have an initial interview with Bev Hansberry at the Benedict Inn. Following your interview, you will be given a list of possible spiritual directors. Take time to review each director on the list to help you determine which relationship might be a good fit. It makes no difference if the spiritual director is a member of your own faith tradition or denomination, gender, etc. This is strictly a personal preference and should be decided based upon your comfort level.
When choosing a spiritual director, look for someone who:
Is currently in spiritual direction him/herself.
Has received formal training in spiritual direction.
Understands the importance and value of personal supervision and peer group support.
Will pray with you and for you.
Has a commitment to their own openness to God.
Brings a simple and contemplative presence to the direction sessions.
Remember: Spiritual direction is not the same a spiritual or pastoral counseling. Whereas counseling focuses on changing a behavior or attitude, spiritual direction enhances or deepens our spiritual journey.