A Deeper Walk
“Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.” – Jeremiah 6:16 (NIV)
- Monthly sessions
- 60 minutes
- Trial sessions now available
What is Spiritual Direction?
Spiritual direction is an ancient Christian practice of spiritual companioning designed to help seekers notice how God is active in their everyday lives. A spiritual director will engage with the directee in “holy listening” to discern God’s movement in the directee’s journey.
Although it involves intentional listening, spiritual direction isn’t counseling. The goals of spiritual direction are unique. Just as one might visit a physician for their physical health or a counselor for their mental health, the purpose of spiritual direction is the spiritual health of the individual seeking it. In the words of the late psychiatrist and spiritual director Gerald May, a spiritual director’s purpose is “to attend to God’s power, love, and grace in the directee’s situation.”
The director and directee meet periodically, usually around once a month, seeking discernment. These meetings contain such things as prayer, scripture reading, intentional listening, clarifying questions, and times of silence. While asking evocative questions, the director rarely offers direct feedback, intentionally taking a backseat to the interaction between the directee and the Holy Spirit.
Is Spirtual Direction Right for me?
Spiritual direction is ideal for those who:
- Long for a deeper, more connected experience of life.
- Are in the midst of a period of major life change or decision.
- Feel that they’re in a time of spiritual dryness or turmoil.
Are You the Right Director for Me?
Ultimately, that is a question we will work out with the Holy Spirit’s guidance. When we meet for the first time, we’ll tell each other the highlights of our stories and enter a time of prayer and discernment. This should help establish whether we’re the right fit for this type of relationship.
A short disclaimer: in accordance with advice from program supervisors, I currently only serve male directees. In particular, I feel called to come alongside those who are discerning a call to vocational ministry or who are reassessing life and faith after stepping back from vocational ministry, but I am open to all interested.
Intrigued? Reach out for more information.
Jacob A. Davis
I am a spiritual director currently training in a two-year cohort for the Selah Certificate in Spiritual Direction from Leadership Transformations and am a member of the Evangelical Spiritual Directors Association. I also hold a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Theology & Arts.
Alongside being a spiritual director, I am an ordained Anglican priest. I am based in Louisville, Kentucky, where I currently serve as Assisting Clergy for Pastoral Care at Grace Anglican Church.