Deeper Roots: What we offer
What exactly is Spiritual Direction?
Spiritual Direction involves meeting with a Spiritual Director on an as needed basis. It is not counseling, mentoring, or advising. Although the term used is director, the spiritual director does not direct, but acts as a spiritual companion on your journey, someone who can listen to your life story with an ear for discerning the movement of the Holy Spirit in your life.
God is the true guide and director, while the human spiritual director is like a coach or a midwife, assisting you in noticing and responding to the inner voice of God and how you can follow God’s call. That process is a spiritual journey into the truth about God, yourself, your relationships, your work, and the world.
The premise of Spiritual Direction is that God is present and active in your daily life in a multitude of (usually unnoticed) ways. When you slow down, begin to reflect, and take a long, loving look at what is happening around you, you begin to become aware of the experience of the presence of God. The more you know yourself the more you know God; and the more you know God, the more you know yourself and your direction and purpose. Intimacy with God leads naturally into transformation, healing, and action.
Individual Spiritual Direction is offered by appointment. The initial informational appointment is free. Once a mutual decision has been made that spiritual direction is appropriate, a fee is customarily charged for subsequent visits.
Formational Prayer is a ministry of the Holy Spirit, moving through the caregiver, bringing the healing presence of Jesus Christ into the place of pain and brokenness. It is not simply enough to “forget what lies behind”, a quote that is so often misapplied to the wounds and brokenness in life. Cognitive truth is important, but not enough to heal the emotional hurts we encounter. Formational Prayer invites Jesus into the places where he is most needed to bring healing, forgiveness, redemption and wherever possible, restoration.
Formational Prayer is offered either individually or as part of a Healing Care group. Individual cost varies, groups cost $100/ person for a 16 week session. Healing Care Groups are limited to 6 participants. The cost covers materials and the workbook and can be paid in installments.
A preliminary interview is required to determine if this is the appropriate option for you .
Mentoring: Sometimes you need someone to walk with you in a particular area, decision or just help getting through a challenging time of life. Mentoring involves a more active conversation than Spiritual Direction, but is still focused on helping you discern what God is saying to you about specific issues in life. It is not counseling. We may refer you to professional counseling if it becomes clear that you would be better served by a good counselor.
Undecided as to what would be most helpful?
We would be happy to meet with you to discuss your needs and make a recommendation or a referral.
Seminars and Retreats
Mike and Sue offer a variety of seminars and retreats such as:
- Growing in Hearing God
- The Ministry of Healing Prayer: Basic
- Healing Prayer: Inner Healing and Deliverance
- Introduction to Spiritual Formation
- Being the Beloved of God
- Silent retreats
We can also create a customized seminar or retreat for your group. Please contact us for more information about seminars and retreats.