In selecting a spiritual director one does not necessarily have to be of the same denomination or faith. A director helps the directee notice God’s movement in prayer and in the events and circumstances of one’s life.
Marjorie Thompson suggests in her book, Soul Feast, the following:
“1. Look for Christians with a certain maturity of faith;
2. Look for people who know they are not perfect;
3. Seek out people who are patient and attentive listeners;
4. Look for people who invite trust; and
5. Look for mentors who place their trust in the grace of God.”
Henri Nouwen gives this advice: “Spiritual direction does not mean that one spiritual person tells another less spiritual person what to think, say or do in order to become a more spiritual person. It is not the knower speaking to the ignorant. Spiritual direction means that two or more sinful, broken, struggling people come together to listen to the direction of the Spirit.”
And finally, a spiritual director/companion/friend must have a regular prayer life, reverence for the individual’s spirituality, and adherence to confidentiality and other professional standards as well as to be in direction themselves.
Shade and Fresh Water does not intend this to be an endorsement or recommendation of certain directors. This is provided as a convenience and reference.
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