"Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works." Hebrew 10:24

The Ministry of Spiritual Direction

Spiritual direction is a safe place to explore your questions and concerns about your life with God.

A Christian spiritual director is a trained listener who will accompany you as you share about your spiritual journey, helping you to notice God’s presence and activity along the way, as well as your personal reactions and responses. Hospitable, confidential, and grounded in biblical truth, spiritual direction is a ministry that helps you grow in prayer and live into your calling as a follower of Christ.

What to Expect

You can meet with a spiritual director either in person, over the phone or via video conferencing. A session usually lasts for about an hour and takes place about once a month. Each spiritual director sets their own fee (if any), but the average cost is about $50 a session. Every meeting is confidential, and the spiritual director will help guide the dialogue through attentive listening and thoughtful questions.

Ministry Distinctions

People unfamiliar with spiritual direction can sometimes confuse it with other Christian helping ministries. Spiritual direction is similar to biblical and pastoral counseling in that it is biblically grounded and involves Christians helping one another to live the Christian life. Psychological counseling is intended to help solve personal and interpersonal issues.

Spiritual direction differs from all three primarily in its focus: the intention in spiritual direction is not to help solve a problem, but rather to look for God’s activity within any problems and within the rest of the person’s life experience. This perspective invites you into deeper relationship with God in the midst of whatever you are experiencing.

About ESDA

In ECSW's work around the country, we have found there to be a need for spiritual direction in the church. Many believers are hungry to have someone come alongside them and help them discern God’s activity for the purpose of their continued spiritual growth.

Until now, locating a Christian spiritual director has been difficult, all the more so when trying to find someone who holds to an evangelical theological perspective.

The mission of the Evangelical Spiritual Directors Association is to serve as a place that supports and upholds Christian spiritual directors in their ministries of discernment and grace. Equally, we desire to be a place where churches and individual believers can come to find out more about spiritual direction and connect with someone who will help them in their spiritual growth.

In establishing ESDA, ECSW purposed to create a wide network of spiritual directors who share 3 key traits:

Additionally, we invite pastors, leaders, and spiritual directors-in-training to join the community as Educational Companions, supporting the ministry of spiritual direction through education and outreach.

Please take time to see what ESDA has to offer, and may God bless you on your continuing journey with Him.