ACSD

Spiritual Direction in the ECC

Spiritual direction is a ministry of listening, discernment, and prayer in a confidential setting of encouragement and compassion. Through this ministry one discerns the presence and work of God’s Spirit with a companion who sets aside the concerns of their own life to attend to the experience of God in the life of another.

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Opportunities to Receive Spiritual Direction

If you desire to receive spiritual direction, there are Covenanters in each conference who are happy to assist you in locating a director or pointing you to further resources. Find a director in your regional conference.

For Covenant clergy, missionaries, and their spouses:

  • Up to $500 can be used in one calendar year to defray the cost of spiritual direction. Fees for receiving spiritual direction vary from free to up to $75 per session; $50 is typical.
  • Receipts for services rendered in spiritual direction may be turned in quarterly; grants are awarded on a reimbursement basis.
  • Application submissions are considered on February 15, April 1, May 1, June 1, August 1, October 1, and December 1 of each calendar year.

Becoming a Spiritual Director

  • Up to $500 per academic year is available to receive training as a spiritual director at an institution that offers a specific Certificate in Spiritual Direction, including North Park Theological Seminary; this grant is renewable for a second year of the program.
  • Official receipts for tuition paid should be turned in at the completion of each year; grants are funded on a reimbursement basis.
  • Application submissions are considered on February 15, April 1, May 1, June 1, August 1, October 1, and December 1 of each calendar year.