Character: Spiritual Direction
…O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8)
We affirm that our character as Christians – and as ministers – is deeply rooted in a Christ-defined identity that recognizes God’s working in every area of our lives. Through Sustaining Pastoral Excellence (SPE) we desire to connect Covenant pastors, missionaries, and chaplains with resources through which they can grow their connection to this working, and ultimately deepen their friendship with God. This is often experienced through the practice of spiritual direction.
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.
Personal Spiritual Direction
- 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 15, May 15, June 15, August 15, and October 15 of each calendar year.
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. Contact us (see sidebar) to find a director in your regional conference. Learn more about practical pathways to finding a spiritual director here.
Sustaining Pastoral Excellence offers grant funding for Covenant pastors, missionaries, and chaplains to explore spiritual direction for their own lives.