“Spiritual direction is, in reality, nothing more than a way of leading us to see and obey the real director – the Holy Spirit.” – Thomas Merton
WHAT IS SPIRITUAL DIRECTION?
Spiritual direction is an ancient Christian practice of spiritual companionship. Spiritual directors are trusted companions on your journey to understand yourself and God more fully. They are trained to be compassionate listeners who help you recognize and respond to God’s presence in your life.
WHY CHOOSE SPIRITUAL DIRECTION?
Just as food is important for the body to stay healthy and strong, spiritual direction is like nutrition for your spiritual faith. There are specific times when meeting with a director may be eapecially beneficial:
- when you want to deepen your relationship with God
- when you are in a time of transition, confusion, or loss
- when God seems distant
- when life feels overwhelming
- when you are experiencing a crisis – in your life or in your faith
- when you are seeking to discern God’s work in your life
- when you want to understand both yourself and God more fully
It is important to note that a spiritual director is not a therapist but rather a spiritual companion who listens, prays, and helps you discern God’s leading.
WHO SHOULD CONSIDER SPIRITUAL DIRECTION?
Spiritual direction is for everyone who seeks to become more into the likeness of Christ, no matter where you are on the faith journey. Curious seekers, doubters, questioners, followers, skeptics, or lifelong believers… all are welcome.
WHAT IS THE COST AND HOW CAN I BEGIN?
The suggested donation is $50 for a one-hour session. If you initially commit to three sessions, then the suggested donation is $100 for three sessions.
Step One – Email – If you are interested in getting more information or scheduling time with a spiritual director, then the first step is sending an email.
Step Two – Phone Call – Our spiritual direction coordinator, Susan Cromer, will respond to your email by scheduling a free phone call to answer any of your questions and to discuss your interest in spiritual direction.
Step Three – First Session – After scheduling a time and location through email, you will meet for the first spiritual direction session. It may be in person, on the phone or through a video call.
WHO ARE THE SPIRITUAL DIRECTORS?
Brad Houff – COMPASS Executive Director – Brad has over 25 years of experience in the areas of spiritual formation and leadership development. For nine years he served as the Pastor of Community & Spiritual Formation at Hope Church in Richmond, VA. Prior to that, he was on staff with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for 16 years – first as a Campus Minister at Wake Forest University and then as an Area Director for campuses in Eastern Virginia. He holds degrees from the College of William & Mary and from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He received training as a spiritual director from Eastern Mennonite Seminary, and he graduated from Renovare’s Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation. Brad lives in Richmond, VA. You can contact Brad by email.
Susan Cromer – COMPASS Spiritual Direction Coordinator – Susan has a deep desire to help others recognize God’s love for them and to awaken worth in them. After earning a degree in Social Work in 1979, she began working with both victims and perpetrators of sexual abuse. In 1991, she became a financial advisor and worked in this field for 10 years. She has served as a Bible teacher, small group leader, and retreat leader for the last 30 plus years. Currently, she serves as a volunteer with Shepherd’s Way Ministries in Richmond where she helps to feed some of Richmond’s homeless and underserved. Susan completed a two-year program through Sustainable Faith to become a spiritual director. The gift of listening to others and helping them discern the movement of God in their lives has been extremely rewarding for her. Susan lives in Richmond, VA. You can contact Susan by email.
Kayla Allen – COMPASS Spiritual Formation Associate – Kayla has over 15 years of ministry experience in the areas of spiritual formation and discipleship. For 9 years she served as a pastor at a large church in the DC metro area providing leadership to small groups, classes and retreats. Prior to that, she was on staff with the Coalition for Christian Outreach serving as a campus minister to George Mason University in partnership with a local PCUSA church. Kayla has a MA in Spiritual Formation from Portland Seminary and is a certified Spiritual Director. Kayla lives in Charlottesville, VA where she offers spiritual direction in person, over the phone and video call. You can read more about her work at kaylaannallen.com or contact her by email.