What is spiritual direction? I like how one of my friends and mentors, Danny Mullins, put it. He said:
“Spiritual direction is the act of spiritual friendship, one person coming alongside another to help them, in the presence of God, to notice the work of God in their lives. It is not mentoring, coaching, counseling, or accountability. Rather it is, arm in arm, walking with another down their road, accompanying them on their journey for the ‘soul’ purpose of seeing them realize everything God has in His mind for their lives. By God’s grace, a spiritual director helps point out what appears to be the fingerprints of God in a person’s life, calling their attention to things they may have missed due to familiarity or busy-ness. It’s the art of asking good questions, something that Jesus often did and was very good at, questions that probe our hearts and reveal our desires”
What I love about spiritual direction (being on both the giving and receiving end) is the act of just being. It’s not about having answers, but rather, it is about the journey of faith. It’s having someone who will walk a stretch of your spiritual journey with you, and who will ask questions, and point you to Jesus.
ABOUT JOEL BIDDERMAN
Joel Bidderman is a graduate of Sustainable Faith’s School of Spiritual Direction, and a minister with years of cross-cultural experience both in the local church and in para-church ministry. He is the worship pastor at Vineyard Gilbert, is a part of the network of the Alliance of Renewal Churches, and also works for a national nonprofit that is working to end world hunger.