What is Spiritual Direction?

Within each of us lies the desire to find real meaning and purpose, to discover our true selves, and grow closer to God and others. A Spiritual Director can assist you on that journey of discovery.

Spiritual Direction is both an ancient and current ministry of the Christian church and a ministry of spiritual companionship in partnership with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. In the United Methodist Church the foundation for spiritual direction was laid by founding father, John Wesley, in that the most important question we can ask is, “How is your life with God?

Exploring, understanding and deepening your relationship with God as you mature in the love of Christ is the focus of spiritual direction.

Benefits of Spiritual Direction

  • Identify and trust your experience of God
  • Learn how you best relate to God
  • Grow in self-awareness of God’s  guidance and grace in daily life
  • Grow in your life of prayer
  • Become more aware of the movement of the Holy Spirit
  • Discover your spiritual gifts
  • Gain clarity regarding decisions in accordance with God’s desire
  • Discern your next step of faith

What To Expect

You and your spiritual director will agree on a convenient time and place to meet, either in person or online using Zoom. Meetings usually last about one hour. What is shared between you and your spiritual director is always held in strict confidence. 

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please email Cherri Johnson, Active Spiritual Director & Director Emeritus of Spiritual Formation.


Privilege and Responsibility of a Spiritual Director

A spiritual director does not “direct” in the sense of giving advice, solving problems, coaching, or counseling. Rather, the director listens deeply to your story relying on the Holy Spirit for guidance and clarity. By asking insightful, open-ended questions, the director assists you in deepening and understanding you relationship with God and living out that relationship with integrity and commitment.

The faithfulness of God and the love of Christ thought the work of the Holy Spirit is the foundation and core of all spiritual direction meetings.

Wisdom consists not in seeing what is directly before us, but in discerning those things that come from the heart of God.


Training and Certification for Spiritual Directors

Spiritual directors must complete an intensive two-year training program and are accountable to monthly peer supervision meetings. In addition, they are required to participate in continuing education courses and other formative opportunities and retreats.

Many of our spiritual directors have completed graduate level course work and hold UM Professional Certification in Spiritual Formation and Spiritual Direction. FUMC is unique in that it has a number of experienced directors available.


Active Spiritual Directors:

Cindy Mann
Clay Johnson
Bob Leitner
Margaret Johnson
Stacy Garrett
Mary Rotenberg
Cherri Johnson

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Cherri Johnson, Active Spiritual Director & Director Emeritus of Spiritual Formation.