So, dear pastor, where do you go to share your dreams? To bear your burdens? To blow off some steam? To care for your soul?
Sadly, pastors rarely have a place where they can go to simply be themselves.
Our goal at TSCTW is to offer you a space for spiritual companionship. The ancient term for it is spiritual direction.
Watch this short video that offers a marvelous description of the work of spiritual companionship: holding space for others.
Once you’ve decided to look for a spiritual director, we suggest you begin your search here with our Spiritual Directors Network. It’s our vision, as a network of trained spiritual companions, to offer high quality, Christ-centered spiritual direction to pastors who are looking to benefit from the absolute joys of receiving on-going spiritual direction. We personally know each of these directors listed here. Each of them have pastoral ministry experience and we highly recommend any of these wonderful men or women listed below.
Click on the spiritual director’s picture or name to contact them inquiring of your interest in spiritual direction. And be sure to tell them The Contemplative Activist sent you their way!
Kim Nielsen – Kim offers individual spiritual direction by FaceTime, Skype, phone or in person. Kim has a Master’s Specialization in Spiritual Transformation from Northern Seminary and the Transforming Center. She received her two-year certificate in spiritual direction from Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction. She is also a trained companion for the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises, through Sustainable Faith. Kim is a Certified ©iEnneagram Motions of the Soul Practitioner.
Kathy Bence – (Nampa) – Kathy is a retired Methodist minister and missionary. She discovered a passion for spiritual direction while doing a 2-year certificate in Australia. She also found a two-year internship in the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises transformational. Finding her ‘home’ in spiritual formation, she completed a D.Min in spiritual formation at Azusa Pacific Univ. in LA. Kathy offers spiritual direction, group direction, and retreat leadership.
Jeffery L. Edmiston – (Nampa) – Jeff has 15 years of experience in pastoral service and ten years of experience in private practice counseling. He now works full time in Christian higher education as a Counselor Educator. He is passionate about journeying with people as they explore the life of prayer and learn to listen and respond to God, who desires a relationship with them. Jeff is available to provide one-on-one and group spiritual direction, and received his two-year certificate in spiritual direction from Sustainable Faith School ofSpiritual Direction, and is available for direction via in-person and Zoom.
Richard (Dick) Green, D.Min. – (Eagle) Richard is a retired PCUSA Presbyterian minister, who has moved out of pastoral ministry so he could devote more time and energy to the current passions in his life: spiritual formation, spiritual direction, and supervision of spiritual directors. To prepare for this phase in his life and ministry Richard completed a two-year certificate program in Spiritual Formation and Direction from CFDM, and in 2016, a certificate in the Supervision of Spiritual Directors. Richard is a member of ESDA and SDI. Richard’s mission is to support others in finding the next step on their spiritual path by being a generous listening companion. Richard also accompanies people through The Spiritual Exercises using Larry Warner’s book, Journey with Jesus. You can find out more about Dick and his ministry by going to his web site at www.highdesertdirection.com.