Spiritual Direction

In cooperation with the Spiritual Formation Team of the Florida Annual Conference, we are excited to offer our retreat groups the opportunity to have a Spiritual Director on site for your group's retreat, or for your personal retreat.

A Spiritual Director is an individual trained to walk with others of all faiths as they learn to walk closer to God. During your stay, this person can be available to meet with group members for prayer, guidance, and meditation. If arranged in advance, the Spiritual Director may also be available to lead short devotions or meditations.

Costs vary by group size and length of stay. For more information, contact Melissa at mcooper@flumc.org.

What is Spiritual Direction?

(information from Spiritual Directors International)

Spiritual direction is a process of accompanying people on a spiritual journey and helping them grow closer to God (or the sacred, the holy, or a higher power). Spiritual direction helps people learn how to live in peace, with compassion, promoting justice, and as humble servants of that which lies beyond all names.

Discern God’s Presence

In spiritual direction, you reflect deeply on the experiences of your daily life. Gradually, as you contemplate, you may begin to recognize God’s presence and grace in your life. You may come to realize how God’s spirit is truly with you every day and everywhere. You discover that God has been waiting for you to seek this closer relationship. 

Spiritual direction is really not about being directed. Rather, it is very much about being encouraged to draw closer to God. Spiritual direction invites you into this relationship whether you attend a church, mosque, synagogue, temple, or none of these. God seeks you where you are. Spiritual directors come in all faiths.

Gifts of Spiritual Direction

You might come to spiritual direction for a variety of reasons, including to

  • Identify and trust your own experiences of God
  • Integrate spirituality into your daily life
  • Discern and make difficult choices
  • Share your hopes, struggles, and losses
  • Develop a sensitivity for justice and concern for the poor
  • Live the essence of your spiritual affiliation with integrity