Spiritual Direction

Spiritual Direction at Calvin Seminary

Calvin Seminary recognizes the value of spiritual direction for the formation of church leaders. To that end, Calvin Seminary is committed to providing resources to enable students to engage in spiritual direction as part of their formation for ministry.

What is Spiritual Direction?

Spiritual direction is what happens when two people, recognizing the presence of Christ in and with them, listen together for God’s voice in their lives. Spiritual direction is founded on the assurance that the Holy Spirit is at work in the life of a believer. As they meet in the Christ’s name, Christ fulfills his promise to be present with them (Matt. 18:30). So they listen together for Christ’s presence, for the Spirit’s working. Most often in spiritual direction one person takes the role of director – of listening, inviting, asking questions – to help the other person, the directee, to grow in awareness of the Spirit of Christ in his or her life. The director may ask questions, the directee may speak of events, people, reactions, and emotions. There will be times of speaking and of silence, but always there is listening, noticing, being attentive. Spiritual direction is different from other one-on-one relationships in some significant ways.

How is Spiritual Direction different than psychotherapy or mentoring?

How does spiritual direction work at Calvin Seminary?

Students and spouses of students who are interested in spiritual direction are encouraged to talk with Dean Sajdak as they seek a director. Those who engage a certified and insured spiritual director are eligible for reimbursement of the cost of direction sessions, up to $25 per monthly session. To receive reimbursement, students must provide receipts from their sessions to Dean Sajdak or Sarah Konynenbelt in the Dean of Student’s office. A receipt form is available here. The reimbursement will be applied to the student’s seminary account as financial aid.

This program is available to all Calvin Seminary students, as well as spouses of students, in degree or certificate programs.

Questions about Calvin Seminary’s Spiritual Direction Program should be addressed to Dean Sajdak

Finding a Spiritual Director

Below are partners and resources to help you find a spiritual director: