Finding a spiritual director is a very personal and spiritual quest. We suggest that a person seeking a spiritual guide contact at least two spiritual directors to interview, if appropriate. Here are some ways to find spiritual directors to interview.
Ways to Find Spiritual Directors to Interview:
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Call area theology schools, institutes, and retreat centers to ask if they have a list of spiritual directors.
Ask an ordained rabbi, minister, or vowed religious for names of spiritual directors they recommend.
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Here are a few questions that you might consider asking yourself before seeking spiritual directors to interview:
1. What is your experience with working with a spiritual director?
2. What brings you to spiritual direction at this time in your life?
3. Would you like to meet with a male or female?
4. What spiritual affiliation or denomination would be most helpful for you?
5. What time of day would best serve you for meetings?
Here are some questions that SDI recommends you ask each person you choose to interview as you seek a spiritual director:
1. What enrichment, spiritual formation, and theological education do you have in spiritual direction?
2. What is your personal experience tending your own prayer, meditation, and contemplative life?
3. What is your experience as a spiritual director? How many years? In what environments? What are you most interested in spiritually?
4. How do you continue your education and supervision for your spiritual direction ministry?
5. What ethical guidelines do you abide by, such as those published by Spiritual Directors International? Have you ever been accused or convicted of misconduct?
6. What type of engagement agreement will we establish to clarify roles and responsibilities in our spiritual direction relationship, such as samples provided to members of Spiritual Directors International?
The desire and search for the "right fit" is an important part of the process.
Spiritual Directors International publishes Guidelines for Ethical Conduct (in English and Spanish), which provides a framework for a healthy spiritual direction relationship.
Remember, it is up to you to choose your spiritual director wisely. Let them know what draws you to spiritual direction in this time in your life and notice how comfortable it is for you to tell your faith story. Listen carefully for the way the spirit is guiding you in your selection process.
Each person seeking a spiritual director needs to take reasonable steps to verify the competency of any potential spiritual director. As a ministry in many nations and many faiths, spiritual direction does not have a centralized certifying body that verifies qualifications of spiritual directors since each faith tradition handles spiritual directors differently.
Spiritual Directors International does not endorse or recommend particular spiritual directors. We are not a certifying body, but rather a global learning community that supports spiritual directors in their ministry with educational programs, publications, and contemplative practices.