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Reflections: Letters to the edtior (March-April 2016)

 

Letters
March-April 2016

Spiritual direction valuable

I was delighted to read "Discerning God's Call" (Nov/Dec 2015). It is an essential ingredient in considering ministry as a vocation. I was disappointed that in your list of resources, you failed to mention spiritual direction. Spiritual directors are specifically trained in discernment and listening for God's voice in the seeker's story.

Discernment of call is not only for new candidates for ministry, but also for veteran pastors who may be on the verge of burnout. I often work with disillusioned and discouraged pastors who have forgotten their original sense of call to the ministry or who don't realize they may be called to a new direction. Getting back in touch with God's purpose for their lives may be all they need to renew their energy for ministry.

Spiritual Directors International (sdiworld.org) maintains an online list of spiritual directors, and The United Methodist Church has Hearts on Fire (fumsdrl.org). Both can be immensely helpful.

Gayle Kerr, spiritual director, Northside UMC, Brewster, Massachusetts

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