“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matt 11:28-30 , The Message)
Want to deepen your intimacy with God? Want to better discern the still small voice of the Holy Spirit in your life? Want to walk with Jesus and learn the unhurried and unforced rhytmns of grace? If so, consider coming for spiritual direction, a non-directive, contemplative practice that involves listening to the Lord with the aid of a spiritual director.
As part of our ministry of Community of the Way, our pastor, the Rev. Kristen Yates, offers up spiritual direction to people interested in cultivating a life of deeper attentiveness to God.
How can I become a directee?
If you sense that God may be leading you in this time to receive spiritual direction, you may contact Rev. Kristen at email@example.com or call 1-650-395-8051. At that time, Kristen will set up a time for you to meet with her. At that meeting, you can ask any questions you may have, experience a taste of what a direction session is like, and begin to discern if God is inviting you into a direction relationship with her at this time.
Is there a fee involved?
No, there is no particular fee involved as this is a blessing for us to be able to serve you in this way. However, if you would like to contribute to the ministry of Community of the Way, which ministers to people inside and outside our community in various ways, we would welcome that. You may contribute here.
What can I expect from a spiritual direction session?
While there may be some variation in direction sessions, a general session looks like the following.
- We light the Christ candle, hear from Scripture, and perhaps listen to a contemplative song.
- We enter into silence and then begin with prayer.
- The directee then shares something that is weighing on his/her heart regarding his/her relationship to God or involves some area of discernment in life, whether it is big or small.
- We listen together for the voice of the Holy Spirit to see how God may be inviting the directee to respond, The director asks a few questions here and there and the directee responds as he or she is led.
- As we sense the Lord is leading us, we spend some times in silent prayer throughout the session, and then we end in prayer.
- Our goal throughout our time is to foster the directee’s intimacy with God and to attend to God’s presence and working in the details of the directee’s life.
- It is important to note that spiritual direction is not counseling. The director does not give advice during the session but listens with the directee for the Lord’s guiding. Spiritual direction involves a lot of listening, silence, and prayer. It is a sacred, safe, and comforting space for directees to be listened to and to encounter God.
- To find out more about spiritual direction, check out this great article from Christianity Today.
Who I am and why I offer up spiritual direction
I am the Rev. Kristen Yates. I am an ordained presbyter/priest in the Anglican Church in North America. I have my MDiv from Regent College and my Masters of Theological Studies from Wesley Theological Seminary. I have served as a youth and young adult pastor, a deacon, an assistant church planter, and a lead church planter & pastor.
I am also a trained Christian conciliator and a spiritual director in training, working towards my certificate in Spiritual Direction with Selah, a program associated with Leadership Transformations and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Hamilton, MA. Click here for more information about Selah. As a director in training, I both give direction to others and receive direction from a spiritual director in San Jose. I am also in regular touch with my spiritual direction supervisor who lives in the Mid-West.
Why I offer up Spiritual Direction
As a pastor, I love to encourage and empower others to live out their Christian lives to the fullest. In particular, I love to help people find deep intimacy with Christ and be formed more and more into His likeness. As an introvert and contemplative by nature, I love to spend time with people one-on-one or in small groups and to invite them into the kinds of contemplative practices that have been so meaningful to me on my own journey with Christ. Receiving spiritual direction is one of those practices that has been extremely meaningful to me; it has given me greater self-awareness, helped me notice God in the details of my life, and provided space for me to engage in some important areas of discernment with the Lord. It is great to be listened to, cared for, and encouraged both in times of joy and in times of sorrow. I feel absolutely priviledged to now offer up this ministry to others and to accompany them on their journeys with Christ. – Kristen+