Online CareLife is difficult. We’d love to help.
All care is Christ centered, but persons of all faiths—or none at all—are welcome.
- Spiritual direction is grounded in scripture and focuses on religious experience. It is concerned with a person’s actual experience of their relationship with God.
- Spiritual direction is about a relationship. It is based on what happens in an ongoing relationship between the person and God. God is leading the person to deeper faith and more generous service. The spiritual director asks not just “what is happening?” but “where is God leading?”
- The real spiritual director is God. God touches the human heart directly. The human spiritual director helps to examine, explore and respond to God’s invitation to a deeper relationship.
The goal of pastoral counseling is to help an individual think biblically about their current struggles in the context of a confidential, caring environment. A pastoral counselor relies on Scripture as the authority for faith and conduct and recognizes that lasting change is the result of the power of God, the grace of Christ and the indwelling ministry of the Holy Spirit. Guided by biblical principles, the Counselors role is to utilize guided questioning, empathetic support, problem definition, reflection/reading assignments, encouragement, and prayer to provide wise, biblical and faithful counsel to those who are hurting and in need. Pastoral counseling is not clinical counseling. Referrals to a clinical counselor may be suggested.