Minister of Spiritual Care and Counseling
717-285-5156 ext. 268
What is Spiritual Direction?
Spiritual Direction is a God-Centered spiritual process in which you are provided the sacred space to seek God’s presence, listen deeply to His voice and discern what He is saying to you. You will learn to “tend to the holy” as you listen to God’s direction with “the ear of your heart” for the purpose of spiritual discernment. Through your unique life lens and personal experience, –and with the help of the Holy Spirit we will look for the movement of God, what he might be saying to you, what is stirring in you?
About The Spiritual Director…
Brenda Coffin is a formally trained and Certified Spiritual Director who has received two-years of formal Spiritual Direction training at the Kairos School of Spiritual Direction & Spiritual Formation in Wernersville, PA. While Brenda is also a licensed therapist, and professional life coach, she only draws upon her foundational background to further understand and “be with” people as they seek spiritual awareness and meaning. Guided by the Holy Spirit—or third chair–Brenda helps participants view their life’s challenges, complexities and experiences through a faith lens. She also has received leadership training in contemplative practices through Oasis Ministries to equip church communities, groups and individuals in their spiritual journeys. She likes to teach others how to maintain spiritual practices that will support them in their daily living and personal reflection time.
What You Can Expect From Spiritual Direction
Brenda’s Spiritual Direction Sessions are open to individuals and groups of 12-15. They are steeped in deep listening, respect, confidentiality and hospitality as she provides a process for you to hear God’s voice, notice His movements, and savor his presence.
The Group and Individual Sessions…
- Insure confidentiality
- Are relational in nature and cares for the whole person
- Provide a safe place to help you nurture your relationship with God
- Contemplative in nature
- Set the tone for mutual respect, authenticity, trust and boundaries
- Help your hear God’s voice and notice his movement in all seasons of life
- Fosters greater awareness of God’s Presence in everyday life
- Offer discernment for God’s direction for your life
- Explores meaning and purpose, desire and yearnings
- Creates space for Solitude, Silence, taking pause, savoring and noticing
- Group members practice deep listening as peers share
- Invites Authenticity, openness
- Teaches Spiritual Practices
- Offers Resources for expanding your faith
Guided Group Spiritual Direction
Brenda will lead an ongoing Spiritual Direction group of 12-15 participants in daytime and evening groups meeting monthly for 8 months. All meetings will be held in the HUMC Prayer Room. We will be following the Liturgical year and using the book, Moment by Moment: a retreat in everyday life. Brenda received a one year Spiritual Direction Ignatian training of this book and will lead two groups from Fall through Spring. Learn how to deepen your walk with Jesus, and experience his ways, understand the benefit of silence and solitude, reflection and noticing Christ and how this is applied to our relationships with others through scripture and Ignatian insights.
Spiritual Direction Group Schedule
HUMC Prayer Room
Wednesdays: Sept. 4, Oct. 2, Nov. 6, Dec. 4, Jan. 8, Feb. 5, Mar. 4, Apr. 1
Morning: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Evening: 6 – 7:30 p.m.
THIS SESSION HAS BEEN FILLED – A NEW SESSION WILL BE OFFERED THIS SPRING
Summer: Spiritual Direction ½ Day Retreat (special topics) TBA*
*In the summer season, a half-day Group Spiritual Direction retreat will be offered under special topics according to group interest.
View Testimonials From Attendees
“In Brenda’s Spiritual Direction Group, I became deeply aware of God’s presence in my life–How He was there for me especially in the small things. Prior to the group, I was always rushing from one place to the next. Now I know how to savor and notice and am deeply grounded and committed to growing in my faith. I learned from others in the group as well—oh how we are truly connected.”