Journeying with Jesus means we’re continually moving toward becoming healthy, whole, flourishing followers. As the Holy Spirit nurtures us into becoming who God is creating us to be, we’re invited to respond. We take time to care for our soul and nourish our spirit. We slow down and enter into quiet spaces with God.

The way isn’t always clear and direct. Sometimes it’s full of joy and invitation; sometimes we feel dry and stuck. We offer our community resources to help thrive and grow across all of life’s seasons.

What Is Spiritual Direction?

Spiritual direction is a conversation and a relationship. In it, you and your director hold a space of stillness and attention, where we can reflect on, observe and notice the ways Jesus is speaking in your daily life, in your desires and in times of silence.

For thousands of years, Christians have met with spiritual directors to discern difficult decisions, to navigate through desert places and dark nights, to explore more intimate forms of prayer and worship, and just to continually press deeper into relationship with God throughout their entire life of discipleship.

What Does Spiritual Direction Look Like?

Conversations with a spiritual director usually last about an hour once a month. Your spiritual director will listen compassionately, ask questions, invite reflection and notice with you. There will also be silence, and that’s OK; a lot can happen in silence. In some ways, it may simply look like the most intent, focused, one-sided conversation you’ve ever had with a friend, because that’s who your spiritual director is: a soul friend.

Who is Spiritual Direction For?

Spiritual direction can be for absolutely everyone who’s willing to make a commitment to pray. You don’t have to be a monk, you don’t have to be facing a crossroads, and you don’t have to have any particular decision to discern. If you have some desire that’s guiding you right now, whether or not you’re following it, there might be an invitation for you to explore spiritual direction.

Who Is a Spiritual Director?

Spiritual directors are sometimes called a “spiritual friend” or a “soul companion.” They’re who you invite to journey alongside you, lovingly and attentively, to help discern and witness the unique and special relationship God is continually inviting you into.

Our spiritual directors have years of training specifically for this ministry. At the same time, a classic metaphor for spiritual direction is that of midwifery. Spiritual directors won’t “make” anything happen. God is already at work in you, bringing something to bear in each season. The role of the spiritual director is to support, encourage and accompany you through the challanges of labor and the joy of birth. A spiritual director holds your hand, ensures that you’re safe, helps you to push through the breaths, reminds you how well you’re doing and stays by your side as long as you need it.

Our Spiritual Directors

Carolyn Herbert

Spiritual Director / Counselor

Carolyn is a spiritual director, counselor and author of the forthcoming Menopause: What’s God Got to Do With It. When she’s not writing and serving valuably on the CTK team, she can be found at home with her golden retriever, Sir Levi the Kohathite, or visiting with her five married children, 15 grandchildren and eight great-grandbabies.

Carolyn has an MDiv in pastoral counseling, a DMin in spiritual formation from Ashland Theological Seminary and certification in spiritual direction through Sustainable Faith.

Brian Hohmeier, n.OSF

Spiritual Director

Brian is a member of the Evangelical Spiritual Directors Association, having completed his two-year training with Sustainable Faith and an M.A. at Fuller Theological Seminary.

A former bi-vocational pastor, Brian’s absolutely fallen in love with the ministry of spiritual direction. While he adores meeting with people from all stages of the journey, he especially enjoys working with fatigued ministers, recovering souls and agnostics.

Brian is also a novice in the Order of Sustainable Faith.

Rev. David Weiss

Spiritual Director / Counselor

David received his master’s degree in counseling and psychology from Ashland Theological Seminary and is a certified spiritual director after completing a two-year training program with the Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction. He has a passion for helping people experience victory in Jesus in all areas of their lives and for watching the Holy Spirit move to change marriages. He and his wife have been married for over 50 years.

David is originally from Cleveland but now resides in N. Ridgeville, where he can be found eating popcorn and watching a comedy with his family.

Does It Cost Anything?

Traditionally, directees offer a small contribution for two purposes. One is for their director’s time. The other is so that they have a stake—or “skin in the game”—in their journey of spiritual direction. We tend to form priorities where we’re making a small sacrifice.

In that spirit, members who see a spiritual director through CTK may want to prayerfully consider reflecting this commitment as a part of their tithe. CTK members and non-CTK members can also always discuss alternative arrangements with their spiritual director.

Get Connected With a Spiritual Director

You don’t have to select a spiritual director now. You don’t even have to be sure about this whole “spiritual direction” thing. But if you might be feeling an invitation to lean in, drop us a line so we can get you connected and begin the conversation.


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