Center for Ministry offers spiritual direction to clergy


Church leaders on the Gulf Coast can meet with a trained spiritual director at no cost over the course of a year in a special program offered by the Pastoral Excellence Project of the Center for Ministry.  Spiritual Direction for Clergy on the Gulf Coast is open to ministers of any faith tradition or denomination who”

• Serve in one of the following Mississippi counties:  Jackson, Harrison, Hancock, George, Stone and Pearl River

• Seek to examine their relationship with God as they move through the challenge of long term recovery.

Pastors who were serving on the coast during Hurricane Katrina or who moved there before September 2006 will receive preference. The sessions will take place in Ocean Springs, Gulfport and Bay St. Louis.

This program is made possible by renewal funding from Lilly Endowment Inc., a family foundation based in Indiana.  The Pastoral Excellence Project will begin Spiritual Direction for Clergy on the Gulf Coastin January.

A long standing Christian tradition, spiritual direction is a ministry in which one person, the director, helps another discover how God is present and active in his or her life. Like therapy, spiritual direction is a one-on-one, confidential conversation with a caring listener who is trained to help. Unlike therapy, counseling or coaching, problem resolution is not the goal. Spiritual direction centers on looking through the peaks and the valleys on the journey of faith to discover what God is saying and doing. One hour of spiritual direction may include scripture and prayer, meditation and other spiritual practices.

The Center for Ministry, located in Jackson, is a joint venture of the United Methodist Church in Mississippi and Millsaps College. The Center for Ministry offers programs in Spiritual Formation and Continuing Education for Laity and Clergy.

Applications are available at  or by contacting the Rev. Sherry Johnson, associate director for the center at 601- 974-1436 or at