Advent Lutheran Church in Morgan Hill 408-779-3551

Spiritual Direction

I look to the hills from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord who created heaven and earth. -Psalm 121

What is Spiritual Direction?

Spiritual direction is a time-honored term for a conversation, ordinarily between two persons, in which one person consults another, more spiritually experienced person about the ways in which God may be touching her or his life, directly or indirectly. In our postmodern age, many people dislike the term “spiritual direction” because it sounds like one person giving directions, or orders, to another. They prefer spiritual companionship. “tending the hold” or some other nomenclature. What we call it doesn’t make any real difference. The reality remains conversations about life in the light of faith.

Spiritual direction explores a deeper relationship with the spiritual aspect of being human. Simply put, spiritual direction is helping people tell their sacred stories every day. Spiritual direction has emerged in many contexts using language specific to particular cultural and spiritual traditions. Describing spiritual direction requires putting words to a process of fostering a transcendent experience that lies beyond all names and yet the experience longs to be articulated and made concrete in everyday living. It is easier to describe what spiritual direction does than what spiritual direction is. Spiritual direction helps us learn how to live in peace, with compassion, promoting justice, as humble servants of that which lies beyond all names. (Liz Budd Ellmann, MDiv, Executive Director, Spiritual Directors International)

Spiritual Direction:

  • Is Spirit-centered
  • Asks where God is to be found in a person’s life and tries to explore that reality
  • Develops a greater personal self-knowledge and self-realization, but the final object is to know God more fully.
  • Explores deeper and richer personal spirituality and greater sensitivity to and awareness of God in one’s life
  • Opens up a greater sense of purpose and direction in one’s life
  • Seeks a deeper and richer personal spirituality and greater sensitivity to and awareness of God in one’s life

Confidentiality:

As with all professional services, the content of and nature of this service is kept in strictest confidence and only released with permission.

Schedules and Fees:

There is no fee for an introductory session. Fees are based on a sliding scale taking into account the capacity to pay. Together we agree upon what is beneficial for the relationship. Cost should not be a deterrent.

Rev. Lee Tyler is a second career pastor, ordained at Covenant Presbyterian Church, Palo Alto in 2002. She served as pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Du Quoin, Illinois until her return to California where she retired from PC(USA). She is now serving as Parish Associate at Advent Lutheran Church in Morgan Hill where she is also a member of the prayer ministry. Rev. Tyler has an undergraduate degree in Psychology, a Master’s degree in Pastoral Ministries from Santa Clara University, with an emphasis in Spirituality, a Master of Divinity from Pacific School of Religion, and a Certificate in the Art of Spiritual Direction from San Francisco Theological Seminary. She considers it a profound fit to be invited to companion another on their spiritual journey to discern God’s will in their life. As such Lee offers spiritual direction for groups as well as individuals.

Contact Information:
Lee Tyler
408-778-1876
ltyler3@juno.com