Discipleship is an invitation to follow Jesus. Implicit in this invitation to follow is an invitation to trust that he is leading us to a good and spacious place. Jesus taught and demonstrated that the path of letting go would lead to something more abundant than the limited life we grasp. Discipleship is whole life transformation. It is a journey in becoming our true self - fully alive, balanced, and free.
Our true self fits perfectly because it is completely us. It is a self that allows us to be free of all anxiety regarding how we should be and who we are. And, it allows us to be absolutely our self - unique not by virtue of our strivings for individuality but profoundly original simply because that is who and what we are.
The true self is your total self as you are created by God and as you are being redeemed in Christ. It is the image of God that you are, the unique face of God that has been set aside from eternity for you.
Discipleship then, is a life long journey of response to the triune God, the divine presence drawing us into deeper relationship. To be touched by this love is to be forever changed. We find our true identity and our soul’s true home. We are empowered to be used in ways that are best for us, and best for the world. As we embrace this love, we deepen in our compassion for the poor, the broken, and the lost. We ache and pray and labor for others in a new way, a selfless way, a joy-filled way. Our hearts are enlarged toward all people and toward all creation.
The ministry of The House guides people along this discipleship journey by way of Spiritual Direction.
"In the gospels, we discover that whenever a person sought Jesus out, they were received by him in a personal manner and given one-to-one time to process their spiritual journey. Jesus always began his discussion around the particulars of the individual’s life circumstances and used these issues to lead each person to a deeper understanding of God’s character, particularly his love. Jesus is the master of how to lead others into a deeper awareness of what God is seeking to do through all of the events that life brings.
Jesus’s focus is on fostering transformation by leading people into a new and deeper kind of seeing and hearing. Christ invites us to pay attention to the inner movements in our spirit as we process the everyday experiences of life to find his fingerprints. He is not always evident, but he is always present. At the heart of spiritual direction is the assumption that we can discern his presence.
Christ was always helping the seeker find God in the middle of the mundane, the painful and the confusing reality of their existence. The role of the spiritual director is simply to model Christ’s example by guiding the directee to search for the evidence of God’s loving proposes in all the events, experiences, and emotions that life brings.
At the heart of directing others is the intention to help them discern where and how God is revealing himself.
Spiritual Direction presumes that God continues to communicate the divine presence and life to human beings who are constantly being formed or created in ways not significantly different from the classic accounts of God’s speaking to women and men that we find in Scripture. God’s self-communication is always happening.
Because this desire for God is innate, we hunger for help in discerning how God is revealing himself amid life’s circumstances. Spiritual direction offers the kind of relationship where those longings and questions can be explored. God can be experienced in hearts, minds, imaginations, psyches, and bodies.
The aim of all ministry in the church, therefore, must be to make it more possible for us to pay attention to and carry out the deepest desire of our hearts, namely, to live in community with the Trinity and with one another.
To meet with a trusted spiritual director is to open oneself up to all the dynamics found in the inner world of our souls, a work that many of us are not only afraid to reveal to others, but are also unaware of ourselves.
The model, or course, is the Triune God in whom the three person so completely share all they have and are with one another that they are one." Morris Dirks, Forming the Leader's Soul