As a new Spiritual Director with a Certificate, you may be wondering, Now What? How am I being called to put my certificate to use? What is my unique calling to serve the world at this time? Who can help me figure out what to do next?
While your training program likely gave you an excellent foundation and introduction to many useful tools as a Spiritual Director, you may need more guidance in how to start a Spiritual Direction business.
In this post, we will provide an all-encompassing rundown of setting up a new Spiritual Direction practice, including an explanation of why business skills are needed and a how to Seven Step process to get your Spiritual Direction practice started.
With more people graduating with degrees and certificates in Spiritual Direction than ever before (learn more about the expanding world of training programs and how to choose the right one for you), there is a growing need to equip these graduates with the tools required to establish a private practice. Seekers, Directees, and/or Clients often find it difficult to find a Spiritual Director when they are looking for one. (Check out the nearly 5,000 Spiritual Directors listed on the SDI website.) Developing Spiritual Directors to become effective entrepreneurs will help potential seekers to find them when the need arises.
The ancient practice of Spiritual Practice began with the Desert Fathers and Mothers out in the wilderness, where seekers somehow find their way to them. And long before blogging ever existed! Later, church clergy offered Spiritual Direction for one another and for others. In recent decades, Spiritual Direction training programs arrived to offer certificate programs to lay leaders. Today, Spiritual Direction training programs equip new spiritual companions from across a wide array of faith traditions and in some cases with no faith tradition in particular but a shared desire to seek the Sacred. This expansion enables the ancient practice of Spiritual Direction to be made available to more people than ever before.
There are some who suggest that the ancient art of Spiritual Direction be offered free of charge to seekers. And there are many other voices who believe that it is acceptable and appropriate for the Spiritual Director to receive payment. The new Spiritual Director would be wise to spend enough time discerning and wrestling through this key decision point. Consider how the Sacred may be inviting you to evaluate your relationship to money.
According to Lynn Grodzki, Private Practice Coach, therapists and other helping professionals (such as Spiritual Directors) often lack the business skills needed to run their practice. The good news is that we can learn how and that there are lots of great tools out there to support us. Such as the following to help you get started today:
Just three short years ago, I launched a new Spiritual Direction practice. Now, supporting a full-time practice of over 40 directees, publishing over 60 blog posts, and welcoming over nine thousand unique visitors to the website, I share the steps and resources that have been the most helpful in building my private practice. May my sharing inspire and encourage you to consider stepping out in faith, to start something new, to bless a desperate world, for such a time as this. The time is now.
If after reviewing these resources you would like to meet on a live video call for personal consultation to further discuss the possibility of getting started in private practice, please feel free to drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are a few ways to consider working with me:
Looking for more personal support? Consider scheduling a Strategic Consultation session, or two. To dig deeper into discernment, to receive a vision, to discover a road map of what your practice might look like for your unique calling, gifting and positioning. To plan and fine tune your marketing: Website review, Launch campaign, Social Media set up. Ready to get started? Email me at email@example.com