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Spiritual Direction

Spiritual Direction does not try to fix or solve problems but explores where God is in the midst of our lives as we live out our spiritual journey.

At Christ Church, your spiritual life is very important to us, which is why we offer Spiritual Direction.

What is Spiritual Direction?  Spiritual direction creates a space for a seeker to explore his/her spiritual journey with a trained guide, and to discern God’s movements in one’s life.

Is Spiritual Direction for me?  If you feel you are on the spiritual path and would like to go deeper into friendship with God, or if you are simply searching for God in your life, spiritual direction might be for you.

When might Spiritual Direction be appropriate?  If you find yourself longing for something more, experiencing a transition, discerning important choices, feeling stuck in your prayer life, seeking to go “deeper” but don’t quite know how, spiritual direction might be helpful.

How is it different from psychotherapy and pastoral counseling?  Gerald May, psychiatrist and spiritual director says, “It is the function of therapists to help patients solve problems” but the function of the spiritual director is “to attend to God’s power, love, and grace in the directee’s situation.”

If you would like to find out more about spiritual direction and/or schedule an appointment, please contact Nicole Armstrong, Director of Spiritual Formation at Christ Church, at nicole@christchurchnyc.org.

Spiritual director, Nicole Armstrong is a recent transplant to NYC, originally born and raised in southern California. She received her B.A. in Sociology and Religion at California Lutheran University, then went on to Duke University, where she received her Master in Divinity. She moved home to pursue a year long residency in hospital chaplaincy, then moved into the role of Associate Pastor at Anaheim UMC. She was recently commissioned as a Deacon in the California-Pacific conference, meaning she is officially a Reverend y’all! Outside of church she loves traveling, live music, soccer, learning new things, and anything else that displays the beauty and brilliance of God’s creation. Nicole is passionate about creating spaces that seek to offer a safe environment for spiritual discernment, questioning, learning, and growth. Through her own life experiences she believes that these opportunities are vital to a strong relationship with the Divine, with oneself, and with the community. Through her role as Director of Spiritual Education, Nicole will be a part of creating retreats, curating forums, offering discussion groups, and leading children’s education. She loves one on one conversation and would love to get to know you over a cup of coffee!