What is Spiritual Direction?

Spiritual direction helps us listen for God’s presence in the highs and lows of life. It helps us strengthen our inner listening muscles to increase awareness and enjoyment of God in our relationships, work, play, and service.

Spiritual direction is an aid to discerning next steps in vocations, relationships, and our interior journey. And it helps our wounds and hurts become not only painful, but life-giving as a place to be with God as we become our real selves.

Who is spiritual direction for?

WellSpring offers spiritual direction for those in vocational ministry. We are connected with a network of trustworthy spiritual directors for persons in all walks of life.

A Spiritual Director

is a companion in Christ who becomes a fellow listener, helping you notice and embrace God’s loving and hopeful presence in your life. A spiritual director offers encouragement, practical listening activities and postures of the heart that deepen and enrich your life with God, yourself, and the world.


Spiritual direction meetings are one-on-one, usually monthly, and last for about 70 minutes. They include listening, sharing your story, pondering questions, and prayer.


$75 per session – or any fee that works within your budget.


Joel Warne

Spiritual Director

Joel Warne is a spiritual director and co-founder of WellSpring Life Resources, Inc. He’s the author of refreshing spiritual life materials including Soul Craving, How to Eat Your Bible, and Beloved.  For nearly 40 years he has led retreats, workshops, and classes probing pathways to intimate life with God. Joel and his wife, Gerri, a Temperament Counselor and WellSpring co-founder, live in Plymouth, Minnesota. Their beloved family includes three adult children, their spouses, and seven wiggly grandchildren!