Christian Spiritual Direction

Donna Cooper

Christian Spiritual Direction

Donna Cooper

My Background

You may be asking yourself what my background or education is that qualifies me to be a Spiritual Director. This is a good question and one you should be asking. First and foremost I believe one is "called" to this ministry. And it has taken years for me to see that what comes naturally to me is the gifting God has given me.

Education/Training: I received formal training and education at Moody Bible Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation and Spiritual Direction under the leadership and mentorship of Nancy Kane, Associate Professor of Educational Ministries at Moody. I am also a member of Evangelical Spiritual Directors Association (graftedlife.org/esda).

Experience: I was blessed to serve on a church staff for 14 years. I called this my second career to my former corporate life. I served on the executive leadership team, had oversight of the small group ministry and spiritual formation, in addition to providing one-to-one mentoring and spiritual direction. Today I continue to provide spiritual direction through the Christian Spiritual Formation program at Moody.

Personal: My husband and I are celebrating 36 years of marriage and have been blessed with a daughter (29 years old) and a son (19 years old). Yes, thats a 10 year gap! God has designed my life in such a way to give me a wide range of life experiences to relate to others, to share in their sufferings, and to celebrate their victories.

The ministry of spiritual direction is better described as Holy listening. 

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God". 2 Corinthians 1:3-4