Twelve years ago Kristy and I left our ministry position to start The Porch. It has been, and continues to be a beautiful experience. With beauty often comes pain, and my experience early on at The Porch was a swirl of both. A couple years into this new church plant I found myself full of anxiety and on the edge of burn out. It was about that time that my friend, Kelvin Gardiner, told me that the regional office of our denomination was going to provide a spiritual director, Morris Dirks, to pastors who wanted one. I had no idea what a spiritual director was, but I knew I needed something. A month later Morris became my spiritual director, and over then next year my spiritual life started taking on a new texture. I had been a pastor for 15 years at that point and had never had anyone walk with me in such a rich and intentional way.
This had been such a beneficial practice for me that I wanted to offer it to other people. I started to look for opportunities to be trained. I completed Larry Crabb’s School of Spiritual Direction, and then was trained through Soul Formation’s Academy of Formation and Direction, and finally through Soul Formation’s School of Spiritual Direction. For the last 4 years or so, I have been leading retreats and providing one on one spiritual direction for leaders in Spokane. This has been the most rewarding and impactful work of my life.
Now a new chapter is unfolding as I’ve been asked to be part of the Soul Formation staff, and have accepted. I will still be a pastor at The Porch half time, as I step into Soul Formation half time. This new position with Soul Formation is funded in three ways. I will offer spiritual direction and retreats for a fee. I will be paid to staff some of the Soul Formation Academies and Schools. I’m also committed to raising a portion of my salary and expenses.
Will you join me as I care for and train leaders who are doing frontline work all over the Northwest and beyond.
Checks can be made out to Soul Formation and mailed to:
217 E Lacrosse Ave
Spokane, WA 99207
Or you can go to SoulFormation.org and find me on the donate page.
A couple other ways you can help are prayer and referrals. You can pray for our family and The Porch as we figure out a new rhythm. I would also greatly appreciate referrals. There are lots of pastors and leaders out there who need someone to walk with.
Thank you for your continued friendship and support!
Grace and peace,