Most of us are familiar with Joanne Moon—we have often been the recipient of her generous hospitality, her willingness to lend a patient ear to our worries, her commitment to our tribe, and the unique gifts that she utilizes so compassionately for the Kingdom of God. Many lives have been impacted by her quiet life. Ekko has recently had the privilege of investing back into Joanne's life and call. A great Spiritual Director program was discovered by the help of Pastor Janette and Joanne was invited to consider further study in this specific skill set in ministry. With the church in mind, even with a full load at home, Joanne accepted the invitation. We look forward to seeing what God will do through this process. Let's continue to pray for all those undergoing constant formation for the sake of the others.
Below are Joanne's responses to questions we asked about her studies:
What is Spiritual Direction?
Spiritual Direction has been a part of the Church since the first century. While it has undergone a series of shifts in its focus over time, it has been an essential component of Christian growth and nurturing. Spiritual Direction is a series of conversations where the director will come alongside the directee to help listen for the words and work of God in the directee’s life.
Spiritual Direction is different than counseling, first and foremost, in that counseling is usually concerned with the relationship dynamics in one’s life—all relationships, but especially the primary relationships with family are explored in this context. Spiritual Direction, which also focuses on relational dynamics, is concerned specifically with relationship with God—how one is in relationship with God, how one communicates (both sends and receives) with God, what God’s call or purpose is for one’s life, etc. Spiritual Direction is not a discipline that is oriented towards solving problems, but about growing in our inner life with God.
Why do you want to become a spiritual director?
There’s a hidden dimension in every human’s life—one that is not visible or fully graspable even by ourselves. The demands and rhythms of our current culture can often dismiss and demean the important work of nurturing our interior life with God.
For a long time I have had this great burden for people to have a space just for them, where they can gain clarity about God, self and life. This growing desire found a home in the long tradition and practice of spiritual direction where I have been witnessing firsthand and am learning that directors offer a sacred and safe space for directees to explore and articulate their deep places and encounter God who loves them and is with them there. It is a powerful ministry of presence that is truly transforming me from deep within—and when you are experiencing the living God, it is hard to keep it just for yourself.
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Joanne is our Story Advance facilitator, where she guides groups of people from our tribe through deep inner healing and restoration through the presence of God. She is married to TJ, Ekko’s Intern Pastor, and together they host Ekklesia in Cerritos. She is the mother of two beautiful and energetic boys, Jio and Max.