Online Spiritual Direction – Engage?

Last week at The Global Leadership Summit I heard about Engage, which is (from the vide0) “an online experience and guide to help you personally. Engage is like your personal spiritual coach.” From the promo text at the Summit – “A web-based church-wide people development system where spiritual formation, technology, and social media converge.” You can find more information at www.willowcreek.com/engage. Here is the promo video:

Isn’t this spiritual direction?

I will be happy to look at a product when it can be used in a local church.

Advice, Suggestions and Self-Reflection

Last week I interviewed for a clinical pastoral education position at St. Luke’s Hospital. One of the questions that I try to ask any interview team is this – What advice would you have for me (as a person in his second year of professional ministry)? I received the following responses from the interview team (summarized):

  • Have you thought about a spiritual director?
  • A CPE residency would have been invaluable before returning to the local church.
  • Live a well balanced full life outside of ministry.

Each one of the interview team did not give direct advice to me, but instead reflected on their own experience of life.

In similar situations, do you most naturally give suggestions for other people, tell them what to do or reflect on your own life? Something else entirely?