The Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation program is for PCUSA pastors and Commissioned Pastors (CPs) serving in the 13-state primary service region of the foundation.
The Foundation has established a national network of trained spiritual directors who can provide you with up to eight sessions of spiritual direction. Some of these directors are clergy. All are very familiar with the issues facing clergy and other church leaders.
Prices have been negotiated in advance. The Foundation will pay half the cost of your direction. Payments are made directly to the director after the first four sessions and following the eighth session. At the conclusion of the series, OPSF will request your evaluation and the director’s assessment of the process so that the Foundation can continue to develop and improve this program.
Featured Spiritual Director…
Gary Neal Hansen is a Teaching Elder in the PC(USA), and the author of the award-winning book Kneeling with Giants: Learning to Pray with History’s Best Teachers (InterVarsity Press, 2012). As a spiritual director his aim is to help you find ways to rekindle your passion for life in Christ. To minister effectively you need a centered life, putting down ever-deeper roots in Christ so you draw upon the living water he promises. He will join you in the journey of faith, together you’ll find faithful ways for you to draw near to God — ways that fit, and help you be who God made you to be.
Gary is currently working as a writer, speaker, and spiritual director in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. While completing his Ph.D. in Church History/History of Christian Doctrine at Princeton Theological Seminary he served as pastor of the Hillsborough Presbyterian Church. Doing redevelopment work in this small, struggling, and conflicted congregation was formative for his perspective on the importance of clergy spiritual health and on the nature of the pastoral calling. He served as a professor for 17 years at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary.
If you are interested in having a director, use the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org Dr. Eller will be back in touch with you as soon as possible. He will provide you with the contact information of two or three directors in the OPSF network who have confirmed their availability. You would then have an initial conversation with them and determine whether one is a good match for you. Those initial conversations are ordinarily free. The director you select would then contact email@example.com to confirm that an agreement has been reached.
The Foundation believes that spiritual direction can be a great asset for those in ministry and look forward to sharing this resource with you.