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A Spiritual Journey with One Another

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Blessed are those whose strength is in you,

whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.

They go from strength to strength;

each one appears before God in Zion.

Psalm 84:5, 7

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Here’s a way to think about the difference between therapy and spiritual direction: imagine your life is a tree (bear with me here), and all its aspects are represented by its branches and leaves. A therapist is going to examine a spot on a leaf or a broken branch (emotional and mental issues) and work with you on how to heal those parts, while a spiritual director (Companion) is going to focus on the wind blowing through the leaves and branches (God moving in each aspect of your life, including those broken places).  


- Danae Ashley 

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Spiritual theology is simply theology lived. A great deal of theology has to do with doctrine, with getting it right. Spiritual theology aims to bring that together within a lived life. The conviction behind spiritual theology is that the Bible—and all of Christian belief—is livable. It’s not just something to be held in your head or performed through your actions and ethics, but actually embodied. The model for spiritual theology is the incarnation, and spiritual theology is understood in the context of the Trinity, where everything is relational. There is no disembodied Christian truth. There’s no abstraction about the Christian life. It is all intended to be lived in a coherent way.  

- Eugene Peterson

May I Introduce Myself To You?

Rob Schettler, M.Div, BCC,
Certified Spiritual Director/Companion

Member of Evangelical Spiritual Directors Association
and adheres to the Code of Ethics with ESDA.

I have been with my bride for thirty-six years. We have a son, daughter, daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren. I have recently finished a four-month sabbatical, following twenty-four years as a chaplain and several years as a pastor. I was a hospice chaplain for sixteen years and served as chaplain/coordinator in a local hospital for eight years. I pastored several churches along my journey. God has been faithful to speak, lead, and encourage others and me through the many terrains of life.

Jesus has shepherded me across fields and to mountain tops, full of vistas and invitations for fifty-seven years. This adventurous journey continues. Sitting with others on their journey is one of life’s greatest joys. I enjoy hanging out with my family and friends, cycling, social gatherings, Henry my Bernedoodle, journaling, nature, and great books.

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