The office of a church staff is a place where the shared experience of every church member finds an emotional and spiritual resting place. The joy and pain of each birth, wedding, divorce, graduation, illness, camp, worship assembly, prayer service, and funeral in each member's life can be found laying on desks, stashed in closets, sitting in chairs, and filling email inboxes.
You laid that life experience at the feet of the person who is your pastor and priest, inviting them to walk alongside them. They have dutifully helped you carry those experiences to the feet of Jesus.
Church leaders have their own joy and pain, too. Eleven:28 walks with them, helping them carry their burdens and yours. This is not something that their church family can do for them. They need a soul care provider to walk with them. We call these staff-wide soul care relationships, "Partnerships."
Across the United States, dozens of women have shared their stories with one another - stories of the joy, heartache, loneliness, and gift of serving churches. We call them "Covenant Groups." Meeting monthly, they practice spiritual disciplines, form deep friendships, and share their ministry journeys.
Spiritual Directors help us connect with God and with others through their training in the spiritual disciplines, their innate and practiced ability to listen, and their experience in the journey we call "discipleship."
Through our team of spiritual directors led by Rhesa, eleven:28 provides those fellow travelers in group settings that we call "Sacred Communities" and through individual spiritual direction.