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The following is an article that was printed in the April 2003 issue of the Crowing Creations.

Musings From Pastor Dave

by Dave Hogsett ~ 2003 NIEC Spiritual Director

One of my goals as the Spiritual Director of the North Indiana Emmaus Community for 2003 is to clarify and share with the Emmaus community how the clergy team for a walk is chosen, who is eligible to serve as the Spiritual Director of a walk, and other matters as to how clergy are involved in the Emmaus movement. When I was the section Spiritual Director for the North East, and later when I became the Community Spiritual Director, I received a lot of oral information concerning these issues. Sometimes there was agreement, sometimes there wasn't, and sometimes it was uncertain as to where the bit of information had its source. The end result was that members of the community were operating on different information which at times caused confusion and conflict.

At the March 2003 meeting of the Emmaus Board, the following 'Guidelines for the Selection of a Walk Spiritual Director' were adopted. I would like to share them with you as a part of the Emmaus Community for your information and any possible feedback. I would hope and pray that they would help us to all be on the same page.


  1. Must have previously served as an Assistant Spiritual Director and must also be present for the entire 72 hours of the walk.
  2. Be sympathetic with theology of the five grace talks.
  3. An elder in the United Methodist Church


    a. Member in good standing of a recognized denomination.

    . Qualified to administer communion according to the standards of his/her denomination.

    c. Presently serving a church.

    d. Recognized and respected by his/her local peers as clergy.

  4. The appropriate section spiritual director, in consultation with the lay director of a specific walk, shall select the spiritual director of the walk from the approved list.
  5. Upon recommendation from the community spiritual director, the Emmaus Board will maintain and update a list of those eligible to be spiritual directors.
  6. From time to time requests may be made to have clergy added to the approved list. These requests should be submitted to the community spiritual director who will verify the person's qualification to serve as a spiritual director and then, when appropriate, submit the name to the Emmaus board for inclusion on the list of persons eligible to serve as spiritual directors.

Dave Hogsett

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