I am a certified spiritual director and life coach who has over 15 years of experience leading retreats, workshops, and working with individuals and groups in spiritual growth and formation. I am a graduate of the National Speakers Association ProTrack academy and have given talks and lead events across the USA, in Canada, Belize, and Uganda. I have flexible and scalable programs ready to go that bring participants into a deeper experience of the divine from both a contemplative and a charismatic perspective.
Price Range: $1500 and up
Gig Length: 50 - 360 minutes
What to Expect
Spirituality presentations, workshops, guided experiences. I am skilled at leading groups into an experience of the divine, as well as providing teaching that transforms one's view of God and ultimate reality. Topics include prayer, healing, cosmology and quantum physics, labyrinth, centering/soaking, Benedictine/Franciscan spirituality, and more! This is NOT a 3 ring binder with notes type of offering.
I am a doctoral candidate in spiritual direction and formation. I was trained in spiritual direction through the Formation in Direction program of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in 2006. This program derives it's lineage and initial foundation from the well known and highly respected program run by the Benedictines at Pecos, New Mexico.
I am an experienced retreat leader and workshop presenter, having worked with groups in the US, Belize, Canada, and Africa. I am trained to facilitate the Ignatian 19th Annotation, am an expert in dream work, individual and group discernment process, charismatic gifts of the Holy Spirit. I have taught on contemplative spirituality, meditation, and Christian healing and regularly lecture to first and third year students in the FIND program. I am a former parish pastor (14 years) and currently known internationally for my work as a transformational life coach. My materials are being used by people in nearly 30 countries around the world.
I am trained in Neuolinguistic Programming, Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT or "tapping"), and am a graduate of the Life Coach Institue of Orange County.
I received my M.Div from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis and my D.Min from Houston Graduate School of Theology.
I am a member of the National Speakers Association Houston Chapter, ProTrack Graduate, am a Marriage and Family Life Counselor and Board Certified Licensed Pastoral Counselor through the Therapon Institute. I am Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International, member of Houston Coaches, Inc. (local chapter of the International Coach Federation), former member of Business Networking International (BNI), Strategic Alliance Chapter, Webster, TX. I am a Volunteer Docent at the Battleship Texas in Deer Park, TX and in my wife's 1st Grade Classroom at College Park Elementary, LaPorte, TX.
People who attend my conferences and workshops usually arrive with no idea what to expect. The conferences are highly practical, hands on, and experiential. Because I know that most people learn by doing, not simply by receiving a lecture, I try to move people quickly from theory to practice. I do not believe that Christian ministry is a "spectator sport" and my goal is bring as many people into the game as possible. When people leave one of my trainings, they are confident in their relationship with the Lord, able to move in the anointing and power of the Holy Spirit according to His good pleasure, and are generally raised to a new level of spiritual maturity and effectiveness.
While my theological training and ordination comes from the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod and I am currently connected with both the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Methodist Church through my coaching and consulting business, over the years I have moved into a much more open and ecumenically oriented position and I am happy to serve the Lord wherever He opens the door for ministry, regardless of the sign on the front lawn. I am all about helping others recognize and appropriate the wonderful treasures available to the believer and providing on-going assistance and spiritual direction. I am a subject matter expert with extensive experience in healing, spiritual gifts, prayer, and discipleship that can be utilized immediately in conjunction with your current congregational vision and strategy.
Typically, I can come alongside your group or congregation in three ways:
Teaching: Many congregations can benefit from simply being presented material that honors the scriptural truth about the person and work of the Holy Spirit without going off into things that distract from what the Lord is communicating. Because I am living out and teaching these things on a regular basis, I bring a fresh vibrancy to the material. Drawing from the best sources in the world today in both the charismatic movement and in the mystical/contemplative tradition, I deliver a balanced blend which draws people into exploring the treasures in our historic traditions.
Modeling: A major deficiency in most mainline Protestant congregations is the lack of a credible model for engaging the supernatural. No one has ever taught us how to do this stuff because they didn’t know how to do it either! And to cover up their own ignorance, they explained it all away. Simply having a healthy, balanced model of both clergy and laity, male and female, young and no so young working together at your event, living out what is being taught in a natural but Spirit-dependent manner provides a model that is easily transferrable and quickly implemented in the local congregation.
Imparting: All who are present experience teaching, observe modeling, and receive various degrees of impartation. Everyone who shows up is changed in some way, which translates into immediate changes in the local congregation. Through teamwork, debriefing sessions, and personal sharing, host church members are given hands-on learning experiences which become the chassis upon which future training and mentoring is constructed.
I am here to support and assist people who want to pursue renewal in their personal lives and faith community. I invite you check out the various workshops I can deliver, but most importantly, I want to develop something especially tailored to your unique context.
Additional Booking Notes
Sometimes use powerpoint projection and audio. Some sort of music player/MP3/CD system for some sessions. Venue is responsible for creating the ambiance desired.
Possible topics include:
--dreamwork and interpretation
--Welcoming the Holy Spirit
--How to Hear God's Voice
|Rev. Steve Stutz||Spiritual Director and Facilitator|
Influences & Inspiration
While I am classically trained in the Lutheran theological tradition, I am also highly influenced by the ancient desert fathers & mothers, the medieval mystics, and modern day spiritual masters such as Thomas Merton, Teilhard de Chardin, Francis Macnutt, John Wimber, Richard Foster, and the Emergent Church movement. Additionally, I am excited about what the new cosmology and quantum physics are contributing to the spirituality discussion.
Powerpoint projection and audio
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