Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Christos community?

It simply consists of like-minded people who are seeking a deeper relationship with God, themselves, and the world through contemplative practices. If this resonates with you, know that you are not alone. We welcome you! Many people find their own contemplative experience enriched in the fellowship of others. Because of our distance learning program, we have graduates and friends all over the world.

What are contemplative practices?

Traditional practices include silence, solitude, prayer, retreat, pilgrimage, and spiritual direction. Contemplative practices can also include taking a walk, working in a garden, creating art, playing with children or grandchildren, the list goes on and on. The sacred is found in the ordinary. Any practice that helps us recognize and be open to God can be a contemplative practice. By cultivating our inner lives in this way, we are changed for the better and can actively share God’s love in the world.

What is Spiritual Direction?

Spiritual direction is an essential resource for developing a closer relationship with God. It encompasses the art of companionship and deep listening, cherishing life stories, and witnessing how the Divine manifests in our lives. Christos offers a two-year spiritual direction training program called Tending the Holy (TTH).

What is Tending the Holy (TTH)?

Tending the Holy is our program that trains people in the art of Spiritual Direction. It is a two-year certificate program. Click here for more information. 

What do graduates of the Tending the Holy (Spiritual Direction) training program do?

This varies widely. Most graduates tell us that the program had a profound impact on their own personal lives as well as how they listen and interact with others, including family, friends, co-workers, etc. Many graduates offer traditional individual and group spiritual direction. Others may informally incorporate what they learned into a wide variety of professions.

Do I have to be a minister to be a spiritual director?

Many spiritual directors are not professional clergy. However, many ministers have completed our spiritual direction program and report it enriches their ability to listen and minister to their congregations.

What does Christos have to offer if I don’t want to become a spiritual director?

Great question! Christos offers many events and programs to deepen our relationship with God including our eight-month Sacred Connections program. See our events page for other upcoming opportunities.

Do I have to be a Christian to participate?

No. While our teaching and practices come from the Christian tradition, we welcome all contemplative seekers. If you are new to contemplative experiences, you may want to consider our 8-month program for individual spiritual formation called “Sacred Connections: Spirituality Meets Real Life” currently offered in the Twin Cities.

How did Christos get started?

Joann Nesser, our founder, tells the story of Christos here

Where is Christos located?

Our original location is just north of the Twin Cities in Lino Lakes, MN. We now offer our spiritual direction training program in Lino Lakes, Chicago, Fargo and online through a distance learning program.

Do you have overnight facilities?

No, Christos does not offer accommodations for overnight guests.

Can I come to Christos for a private retreat?

Yes, a partial or full day retreat can be accommodated in the Twin Cities. Call 651-653-8207 or email info@christoscenter.org for more information. Christos Chicago offers rental space through the Tau Center

Can I rent space at Christos?

Yes, this is available in Twin Cities. Please click here to learn more. Or call 651-653-8207 or email info@christoscenter.org for more information. 

Is Christos affiliated with a church?

No, Christos is not affiliated with a particular church or denomination. We’re Christian and ecumenical. We welcome people of all denominations, as well as those with no affiliation or church background. Christos is a grace-filled community where people are welcome to explore the edges of their faith. We recognize there are many seasons of our faith life and welcome you to “come as you are”.

How is Christos funded?

Our revenue comes from our training programs, special events and donations. Christos Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and contributions are tax deductible. If you would like to contribute please visit our donate page, call 651-653-8207 or email info@christoscenter.org. All money donated is distributed to all Christos’ locations.