Robert E. Webber

There is a need to return to the practice of spiritual directors. The office of a spiritual director emerged within monasticism in the early church among the monks who needed the direction of a wise and mature person. The principle is already laid down in the personal relationship that existed between Paul and Timothy. . . . The ultimate task of a spiritual director is to help the younger Christian find the will of God.

-Robert Webber, Common Roots: The Original Call to an Ancient-Future Faith (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2009), 267-268.