To all those who sense a divine power we often call God, 

To all those who want to believe but are not sure,

To all those who have been hurt by the church or people who claim the title "Christians,"

To all those who are a part of a faith community but wish for something more,

To all those who serve as pastors in need of a pastor themselves.

Welcome. My name is Rich Nelson and I'm an Episcopal priest, a contemplative, a spiritual director, a poet, an author, and someone who serves those who may or may not be in need of a pastor but still seek a spiritual guide or companion.

I create resources as a direct support to individuals and small groups who seek something different than they might find in a traditional church setting. I do this primarily through my weekly blog and online community, following The Way. Head on over to the following The Way website to learn more and sign up to receive the free weekly reflections, to join the community as a member, and/or talk with me about being your personal spiritual director. 


Below you will also find a link to my children's program Francis and Friends and other curricula I've written independently and for groups such as The Work of the People. If you'd like to connect, you can reach me here. I'm happy to visit about leading a retreat for your community or exploring the possibility of being your spiritual director. 

Christ's peace, 


following The Way® is

an online community for spiritual growth

for personal use

and small groups

Francis and Friends is a "faith and nature" resource to introduce children to the stories of St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi and send them outdoors to be filled with awe and wonder and to strengthen family bonds.

for churches, nature clubs, schools and families

Other Resources

The Ridiculous Journey

a small group curriculum featuring Rowan Williams, Nadia Bolz-Weber, Rachel Held Evans and others

Called to Community

a small group curriculum on the role of the church featuring Walter Bruegemann, Richard Rohr, Malcolm Guite, NT Wright and others

Seeking Aliveness

a small group curriculum featuring Brian McLaren

FTW through Lent

using the Examen method for daily reflections

Word and Wine

a free bible study on tending life's vineyard


I am a fellow pilgrim, a disciple of Jesus, an author, guide of the online faith community following The Way, co-founder of a non-profit outreach ministry, and an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church. I seek and help others explore ever more authentic ways to follow Jesus' Way in today's screwed up and beautiful world. 


2019 New Contemplatives

I am profoundly honored to be called a part of the "future of spiritual companionship" by Spiritual Directors International. Along with these ten other people, I am one of SDI's "New Contemplatives" for 2019. I'm excited to be a part of this amazing group of people as we seek to foster light in the world and companionship for the spiritual journey. Read the announcement here





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