We want to come alongside those who are tired and broken offering rest, relationship and resources so that life with God is fully enjoyed!
One of the best word pictures we can use to describe our life with God is the imagery and language of “journey.” Think about it for a moment. Our paths are filled with plenty of twists and turns, ups and downs, joys and sorrows. Along the winding path we encounter other travelers – some safe, some not. Some stay in our lives for the duration, offering friendship and love, while others leave us stranded and alone.
Surely we all know what it’s like to feel lost, unfulfilled, confused and restless. How do we know which way to go? What if our path leads us straight into danger, disappointment and pain? Who will find us there? How is God present with us in the midst of those dark days and nights? Will we ever be rescued? Does anyone care?
Even though it feels like it, you are not alone. We are offering you a space and place to be heard, to be cared for, to be loved, to be known.
What is soul care?
We all have a soul, whether we recognize it or not. In fact, it’s the deepest part of who we are, the part that goes on living forever. Even though we can’t see our souls functioning, we can see the results.
Soul care is a Christian ministry that helps you pay attention to the health of your soul, to recognize and to partner with God in the work already taking place, and to function in ways that lead to flourishing within and without.
“Your soul is what integrates your will (your intentions), your mind (your thoughts and feelings, your values and conscience), and your body (your face, body language, and actions) into a single life. A soul is healthly – well-ordered – when there is harmony between these three entities and God’s intent for all creation. When you are connected with God and other people in life, you have a healthy soul.” (John Ortberg, Soul Keeping)
Who needs soul care?
Soul care is for all who are tired, weary and burned out. We were not created to always be “on the go” yet we have packed our lives so full that we no longer have time to rest and recover.
Soul care is for everyone who recognizes their own deficiency of resources necessary to resist the constant pressures and demands of the world which is constantly saying “Prove yourself…Do more…You’re only as good as your next great achievement.”
Soul care is for the courageous ones who are willing to go against the pull and the pace of the crowd and run a different sort of race.
Soul care is for those who would like to be restored back to health from the inside out and grow closer to God so that life can be lived to its fullest!
“Because we do not rest we lose our way. We miss the compass points that show us where to go. We lose the nourishment that gives us succor. We miss the quiet that gives us wisdom. Poisoned by the hypnotic belief that good things only come through unceasing determination and tireless effort, we never truly rest. And for want of rest our lives are in danger.” (Wayne Muller, Sabbath: Remembering the Sacred Rhythm of Rest and Delight)
Why is soul care important?
Stories of burn-out and moral failure often include an awareness, after the fact, that the person was so busy “doing” and “producing” that they did not know how sick their soul had become. If we neglect the care of our souls, we will begin to fall apart bit by bit. We will “dis-integrate.”
Jesus once asked, “And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?” (Mark 8:36-37 NLT)
You only get one soul and, chances are, it’s in dire need of attention! You can only keep busying yourself and pretending to be okay for so long…until one day you can’t. If your soul dis-integrates, you no longer have the ability to function (work, serve, lead, love) from a healthy center.
There are so many reasons to pay attention to the health of your soul. Not only can you experience life more abundantly with God today, but you will also go on experiencing ever-increasing union with God from here into eternity.
You are an unceasing spiritual being with an eternal destiny in God’s great universe.” (Dallas Willard)
How do we provide soul care?
Spiritual direction is a form of soul care ministry that we highly recommend. Read more about it here. We also host occasional nights of worship as well as soul care retreats to help you love God and love others even more. Email Adam at firstname.lastname@example.org for information about upcoming events.