CrossPoint launched its Soul Care Institute in 2015. The training is an experientially focused experience in a relational modality of soul care. Pastors, counselors and spiritual directors joined us in this interactive opportunity. See what their experience has been here!  Participants meet three times a year over the course of two years (total of 6 cohorts). Each cohort is two and a half days at Country Lake Retreat Center. The cost of each cohort is $1000 plus a $125 one-time registration fee.  The 2018 dates are: January 29th-31st, May 21st-23rd, and October 1st-3rd. 

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Curriculum Outline

Cohort #1 – Life as Relational

Session #1 – Life as Relational: Biblical/Theological Perspective

  • Relational nature of God as Trinity
  • Relational nature of Creation
  • Relational nature of Mankind (our life depends on healthy relationship with the relational God and others)
  • Relational nature of the Fall (fundamentally the issue is mistrust)
  • Relational nature of Salvation (participation, justification, adoption, glorification, etc.)

Session #2 – Life as Relational: Psychological Perspective

  • Family of Origin
  • Self in Systems/Relationships (subjective/objective; self I see/self others see)
  • The crucial role of attachment in developing a sense of self
  • Self in Transformation (what must change and what does it take to change those things)
  • Internalization (absorbing & digesting the presence of others, particularly as male and female)
  • Representation (object relationship … Segel … psychodynamic … imagos that are our own and are projected on others)

Session #3 – Life as Relational: Spiritual Formation Perspective

  • Image of God impact on the development of the self
  • Common Grace (multi-perspective thinking … continuum on how open)
  • Beauty (Truth and Goodness)
  • Contemplative Disciplines (why contemplative disciplines)

Session #4 – Book Reviews and Discussion (read BEFORE the Cohort)

  • The Relational Soul, Richard Plass & Jim Cofield
  • Delighting in the Trinity, Michael Reeves
  • The Developing Mind, Daniel Siegel (Chapter 3 – Attachment)
  • To Be Told, Dan Allender


Cohort #2 – Relational Challenges: Sin, Wounds and Weaknesses

Session #1 – A Theological Perspective of Fallenness

  • The Fall as a result of mistrust (the essence of sin) leading to shame, fear and guilt
  • Pride, disbelief and disobedience is expression of sin
  • Result of sin is alienation from God, others, self (including alienation from our bodies)
  • Sin creates a divided mind, soul … it is parasitic and narcissistically structured
  • Original sin is state of transcendent loneliness and emptiness
  • The “flesh” (including “evil desires”) is where sin resides within us

Session #2 – A Psychological Perspective on Fallenness

  • All pathology is the result of sin and contains sin and leads to suffering
  • Sin and the soul’s capacity (cognition, volition, affection, conscience and desire expressed in attitudes and actions/behaviors)
  • Sins impact on Implicit/Explicit Memory
  • Consequences of sin on early psychological development
  • When does pathology become evil (sin, wounds, weaknesses)

Session #3 – A Formation Perspective on Sin, Wounds and Weaknesses

  • In reality and impact of grace on the fallen soul
  • What do we do with sin, wounds, weaknesses
  • Spiritual Disciplines
  • Opposite of sin is not virtue but faith (trust)

Session #4 – Book Reviews and Discussion (read BEFORE the Cohort)

  • Toughest People to Love, Chuck DeGroat
  • Rejoicing in Lament, J. Todd Billings
  • Released from Shame, Sandra D. Wilson


Cohort #3  – A Christian Perspective on Human and Faith Development

Session #1 – Relational Perspective on Human Development

  • Dependency
  • Independency
  • Interdependency

Session #2 – Exploring Life Stages from a Christian Perspective

  • Erikson’s 8 Stages
  • What They Are and What Happens When They Aren’t Developed Well

Session #3 – A Christian View of Stages of Faith

  • First Half/Second Half Spirituality
  • Competence, Communion, Creativity

Session #4 – Impact of Trauma on Human Development

Session #5 – Reflections on Maturity

  • As a Person
  • As a Christian

Books (first one is most important to read)

  • Human Development: A Christian Perspective, Joseph Bohac
  • Healing Developmental Trauma, Laurence Heller & Aline LaPierre
  • Christian Perspectives on Human Development, Leroy Aden (ed)
  • The Logic of the Spirit, James Loder


Cohort #4  – Role of the Body in Christian Spiritual Formation

Session #1 – A Body Theology

Session #2 – Body States (Emotions, Depression, etc.)

Session #3 – Being Present

Recommended Reading:

  • Tera Owens, Embracing the Body
  • David Benner, Soulful Spirituality (chp 7 “Embodied Spirituality”)
  • Ronald Rolheiser, The Holy Longing (chp 9 “A Spirituality of Sexuality”)
  • Chrisopher West, At the Heart of the Gospel: Reclaiming the Body for the New Evangelism
  • Curt Thompson, Anatomy of the Soul (chp 9 “The Prefrontal Cortex and the Mind of Christ”)
  • Marc Cortez Theological Anthropology: A Guide for the Perplexed
  • Marc Cortez, Embodied Souls, Ensouled Bodies


Cohort #5  – Challenging Common States of Heart and Mind that Make Relationships Difficult

Session #1 – Typical Troubled States of Heart and Mind (ranging from mild to severe disorders)

  • Fear Ridden Psyche (Anxiety, Anger, Depression)
  • Shame Ridden Psyche (Co-Dependency, Narcissism, Border Line)
  • Guilt Ridden Psyche (OCD, Eating Disorder)

Session #2 – A Christian Psychology Approach to Troubled States of Heart and Mind

  • Pathology: A Sliding Scale
  • Biology: Genes Matter
  • What does Scripture say about these afflictions
  • Biblical attitudes and actions that help people make progress and helping those who live with those who are so afflicted
  • Accepting and Forbearing with Weaknesses of Heart and Mind

Session #3 – Psychiatric Perspective on disordered states of mind

  • Psychiatric Care as a gift of Common Grace
  • Medication and the Mind
  • Role of Family/Friends in helping those who are afflicted

Session #4 – Book Review and Discussion (tba)


Cohort #6  – Caring for Your Soul and the Souls of Others

Session #1 – Caring for Myself

  • Personal Rhythms (Spiritual Disciplines)
  • Self-Clarity
  • Nurturing my primary relationships
  • Discerning matters of my heart (dealing with my stuff)
  • Living into my God-given desires

Session #2 – Caring for Others

  • How I can be truly present to another (because that matters
  • Listening well as you hold another’s story
  • Facing the limits of my ability and responsibility to affect change
  • Managing my emotions as I help others (i.e. not getting too close)
  • Providing hope while fostering responsibility and desire in others

Session #3 – Community Insights: How you are caring for your soul and the soul of others (lead by the participants of the Institute)

  • What you are learning for yourself
  • How are you caring for others in your care

Session #4 – Book Review and Discussion (tba)