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 $150 one-time registration fee. The 2019 dates are, January 21-23, May 20-22, and September 23-25!

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Curriculum Outline

Cohort #1 – Life as Relational

Session #1 – Reality if Relational: Biblical/Theological/Psychological

Session #2 – Human Flourishing is Structued and Supported by Healthy Relationships

Session #3 – Caring for the Soul

Recommended Reading: 

  • The Relational SoulRich Plass & Jim Cofield 
  • Delighting in the TrinityMichael Reeves 
  • The Developing Mind, (Chapter 3 – Attachment), Daniel Siegel 
  • To Be ToldDan Allender 


Cohort #2 –The Soul’s Relational Challenges

Session #1 – Relational Challenges: Suffering, Weakness, Damange, and Sin

Session #2 – A Holistic Model of Assessment

Session #3 –General Categories for Assessing the Health of a Soul

Session #4 – The Practice of Contemplative Reading

Recommended Reading: 

  • Toughest People to Love, Chuck DeGroat 
  • Rejoicing in LamentJ. 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

Session #2 – Exploring Life Stages from a Christian Perspective

Session #3 – A Christian View of Stages of Faith

Session #4 – Impact of Trauma on Human Development

Session #5 – Reflections on Maturity

Recommended Reading: 

  • 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  – Transformation: What We Must Do for Real Change

Session #1 – General Reflections on Christian Transformation (Sanctification)

Session #2 – Means of Change

Session #3 – Place of Change

Session #4 –Factors that Inhibit and Obstruct Change

Recommended Reading:

  • Change Your Brain; Change Your Life, Daniel Amen 
  • Heavenly Participation: The Weaving of a Sacramental Tapestry, Hans Boersma 
  • Life in God: John Calvin, Practical Formation, and the Future of Protestant Theology, Matthew Myer Boulto
  • Out of the Matrix, Gregory Boyd 
  • Psychology in the Spirit, John Coe and Todd Hall 
  • The Imperfect Pastor: Discovering the Joy in Our Limitations Through a Daily Apprenticeship with Jesus, Zack Eswine 
  • Extraordinary Relationships: A New Way of Thinking about Human Interactions, Roberta Gilbert 
  • The Spirituality of Imperfection: Storytelling and the Search for Meaning, Ernest Kurtz and Katherine Ketcham 
  • Care for the Soul, Essays edited by Mark McMinn and Timothy Phillips 


Cohort #6  –Marriage and Parenting

Session #1: My Family of Origin’s Emotional World

Session #2: Christian View of Marriage

Session #3: The Current Secular View of Marriage “Me” Marriage

Session #4: Essentials for Building a Healthy Marriage

Session #5: Helping Couples with Their Marriage

Recommended Reading
  • The Meaning of Marriage, Tim Keller
  • The Mystery of Marriage, Mike Mason
  • The Intimate Mystery, Dan Allender
  • The Relationship Cure, John Gottman
  • The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, John Gottman
  • The 50 Fridays Marriage Challenge, Jeff and Laura Helton
  • The Enneagram in Love and Work, Helen Palmer