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The Soul's Relational Challenges

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Role of the Body in Christian Spiritual Formation

February 1-3, 2022 (Online)

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Soul Care Institute

Training Leaders in a Relational Modality of Soul Care

CrossPoint launched its Soul Care Institute in 2015. The training is an experientially focused training in a relational modality of soul care. Relational challenges, as well as internal personal obstacles, are examined from a distinctively Christian understanding of the soul. The developmental trajectory of the soul is considered along with the reality that we are embodied souls. Family of origin dynamics are reviewed thoroughly alongside an Internal Family Systems model of fostering spiritual and psychological integration.

The Soul Care Institute provides Christian lay leaders, pastors, counselors, and spiritual directors the opportunity to explore and develop more fully the basic categories for providing soul care from a distinctively Christian worldview. At Crosspoint we believe that effective soul care is dependent upon the quality of the presence of the soul care giver, therefore, attention is given to participants personal growth as well.

Participants meet 3-4 times a year over the course of two years (total of 7 seminars). Each seminar is Tuesday-Thursday from 10am- 4pm EST. All seminars will take place on zoom, except for, seminar #4 and #7 which will be held at the Country Lake Retreat Center.

The tuition for the Soul Care Institute is $7430 plus a $150 one-time registration fee. You are free to pay the total in full or in increments which must be a minimum of $1000 per seminar. You can expect to receive your outstanding invoice 2 weeks prior to each meeting. We can also provide an invoice for you to submit to your church or organization.

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Curriculum Outline

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

Session #2 – Dimensions of the Soul and Relational Dynamics for Human Flourishing

Session #3 – Caring for the Soul

Recommended Reading: 

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

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

Session #2 – A Holistic Model of Assessment

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

Session #4 – Soul Care: An Integrative Template

Recommended Reading: 

  • Toughest People to Love, Chuck DeGroat 
  • Rejoicing in LamentJ. Todd Billings 
  • Released from Shame, Sandra D. Wilson
  • Addiction & Grace, Gerald G. May, M.D.

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

Session #1 – A Body Theology

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

Session #3 – Sexual Health in the Church: Including Addiction and Betrayal Trauma

Session #4 – 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”)
  • Christopher 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

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 
  • Life in God: John Calvin, Practical Formation, and the Future of Protestant Theology, Matthew Myer Boult
  • 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 
  • Heavenly Participation: The Weaving of a Sacramental Tapestry, Hans Boersma 
  • Care for the Soul, Essays edited by Mark McMinn and Timothy Phillips 

Session #1: Marriage

Session #2: Helping others with their Marriage

Session #3: Parenting

Session #4: Internal Family Systems

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

The Soul Care Institute has been the most valuable source of learning and information in my pastoral ministry. It has helped me gain more confidence in the care and counseling I provide because I am now better equipped to unearth root issues within individuals and help them discover true and lasting change. The cohort-based learning at the institute also provided a space for me to be able to discuss difficult care cases and gain wisdom and insight from not only Jim and Rich, but also from some of the brightest pastors, counselors and therapist from around the country. I highly encourage all those in any kind of care profession to attend.

George Velarde, Pastoral Care at Living Stones Church in Reno, NV

Blending wisdom and compassion gained from their years in the trenches as pastors and healers, Rich and Jim offer the most unique, welcoming learning experience called the Soul Care Institute.  These master teachers provide the safest of learning environments where it is possible to be revealing emotionally, spiritually, and professionally.  In this freedom, soul care is both taught and lived out between leaders and participants in the classroom, at mealtimes together, and during evening sharing.  At the end of a session full of intensive training, both my head and my heart are always full of new insights immediately applicable to my own ministry.  And, instead of the usual post-conference exhaustion, I find myself strangely renewed.

Shari D. Stewart, M.Div., Pastoral Counselor

My wife and I are BIG fans of the Soul Care Institute.  It has really been a massive help to the coaching and counseling that we do with multiple leaders each week.  However, an even bigger ‘win’ for us has been that the SCI helped further heal, empower, and equip our marriage. The interactive teaching process of Rich & Jim is outstanding.  We heartily recommend this process to all.

David and Caron Loveless, Co-founders of Live True Associates, Orlando, FL

Being part of the Soul Care Institute has not only given me a better understanding of the development of the soul and how to provide care for it but perhaps even more importantly it has been a community that has cared for my soul.  Learning in the context of a community who is processing through things together, challenging each other, and caring for one another has proven to be just what I needed.  I can now take this experience back to my local church and pray God creates the same type of community there.

Ryan Stanley, Community Life Pastor at Veritas Community Church in Columbus, OH