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 three times a year over the course of two years (total of 6 seminars). Each seminar is two and a half days at Country Lake Retreat Center.
The tuition for the Soul Care Institute is $6000 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 session. You will be able to pay with a check or credit card onsite at each class. We can also provide an invoice for you to submit to your church or organization.
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
- The Relational Soul, Rich Plass & Jim Cofield
- Delighting in the Trinity, Michael Reeves
- The Developing Mind, (Chapter 3 ), Daniel Siegel
- To Be Told, Dan 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
- Toughest People to Love, Chuck DeGroat
- Rejoicing in Lament, J. 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
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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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.
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.
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.