Soul Care and Spiritual Formation
You care for the world, who is caring for you?
What is Soul Care and Spiritual Formation, actually? Why does it matter, and what is at stake? How can you better care for yourself in your spiritual walk, and how do you effectively care for the souls and formation of your staff as they do Gospel work? All these questions and more will be examined in this track.
Each track will include four 75-minute break-out sessions examining one facet of the subject.
All sessions and descriptions subject to change
Session 1: Why Soul Care Matters, and What’s at Stake
This session will tackle some of the initial questions of Soul Care and Spiritual Formation, including the following:
What’s the problem; what’s the need?
Why does it matter? What’s at risk?
How do we deal with burnout?
Lack of ‘empowered ministry’
“Good ideas vs. God’s ideas, my strength vs. God in me”
Session 2: What is Soul Care and Spiritual Formation, Actually?!
What is the current health of your soul? Have you been neglecting it? What are some of the first steps you can begin taking to make sure your soul and the souls of your team are equipped to serve the global poor? Further, how can you seriously pursue a spiritual formation plan and execute it effectively? All these questions will be discussed in this session.
Session 3: Soul Care for the Self
What rhythms are most helpful to you personally? What are some new ways of connecting with God in the midst of daily life that you might explore? In this session you will be introduced to some key practices that can be transformational in the context of leadership and frontline service.
Session 4: Spiritual Formation for the Staff
A spiritually empowered staff means greater impact in ministry and furthering the mission of your organization. This session will explore various ways that spiritual formation and soul care can be woven into the fabric of your organization at the executive level and at the staff level. Examples from International Justice Mission, World Relief, and World vision will be shared, and ample time will be provided to discuss concrete ways your organization can take steps forward to deepen the spiritual formation of the staff at every level.
Mindy Caliguire is the founder of Soul Care, a spiritual formation ministry that exists to increase “soul health” in the body of Christ. She works with organizations such as Compassion International, Stadia Church Planting, Leadership Network, Denver Seminary, The Accord Network, Ascent Community Church, and others. She currently serves on the senior leadership team at Gloo (www.gloo.us). Her books include STIR: Spiritual Transformation in Relationships, Become Like Jesus, Discovering Soul Care, Spiritual Friendship, Soul Searching, and Simplicity, as well as Write for Your Soul: The Whys and Hows of Journaling. www.soulcare.com.
Rev. Bill Haley is the Executive Director of Coracle and the Associate Rector of The Falls Church Anglican outside Washington DC. Coracle provides 'spiritual formation for Kingdom action' and has served organizations such as International Justice Mission, World Relief, World Vision, Food for the Hungry, The Telos Group, and many domestic justice organizations as well. Bill is an Anglican priest and a trained spiritual director, and because of his life and work in the inner-city and in the majority world, he is deeply committed to racial reconciliation, justice, and mercy empowered from a contemplative life. He and his wife Tara live with their four kids at Corhaven, a spiritual retreat space in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. www.inthecoracle.org