We assist Jesus Christ, the Soul Shepherd. How can we help you and your ministry?

We’re Bill and Kristi Gaultiere, Doctors of Psychology and co-founders of Soul Shepherding, Inc.. We offer the spiritual psychology of Jesus for pastors and leaders.



Soul Shepherding Institute

We invite you to join us in an apprenticeship to Jesus in spiritual formation and soul care ministry. Our five day retreats feature “TLC Time” in nature, conversational teaching, guided experiences of Scripture meditation, and personalized spiritual direction.

We personally mentor you in an authentic community of about sixteen men and women in ministry. You’ll enjoy space to hear God’s voice, be renewed spiritually, and engage in soul training activities. You’ll grow in your life, relationships, ministry, and leadership.

You can learn more here: Soul Shepherding Institute.





Bill on retreat
Solitude and silence at the beach!

Retreats and Sabbaticals

Jesus says, “Come to me… and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).

We customize spiritual formation retreats for pastors, leader groups, and ministry couples. We also offer Sabbatical planning and care (see our free “Sabbatical Guide For Pastors.”)

Contact Us to see if we can help you. Or use one of our free Retreat Resources to design your own retreat.




Kristi Leading Soul Care Group
Kristi leading Lectio Divina for ministry leaders

Soul Care Groups

70% of pastors say they do not have a close friend. 80% of pastors’ wives say they feel unappreciated and left out by church members. But we have a community of ministry leaders ready to welcome you!

Our Soul Care Groups offer a safe, confidential place for you to talk about how things are really going in your life and ministry. Groups feature Scripture meditation, quiet reflection, and soul talk. You’ll receive empathy and prayer.

Contact Us to find a group. Or use one of our free Small Group Resources to lead your own group.




Pastor to pastor conversation

Personal Soul Shepherding

Pastors (also spiritual directors, missionaries, counselors, and other leaders) who don’t have their own pastor or counselor to turn to are in danger of burning out or slipping into a moral failure.

We’ve been providing Christ-centered psychotherapy to ministry leaders since 1986. We also offer spiritual direction or coaching. Whether in our office, sitting at a coffee shop, or walking on a trail we elevate conversations into opportunities for spiritual formation in Christ.

Contact Us to get started.



Bill consulting with BCM staff
Bill training a leadership team


The cultural way of growing your church or organization is to “make it happen” and get people to buy whatever you’re selling. Jesus’ way of growth is to become so full of God — his love, wisdom, and power, his very life — that people keep pressing in to get close. The culture’s way to success is quick, but short-lived. Jesus’ way is slow, but eternal.

We help you follow Jesus’ life-giving pattern in which ministry growth follows personal growth and power comes from character. You learn to discern God’s guidance, unite your team around God’s vision, and expand your ministry.

We also can help you start a “love your neighbor pastor” ministry in your city. Learn about becoming a Soul Shepherding Associate.