Many people who are serving God as pastors, leaders, or other ministry positions plateau or burnout. That doesn’t have to be your story. You can thrive with Jesus by participating in Soul Shepherding’s Institute for Spiritual Formation and Soul Care.

The third of the four Institute weeks for Cohort 7 is on “Soul Formation” which is described below.

We Personally Coach You

Bill and Kristi Gaultiere are doctors of psychology and spiritual directors who founded Soul Shepherding in 2009. God has greatly blessed this ministry. Their website receives over 1,000,000 page views a year and their Facebook page reaches 1,000,000 people every month. Every week they minister to thousands of pastors, leaders, and other women and men in ministry through Soul Shepherding’s podcast and blog.

At their Institute they will personally train you in their unique model for cultivating intimacy with Jesus, relational health, and fruitful leadership.

They were personally mentored by Dallas Willard and have over 70,000 hours of experience providing personal and leadership coaching. 

Since 2013 over 100 pastors and leaders have participated in Institute’s life-changing experience. Men and women of diverse ethnic backgrounds have come from all over the United States as well as Canada, the UK, Mexico, Columbia, China, New Zealand, Indonesia, the Philippines, and South Africa.

Soul Care Ministry: Cohort 7

All of our relationships are opportunities for soul care. This is true whether it’s professional ministry or daily life, whether it’s with family, friends, or co-workers. Caring for souls — including your own! — requires saturation in God’s love and self-awareness. Everybody knows we need God’s love, but few people understand that love is spelled e-m-p-a-t-h-y. To be happy, successful, strong in faith, and fruitful for God you need empathy like you need oxygen. Bill and Kristi Gaultiere unpack Jesus’ example and teaching on soul care ministry, including the Sermon on the Mount. They teach you the essential soul care skills for everyday life relationships and ministry. Their unique spiritual psychology helps you understand how to overcome life problems to become more like Christ.

Daily Schedule

During each day of this Institute week on “Soul Care Ministry” you’ll enjoy:

  • Inspirational teaching on Spiritual Formation in Christ
  • Group spiritual direction
  • Guided experiences in Scripture and prayer
  • Extended “TLC Time” (To Love Christ) for personal retreat
  • Notebook full of inspiring readings, Bible studies, and tools
  • Personalized spiritual direction/coaching

Southern California Sunshine For Your Soul!

The retreat weeks are hosted in an estate home nestled in the beautiful hills of Coto de Caza, CA (South Orange County), close to the beach! Expect sunshine and a blue ocean! During the afternoons you can nap, go on a hike, drive to the ocean, or do whatever else will refresh your soul and connect you with Jesus. Delicious and healthy meals are provided for you. There is comfortable lodging in the main house and a nearby hotel.

You can attend alone or if you’re married you can bring your spouse. (Ask for our spouse discount!)

Certificate in Spiritual Direction Ministry

We have a special track within the Soul Shepherding Institute for earning a certificate in the ministry of Spiritual Direction. Each month you’ll participate in a class or supervision group that is online. Additionally, you’ll receive spiritual direction, be guided as you meet with “directees” or soul friends, read a few great books, and make new Soul Shepherding friends! Through this program, we can help you meet the recommendations of the Evangelical Spiritual Directors’ Association.  

Registration

Space is limited to about 20 participants and every cohort has filled. Your payment reserves a spot.

The cost for each 5-day retreat is $900 per person. If needed, you can ask for a partial scholarship. The spiritual direction certification process costs an additional $150 per month. (Payments are not refundable, but in the event of an emergency you can apply your payment to a future retreat week.) To pay for your retreat you can use our secure payment webpage or mail a check to “Soul Shepherding, Inc.”

More Info

For more information, including testimonies of past participants, visit our page on “Institute: Spiritual Formation and Soul Care Retreats.

We have pictures of past retreats on our Soul Shepherding Facebook page.

Contact us if you have questions or want to complete an application.

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