Revitalize your ministry.
Barna research reveals that 1 in 3 pastors are at risk of burnout, and 75% of pastors know at least one fellow pastor whose ministry ended due to stress. We started the Soul Shepherding Institute to help pastors and ministry leaders just like you avoid burnout through individual and group spiritual direction and coaching.
At the Soul Shepherding Institute, you’ll:
- Have space to hear God’s voice
- Engage in soul training that will keep you from burning out
- Be renewed spiritually to thrive in all you do as a pastor or ministry leader
About the Soul Shepherding Institute
An 18-month program of experiential learning over four, 5-day retreats.
Designed exclusively for pastors, ministry leaders, spiritual directors, missionaries, and business leaders, the Soul Shepherding Institute is led by Bill and Kristi Gaultiere:
- Doctors of Psychology, Spiritual Directors, and authors
- Personally mentored by Dallas and Jane Willard
- 25-year history of coaching and mentoring pastors and leaders
Each retreat features:
- Dynamic teaching on soul care
- Spiritual direction groups and soul friend conversations
- Rest, solitude, and silence in beautiful surroundings
- Guided experiences for spiritual formation
- Customized spiritual and psychological coaching
You’ll leave each retreat feeling rested, rejuvenated, encouraged, and equipped with the tools you need to thrive in your life, relationships, ministry (or work), and leadership.
Join an exclusive community of about 25 pastors and ministry leaders at one of our upcoming retreats! Apply today and get the soul care you need.
*Great news! The Soul Shepherding Institute is now available to you online via Zoom!*
Soul Care Ministry
Spiritual & Psychological Development
Relationally Healthy Leadership
What Institute Graduates Are Saying…
East Coast Cohort 10:
Big Canoe, GA (near Asheville, NC, Atlanta GA, Chattanooga, TN and Huntsville, AL )
October 18-22, 2021
West Coast Cohort 11:
Coto de Caza, CA
Feb. 7-11, 2022
West Coast Cohort 12:
October 4-8, 2021
Midwest Cohort 13:
Colorado Springs, CO
March 14-18, 2022
Joining a cohort includes 4 retreats over 18 months or you can join one retreat as a guest (if there’s space).
Spiritual Direction Class of 2023 starts March 2021. Registration remains open through July for late start. Class of 2024 starts March 2022. (See below.)
$900 early bird price (60 days ahead) for each 5-day retreat
$1,100 regular price for each 5-day retreat.
What’s Included: Training, lodging, food, digital notebook, spiritual direction groups, and coaching.
Partial scholarships are available upon approval. We offer a 25% discount for a spouse attending the same retreat.
Custom retreats and trainings are available for church staff teams, elder boards, pastor couples, and pastor Sabbaticals.
$320 for one 90-minute workshop
$2,000 for one day
Contact us for more information.
Spiritual Direction Certification
Take your learning one step further with our 2-year certificate program in the ministry of Spiritual Direction.
This online training program will:
- Equip you to serve as a Soul Shepherd for others
- Give you access to monthly groups that feature live teaching and discussion
- Teach you the foundations of soul care ministry through experience and practice
- Offer encouragement and feedback from Soul Shepherding supervisors and teachers
The program is led by Dr’s Bill & Kristi Gaultiere and a team of Sr. Spiritual Directors they’ve trained. It meets the qualifications of the Evangelical Spiritual Directors Association.
Cost: $150/month for 24 months