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, who:
- Are Doctors of Psychology, Spiritual Directors, and authors
- Were personally mentored by Dallas and Jane Willard
- Have a 25-year history of coaching and mentoring pastors and leaders
Each retreat features:
- Dynamic teaching on soul care
- Individual and group spiritual direction
- 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/work, and leadership.
Join an exclusive community of 25 pastors and ministry leaders at one of our upcoming retreats! Apply today and get the care your soul needs.
*Great news! The Soul Shepherding Institute is now available to you via Zoom!*
Soul Care Ministry
Spiritual & Psychological Development
Relationally Healthy Leadership
What Institute Graduates Are Saying…
Focus: Spiritual Formation
East Coast Cohort: Big Canoe, GA (Atlanta area)
October 12-16, 2020
West Coast Cohort: Idyllwild, CA
July 12-16, 2021
Joining a cohort includes 4 retreats over 18 months. View all retreat dates.
Retreats start at $900/person for each 5-day retreat.
What’s Included: Lodging, food, spiritual direction & coaching.
Partial scholarships are available upon approval. We offer a 25% discount for a spouse attending the same retreat.
Custom retreats/trainings are available for church staff teams, elder boards, pastor couples, and pastor Sabbaticals.
$320 for one 90-minute coaching session
$1,500 for one retreat 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 Bill & Kristi Gaultiere and some of their associates and meets the qualifications of the Evangelical Spiritual Directors Association.
Cost: $150/month for 24 months