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Soul Care for Leaders
1 ---slide --- Soul Care
Thank leaders for being here!
Thank you for giving up your weekend to be with your middle school / high school students. You guys are awesome!
I want to talk to you about taking care of yourself in order to take care of others. This is so important in what we do. But first let me tell you a little bit about who I am and a bit of my journey in discovering self care within soul care.
2 --- slide --– My Story:
- grew up in NB but after some schooling and trying to figure out what God wanted to do with my life I ended up in ON for 9 years
- the last 5 of those years I was a children’s pastor
- Fun Fact: I ended up at the a church in Kitchener, ON because of Tidal Impact… way back when it was called Bold Alive ’95. Oh the connections and relationships that last a lifetime from these events.
- Came back to attend ADC in 2011 and then I was called to Stevens Road Baptist where I lead as the Family Pastor
- Another fun fact…. I’ve never been to Springforth before. Who else is here for the first time? I’m so glad to learn the ropes and goodness of Springforth with you.
- Besides being a pastor, here are few things I love – coffee, baking and decorating cupcakes, and art. They keep me sane.
My Journey:
- My motto is to try and live a healthy lifestyle one day at time. Some days are better then others…sometimes I fail at living a healthy lifestyle.
- But what I’ve learned over the last few years of this journey is that I am not perfect and that’s ok. When I fall, I can get up again.
- This journey includes all aspects of life – the mind, body, and soul. We need to continually feed our minds, take care of our bodies, and nurture our soul.
- We are on the journey to taking care of our whole self we have more energy and strength and a slew of other things that help us to take care of others…. Like the youth that we pour into every week.
- The chalk art that you see on the screen hangs on my kitchen wall as a reminder to make sure that I’m taking care of myself. You really can’t pour from an empty cup. I think if we are honest with ourselves, we all have experienced this at some point.
- Busy lives leads to tiredness and exhaustion and then we let go of things like sleep, exercise, healthy eating, reading, and most importantly time with Jesus.
3 -- slide--- Did Jesus Do it all?
Let’s take a moment and think about how Jesus did it.
Everyone wanted the attention of Jesus. People wanted to hear him, to touch him, to bring their friends to him. People wanted him gone and fought against him. He faced it all.
But did he do it all? NO
He didn’t do it all, so why do we think we need to do everything!
Between the doing of healing, teaching, preaching, and miracles he took time out to “be” with his Father.
We need to take his example and “be” more rather then “do” more.
We are doers. We take action and we say YES to a lot of things.
These are not bad things. We should be doers, but when the doing outweighs that being, that’s when we can get in trouble. That’s when our cup starts to empty and we don’t have the strength of Christ to serve others. We need to “Be” just as much or even more then “do” We need to make sure we are gong to Jesus in prayer and rest.
4---slide---Did Jesus do it all?
We need to partner with Jesus and put him first.
Seek first the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. –
Author and speaker, Mindy Caliguire, tells us that the health of the soul starts and grows as it experiences a strong connection to God and receptivity to Him. How are you connecting with God? How are you being receptive to his promptings in this area of your life? We really do need to build our bond and relationship with Jesus in order to love and serve others.
5 --- slide --- What is Your Rhythm?
One way we can do that is take a look at our rhythm in life.
Spiritual Rhythms or practices – ways to be with Jesus – taking time to rest and be with Jesus before and after the doing.
Example of my own rhythm….
Daily - Music and alarms, exercise, sleep habits
Weekly – reading/book club/podcasts/online sermons/Sabbath
Monthly – morning retreat, youth leaders gathering
Yearly – 2 day retreat with others or on your own.
Takes time to find out what works for you…..
- running and praying or sitting still with a cup of coffee.
- Rest – sleep, exercise
- setting up daily alarms and a month later changing them all
In addition to reading the bible and prayer…. There are other practices that can help us grow in our spiritual health.
6 --- slide --- Centering Prayer
But I have stilled and quieted my soul. –
How often to we still and quite our soul. Centering can last from 2 min – 20min. It is a time to sit in God’s presence. To rest. To listen. To quiet yourself. Where can you do this on your own, with your spouse, or a friend?
• Choose a simple word, phrase, verse or picture from scripture that expresses your desire for God. (ex. Love, peace, grace, Jesus, Father, healer, my identity is in you, saved by grace).
• Take time to be quiet. Thoughts will enter your mind. Don’t worry about them. Let them go. Gently return your attention to the center of God’s presence and love by repeating your word. Your thoughts might wander several times. That’s ok. When that happens, repeat the word or phrase and sit in the presence of Jesus. Be with Jesus. Listen. Be still.
• Trust that the Holy Spirit who lives in the depths of your spirit to connect you with God.
• Take a minute or two to come out of prayer. Don’t hurry. Breathe in the presence of Jesus. Offer yourself to God for whatever is coming next. (ex. “I am your child,” or “Stay with me”)
7 --- slide --- Confession
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. –
Do we really take time for confession? You can do this on your own, or with a friend or spouse. Take a few minutes at the end of the day or week to ask God to show you any way in you that is not pleasing to him.
• Set aside some time for confession and self-examination. In the presence of God ask for light to pierce your defenses.
• Then ask yourself: Who have I injured recently through thoughtlessness, neglect, anger, and so on?
• As the Holy Spirit brings people to mind, confess your feelings about these people to God.
• Ask God to forgive you and if need be to give you grace to forgive them.
• Ask God what action steps you should take. Ex. write an apology, make a phone call or confess out loud in an attempt to put the relationship back on track.
8 --- slide --- Commitment
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. –
It’s great to come to this kind of event, but sometimes after it’s over, we just go about and we aren’t sure what to do with what we heard. I want to give you a moment right now before you head back to see your youth to think about that one thing you will take away from being here. What is God revealing to you about how he wants you to take care of yourself so you can take care of others? How can you fill your cup so you’re not running on empty?
Take a minute right now to ask Jesus “What is one thing I can do next week to make space to be with you in order to take care of my soul?”
9 --- slide --- Resources
Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership by Ruth Haley Barton
Spiritual Disciplines Handbook by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun
Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Book Series by Peter Scazzero
Leading Me by Steve A. Brown
Discovering Soul Care by Mindy Caliguire
Renovation of the Heart by Dallas Willard
Online / Podcasts:
If you’d like the resource list it will be available to the YP’s via email after SF.
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