Soul Care Resources

Carol Childress, Compiler


Works by Dallas Willard; available in book, e-book and audio format

  1. The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life of God

  2. Renovation of the Heart: Putting on the Character of Christ

  3. The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives

Works by Mark Buchanan; available in book, e-book and audio format

  1. Spiritual Rhythm: Being With Jesus Every Season of Your Soul

  2. The Rest of God: Restoring Your Soul by Restoring Your Sabbath

  3. Your God Is Too Safe: Rediscovering the Wonder of a God You can’t Control

Work by Steve Macchia; available in book and e-book format

  1. Crafting A Rule of Life: An Invitation to the Well-Ordered Way

Work by Lance Witt; available in book, e-book format

  1. Replenish: Leading from a Healthy Soul

Works by Ruth Haley Barton; available in book, e-book and audio format

  1. Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership: Seeking God in the Crucible of Ministry

  2. Invitation to Solitude and Silence: Experiencing God’s Transformational Presence

Work by Wayne Cordeiro; available in book and e-book format

  1. Leading on Empty: Refilling Your Tank and Renewing Your Passion

Works by Keith Meyer; available in book and e-book format

  1. Whole Life Transformation:  Becoming the Change Your Church Needs

  2. Spiritual Rhythms in Community: Being Together in the Presence of God

Work by Cindy Caliguire; available in book and e-book format

  1. Discovering Soul Care

Works by Richard Foster; available in book, e-book and audio format

  1. Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth

  2. Life with God: Reading the Bible for Spiritual Transformation

Works by Eugene Peterson; available in book and e-book format

  1. Under the Unpredictable Plant: An Exploration in Vocational Holiness

  2. The Contemplative Pastor: Returning to the Art of Spiritual Direction


Leadership Transformations, Inc.


Dallas Willard

Transforming Center

Becoming the Change Ministries


Soul Formation

Soul Care


Personal Soul Care by Dallas Willard

From the introduction…The call of God to minister the gospel is a high honor and a noble challenge. It carries with it unique opportunities as well as special burdens and dangers for members of the clergy as well as their families. These burdens can be fruitfully born and the dangers triumphantly overcome. But that will not happen unless the minister’s “inner person” (2 Cor. 4:16) is constantly renewed by accessing the riches of God and His kingdom in the inner person.

Your Ministry Is Not Your Life by Lance Witt

When you begin to disconnect from Jesus and ministry becomes your life, you begin to do ministry in the flesh. You begin to think that serving God is all about working hard, being strategic, developing leaders and executing vision. You fundamentally begin to believe that it’s up to you. When you have disconnected from the vine (Jesus), ministry will become joyless striving and stressful pushing. It will become a hassle and a burden.

Soul Health by Mindy Caliguire

The truth is, even as Christian leaders, we can neglect the care of our own souls in our attempt to care for the souls of others. A soul is healthy to the extent that it experiences a strong connection to and receptivity to God. The “how” of soul health is all about cultivating connection and receptivity to God, and that generally takes the form of spiritual practices that open the human soul to God. Woven together, these practices become a way of life that keeps the soul healthy. But living this way does require a fundamental shift in the psyche, not just a better plan to be more organized or more “spiritual.” The shift is to believe that precisely in this depth of connection with God is where life and fruit bearing are to be found. Live without that kind of connection, and you’re kidding yourself.

Restoring Leaders’ Souls by Steve Macchia

When we know who we are and whose we are, we will long for growth in our souls first, in our service second.  Out of the depth of our souls, we experience vitality in our service to others. Spiritual leaders take soul care seriously, knowing that they must care for their own soul first if they are going to be equipped to care for the souls of others. That is the essence of spiritual leadership. Soul first, service second; spiritual first, leadership second. Is that your priority order? If not, then it’s time to consider afresh the great needs of the soul

Pastoral Care for the Pastor by Steve Johnson

Every pastor has to realize his own vulnerability. Stress and burnout are not phantom conditions. They are very real risks that come with the rigors of pastoral ministry, and unless specific disciplines are practiced and preventative safeguards are in place there can be serious consequences for the pastor’s health, his family, and his ministry


Soul Toxins Video Series with Lance Witt

An extremely useful series of five short videos (six to seven minutes in length) on four ministry practices that are toxic to a pastor’s soul. Each video has a PDF study guide with helpful questions for further reflection.  This series is a great resource for an individual pastor or a leadership team.

Soul Care Self Evaluation from replenish ministries.

A 25 question self-assessment tool and worksheet.


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