Yesterday I caught up with Mindy Caliguire, founder of Soul Care, a spiritual formation ministry serving church leaders. She's the author of IVP's series of Soul Care Resources, including two new volumes, Simplicity and Soul Searching, that just came out this summer.
I'm a workshop leader at Soul Care's upcoming Invite08: Soul Care for Leaders one-day retreat/conference to be held at Willow Creek this October. I'll be doing a workshop on spiritual formation in the suburbs. Here's the description:
Suburbia can be a challenging environment for a healthy spiritual life. How does the geography and sociology of the suburban landscape affect our relationships with God and others? This workshop will explore the cultural forces at work in suburbia and how Christian spirituality and practices can counteract suburban tendencies. The workshop will also help church leaders contextualize their ministries to connect with suburban seekers.
IVP's publisher, Bob Fryling, is also doing a workshop on "spiritual coherence and leaders," which will be a preview of his forthcoming book on spirituality and leadership. The event should be especially helpful for pastors and ministry leaders (whether church staff or volunteers) who find themselves responsible for people's spiritual health but may feel like their own souls lack spiritual vitality. If you're in the Chicagoland area (or close enough in the Midwest to drive in for the weekend), I invite you to Invite08!
Here's the info:
Invite08: Soul Care for Leaders
Saturday, October 25, 2008
As church leaders, we need to listen to and care for our souls. Most of us are responsible for the care of others, too. Do you truly know how it’s done? Are you making time for it? Join us as we seek God to learn what it means to work whole-heartedly for His purpose.
Gather with others in our area to enjoy worship, retreat, conversations, reflection and learning.
WHEN: Saturday, October 25, 2008 9am – 4pm
WHERE: Room 100 at Willow Creek Community Church, 67 E. Algonquin Road, South Barrington, IL 60102
COST: $35 until Oct 1, $45 after that. Cost includes casual pizza lunch
Anticipating a blessed day with you,
Invite08 Leadership Team
Mindy Caliguire, Soul Care
Dan Lovaglia, Willow Creek
Doug & Marilyn Stewart, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship