The SoulCare Project is a ministry dedicated to providing leaders intentional space for rest and communion with Christ. Our desire is to give leaders a safe place to experience the quiet assurance of God's love without becoming over-worked, exhausted, and burnt out. The majority of this vision has been accomplished by exposing leaders to the significance of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care, and by providing retreats where leaders have an opportunity to set aside the busy and productive life in order to listen and hear God's voice through stillness.
In order to effectively minister to the hearts of leaders, we as the founders of The SoulCare Project, through our own failures and weaknesses, have come to realize that our journey with God must not only consider the truth of the Gospel, but we must also embrace what has been said of holiness and living like Jesus. Ancient spiritual practices such as rest, retreats, and silence and solitude according to many of the spiritual master's are spiritual disciplines which give us an opportunity to encounter God without having to feel the weight of responsibility that living the Christian life is all up to us. These disciplines allow us to acknowledge God's sovereignty and our own inability to manage our lives. But is it possible to encounter God without having to do anything? The simple answer to this question is yes. But because of our culture's need to "do," we have a hard time letting go of what we think needs to be done. Eugene Peterson contends,
"All through the traditions of caring there are frequent counsels to reticence, to detachment, to holding back, to letting go. "Don't do too much." But our times do not honor such counsel. We have so much knowledge to apply and so much technology with which to apply it. Not to use it, not to exploit it to the hilt, is unthinkable. We are hell-bent on ploughing full speed ahead and damn the torpedoes. We are so sure that a little more knowledge will make us more effective, that a breakthrough in technology will usher in a new level of competence, that a larger budget will provide the resources for success, that to not do something when it is possible to do anything at all, escapes our imagination."
If we are to be Christian leaders that grow in intimacy with Christ we must learn to be still. A life with Christ is not found in busyness or activity; Christ can be found and experienced in stillness. Psalm 46:10 says, "Be still and know that I am God." But far too often our lives reflect great service for the Kingdom, while we neglect to eliminate hurry from our lives. For this reason, The SoulCare Project desires to journey with leaders by creating and providing space for people to be with God. And as a result, our prayer is to see leaders become more equipped to live as Jesus as opposed to knowing more about Him.