Soul Care for Leaders

Everything you need to encourage healthy leadership in your ministry

It’s imperative that leaders in small-group ministry are leading from a place of health. As a leader, you have to lean on your relationship with God in order to lead well. Whether you’re planning for the future of your ministry, coaching group leaders through difficult situations, caring for group members in a tough time of life, choosing and preparing curriculum, or the thousands of other things you do, you have to be attuned to the Spirit for guidance. Sadly, when leaders get busy, often the first thing to suffer is their relationship with the Lord. But it’s this relationship that allows us to lead well in every area of our lives and ministry. The good news is that there are lots of practices we can do to help care for our souls and focus on healthy leadership.

This resource provides everything you need to care for yourself as well as the leaders in your ministry. You’ll learn about important disciplines for soul care, boundaries for healthy leadership, how to avoid burnout, and even how to plan a refreshing retreat for leaders in your ministry. Plus, we’ve included a Get Started Guide to help you make the most of this tool as you train yourself or a team.

Spiritual Disciplines for Leaders

Whether full time, part time, or volunteer, people who serve in small-group ministry have a lot on their plates. You’re always busy, often tired, and sometimes completely burned out. That's why the practice of spiritual disciplines is so important. This resource highlights the disciplines of fasting, confession, discernment, and journaling—practices that can provide focus and refreshment for small-group leaders, coaches, pastors. It features content from noted experts such as Richard Foster, Adele Calhoun, Lynne Baab, Gordon MacDonald, and John Ortberg.

Healthy Leadership

Small-group ministry is far too important to be led by unhealthy, burned out leaders. Whether you're a volunteer leader or a paid staff member, you need to ensure that you're a healthy leader. This resource is for any and all leaders in small-group ministry—from the pastor to the coach to the small-group leader. You'll learn how to find your joy in God rather than in your work for him. Plus, you'll gain a better understanding of what it looks like to be a holistically healthy leader. Use this resource on your own or with a group of leaders to assess your health together.

Avoiding Burnout

All of us are busy, but when busyness begins to take a toll on our relationships and health, something needs to change. Unfortunately, far too many of us are familiar with the symptoms of burnout: exhaustion, loss of passion, irritability, and strained relationships.

But leadership doesn't have to be synonymous with burnout. So before burnout leaves you wanting to quit, learn what you can do to avoid it altogether. Hear from a number of people who have gone through it and have practical, doable advice to share.

Plan a One-Day Retreat for Leaders

Leaders are notorious for serving ourselves into burnout. We neglect our own spiritual health in order to give all we have to the people in our care. But God cares so much more about who we are than what we do—and that includes our work for him. He first and foremost desires an intimate relationship with us. And, quite honestly, we're better leaders when we lead out of an overflow of our personal relationship with Christ.

This training tool is designed to help you lead a meaningful retreat for small-group leaders. Gather together for a time of rest, relaxation, and extended time alone with God. You'll find articles and Bible studies to prepare you for a retreat, tips on preparing a time and place, and even a participant's guide that will serve as a roadmap for your leaders on the day of the retreat. The content for the retreat is all ready for you—you just need to pick a day and location. This retreat material is perfect for any group of leaders in small-group ministry including group leaders, hosts, and coaches.

You have permission to make up to 1,000 copies of this resource for use within your local church.

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