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Individual: $149
Group of 2: $278
Group of 3: $387
Group of 4: $476
Group of 5: $545



The Leader's Soul

Fall 2013: September 16 - November 6
Winter 2014:
February 3-March 23
Spring 2014: April 17-May 25
Summer 2014: June 9-July 27

Course benefits:  Christian leaders, serving in any capacity, interested in their own soul care and development. Also beneficial for spiritual formation/discipleship pastors and staff or volunteer teams.


Church leaders often unintentionally neglect the health of their own souls in their busyness caring for the souls of others. If this is true for you, you're jeopardizing not only your own spiritual health, but your effectiveness as a leader—because the soul health of the leader has a significant impact on the spiritual transformation of those you're leading.

This course is designed for church leaders at every level—from pastors, teachers, interns and elders to Sunday school teachers, small group leaders, and children's and student ministry leaders—who want to explore new and healthy ways of fulfilling their calling.

The class begins with a self-assessment on the current state of your own soul and a general understanding of soul health. Class material covers an overview of the process of spiritual formation, an introduction to seven core spiritual practices, and a more in-depth exploration of several of these practices, including a daily prayer of surrender, journaling, solitude, and simplicity/pace of life. You will discover how to use these practices to keep your own soul healthy, and also have the opportunity to learn how you might begin leading others in the same growth and practices.

LIFT Online Courses launch when minimum class enrollment is fulfilled.

Course Contributors

Mindy Caliguire – Lead Instructor, Virtual Classroom Instructor
Founder and president of Soul Care, a spiritual transformation ministry, and director of transformation ministry at the Willow Creek Association. A frequent speaker and leadership consultant, Caliguire works with local churches and national organizations including Willow Creek Community Church, Seacoast Church, Renovare, Spring Arbor University and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Her books include Discovering Soul Care, Spiritual Friendship, Soul Searching, and Simplicity.


Wayne Cordiero – Video Instruction
The founding pastor of New Hope Christian Fellowship Church in Honolulu, Hawaii, Cordiero is a speaker, author, and church planter. Listed as one of the most innovative churches in America, New Hope has over 14,500 people attending each weekend, and has planted over 100 churches in both the U.S. and Pacific Rim countries of the Philippines, Japan, Australia, and Myanmar. He serves as the President of New Hope Christian College, and is the author of ten books, including Leading on Empty and Life Journal.


Tyler Grissom – Virtual Classroom Instructor
Tyler Grissom is the Director of Group Life for Axis, the 20-somethings ministry at Willow Creek Communtiy Church in So. Barrington, Illinois. He has been in ministry for ten years, and is a graduate of Bethel Seminary with a degree in Transformational Leadership.


Bill Hybels – Video Instruction, Written Materials
Founder and senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church, South Barrington, Illinois. Visionary and passionate about seeing every local church reach its full God-given potential, Hybels speaks around the world on strategic issues related to leadership, evangelism, and church transformation. He is the author of more than 20 books, including Too Busy Not to Pray and The Power of a Whisper: Hearing God, Having the Guts to Respond.


Juanita Rasmus – Written Materials
Juanita Rasmus and her husband Rudy, have led the St. John's United Methodist Church in Houston for 19 years. During this time, they have helped transformed the spiritual landscape and the face of poverty in Downtown Houston. Beginning with nine existing members in 1992, St. John's has grown to over 9,000 members (3,000 of the total either are or were formerly homeless) into one of the most culturally diverse congregations in the country, where every week people of every social and economic background share the same pew. Juanita is the co-founder of the Bread of Life, Inc., a not for profit corporation providing an array of services to homeless men and women in the Daybreak Community Health Center in Houston.


Dallas Willard – Written Materials
Professor in the School of Philosophy at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. His philosophical publications are mainly in the areas of epistemology, the philosophy of mind, and logic. He also lectures and publishes in religion. Renovation of the Heart was published in May 2002, and received Christianity Today's 2003 Book Award in the category of Spirituality. Willard is married to Jane Lakes, a marriage and family therapist. They live in Southern California and have two children, and a granddaughter.


Lance Witt – Virtual Classroom Instructor
Lance Witt has been called a "pastor's pastor," and passionately believes in the transformational power of Jesus through the local church. He has served for over 25 years as a local church pastor, including executive and teaching pastor at Saddleback Church, where he helped develop and lead the 40 Days of Purpose and 40 Days of Community campaigns. Lance has taught national and international conferences on topics such as Small Groups, Spiritual Formation, Preaching, Leadership, and Purpose Driven Church, consulting with churches in the U.S., Canada, and Asia. He now leads a ministry for church leaders called Replenish and will publish his first book Replenish in May 2011.

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