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A Simple Gift For Your Soul 

By Mindy Caliguire - Thursday, January 02, 2014

Happy New Year, Friends!


Soul Care has undergone many changes over the past few years, both in the nature of my work and the amazing people I get to work with! I've even had the joy of releasing a few new resources along the way. But, the underlying dream is unchanging—for as long as God gives me breath, I want to help people live and lead differently.

Living from a healthy soul, not an exhausted, fatigued, disconnected-from-God soul. Leading from a place of overflow, not deficit. Each of you has resonated with this message in some way and together, we are part of a movement that I hope will help the church become more of what we all long to experience and offer to this world.

Fifteen years ago, my first venture into helping others care for their soul was a simple booklet that my husband, Jeff, and I co-wrote, called Write For Your Soul: The Whys and Hows of Journaling. Over the years . . . no kidding . . . over 20,000 copies of this tiny booklet have been used by churches, counseling centers, small groups, and individuals to help people give expression to their deepest self, and bring that self to God. I only have a few dozen left!

In order to celebrate these 15 years and kickoff 2014, I wanted to offer the digital version (PDF) of Write For Your Soul as a gift! Packed with inspiring quotes and helpful questions to prompt your journaling, it's a super-easy way to invest in your soul care at the start of this new year.

Simply sign up here and receive an email within the hour that contains a link to your copy of Write For Your Soul. 
Blessings as we embark on this next stage in the journey...

Peace,
Mindy 



Who Are You Becoming? 

By Mindy Caliguire - Monday, September 10, 2012

 

 

The invitation to “become” is more than a call to conversion. It’s a call to a changed life. More than four walls and a weekend service, we are the “ecclesia” where redeemed people are being transformed into Christ-centered disciples in a broken world.

Become Like Jesus is a guiding framework for church leaders as they support life-changing transformation in their local “eccelsia.” Whether they realize paradigms need to shift, want to explore God’s heart for the leader, or desire to create a culture that is conducive to spiritual growth, Become seeks to inspire church leaders and their congregations as they flourish.

Continued Development: The WCA is currently offering Become as a free resource to those who sign up for LIFT courses prior to September 17. This fall, LIFT is launching team pricing, a Strategy for Transformation course, and a certificate program.



Light a Candle and Fly 

By Mindy Caliguire - Monday, November 07, 2011

I often tell people I feel called to stand—to live—as a bridge between the “Candle Lighters” and the “Jet Fuel Drinkers”. What do I mean by that?

  • Candle-lighters are the quiet, steady-paced, somewhat solitary, somewhat mystical, focused-on-the-now, Spirit-aware, Presence of God-sensing Spiritual Formation types.
  • Jet-fuel-drinkers are the loud, fast-paced, somewhat solitary, somewhat fanatical, focused-on-the-future, Spirit-aware, Presence of God-sensing Leadership types.
I love these two groups deeply; they have each formed me in their own way, and I deeply believe the cause of Christ, the Kingdom of God, the blessed community, depends upon them both. In fact, though they often speak very different languages, they need each other.

Truth is, of course, those two extremes live in me. On any given day, I’m living out of my candle-lighting tendencies or my jet-fuel-drinking tendencies. And in my dream scenario, these worlds collide—even in me. The challenge is not which is right, but rather deep, authentic integration. If combined in real life, I suppose, jet-fuel and lit candles would detonate! But in my soul, these can and must combine if I am to live out my calling; if I am to give my life as a living sacrifice, if I am to live and breathe and move in the rhythms of grace.

Last week, as I entered my office Monday morning, I felt the familiar tightening of the chest as I considered the week ahead. I was tempted, in that moment, to simply push harder and faster, to allow fear or insecurity or drivenness to fuel my activity, setting a destructive trajectory to my entire week.

But I know better by now . . . I’ve lit enough candles.

Instead, I stopped to sense and name this unsteadiness in my soul and to surrender, yet again, to God’s good care. In those moments, I felt a choice in my spirit . . . and wrote a Post-it note reminder to keep on my desk:
  • "Determine that you will experience the journey with great joy and with great peace. Why? Because of the Kingdom within."
As it turns out, I never glanced at that note again until I left the office on Friday.

But as I review the many meetings, pressures, decisions, speaking engagements, conflicts and even a pre-dawn visit to the Emergency Room with my son that occurred this week, I am glad I paused on Monday. This week felt like integration.
  • There was joy and there was peace. Why? Because of the Kingdom.
  • Projects moved forward, children were loved, desperate prayers were prayed, limits were faced and blessed, and teammates were encouraged. Why? Because of the Kingdom.
How about you? How did the reality of the Kingdom undergird you last week? How does it undergird you now, as you read? What unsteadiness might you need to name in your own soul; what would it mean for you to surrender... yet again... to God’s good care?

Light a candle... and fly.



What Are You Doing Next Month? Three Opportunities! 

By Mindy Caliguire - Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Fall naturally brings the idea of change into our souls.

New programs begin, the school year starts, team retreats are taken . . . and the opportunity to grow is before us. Sometimes this happens naturally as we encounter life and other times purposefully setting aside space for conversation, learning and community is required. Where are you at this year?

If you are considering opportunities for growth and conversation, Soul Care is part of three very different, but equally incredible opportunities next month.










 Registration is currently open for all three!

  • Registration for Formation in Christlikeness (which is hosted by our good friends at Renovare) can be done online or by phone. However, 450 people have already registered and there are 150 slots left! Don't delay. 
  • Registration for Sentralized can be done online as well via their homepage. The event is September 29-31 and will focus on a clearer, deeper meaning of the missional conversation.
  • The LIFT Project consists of 7-week, online courses that connect you with world-class professional development. Each course is specifically designed especially for church or ministry leaders who want to develop their own leadership knowledge, skills and abilities. The courses require less than 2-hours per week and are guided by a facilitator. A year-long Leading for Transformation certificate is also available. Content contributors include transformation leaders such as Dr. Henry Cloud, Nancy Beach, Dallas Willard, Lance Witt, Pete Scazzero, Gary Haugen, Tim Keller and Jarrett and Jeanne Stevens. Courses begin September 12. 

We hope you'll join us!



The Blessing of Silence - Mama Maggie 

By Mindy Caliguire - Friday, August 12, 2011

Today at The Global Leadership Summit before she kissed the floor in blessing, Mama Maggie shared this with the crowd:

Silence your body to listen to your words
Silence your tongue to listen to your thoughts
Silence your thoughts to listen to your heart beating
Silence your heart to listen to your spirit,
Silence your spirit you listen to his spirit.

In silence you leave many and be with the one.

Mama Maggie Gobran is a Nobel Peace Prize nominee this year who has spent 20 years serving the poorest of the poor. A Coptic Christian from a prominent Egyptian family, she taught computer science and lectured at Cairo University. But following a conviction from God, she started a ministry to serve the poor in her city.





Don't Lose Your Soul 

By Mindy Caliguire - Monday, March 14, 2011

Was a privilege to serve at Encounter in California. Thanks to @lhahncalif for the inspiration and reminder.





Learning to Be Here Now 

By Mindy Caliguire - Monday, January 03, 2011

Learning to be “present” could be one of the best gifts you give to yourself and others this next year. But as you’ve probably already discovered in our distracted, anxiety-filled world, being “present” not at all easy. It will require some effort, some training of the soul.

Perfect fodder for a new year’s resolution! But wait, you cry… wait! This is not impressive! Just one goal?! And one that cannot be measured (in pounds or otherwise)?? But let’s think about impressive in a new light… imagine what being present could open up for you......
  • What would it be like to look deeply into the eyes of those you love, and really see them? Hear them? Understand them? Imagine just one evening marked by deep connection with those around you? What would open up? How about a whole week? An entire year?

  • And what would it be like to shake off those nagging chains of guilt and self-hatred mentioned in the video? Who doesn’t need ongoing protection from the hissing, scathing voice of the accuser?

  • Or, what would it be like to feel fear as you face challenges, failure, adversity, or conflict… feel it, but not be driven by it? What would that kind of freedom taste like? What possibilities would a fearless perspective open up for you, day after day… month after month?
To continue reading Learning to Be Here Now on Stirred Up Leadership, please click here.


A New Leader Needs Some Rhythm 

By Mindy Caliguire - Friday, December 17, 2010

Today's post is from Lindsey Sherrod who serves with CreatePossiblewhere she provides directional leadership, as well as communication and creative consultation for CreatePossible and its clients. She can be found at www.twitter.com/LRsherrod, where she shares about the creative, soul care focused, and often random, life. 

I think I'm learning . . . slowly, painfully . . . at times, there is a place God has called me to, but the journey and direction is Hisnot mine.

My own "soul care" story is actually a bit similar to Mindy's . . . in college, much responsibility . . . much pressure . . . major collapse. The journey back taught mebreath by breathwhat it means to let go of myself and live at the "soul care table" where God and I are both present. 

BUT, the new challenge? I have a somewhat firm grasp (although eroded by my own frailty at times) of my personal soul care rhythm. What about when you're leading a team? Helping othersin a professional contextdevelop their own rhythm? Remind, remind, remind that the emotional/spiritual/relational aspect of a team can either make or break? (And, an unhealthy environment not only breaks the team, but people.)

So, Step #1: Figure out a rhythm that gets my soul care leadership qualities in check, before I even attempt to help others. Words from Nancy Ortberg have been driving my thoughts here, "As a leader, you are responsible for carving out a life that has a rhythm that renews you. It’s not anybody else’s job."

Time for some rhythm carving. Hope you have the chance for some today too.


Grace & Peace Download? 

By Mindy Caliguire - Thursday, December 02, 2010

Can you download Grace & Peace?

Perhaps not, but a subtle reminder in less than peaceful moments CAN happen. It might be even as small and subtle as the background on your computer. Do we stare at anything more during the work week?

For the past few months, the creative team over at the Stirred Up Leadership blog (where Mindy is a contributor) has posted a series of "wallpaper" downloads featuring scripture.

The highlighted verse for December is "Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ." -Philippians 1:2



For download instructions, click here. 

Enjoy grace and peace this season!

-Team Soul Care


Supreme Act of Prayer 

By Mindy Caliguire - Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Mindy's also blogging at Stirred Up Leadership for the Willow Creek Association!

I have often wondered about some of Jesus’ prayers. What did He really feel? What did He really pray for? What can we learn from His prayers?

The one I’ve wondered about most (and likely projected myself into) is a prayer Jesus offers after what appears to be a particularly frustrating series of ministry conversations/teaching episodes (don’t we all pray like crazy at those times?!). Now, you may have a hard time accepting that Jesus was ever frustrated as a teacher (and I suppose you would be correct). But if we evaluate teaching effectiveness according to the “results” of students who get it, I think you’d agree this was a failure along our current lines of evaluation. (Matthew 11, MSG) They are questioning if he’s really “the guy”, they’re criticizing whatever he does, he’s dishing out harsh warnings against those who won’t listen, and then, abruptly, he prays. Prays? Yes, prays. Abruptly. I always wonder what motivated that prayer.

To continue reading Supreme Act of Prayer on Stirred Up Leadership, please click here