The Global Soul Care Network is a collective of organizations and individuals who are interested in a global transcendent approach to mental health and soul wellness. See Introduction.

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Introduction to Global Soul Care

The Spafford Story and Soul Wellness Hymn (It is Well With My Soul 18:40) provides for us a clear picture of what Soul Wellness is. Global Soul Care takes a Global Christian perspective that transcends time and culture, and emphasizes historical Christian unity. The following resources illustrate this perspective:

  1. Rob Reimer presents seven principles in his book Soul Care. “These principles, when packaged together and lived out, can lead to lasting transformation, freedom, and a healthy soul.” https://renewalinternational.org/soul-care

  2. Dr. Grant Mullen in his book Emotionally Free refers to some of these principles. 

  3. Fr. Robert Spitzer describes those without such care as the “buffered self,” described by Bishop Barron on The Buffered Self.


Please email gsoulcare@gmail.com for any suggestions, questions or if you wish to join the network.

Global Soul Care (Alpha, Beta,Theta)

Alpha


Alpha is the first letter of the Greek Alphabet. The goal of our Alpha network is to explore identity and relationship to God from a beginner perspective.  

  • We are developing guides to do this:
  • Another way is to to do this is to take the Alpha Course.
  • As we explore relating to God, we also need to learn how to relate to others and process areas of our lives that will hinder developing a relationship with God. We are making suggestions and links in our John Devotional to resources that will help you explore Soul Wellness Topics.

Beta


Beta is the second letter of the Greek Alphabet. The goal of our Beta network is to develop our relationship with God from a learner perspective. 

  1. See Daily Guide for those who have heard the Christmas Story before.

  2. We are developing studies in the Gospels of John, Luke and the Acts of the Apostles with resource suggestions to Soul Care Topics for those who are growing in a relationship with God. 


Theta


Theta is the eighth letter of the Greek Alphabet. The goal of our Theta network is to mature in our relationship with God from a practical theology perspective. 

  1. See Pittsburgh Seminary Advent Devotional

  2. We are developing resource link suggestions for  studies in the Gospels of John, Luke and the Acts of the Apostles with resource suggestions to Soul Care Topics for those who are maturing in their relationship with God. 

  3. Soul Care Theta is based on Rob Reimer’s Soul Care Book.

Soul Care Topics

Mental Health: 
Dr. Reimers Seven Principles:

Identity 

  • Your identity in Christ is the foundation of a healthy soul. Who you are determines how you behave. What you believe about yourself influences your level of maturity, peace, and soul health.

Repentance

  • You must repent and receive the forgiveness of God in order to be free. Secrets rob you of soul health. When you confess, but still carry around shame in your soul, it is toxic to your well-being. It isn’t enough to know you are forgiven; you must experience release.

Breaking family sin patterns

  • Family sin patterns have an unusual pull on your lives.  They are hard to break. You must deal with them severely before they deal severely with you.

Forgiving Others

  • You need to forgive those who sin against you. The single greatest mark of maturity is the capacity to love your enemies. Bitter roots create weeds in the garden of your soul. They must be uprooted before you can be healthy

Healing hurts

  • Unprocessed wounds leave you with festering soul sores.  You need the healing presence of Jesus to free you from the ill effects of your soul wounds.

Overcoming fears

  • The people of God make more mistakes in times of fear than any other time. This is why the number one command of scripture is “fear not.” You must overcome your fears to be spiritually healthy

Breaking Demonic Strongholds

  • We have a real spiritual enemy who can get a foothold in our lives. You need the power of God to free you from his grip and deliver you so that you can have a healthy soul


Source:

Reimer, R., Dr. (2016). Soul Care Principles. In Soul Care 7 Transformational Principles for a Healthy Soul (pp. 32-33). Franklin, Tennessee: Carpenters Son Pub.





Identity

 While the dictionary defines identity as a distinguishing character or personality of an individual, a Christian’s identity is less about who they are in themselves but who God is and the life he has called them to live. When one becomes a Christian that person is given a new identity which is referred to in the Bible as being “in Christ.” Paul writes in the Bible that “If anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (II Corinthians 5:17) The “new” that Paul refers to is one’s new identity in Christ which is informed by what God thinks of us and who he says we are. Being a Christian means that one is an adopted son or daughter of God who is eternally forgiven, accepted, valued, and loved by him. As a believer in Jesus one can have an eternal destiny and forgiveness free from sin. This does not mean though that Christians are to remain static. The life and journey of a Christian is designed by God to be a process of continuous change and growth to reach the ultimate goal: to become like Jesus, a goal that will only be fully fulfilled in heaven. In comparison with other spiritual beliefs, "Spiritual Christians" are not seeking to be self-actualized but to be "Christ Actualized". See Identity and Spirituality