On this episode of Group Answers, Chris and Brandon talk to Reid Smith about the importance of soul care for ourselves and the leaders we serve.
Reid Smith serves as the Director of Communities of Purpose for the Small Group Network and has been a Pastor of Groups at Christ Fellowship Church in Palm Beach County, FL since 2008. He has been equipping leaders in churches of all sizes and stages of growth for effective disciple-making since 1996. Reid has been a contributing author for Christianity Today’s smallgroups.com, Lifeway’s Ministry Grid, and he developed small group training for the North American Mission Board’s Send Network. One of the ways he expresses his love for helping leaders start and multiply healthy groups throughout their churches is through www.reidsmith.org.
- Ministry isn’t easy. 80% of pastors feel discouraged (more so for their spouses!), 71% of pastors stated they were burned out and battle depression on a weekly, even daily basis. Only 1 out of 10 ministers actually retire as a minister. Soul-care is obviously vital. What, in essence, is “soul-care”?
- Practically-speaking, how can we be proactive about our own soul-care to ensure we’re healthy and effective in ministry for the long-haul?
- What are the biggest threats to soul-care and how do you overcome them?
- What’s most challenging for you in your personal soul-care?
- What do you look for in potential coaches?
- Many leaders see the value of coaching, but they’ve had a hard time making it work. Why do you think that is?
- Give us a picture of success. Ideally, what does healthy coaching look like? How do you encourage it?
If you have been in ministry for some time, you have probably battled with burnout or depression.
Soul care is addressing a person’s inner world that is largely hidden from other people.
When we are spiritually healthy, our ministry can be sustainable and strong.
Bring others around you that will be lifting you up in prayer.
The enemy wants to take you and your family out.
Replenish yourself on a regular basis. Find out what fills your tank and do it.
Don’t try to please everyone and do everything yourself.
I have to constantly remind myself of things that are true.
The second time that I got run down, I didn’t feel it.
Coaches are the lynchpin for knowing that your group life is healthy.
Relationships have to take priority over the reporting.
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The Group Answers Podcast is a weekly show designed to resource, train, and encourage small group leaders. Each episode considers current trends and resources as well as timeless truths and methods of discipleship. It is hosted by Brian Daniel, a Bible study and discipleship expert in Lifeway’s Groups Ministry, and Chris Surratt, the small group and discipleship specialist at Lifeway and author of Leading Small Groups: How to Gather, Launch, Lead and Multiply your Small Group.