As leaders, we’ve all had to navigate tough situations over the past year. The Covid-19 pandemic, the reality of racial tensions in our country and beyond, a divisive election, personal loss and difficulties — the list goes on and on. As we reflect on where we’ve been and where we’re going, it’s important that we’re poised to move forward with purpose and intention. And with that, we need to be enthusiastic in the way we prioritize soul care. We believe in not doing ministry alone, and we are excited to introduce a new resource from Pastor Greg Surratt focused on attacking soul care and strengthening relationships among pastors. The Retreat at Church Creek is a refuge for pastors who feel alone, burned out, and are in need of support. It’s a place to relax, recharge, and reconnect with others to form a strong support system. Through the highs, the lows, and everything in between — we truly are better together.
To learn more about The Retreat at Church Creek, register to attend, or sponsor a pastor’s registration, visit https://retreatatchurchcreek.org/.
At ARC, we want to come alongside you to help equip you in your ministry journey. Below are several resources, from both our team and members of the ARC Family, related to mental health and soul care. We pray that these resources provide you with wisdom and encouragement as you reach your communities with the message of Jesus!
- Breaking Cycles: Hang-Ups, Habits, Health, and How They Affect Ministry with Irene Rollins
- Mental Health and the Church with Dr. Henry Cloud
- Misconceptions About Mental Illness by Brittany Jones
- Psychological Health and Christian Leadership by Dr. Andrew Yarborough
- Soul Care by Holly Furtick
- Walking with Lions by Jonathan Wiggins
Greg Surratt is the founding pastor of Seacoast Church in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. He is also one of the co-founders and President ARC. Greg had a vision to see thousands of life-giving churches planted worldwide, which has lead to more than 900 churches planted through ARC over the past 20 years. Greg is the author of Ir-rev-rend: Christianity without pretense, faith without façade and Revisioning: How to stay sharp at every stage of your church’s life.