SoulCare is the training and mentoring arm of Genesis Institute. Our training programs and services provide multiple avenues to encourage, equip, and empower people through biblical insights, proven content, and dynamic interpersonal learning experiences. Our SoulCare training and mentoring offerings are built from a Spiritual Formation focused foundation and framework. Spiritual Formation is defined as:
The journey of developing intimacy of relationship with God and transforming our character to become more like Christ for the good of others and our world.
At Genesis Institue, we focus on helping people on their journey of developing the life transformational relationship with God that we all seek. Our approach helps to satisfy the deep longings and spiritual hunger of our hearts. A Spiritual Formation focused approach is not just about sharing more information and it is not about encouraging people to just trying harder. Rather, our training and mentoring programs are focused on deep, heart-level work, where transformation occurs through the work of the Holy Spirit.
We deliver our training content in multiple formats, which allows our participants to choose the delivery format that best fits their situation. Topics can be delivered in a traditional classroom format, where participants meet once a week for a few hours over the course of multiple weeks. This type of delivery format allows for greater immersion into the course material.
To help meet the needs of people that cannot commit to a multi-week format, we also offer half-day seminars. Seminars are designed to highlight and explore key topics in a shorter, more condensed format. Lastly, Genesis can provide training content via online, tele-training webinars, and virtual classroom sessions, which usually last one hour. We are constantly evaluating current and potential educational topics and delivery formats to help meet the needs of our community. If you are interested in more information on doing a class in any of the above formats, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Topic Descriptions and Delivery Format
Core Concepts of Soul Restoration – Seminar Format
The Seminar cultivates some vital qualities of the Christian life which are typically overlooked when we obsess with all the stuff, we mistakenly believe we must ‘do’ for God and the church. These life-giving qualities include opening our hearts to the reality of our ‘belovedness’ in God’s eyes. Truly knowing our belovedness awakens several ‘desires’ which God has planted in our soul—the desire to trust His love for us, the desire to grow in relationship with Him, and the desire to be transformed—to become more of who God has designed us to be.
The seminar helps us move out of our cultural performance cycle of works and into the Holy Spirit’s restful cycle of grace—these transform how we work, worship, and walk through every aspect of life. We emphasize some key spiritual exercises/practices which help move us away from ‘pressure to perform’ and into the freedom of ‘desiring to become’ more like Christ.
God does the work of soul restoration in us, but He requires our cooperation and participation. The seminar moves us in that direction—cooperating and participating in what is needed for the work of transformation from the inside out.
Courageous Parenting – Class & Seminar Format
Courageous Parenting is a Bible-based approach helping parents better understand how to use relational influence to deeply impact the hearts of their kids. When parents impact their kids’ hearts through wisdom and wise ways of relating, our kids will be encouraged toward a better understanding of self. Parents are vital in helping kids understand who they are and what they have to offer this world. Our children will mature because of the relationships that are offered them, by their parents. Parenting is a journey that will deepen a parent’s sense of impact in the heart of their family life and will grow out of a trusting relationship with God
Spiritual Formation- Women of Hope: Your Story Matters – Class Format
Women 18 years old and beyond are welcome! This class discusses some of the unique issues that pertain to women; why did God make women; the soul of a woman versus the role of women; can suffering be redemptive-even transformative; ways to create space in our lives for an ever-deepening relationship with God; some spiritual practices that help us position ourselves to cooperate with the Holy Spirit in the process of transformation through each dimension of our being, and more!
Elements of interaction are present through individual, small, and large group activities, along with arresting visuals and music meant to draw our hearts to the heart of the Father and get us thinking!! Guest speakers are a picture of hope as they share their stories of trials and triumph through the grace, mercy, and power of God. An optional half-day retreat is offered as a capstone to the course.
Rediscovering the Meaning of Marriage & Singleness– Class Format
The format for this topic is a six-week interactive class forum. Each week small group discussion will take place around a shared meal. There will be a large group teaching each week along with a concurrent book study, The Meaning of Marriage by Tim and Kathy Keller. This workshop is a trumpet call to reawaken our culture to the wonder, beauty, and plan for marriage and singleness. It is also an opportunity for people of different ages, marital status, and experiences to learn from one another the “ancient secrets” of the Gospel that can transform relationships.
Who should sign up? Singles (looking or not) who want to grow in their vision for relationships. Couples (married or not) who long for greater intimacy and joy in their relationships. Strong married couples who want to continue to grow their marriage and their ability to mentor.
Creating Sacred Space – Seminar Format
This seminar is designed to highlight some spiritual practices or disciplines that have been used by Christians through the ages. These practices can lead to greater rest, contentment, and a growing depth in our friendship with Jesus. “They help us to pay attention to the movement of the Holy Spirit in our lives; to grow a deeper, more intimate relationship with Jesus and are a means to create sacred space in our lives so we have more freedom to say yes to God” (G.H. Brown). Spiritual practices are categorized as “Outward, Inward and Corporate” practices. We will take a look at several of the more common practices in each of these categories during our time together.
Spiritual Formation – Deeper in Christ & Soul Restoration – Class & Seminar Format
We offer two separate curriculum’s on a rotating basis.
Deeper in Christ helps to re-awaken your desire for greater Christ-likeness, sharpens your awareness of God’s presence, and promotes obedience to God through desire and delight rather than duty and pressured obedience.
Soul Restoration is a journey into God’s slow, steady, meticulous, and mysterious interventions that save us from ourselves and empower us to live-into heart level character transformations.
Both topics are grace-oriented and focus on God’s wild, extravagant, unconditional love for us as characters in the redemptive story He is writing with our lives.