SoulCare: An Introduction

SoulCare - Wesleyan Small Groups

Derived from SPU’s Wesleyan/ holiness heritage, Wesleyan small groups embody a practice in Christian formation and reconciliation that exposes UFDN 1000 students to Christian community, and facilitates growth in awareness and love of self, neighbor, and God.  To accomplish these purposes, participants gather weekly under the leadership of a trained facilitator to ask and answer the question, “How goes it with your soul?”

SoulCare origins

Begun in the 18th century by John and Charles Wesley, these meetings brought people together, as the Wesleys put it, “to inquire how their souls prosper; to advise, reprove, comfort, or exhort.” The groups created a space for people at any level of faith (no faith, exploring faith, new faith, mature faith) to grow in community.

What it is, and is not

SoulCare is SPU’s adapted version of these historical groups. They’re not Bible studies or prayer groups, or groups guided by a curriculum. Rather, their sole content is the state of one’s soul — your deepest self, which lies underneath surface experiences and emotions.

Start with UFDN 1000

Undergraduate students in UFDN 1000 classes participate in co-curricular SoulCare groups as an alternative learning opportunity. They learn about spiritual formation in class — and in weekly SoulCare groups. Each one-hour meeting is led by a trained facilitator under the supervision of Seattle Pacific Seminary interns and SPU staff.

Learn more about becoming a SoulCare group leader, read what others say about the leadership experience, or recommend someone for leadership.

Debby Shepherd

Debby Shepherd '16

Being able to pray for the members of my small group every week was an honor and an intimate experience that drew me closer to God. I’ve grown more confident in my faith because of my Wesleyan Small Group.

Zoe Shelton

Zoe Shelton ’16

This group has helped me become my own kind of leader and discover what traits or talents I have that can be used in a leadership role.

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