Welcome to the WellSpring SoulCARE podcast! I’m your host, Richard Gotthardt, and I’m part of the WellSpring Team. I’ve been a pastor for almost 30 years in a variety of churches, from small, medium, to large in roles from Students, Spiritual Formation, and Lead Pastor. Now as part of WellSpring, I’m part of a team and organization that seeks to come alongside pastors, ministry and non-profit leaders to help bridge that disconnect between the outer and the inner life. We want to help you pay attention to your soul, that most important but so easily overlooked and even neglected core of who you are. So in this podcast, we want to invite you into an ongoing dialogue and conversation- between you and your own self, between you and God. We’ll do this as we have conversations with others- leaders, authors, pastors, and others who can offer us perspective, wisdom, and simply honest and authentic vulnerability about what is true and real. I’m so excited and honored to host these conversations and invite you into them as we journey together.
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Lamenting Our Way Forward | Trevor Hudson
Richard sits down with Trevor Hudson to discuss the importance of lament in our current crises and the role of leaders in creating spaces that allow us to grieve what we've lost.
Trevor is a pastor involved with the Methodist movement in Southern Africa for more than 35 years. Besides his local commitments, Trevor travels widely, preaching, teaching, and lecturing in the areas of spiritual formation, spiritual direction, and pastoral therapy. He lectures at Fuller Seminary, Pasadena, in their Doctor of Ministry (Spiritual Direction) program, and he also works closely with Upper Room Ministries, the http://new.renovare.org/institute/overview (Renovaré International Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation), the http://dallaswillardcenter.com/trevor-hudson-what-do-you-have-in-your-hand/ (Dallas Willard Center for Christian Spiritual Formation), and the http://www.jesuitinstitute.org.za/ (Jesuit Institute in South Africa). He is the author of 15 books including https://renovare.org/books/discovering-our-spiritual-identity (Discovering Your Spiritual Identity) (IVP) and https://renovare.org/books/beyond-loneliness (Beyond Loneliness) (Upper Room).
The Soul of SoulCARE | Patti Pierce
Today we sit down with Patti Pierce, the founder of WellSpring. I’ll just say this- Patti was a bit reluctant to do an interview here - she told me, “I don’t know why people would want to hear my story.” But trust me, you are going to be glad that Patti agreed to share her journey with us, and I believe you are going to be helped, encouraged, and challenged by what Patti has to say. It’s my privilege to both learn from and work alongside Patti, and I can tell you that not only is she “the real deal” - she has a HUGE heart of love – for Jesus, for other people, as especially for leaders and pastors.
Our conversation today is with Chuck DeGroat. Chuck is a follower of Jesus, a husband to Sara for 26 years, and father to two amazing daughters.
He is Professor of Counseling and Christian Spirituality at https://www.westernsem.edu/faculty/degroat/ (Western Theological Seminary) in Holland MI. He co-founded http://www.newbiginhouse.org/ (Newbigin House of Studies) in San Francisco where he serves as a Senior Fellow. During his years pastoring, he started two church-based counseling centers.
Chuck is an author, having written http://www.amazon.com/Leaving-Egypt-Finding-Wilderness-Places/dp/1592556736/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8andqid=1370578228andsr=8-1andkeywords=leaving+egypt (Leaving Egypt: Finding God in the Wilderness Places), http://www.amazon.com/Toughest-People-Love-Understand-Difficult/dp/0802871437 (The Toughest People to Love ), https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01CJ5KK8K/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8andbtkr=1#nav-subnav (Wholeheartedness) , a Lenten devotional is https://www.amazon.com/Falling-into-Goodness-Daily-Readings/dp/1541206401/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8andqid=1523721218andsr=8-1andkeywords=falling+into+goodness (Falling Into Goodness,) and his latest is https://www.ivpress.com/when-narcissism-comes-to-church (When Narcissism Comes to Church ) where he diagnoses a profound problem in our churches and among our clergy, and offer a way forward.
Today we’re talking with K.J. Ramsey, author of the book, This Too Shall Last, Finding Grace when Suffering Lingers. K.J. is a truly gifted writer and author, a therapist, podcast host and prolific on Instagram - showcasing God’s beauty in delightful ways and photos. K.J. is the wife of Ryan, who is a pastor and currently serves as a chaplain. Most of all, K.J. is a follower of Jesus who is deeply honest about her own journey of pain and suffering, as she has battled an auto-immune disease for over a decade, living with daily and chronic pain. K.J.’s writing has appeared in Christianity Today and in Relevant Magazine, among other places, and her book has been critically praised and a source of help and wisdom to many, many people. You are going to be helped and encouraged by our conversation with K.J. Ramsey. Please enjoy!