What We Do


We offer a safe place to grow and explore on your journey of the heart. From our regular Collectives to Soul Care Days to an Annual Conference, our desire is to provide opportunities with the following components:

  • exposure (learning from the rich historical and Biblical tradition of spiritual formation)
  • experience (not just talking about Him, but experiencing Him together)
  • encouragement (support for your life in Christ and in your ministry for Him)

While our events are open to all learners and leaders who are desiring to grow deeper in their intimacy with God, we also aim to be a support for those involved in the following areas of Soul Care:

  • spiritual directors
  • counselors
  • pastors/ministers

Click below to learn more.

For Counselors


Counselors listen and tend to the souls of clients, and need to care for their own souls as well.

We offer the following opportunities for counselors:

  • Access to spiritual directors who can help them paying attention to the movement of God in their lives
  • Regular Soul Care Days for Leaders (day retreats intended to help leader rest and reflect as a vital part of counseling ministry)
  • Periodic seminars that address issues in counseling from a Christian Spiritual Formation viewpoint.

For Spiritual Directors


Spiritual Direction is a gift, both for those who offer it as well as those who receive it. To be present for directees, Spiritual Directors need support. As in all soul care ministries, Directors need to pay attention to their own soul and receive support and encouragement for their ministry.

To that end, the SFSAZ offers the following encouragement and support:

  • Referral to trained Supervisors
  • Peer supervision groups
  • Regular Soul Care Days for Leaders (day retreats intended to help leader rest and reflect as a vital part of ministry)
  • Regular training and continuing education opportunities.

For Pastors


Most in pastoral ministry do not take care of their own souls. The tyranny of the urgent and the non-stop demands of church life can leave the well-intentioned dry and empty. As writer and formation leader Steve Macchia frequently says, “The soul is the most neglected part of the leader’s life.” We want to help leaders reverse that trend.

As the soul of the leader goes, so goes the souls of those being led. So, we offer the following for pastors:

  • Access to spiritual directors who can help them paying attention to the movement of God in their lives
  • Regular Soul Care Days for Leaders (day retreats intended to help leader rest and reflect as a vital part of ministry)
  • Pastor’s Formation Groups (monthly small group gatherings for prayer and sharing)
  • Working with pastoral staff teams
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