Traditionally the church was the primary source of ‘soul care’ for believers. Today, care for struggling people is available from many places, but not all of those places make the connection with scripture and faith. In the ‘Soul Care’ stream, we look at becoming better equipped to walk godly, wisely and side-by-side, with those facing the struggles of life.

Upcoming network meet-ups and events

Two meet-ups of the Christian Soul Care Network have been arranged for the coming year:

  • 10th November 2018, 10am-12pm – Highfields Church, Monthermer Road, Cardiff – led by Elspeth Pitt on the subject of “Boundaries – How to say no – for God’s glory”

We all know that we can alternate between feeling guilty and exhausted in seeking to serve others in the church family and that it’s often hard to know how to be Christian in this area.  We’ll look at how we can be wise and loving with those who ask the most of us, realistic about our own limitations, and confident of the sufficient grace of the Lord Jesus in every circumstance.

  • 16th February 2019 – Highfields Church, Monthermer Road, Cardiff – led by Catherine Haddow on the subject of “Anxiety”

A third session is still on the drawing board, to be led by Phil Swann on the subject of “Trauma and the Christian’s walk”. Watch this space!

You’d be very welcome to attend the Network meet-ups, whether you were able to join us at EQUIP 2018 or not. If you’d like to come, or would like to bring others from your church with you, then please sign-up to join the network and we can send you more details and ensure that we reserve a space for you and your group.

The stream’s three sessions at EQUIP 2018 were:

  • Being Human
    It seems everyone has a go at this theme at some time, so why should EQUIP be left out? ‘Who do you think you are?’ is such a profound question and is fundamental in every aspect of our daily walk with Christ. In this session we will consider how our understanding of identity is being increasingly eroded (especially by the social media phenomenon) and the impact this has on our thoughts, behaviours, emotions and our understanding of people.
  • Dynamics of biblical change
    When we face trials in life, James 1 tells us that God has a specific purpose; to draw us into closer communion with Him and to conform us into the likeness of His Son. In this session we will look at how the sanctifying change process happens, not through a ‘technique’ but through a person – Jesus Christ. Let’s become more equipped to be ‘Instruments in the Redeemer’s hands’ as we biblically counsel, connecting life to scripture, bringing sanctifying heart change.
  • Anxiety
    Do you suffer from anxiety, or support someone who does? Do you understand not just the emotional and physical realities of anxiety, but the spiritual dimension too? We are complex combinations of body and soul so let’s dig deeper, into the heart of anxiety and see how God can use anxiety as an unlikely means of drawing us closer to Himself and transforming us into the likeness of His Son.

EQUIP 2018 Network Speaker

Catherine Haddow

Catherine Haddow

Catherine Haddow is a Chartered Psychologist and uses her training, aligned with Scripture, to offer biblical counselling ministry to struggling believers at The Cornerstone based in Trowbridge, Wiltshire. She is passionate about equipping individuals and churches to be used as God’s instruments to point people more clearly to Christ, connect life to scripture and bring lasting change in peoples’ lives.

Network Facilitators

Elspeth Pitt

Elspeth Pitt

Elspeth Pitt grew up in West Wales and originally trained as a teacher, but has now been in church work for more than twenty years, working in a large city centre church in London and a medium sized suburban church in the Wirral. She loves to help women become more confident in handling the bible for themselves and growing in their personal walk with the Lord Jesus and has a heart for those on the edges of church life. After thirty years working in England, she is delighted to be back in Wales and working on the staff of Highfields Church in Cardiff.

Phil Swann

Phil Swann

Phil Swann began ministry in West Yorkshire in 1990 after leaving his career in Cardiff as a Physiotherapist. He now the Pastor at Llanelli Free Evangelical Church in West Wales. He also teaches Pastoral Theology, for the Evangelical Movement of Wales, on their Theological Training Course.