Everything was going fine . . . until it wasn’t. For Reverend Junius B. Dotson it took an actual breakdown during a funeral for him to realize he needed a reset. As he recalls his own journey through grief, depression, burnout, and emotional breakdown, Dotson is passionate about calling for a Soul Reset. He is calling out to all of us: pastors, church leaders, and all disciples of Jesus Christ.
This sermon series, book, and study is for everyone who moves at breakneck speed through their daily lives, often relying only on their own strength to bring God’s kingdom on earth. Jesus shows us a different way, a more natural, unforced rhythm of what kingdom work looks like. It’s a balance of work, rest, play, worship, exercise, and eating well—spiritual practices that keep our souls hydrated and healthy. At our best, we do our best in the work of the church in the world.
The book Soul Reset: Breakdown, Breakthrough, and the Journey to Wholeness is available in Our Giving Tree bookstore and online.
Soul Reset is a call for the church and all of Jesus’ disciples to reset and reorder their lives around spiritual practices. We will learn to walk through our difficult seasons with our souls connected to the source of Living Water so that we don’t burn out or break down. And if we do burn out or break down, we learn to lift one another up and point one another back to Jesus.
You can journey through the book and video content using this course through the Upper Room, the same publisher of the popular Daily Devotional. The course is $19 and includes essential content from the book as well as the videos, additional exercises, and a place for online conversation. Learn more.
Soul Reset Videos
Watch the weekly videos below. If you need the password, email us.
Session 1: Soul Reset Assessment
Session 2: Feel the Feelings
Session 3: It’s Not All on Me
Session 4: Take Care of Yourself
Session 5: Life in Crisis
Session 6: Living in the Light
Finding God in the Everyday – the practice of the Daily Examen
The Examen is an intentional review of your day. Through guided questions, you prayerfully reflect on your day, asking God to reveal what God would have you notice. Over time, this practice can help you develop sensitivity to God’s promptings in your life, and better enable you to respond to them.
Light a candle, take a deep breath, and begin.