SoulCare Foundations I: The Basic Model

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SoulCare Foundations I: The Basic Model


Number of Lessons: 10Avg. Lesson Length: 27 MinutesTime Required: 10 Hours MinimumLevel: Intermediate


This course is designed to help you enter people’s interior lives at a meaningful level and make a lasting difference as they deal with life’s struggles and crises. Some people call this type of help “counseling.” Others call this help “pastoring.” And perhaps others think of this kind of involvement as what one friend does for another friend. Larry Crabb uses the word SoulCare, with its focus on the inner life, where we become who we were intended and long to be.


This course helped me to think about helping others in a way that I had never thought of, that is using my brokenness to help others. I surely have shown empathy in an attempt to make others feel more comfortable, by agreeing with them and saying, that I do or would do the same thing. This course helped me to challenge my own motives for what I say and why I say it and how my attempts fail at helping people move in the right direction. I look forward to the next part of this course.
It is a good course for those who just want to have more meaningful conversations with brothers or sisters in Christ.

Course Reviewed: 7 days ago

The quizzes, response times, and the final really encouraged me to interact with the material and solidify the information in my mind and heart. So well put together. Thank you!

Course Reviewed: 4 weeks ago


ProfessorLarry J. Crabb, PhD
  • University of Illinois, MA and PhD
  • Ursinus College, BS


  1. Understand the basic model of SoulCare.
  2. Resist temptation to keep relationships shallow.
  3. Move into somebody’s life (with the wisdom that knows how the soul works) in meaningful, deep, soul-connecting kinds of ways.


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Wow – this course has blown away so many preconceived notions of dealing with people that struggle – I feel like I have just touched the tip of the iceberg and have now become so much more curious to learn more and to engage others with a different vision.

Course Reviewed: 3 months ago

I got deep understanding on how to care for souls that Christ died for and how to quicken Christlike nature in me and others by depending solely on the Spirit of Christ.

Course Reviewed: 3 months ago

The course was a personal journey as well as teaching. I have had the opportunity to apply some of the skills he taught in relationships- as I was learning. I felt a little like Luke Skywalker trying to use a lightsaber when I faced my inadequacy. Everything in us wants to use the skills we have but I had to learn to rely on the Holy Spirit more. I was deeply moved by the story about the bridal veils as I considered what God had provided for me as his bride and how I had rejected his provision to seek my own- far too often. It increased my appetite and pleasure in my relationship with Him. I enjoyed writing vision letters (just for my consideration) for several relationships in which the process of deeper conversations had begun. This was a helpful activity that is evolving as I consider Soul Care for each of these persons. My relationship with God is sweeter as I consider the teaching and my desire to be an instrument that encourages others to know him more is stronger.

Course Reviewed: 4 months ago

I appreciate Dr. Crabb’s calling on his life to help others have a more developed appetite for God because that is the true longing of our hearts. This information gives hope to live the Christian life in more dependence on the Holy Spirit with God as our solid core. The personal reflection questions are excellent as well as the discussion questions which all help to solidify the principles taught.

Course Reviewed: 4 months ago

Very well done…learned a lot…good review and presented well.

Course Reviewed: 4 months ago

A fantastic course – very helpful and insightful. I’m looking forward to continuing with the SoulCare format.

Course Reviewed: 4 months ago

It was a very helpful, eye-opening course. I look forward to learning more!

Course Reviewed: 4 months ago

I have friends taking counseling masters degree programs and these lessons sound better. Thank you!!! This is a gift!!

Course Reviewed: 5 months ago

I learned so much from this course. I am already seeing the fruits of this teaching in my life!

Course Reviewed: 5 months ago

Life changing!

Course Reviewed: 5 months ago