What is Soul Talk?
Soul Talk is a four episode video resource created by Soul Tour to help Church life-groups go deeper with each other and grow in their understanding of several important mental/emotional health topics.
The four topics covered are:
Episode #1 - Beating Burnout (Burnout)
Episode #2 - Fighting Fear (Anxiety)
Episode #3 - Good Grief (Grief)
Episode #4 - Defeating Depression (Depression)
Based on David J. Riddell's 'Living Wisdom' material, each episode of Soul Talk begins with an introduction to the topic by counsellor and author Belinda Stott. Three individuals then share their personal journey with the issue at hand, then it's back to Belinda who provides an abundance of practical tips and insights on how to find healing and support others in need.
Soul Talk Cards:
Life-groups that choose to run the Soul Talk video series are strongly encouraged to purchase a deck of Soul Talk cards for use in their group.
This resource been specifically designed to help small groups share their emotions and needs effectively with each other. Soul Talk cards can be purchased from the Soul Tour shop here.
Soul Talk Episodes:
This first episode begins with viewers being taught how to use their Soul Talk cards to effectively communicate with each other. Belinda then introduces the topic of burnout, explaining what it is and dispelling some common myths about it. She shares how to get out of burnout along with ways to avoid going into it in the first place
1 in 4 New Zealanders suffer with anxiety. While small amounts of anxiety can provide us with necessary motivation, too much fear for too long can have a devastating impact on our mental/emotional health and physical bodies. In this episode Belinda explains what anxiety is and how to keep it under control.
Disappointments and losses are a normal part of life, so sooner or later everyone will have to process grief. In this episode Belinda explains what grief is, how to work through it and how to know when you're healing. In addition, Belinda tackles the six most common myths about grief in society today.
Depression has been described as the common cold of Western mental illness. In this last episode Belinda explains the six different types of depression and how to heal from each of them. The framework provided for this talk has been developed by Kiwi counsellor David J. Riddell.
Soul Talk as a series:
Why not incorporate Soul Talk into a church-wide series discussing mental/emotional health in a Christian context. That's what Grace Vineyard Church in Christchurch did across each of their campuses.
Feedback from life-group leaders:
Our group have found it amazing - we're doing 2 weeks per video because the content is so good!!
We built up an amazing amount of trust/intimacy as people had the opportunity to open up more! We are becoming closer.
We are all loving it....particularly the honest sharing which is really encouraging and growing intimacy together as a group.
I'm amazed at how open everyone is in our group doing this series. We are all enjoying it immensely.
The episodes have been a perfect length for our group and have provoked incredible conversation afterwards.
We just started tonight and had a really powerful night, resulting in some wonderful prayer and members of the group opening up, making themselves vulnerable and open to support.
The Soul Talk cards worked amazingly. We decided to pass our cards to the left so that the person beside us could pray for us.
Excellent material delivered in a simple, positive and practical form. Every church should do this!
We have so enjoyed the Soul Talk series. The cards give everyone a very practical way to discuss what is going on in their life and their needs.