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 for pastors, church leaders, and all disciples of Jesus Christ.
This is a 6-week churchwide study 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, an easier, 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 as we do the work of the church in the world. Soul Reset: Breakdown, Breakthrough, and the Journey to Wholeness includes a book; a DVD; downloadable video segments; age-level discussion guides for children, youth, and adults; sermon starters; and more.
Soul Reset is a call for the church and all of Jesus' disciples to reset and reorder their lives around spiritual practices, to 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.
- Chapter 1: "How Is It with Your Soul?" – Jesus
- Chapter 2: When Depression Hit – David
- Chapter 3: It's Not All on Me – Mary and Martha
- Chapter 4: Eat Something – Elijah
- Chapter 5: Life in Crisis – Job
- Chapter 6: Living in the Light – Judas and Peter
A nationally recognized leader, speaker, and author on evangelism and church revitalization, the Rev. Junius B. Dotson served as the general secretary (CEO) of Discipleship Ministries, an international agency of The United Methodist Church, from July 2016 until his death in February 2021. He is the author of Soul Reset: Breakdown, Breakthrough, and the Journey to Wholeness, Developing an Intentional Discipleship System: A Guide for Congregations, and Engaging Your Community: A Guide to Seeing All the People. Before coming to Discipleship Ministries, Dotson served as senior pastor of Saint Mark United Methodist Church in Wichita, Kansas for 14 years. He was instrumental in transforming the 3,500-member church into a multicampus congregation.