Number of weeks: 3
Required books?: Yes
Live video session?: No
Part of a certification or series of courses?: No
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. In Soul Reset, he recalls his own journey through grief, depression, burnout, and emotional breakdown, to help you slow down and take the time to refresh your weary soul.
In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus tells us to go into all the world making disciples, teaching and baptizing them. In the process of making disciples, of using our gifts and talents in service to others, we don’t often ask ourselves, “How is it with your soul?” But Jesus didn’t forget this crucial component of our spiritual health.
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matthew 11:28-30, The Message)
Join us in our study of Soul Reset as we go through breakdown, breakthrough and the journey to wholeness. The author reflects on and discusses thoughts and experiences that mirror those of many other leaders in our world today. This book will change your life and the way you lead!
You’ll need a copy of Soul Reset, by Reverend Junius B. Dotson, for this class. This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU.
About the Instructor
Reverend Shirley J. Connally is a retired teacher/counselor/minister with a B.A. (English/French), M.Ed. (Counseling & Guidance), M.Div. (Theology) and additional studies on the Doctor of Ministry Degree. She retired from public education with 36 years’ experience as an English teacher and/or secondary counselor. She also taught freshman English at the Houston Community College for several years. Additionally, she served as an adjunct professor at the Charles Harrison Mason Bible College and owned a private practice counseling office for several years.
She has served in ministry in the local church and community for most of her life. She was ordained after completing seminary while serving as an associate with three Baptist pastors and went on to serve as associate and senior pastor in The United Methodist Church. Even though most of her training and service as an adult has been in The United Methodist Church, her childhood years were spent equally divided between three denominations (Methodist, Baptist and Catholic).
She has always been drawn to teaching and helping people, so, naturally using her gifts of teaching and counseling have been dominant in her life. She has offered courses in Christian care and counseling and Bible studies for children, teens, young adults, middle adults and senior adults, reaching all developmental stages of life. She has also offered courses on God’s purpose for the family and prayer retreats, providing time and guidance for those times when we need to go to a quiet place and spend time alone with God. Her prayer is that we can study and continue to develop additional skills and a basic knowledge of how we can use the Bible to help people live better lives.
She is the mother of one daughter in business and one granddaughter. She loves teaching Disciple Bible Studies, serving on the Scholarship Committee, Nursing Home Ministry, St. Stephens Food Pantry and helping wherever she is needed in her church and community. When relaxing she loves reading, crocheting and watching Houston’s #1 sports teams (Texans, Rockets and Astros) and helping people.