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 eCourse edition of Soul Reset is a 7-session study designed for anyone 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.
This October 4-November 19, 2021 version of our eCourse included both asynchronous (accessible anytime) and synchronous (at a particular time) sessions. Synchronous sessions were recorded for viewing in the eCourse at any time. Asynchronous reading material, video, and a place for chatted conversation are available anytime once you register.
Soul Reset author Junius B. Dotson died in 2021 after a brief bout with pancreatic cancer. We miss him, are ever grateful for his legacy, and are pleased to offer this eCourse in his honor. Our synchronous sessions were offered by longtime friend and colleague of Junius, Rev. Dr. Ronald Bell.
Private eCourse classrooms with group rates are available upon request. If you are interested, email us at [email protected].
Soul Reset: Breakdown, Breakthrough, and the Journey to Wholeness is available in a variety of formats:
- This eCourse edition, which includes all essential content from the primary book, video content, and a place for online conversation (CEU's are available upon request [.6 CEUs for course completion].)
- Print and digital book editions
- Accompanying DVD or downloadable video segments
- Age-level discussion guides for children, youth, and adults
- Sermon starters
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.
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Rev. Dr. Ron Bell is both a pastor and author. He is the senior pastor of Camphor Memorial UMC and a regular guest columnist for the Saint Paul Monitor. He has written articles for The Upper Room and has published articles in the Minnesota Coalition for Death Education and Support quarterly journal. He has written three books: Bigger Than Hip Hop: 7 Questions for Reaching Young Adults in Ministry, Is There Space for Me Embracing Greif through Art, and his latest book, The Four Promises: Journeying through Past and Present Trauma.
He has also created an ongoing webinar series on Trauma and Empathy that he has led with several universities, including St. Paul College, Bethel University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Fuller Theological Seminary, and several others, as well as with numerous nonprofits and county agencies.
Ron is married to Dr. Eboni M. Bell, and they have two sons. Ron has a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Morgan State University, a master’s degree in Theology from Regent University School of Divinity, a doctorate degree in Ministry from Lancaster Theological Seminary, and has done his certification work for trauma response at Rutgers University School of Social Work. Ron is an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church and a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Dr. Ron has also worked for Ramsey County Human Resources Department staff, Bethel University, St. Paul College, Minnesota's Clinical Pastoral Education program, and Stillwater Prison.
He is also a commissioner for the St. Paul mayor's Community-First Public Safety Commission and Board Member for Minnesota Coalition for Death Education and Support.