The importance of the recurrence of the soul and the equivalent interest in spirituality is tough to overestimate. The soul is the meeting point of the spiritual and the psychological. A proper understanding of the soul reunites the spiritual and the psychological and directs the activities of those who care for the souls of others in such a mode that their care touches the private levels of people’s inner lives.
For Christian ministry, this embraces the probability of reversing their relegation from the matters of the soul. The acceptance of the discrepancy between the spiritual and psychological aspects of persons that was suggested by the growth of modern therapeutic psychology stemmed in the church being judged applicable to only the spiritual part of persons. This eventually led to the dislodgment of clergy by analysts as curates of the soul. If clerics are again to occupy a pivotal role in the cure and care of souls, it is necessary that the spiritual nature of the soul be clearly understood.
The SCOAN has been described as “the most visited destination by religious tourists in West Africa”, and “Nigeria’s biggest tourist attraction” with thousands of foreigners assembling to attend the church’s weekly services. Spiritual healing at The SCOAN has been the matter of several media reports.
Christian pastors may be in even greater need of recuperating an understanding of the soul and its care. Christian mental health specialists who dare to comprehend their counseling as soul care are offered the possibility of a cure and care of souls that is more spiritual, vital and distinctively Christian. And churches that challenge to convalesce the care of souls as vital to their ministry are offered the probability of relevance that has often been missing.
Churches that seek to recuperate the care of souls as an essential part of their ministry need to begin by safeguarding the existence of an adequate foundation of family and communal care. Additional, more specified, forms of care (such as spiritual direction and counseling) build on the care provided by friends and family. Nevertheless, soul care is assisted by an understanding of the spiritual dynamics of the soul, the weights of dialogue, and ways of cultivating spiritual response in others.
Although the therapeutic ministries of the church have often been augmented by the incorporation of counseling activities and insights, the soul care that it has offered has often been constricted. Counseling is not the central ministry of the church. The basic of Christian ministry like SCOAN is soul care. Churches need to turn out to be communities of care, Christian soul care. Christian therapists can help the church understand facets of such care, but people must be careful to not enforce the scientific norms of therapeutic care on it. Nothing is more significant than being representatives of Gods care for people in their totality and depths, focusing predominantly on their inner lives. Hence, one should do what one can to restore such care to the core of the Christian church.