Wholeness, meaning, purpose, value, connection, vitality, resilience, integration, responsiveness, these words are used to describe the experience of spiritual health and wellness. Words describing symptoms of Spiritual distress and loss of well-being are: fear, anxiety, depression, helplessness, isolation, emptiness. Spiritual health is a strategic priority of The Salvation Army Canada and Bermuda territory. In 2016, a spiritual health survey asking a series of questions about wellness and spiritual practices was shared with officers and leaders. The survey results and findings were discussed by Territorial leadership. The following subjects represent some of the recommended actions and outcomes: the promotion of spiritual direction, spiritual mentoring, spiritual retreats and the sharing of articles on spiritual health and wellness. We are currently giving emphasis to practising spiritual disciplines.
Del Fehsenfeld in conjunction with Revive Our Hearts Ministry shares a helpful spiritual health assessment tool called the Personal Vitality Plan. Fehsenfeld states on the Revive Our Hearts radio program, “We sometimes think too narrowly when we consider our spiritual health. Those of us who have been raised in a church culture have heard the importance of reading the Bible and praying. These are fundamental spiritual exercises yet other dimensions of life impact and influence spiritually. Spiritual well-being involves a process of bringing our whole selves to God; our finances, our work, our bodies, our minds, our relationships. Healthy spirituality involves our whole spirit, soul and body (1 Thessalonians 5:23). The Personal Vitality Plan is available online or in the attachment below.