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Reflections on the Soul of Leadership

Written by Ruth Haley Barton, each reflection provides spiritual guidance and encouragement for those seeking to be in God for the world.

The Alumni Retreat: “We don’t know what to do with power.”

By Samuel Ogles | April 5, 2019 | 0

At a recent staff meeting of the Transforming Center, Ruth shared about an energizing conversation she had recently with Gary Haugen in preparation for our upcoming Alumni Retreat. In addition…

Transformed Nonconformist: Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.

By Ruth Haley Barton | January 19, 2019 | 7

The Transforming Center is closed today in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his courageous leadership in championing racial justice and equality through the use of non-violent resistance.…

Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership

By Ruth Haley Barton | September 23, 2005 | 0 Comments

“For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world and forfeit their soul?” —Jesus Recently, I made…

Solitude: A Place for Your Soul to Come Out

By Ruth Haley Barton | June 23, 2005 | 0 Comments

“The soul is like a wild animal—tough, resilient, resourceful, savvy, self-sufficient. It knows how to survive in hard places. But…

Discerning God’s Will Together: Discovering a Process of Leadership Discernment

By Ruth Haley Barton | February 23, 2005 | 1 Comment

It was a conversation similar to many I have had with Christian leaders. A pastor from a large church was…

Epiphany: A New Kind of Journey

By Ruth Haley Barton | January 23, 2005 | 0 Comments

Today is the day when the Christian church celebrates epiphany—the “showing forth” or “the revelation” of Christ in the world.…

The Gift of Waiting

By Ruth Haley Barton | December 23, 2004 | 0 Comments

God comes like the sun in the morning—when it is time. We must assume an attitude of waiting, accepting the…

Gratitude for Ordinary People

By Ruth Haley Barton | November 23, 2004 | 0 Comments

“And they shall name him Emmanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’” Matthew 1:23 As we emerge from Thanksgiving week…

Are You Dangerously Tired? Exploring the Symptoms and Sources of Spiritual Exhaustion in Ministry

By Ruth Haley Barton | October 23, 2004 | 10 Comments

“Because we do not rest we lose our way. Poisoned by this hypnotic belief that good things come only through…

The Transforming Leader: Giving the Best I’ve Got

By Ruth Haley Barton | September 23, 2004 | 0 Comments

Spiritual transformation has become quite the buzzword in Christian circles today. The good news is that it speaks to our…

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