Posts by Jeffery James

Spiritual Transformation, Community, and the Church

David Johnson is senior pastor of Church of the Open Door in Maple Grove, Minnesota. The website describes the mission of the church as follows: God invites us to take Next Steps inward. We use the word discover to describe the journey inward. There is no greater journey of discovery than to personally discover how…

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Pursuing God’s Will Together Summit Photos

“What an awesome experience. It was more than I could have imagined, it was life transforming.” “Excellent theological and Biblical foundation laid through the teaching.” We’re thankful for the many pastors, leaders, and teams who participated in the 4th Pursuing God’s Will Together Summit held in Lombard, IL at Northern Seminary. Below are some highlights.…

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First Review of Pursuing God’s Will Together

Thrilled to share with you the first review from our good friends at Hearts and Minds (Dallastown PA), a great indie bookstore with a great ministry. If you are ever out in PA, it is worth a visit. Byron writes an extensive review and I am just providing an excerpt below. From Hearts and Minds…

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Your gift doubles when you give before August 28th

Progress Update: Our goal is to raise $10,000 in August (for a total impact of $20,000). As of August 27 we are at $13,209! Total impact $23,209. Praise God for his provision. Pastors need the endurance of an Ironman! Completing an Ironman competition demands a level of endurance that doesn’t happen by accident. It requires…

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Transforming Center Announces Academic Partnership with Northern Seminary and Dr. Ruth Haley Barton joins Northern as Professor of Spiritual Transformation

Former Northern student and founder of the Transforming Center, Ruth Haley Barton, was awarded with an honorary doctorate for her years of fruitful ministry in the areas of spiritual formation and direction at this year’s commencement ceremony.  In conjunction with the conferral of this degree, Dr. Barton joins Northern Seminary’s faculty as Adjunct Professor of Spiritual…

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Sacred Rhythms DVD Curriculum reviews

Below are some early reviews of the new Sacred Rhythms DVD Curriculum. Don’t miss the special offer Zondervan is offering until May 5th. From Byron Borger on the Hearts and Minds bookstore blog Sacred Rhythms: Spiritual Practices that Nourish Your Soul and Transform Your Life DVD  Ruth Haley Barton (Zondervan) $31.99 book and DVD study pack.…

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Good Friday Prayer Vigil Response

On Good Friday over 400 people around the world (including those who will attend our service) will be praying together using this Stations of the Cross Prayer Guide. We have been amazed at the response to the invitation to pray in this particular way. Just a few of the locations from which people will be praying include……

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An Invitation to Pray on Good Friday

“Who can stay awake in this night of God? Who will not be as if paralyzed by it? Christ’s struggle was with God. This was his real agony. He overcame it through his self-surrender. That was his victory, and our hope.”  –Jurgen Moltmann It is a custom of the Christian church to keep vigil with…

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You’re Invited: Stations of the Cross Prayer Service on April 22

Good Friday Stations of the Cross Prayer Service Quiet moments of music, liturgical prayer, thoughtful meditation and silent reflection on Christ’s journey to the cross. Friday, April 22, 2011 12:00 – 1:00 pm Loretto Center Chapel 1600 Somerset Lane Wheaton, IL Led by Ruth Haley Barton, Rory Noland, and the Transforming Center team You are…

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New Sacred Rhythms DVD Curriculum coming soon

Our first DVD curriculum, Sacred Rhythms: Practices that Nourish Your Soul and Transform Your Life (Zondervan), will be available in late March. Based on the book, Sacred Rhythms (available from interVarsity Press), Ruth Haley Barton offers teaching and spiritual direction that will help you introduce spiritual formation to your congregation by actually guiding them in…

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Hear what people are saying about the Transforming Community®

These video testimonials highlight some of the people who have participated in the Transforming Center’s two-year experience of spiritual formation for leaders in community.   A Transforming Community® is a group of pastors and Christian leaders who commit themselves to nine quarterly retreats over two years of time for the purpose of experiencing deeper levels…

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A Reunion Retreat for Transforming Community® alumni

The Transforming Center is pleased to announce our first reunion retreat on May 1-3, 2011 for those who have been through our two-year Transforming Community® experience. FOR THE SAKE OF OTHERS With guest presenter Dr. M. Robert Mulholland, Jr. Spiritual transformation is the process by which Christ is formed in us for the glory of…

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Christian Busyness and Solitude and Silence

To celebrate the launch of the expanded edition of Invitation to Solitude and Silence we are going to post a series of video clips from an interview done at Mountain Christian Church. In this expanded edition of the award-winning book Invitation to Solitude and Silence, spiritual director Ruth Haley Barton guides individuals on a step by step journey into solitude and…

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What is solitude and silence?

To celebrate the launch of the expanded edition of Invitation to Solitude and Silence we are going to post a series of video clips from an interview done at Mountain Christian Church. We will start by defining what solitude and silence is. Enjoy. A special thanks goes out to Kelly Kastens for inviting Ruth to do this interview…

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Strengthening the Souls of Youth Pastors

Ruth Haley Barton is a general session speaker at the Simply Youth Conference presented by Group and Doug Fields on March 4-7 2011 in Chicago, IL . The conference created by youth workers for youth workers is about helping youth workers learn, connect, and recharge. Along with a general session, Ruth will be leading a pre-conference retreat…

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