Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership Podcast Show Notes

In this special bonus episode, we are sharing a conversation with Biz Gainey, a pastor and long-time Transforming Community alum, about his experience leading a Transforming Church. The Becoming a Transforming Church Retreat has equipped him and his team to foster a community that gathers around the presence of Christ for the purpose of spiritual transformation…

Read More
Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership Podcast Show Notes

In this week’s conversation, Ruth and Adele explore the invitation to remember. They discuss how we remember, the forces that shape our narratives around our memories, God’s invitation to allow our memories to uncover truths about the present day, and the discipline of remembering God’s goodness and faithfulness. God’s invitation to remember, both the good…

Read More
ECFA logo

The ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability) announced on August 19, 2021 the accreditation of Transforming Center of Wheaton, IL. ECFA accreditation is based on the ECFA Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship™, including financial accountability, transparency, sound board governance and ethical fundraising.  “The application process to be an ECFA member was very thorough. We presented…

Read More
Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership Podcast Show Notes

In this episode, Ruth and Adele use the Lord’s Prayer to examine God’s invitation to prayer. They share what God is currently calling each of them to as it pertains to prayer. How does the “Our” in the opening line “Our Father” call us to “a seismic shift in orientation” and what does it mean…

Read More
Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership Podcast Show Notes

This week Ruth and Adele discuss God’s invitation to wait. They process the difference between good waiting and bad waiting and ask what waiting exposes in us? The two also examine when waiting is avoidance, particularly as it pertains to justice and how to discern when to wait and when to act. Finally, they also…

Read More
Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership Podcast Show Notes

The invitation to forgive is one of our most weighty invitations, as Ruth and Adele will explore. In this conversation, they will put some definitions around forgiveness, reconciliation, and how our narratives and facts are involved when it comes to the process of forgiveness. They share wisdom for when forgiveness is needed but not offered…

Read More
stained glass ceiling

Following a significant search characterized by disciplined discernment, the Transforming Center board is thrilled to announce Rev. Cole Griffin (TC2) as our new Executive Director along with Charity Barton McClure (TC12) in a newly created role as Director of Strategy and Programs. By way of introduction…. We have known Cole Griffin since he participated in…

Read More
Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership Podcast Show Notes

In this week’s episode, Ruth and Adele discuss God’s invitation to weep. Listen as the two cover the gift of tears, as well as what makes it hard to weep. As we come out of the pandemic it may be easy to miss this invitation in favor of celebrating our ability to return to the…

Read More
Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership Podcast Show Notes

In this episode, Ruth and Adele respond to God’s invitation to rest. They acknowledge the fears and cultural rewards that keep us from resting and examine what freedoms we might have found during the pandemic that we want to carry with us into a new season as it pertains to rest. And finally, they discuss…

Read More
Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership Podcast Show Notes

For this special bonus episode, we wanted to give all of our listeners a peek into what is happening over on Patreon. This is a short sample of our bonus “Ask Ruth” series where patrons get the opportunity to ask Ruth questions and hear her responses in an exclusive to patrons episode. In this episode,…

Read More
Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership Podcast Show Notes

Listen as Ruth and Adele use the invitation from chapter two of Invitations from God to examine the ways following and leadership are connected in the life of Christ and what it means to steward your following well. What do we do when the leaders we follow disappoint and how does this invitation to follow…

Read More
Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership Podcast Show Notes

Season 13 of the Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership podcast is just around the corner! Join us on June 23 as we kick off a new season with Ruth’s friend and fellow spiritual director Adele Calhoun. In this special teaser episode hear Ruth and Steve share what’s in store for season 13 and learn…

Read More
Collage of canvas texture and thick paint with overly of church window and crucifix.

Note: What is the long-term impact of the Transforming Community experience in the lives of leaders? Pastor and law enforcement chaplain, John Knox (TC6), shares the impact of his Transforming Community experience. Ten years ago, I had it all figured out. Ten years ago, I had been in fulltime ministry for twenty-four years, but I…

Read More
A Spirituality of Racial Justice

In this ongoing series we reflect on the spiritual truths and principles that undergird the fight for racial justice, the Spirit that animates the fight and the spiritual practices that will sustain us in this very human struggle. No one post will be the full word or the last word, but taken together, diverse voices will seek…

Read More
Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership Podcast Show Notes

Putting off the vices of the old self is only half the equation. We are to put off the old nature and put on the new nature. A great conversation flows around rest and sabbath, forbearance, and forgiveness. A helpful conversation for leaders today. Support the podcast now and immediately receive our Lent bonus Podcast…

Read More

We are continuing to cultivate the Transforming Community experience with younger leaders in mind. Our hope is that one half of the communities will represent the “next generation” of pastors, artists, organizers, influencers, writers, investors and teachers. We are welcoming men and women in their 30’s and 40’s who desire to be in God for…

Read More
Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership Podcast Show Notes

Ruth and Steve begin the second episode defining terms – expanding on Mulholland’s definition of the false self. A lot of what is happenings in churches is superficial tinkering, and the reality is that not everyone in the church is on the same journey. The Bible doesn’t call it the narrow way for nothing. Steve…

Read More
Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership Podcast Show Notes

We are excited to be back with our first season of 2021. Ruth Haley Barton and Steve Wiens will be walking through Robert Mulholland’s book, The Deeper Journey. If you would like to read along with this podcast season you can purchase Mulholland’s book at your favorite place to buy books or visit our online store. Support…

Read More
A Spirituality of Racial Justice

Editor’s Note: In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we offer the next installment of our ongoing series, featuring an excerpt adapted from the introduction to James Cone’s The Cross and the Lynching Tree. This is Cone’s own spiritual reflection on his story as a Black theologian wrestling with the dark aspect of racial injustice…

Read More

Join Ruth Haley Barton and Steve Weins for spiritual encouragement based on this year’s Advent Reflections (Cycle B) with an episode for each week of Advent. This podcast season is designed to help leaders (and everyone) carve out time to make Advent a season of transformation. If you would like to make listening to the scriptures each day…

Read More
Academic Partnership between Transforming Community and the Richmont Graduate University of Atlanta

The Transforming Center has established an exciting partnership with the Richmont Graduate University, located on campuses in Atlanta and Chattanooga, Tennessee. The partnership is aligned with the Transforming Center’s mission to create space for God to strengthen leaders and transform communities. Richmont’s School of Ministry prepares men and women to fulfill God’s call to transformational…

Read More

Join Ruth Haley Barton and Steve Weins are definitely keepin’ it real. Listen and discover what is so far in the rear view mirror for Ruth. Based on this year’s Advent Reflections (Cycle B), this podcast season is designed to help leaders (and everyone) carve out time to make Advent a season of transformation. If you would like to…

Read More

Happy New Year! Advent marks the beginning of the church year. Join Ruth Haley Barton and Steve Weins for spiritual encouragement based on this year’s Advent Reflections (Cycle B) with an episode for each week of Advent. This podcast season is designed to help leaders (and everyone) carve out time to make Advent a season of transformation. If…

Read More
Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership Podcast Show Notes

There is a tension between personal holiness and social holiness. This last episode is a helpful conclusion to the season and serves to protect us from dangers on the spiritual journey, and sadly, once again Ruth Haley Barton and Steve Weins have to deal with the issue of control. There are some radical demands of…

Read More
Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership Podcast Show Notes

What is the body of Christ? If you think it is only the church little “c” you will want to listen to this episode. Frustrated with your local church? Ruth Haley Barton and Steve Weins have some bad news for you and it will likely surprise you. Join them for an expanding conversation about corporate…

Read More
Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership Podcast Show Notes

We begin this episode by redeeming the word “disciplines” by offering up the word “practices” and looking at disciplines through the lens of desire and about opening ourselves up to God, reminding us that we are not in charge of our spiritual journey. Ruth Haley Barton and Steve Weins discuss four practices: prayer, spiritual readings,…

Read More
Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership Podcast Show Notes

In this episode, Ruth Haley Barton and Steve Weins move to looking at the four classic Christian stages of spiritual journey – awakening, purgation, illumination, union. Mulholland makes a valuable contribution to our understanding with five aspects of purgation. Steve and Ruth discuss current events and why we shouldn’t shy away from the sin of…

Read More
Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership Podcast Show Notes

Ruth Haley Barton and Steve Weins continue their discussion of holistic spirituality, and they finish their discussion of the personality types. You will want to catch Part 1 to fill out the discussion. SUBSCRIBE ON ITUNES You can also access podcast on Google Play or Stitcher. Listen to other episodes from Season 10 Access past…

Read More

Seminary Now makes biblical training accessible to those who desire to lead the church in a changing environment. The Transforming Center is joining InterVarsity Press, Northern Seminary, Missio Alliance, and many others because we believe this network of organizations will provide the kind of relevant content to support and inspire you and your ministry. Like Netflix or…

Read More
Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership Podcast Show Notes

What is Holistic Spirituality? How does one nurture the whole person along with answering this question: What does love require of me? Because insisting on “being myself” is really not holistic spirituality. Ruth Haley Barton and Steve Weins discuss both the positive and negative expressions of each of the Myers-Briggs personality types. SUBSCRIBE ON ITUNES…

Read More