Updates

A Bold New Vision and $30,000 Match Opportunity

It has been a thrilling three months since I stepped into the role of Chief Operations Officer. A bold new vision, moving our retreats to a new venue, six retreats, a cross-country move, a trip to Kenya, and contractors still at work in our new home have created a sense of excitement! All that God…

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Expanded Edition Now Available: Strengthen the Soul of your Team!

The expanded edition of the best selling InterVarsity Press book, Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership, includes guidance for reflecting together on the soul of your leadership. This Transforming Resource also includes the popular “How Is It with Your Soul?” assessment for leaders and a new compelling forward by Gary Haugen, International Justice Mission. Order before May 31st and receive these book…

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Transforming Center Welcomes Rob Kastens as COO

The Transforming Center is thrilled to announce that, through a long and grace-filled process of discernment, Rob Kastens has agreed to join us as Chief Operations Officer beginning in mid-February. Working in close partnership with founder Ruth Haley Barton and the Transforming Center board, Rob will provide day-to-day leadership for staff along with strategic leadership…

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Equipping and Empowering the Next Generation of Leaders

All the Lord is yet to do

Dear Friend, When a few of us started meeting together fifteen years ago to attend to our own spiritual formation as leaders, it would have been impossible to imagine all the Lord would eventually do. We began gathering on retreat not to start a ministry—but to survive and thrive ourselves. Now I can hardly believe…

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Advent: Leaders in Waiting

Lectionary Readings for the first week of Advent: Isaiah 64:1-9; Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:24-37 Click for complete Advent calendar (CycleB) and guidance on using the lectionary. “No one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who works for those who wait for him.” Isaiah…

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Earn academic credit through our partnership with Sioux Falls Seminary

Transforming Community + Sioux Falls Seminary

Earn academic credit while participating in a Transforming Community® We are pleased to announce that the Transforming Center has formed a partnership with Sioux Falls Seminary, located in Sioux Falls, SD. Through the Kairos Project, an alternative educational track, participants in a Transforming Community® can fully integrate their transforming leadership journey with one of several…

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All the Lord has Done: Sharing Stories of Transformation

“I have not hidden your saving help within my heart, I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation; I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness, from the great congregation.”  Psalm 40:9 The practice of noticing Those of you who have been through a Transforming Community remember that on the last retreat there is a…

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Transforming leaders — may their tribe increase!

Announcement from Ruth Haley Barton

Dear Friend, It is hard to remember a time when the topic of leadership and character has been more pressing on our minds and hearts. The most oft-repeated sentiment I heard during the recent presidential election was some version of “Since I can’t vouch for either candidate’s character I am going to vote for their…

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Alumni Survey: Is the Transforming Community experience transforming leaders?

Transforming Community survey results

We surveyed those who have completed the Transforming Community since 2001 and 85.5% indicated that the Transforming Community experience was very valuable and changed them in profound ways! No one indicated that the experience was neutral or not valuable. We received an excellent response rate to this alumni survey and are excited to share the results with you. The…

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Announcing the M. Robert Mulholland Scholarship Fund

We are pleased to announce that the board of the Transforming Center has created a scholarship fund for pastors and leaders in honor of Dr. M. Robert Mulholland, Jr. This fund currently provides clergy and non-profit leaders an automatic scholarship into the Transforming Community®,  a two-year experience of spiritual formation for leaders. “The establishment of this fund…

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Celebrate with us on October 11

These are exciting days for the Transforming Center!  We are finally moving into our newly renovated office space and are looking forward to sharing it with you—our good friends. As the process of rehabbing this 110 year old house has intensified and is now nearing completion, I have been surprised at how deeply moving (pardon the…

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Congratulations to 2015 Northern Seminary Graduates

Congratulations to eight Transforming Community alums who graduated from Northern Seminary on June 13, 2015 through our academic partnership with Northern Seminary. Wendy S. Cordova Doctor of Ministry Spiritual Transformation Emphasis BA, Gordon College, 1992 MDiv, Fuller Theological Seminary, 1999 Testimonial I am grateful for the growth that has taken place in my heart, life, and ministry since starting…

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Leadership that is Transforming or Deforming?

For the last few weeks I have been pondering what one journalist calls “The Painful Lessons of Mars Hill Church.” For those who may not be familiar, Mars Hill is a mega, multi-site church in Seattle whose high profile pastor, Mark Driscoll, resigned in October amid “an avalanche of allegations, ranging from charges of bullying, to…

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5 Christmas Gift Ideas for the people you love

Looking for something a bit unique for a special Christmas gift? Something you can’t buy anywhere else?  This Christmas celebrate the coming of our Lord with some of these gift ideas from Transforming Resources. Most are exclusively available from the Transforming Center. Stocking stuffer – Christmastide: Music in Solitude CD. Our newest CD is a perfect companion…

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Ministry update and match gift opportunity

Match opportunity ends May 31st

Out of 20 pastors who enter ministry, how many will stay in ministry until they retire? As a former pastor I would have guessed possibly 15, but probably 10. I was not prepared for the real answer—1! This sad reality is not so surprising if you listen to the news. Almost monthly we hear about a Christian leader…

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An Invitation to Walk With Christ on Good Friday

Invitation to Walk with Christ on Good Friday

Prayerfully walking through the stations of the cross is one way we can keep vigil with Christ during these holy days, and as a part of our Holy Week observance we are inviting you to keep vigil through our Stations of the Cross Prayer Guide. Traditionally, there are fourteen Stations of the Cross—most of them taken…

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Is this all there is?

Is this all there is?

IS THIS ALL THERE IS? This question unsettles us when it bubbles up inside us, especially when we ask it at church! In an online article written for Christianity Today entitled, “Is This All There Is?,” Fritz Liedtke dares to explore the question that makes church leaders squirm. Liedtke is not ungrateful for his faith…

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Resurrection Joy!

It was a joy to keep vigil with so many of you on Good Friday from around the world. We trust the Stations of the Cross Prayer Guide provided helpful guidance for walking the way of the cross with Christ. Please leave a message below or on our Facebook page letting us know what you…

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