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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.

Spiritual Direction (Part 1): A Vital Practice for Discerning Leaders

By Ruth Haley Barton | September 12, 2019 | 4

Spiritual direction has been a part of the Transforming Center’s ministry from the beginning. As a part of the Transforming Community experience, we strongly recommend that leaders seek out a…

Lectio Divina: Engaging the Scriptures for Spiritual Transformation

By Ruth Haley Barton | July 2, 2019 | 2

Lectio Divina (translated “divine [or sacred] reading”) is an approach to the Scriptures that sets us up to listen for the word of God spoken to us in this present…

Are You Longing for More in Church?

By Ruth Haley Barton | May 28, 2019 | 31 Comments

Eventually, someone looking for a church home will ask some variation of this question:  “So, what kind of church are…

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

By Transforming Center | April 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

At a recent staff meeting of the Transforming Center, Ruth shared about an energizing conversation she had recently with Gary…

Transformed Nonconformist: Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.

By Ruth Haley Barton | January 19, 2019 | 7 Comments

The Transforming Center is closed today in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his courageous leadership in championing…

Epiphany: Celebrating the Imperfect Journey

By Ruth Haley Barton | January 3, 2019 | 40 Comments

“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, ‘Where is the child who…

stars filling night sky

Merry Christmas

By Transforming Center | December 24, 2018 | 1 Comment

Special music for a special time of year:

I cannot imagine just how I did life before!

Tiptoeing Around the Edges of Burnout

By Transforming Center | December 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

By Daniele Evans My Transforming Community (TC13) experience began with plenty excitement, anticipation and my soul tiptoeing around the edges…


Championing a new reality for the body of Christ and its leaders

By Ruth Haley Barton | December 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

Your gift creates “ripples of transformation” in our communities and beyond. When people allow God to work in and through…

Two Years Transforming: Forever Grateful

By Transforming Center | November 21, 2018 | 1 Comment

By Nathan Albert For the last two years, I traveled to a monastery outside of Chicago every three months for…

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