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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.

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.…

Epiphany: Celebrating the Imperfect Journey

By Ruth Haley Barton | January 3, 2019 | 40

“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, ‘Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed…

Retreat: The Gift and Necessity of Time Away with God

By Ruth Haley Barton | September 21, 2018 | 5 Comments

 “If we don’t come apart for while, we will come apart after awhile.” –Dallas Willard Brad is a pastor whose…

Justice and the Inner Life

By Gary Haugen | September 6, 2018 | 1 Comment

In October of 2004, I gave each of my colleagues at International Justice Mission two gifts: a blank leather journal…

Leadership Lessons from the Life of Moses

Part Four: Reenvisioning the Promised Land

By Ruth Haley Barton | August 7, 2018 | 21 Comments

“We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs. We are prophets of a future not our own.” —Bishop Ken…

Leadership Lessons from the Life of Moses

Part Three: The Conundrum of Calling

By Ruth Haley Barton | June 25, 2018 | 17 Comments

“Calling is a much abused word today. In the church it can be little more than a pious euphemism for…

A Bold New Vision and $30,000 Match Opportunity

By Rob Kastens | June 1, 2018 | 1 Comment

It has been a thrilling three months since I stepped into the role of Chief Operations Officer. A bold new…

Leadership Lessons from the Life of Moses

Part Two: The Power of a Well-Timed Pause

By Ruth Haley Barton | May 10, 2018 | 9 Comments

“Spiritual leadership springs forth in grace from our very desire for God’s presence. This does not take effort or striving. …

Leadership Lessons from the Life of Moses

Part One: Coming Home to Ourselves in God’s Presence

By Ruth Haley Barton | April 19, 2018 | 14 Comments

“When I want to do good, evil is close at hand.”  ~the apostle Paul Moses was destined to be a…

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When Leaders Lose Their Souls

By Ruth Haley Barton | April 9, 2018 | 17 Comments

“For what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more…

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