Beyond Words

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.

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

Eventually, someone looking for a church home will ask some variation of this question:  “So, what kind of church are you?” —Kent Carlson While signing books at a conference on…

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…

strengthening the soul of your leadership artwork

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…

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

By Transforming Center | March 29, 2018 | 15 Comments

The expanded edition of the best selling InterVarsity Press book, Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership, includes guidance for reflecting together on the…

Lent reflections week 5

Staying Awake During Holy Week

By Ruth Haley Barton | March 26, 2018 | 7 Comments

Lectionary readings and guidance on using the lectionary Good Friday: Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Psalm 22; Hebrews 10:16-25; John 18:1-19:42 “Stay together, friends, don’t scatter and…

Join a worldwide prayer vigil on Good Friday 2018

By Ruth Haley Barton | March 16, 2018 | 14 Comments

For many years we have hosted a Stations of the Cross prayer service on Good Friday as a way of…

Lent reflections week 5

Lent: Dying That We Might Live

By Ruth Haley Barton | March 12, 2018 | 13 Comments

Lectionary readings and guidance on using the lectionary Fifth Sunday in Lent: Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51:1-12; Hebrews 5:5-10; John 12:20-33…

ash wednesday and Lent

Love, Lent, and Leadership: Fashioning Your Own Wilderness

By Ruth Haley Barton | February 14, 2018 | 8 Comments

Lectionary readings and guidance on using the lectionary Ash Wednesday: Joel 2:1-2, 12-17; Psalm 51:1-17; 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10; Matthew 6:1-6,…

Get the Beyond Words newsletter delivered straight to your inbox.