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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.

That the Works of God Might be Revealed

By Ruth Haley Barton |

“Surely we are not blind, are we?” John 9:40 Here at the Transforming Center, we are John 9 people. What I mean by that is that this story has shaped us…

Join us for a virtual Good Friday prayer service

By Transforming Center |

The Practice of Keeping Vigil Ruth Haley Barton “Who can stay awake in this night of God? Who will not be as if paralyzed by it? Christ’s struggle was with…

Retreat: Invitation to a Counter-Cultural Practice

By Ruth Haley Barton |

 “I have lived too long where I am reachable.”–Rumi It is a wonderful thing to be invited—especially when the invitation…

Retreat: The Gift and Necessity of Time Away with God

By Ruth Haley Barton |

 “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 |

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 |

“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 |

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

Leadership Lessons from the Life of Moses

Part Two: The Power of a Well-Timed Pause

By Ruth Haley Barton |

“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 |

“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 |

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

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