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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.

Bring rhythms of fixed-hour prayer to your family

By Ruth Haley Barton |

“Fixed-hour prayer gives us a way to anchor our daily lives in rhythms of prayer, Scripture reading, and silence, ensuring that we do not get too far into any day…

Reflecting on COVID-19 through the Lens of John 9

By Ruth Haley Barton |

“Surely we are not blind, are we?” John 9:40 That the Works of God Might be Revealed Here at the Transforming Center, we are John 9 people. What I mean by…

Transforming Gift Creates Endowment Fund for Scholarships

By David Hughes |

When Anjuli Seth Nayak arrived for the first retreat of her Transforming Community, she was clearly a force to be…

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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  • Reflections written for spiritual leaders delivered over 3 weeks
  • Includes guidance to listen to what your soul wants to say to God and what God wants to say to your soul
  • Every reflection includes a recording by Ruth that goes deeper into topic.
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