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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.

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The Future of Christian Spirituality: Part 4 | A More Welcoming Stance from a Rooted Depth

By Ruth Haley Barton |

“I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” —Jesus As I journeyed with my desire and with a good spiritual director, something else was happening, too. Wrestling with my tradition…

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The Future of Christian Spirituality: Part 3 | A Spirituality that is Practice-Oriented and Practice-Based

By Ruth Haley Barton |

“We do not know God by thinking, but by encountering.” –John of the Cross As my director and I transitioned into a new kind of relationship I was still thinking…

The Practice of Keeping Vigil

By Ruth Haley Barton |

“Who can stay awake in this night of God? Who will not be as if paralyzed by it? Christ’s struggle…

Lent for Leaders: With God in the Wilderness

By Ruth Haley Barton |

“We have to fashion our own desert where we can withdraw every day, shake off our compulsions, and dwell in…

Practicing Lent for Spiritual Leaders

By Ruth Haley Barton |

Many of us as pastors and ministry leaders are at this very moment preparing to guide others into this most…

Pastor Joseph Nieves

Joe’s story: The impact of a Transforming Community in the life of a pastor

By Transforming Center |

Pastor Joseph Nieves (TC16) shares how he found the Transforming Center and the impact Transforming Community 16 had on his…

Advent resource written by Ruth Haley Barton

Updated Advent Reflections For Year C of the Revised Common Lectionary

By Transforming Center |

This beautiful 40 page Advent resource written by Ruth Haley Barton is designed to help individuals, spiritual friends, small groups…

Advent Liturgies for Families

By Charity McClure |

Growing up, I remember the anticipation leading up to Christmas. I remember the surprise of gifts, I remember the joy of…

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Transforming Center Accredited by National Financial Accountability Organization

By Transforming Center |

The ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability) announced on August 19, 2021 the accreditation of Transforming Center of Wheaton, IL.…

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Discovering Transforming Worship: Our Journey in Community

By Ruth Haley Barton |

Rory and I go way back. We met when we were both on staff at Willow Creek in the late…


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  • Reflections written for spiritual leaders delivered over 4 weeks each Saturday morning
  • 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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