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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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Even When the Doors are Shut: Encountering the Risen Christ

By Ruth Haley Barton |

My favorite thing about the Easter story—aside from the resurrection itself—is reading the stories about Jesus’ post-resurrection appearances and how each one was different, uniquely suited to the person(s) he…

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 was with God. This was his real agony. He overcame…

Epiphany: A Time for Seeking and Finding

By Ruth Haley Barton |

“When the wise men saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they…

Joseph and the Walk of Faith

By Ruth Haley Barton |

“When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him.” Matthew 1:18­25 “Sooner or later,…

Advent: Training in Waiting

By Ruth Haley Barton |

“Waiting is the hidden preparation through which God puts his ministers. We neglect it to our own peril.” –Richard Foster…

Spiritual Leadership And the Practice of Paying Attention

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.  …

A Leader’s Lifeline in the Crucible of Ministry

By Ruth Haley Barton |

“I didn’t want to be the leader because the leader always gets voted off the island.” Gary Hogeboom Survivor Guatemala…

A Heart of Stone to a Heart of Flesh: Experiencing Transformation in Community

By Tom Boyle |

“I will give them one heart, and put a new spirit within them; I will remove the heart of stone…

An Invitation to Prayer during Holy Week

By Ruth Haley Barton |

Then Jesus came to his disciples and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, “So, could you not stay…

Crossing the Threshold into Lent

By Ruth Haley Barton |

Oh God, let something essential happen to me, something more than interesting or entertaining or thoughtful. Oh God, let something…


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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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