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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…

“Pull Me Out of the Game, Coach!”

By Rev. Dr. J. Taylor Haley |

Editor’s Note: The heart of the Transforming Center’s mission and ministry is the two- year Transforming Community experience in which…

Epiphany: Finding Christ Where We Least Expect Him

By Ruth Haley Barton |

“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, ‘Where is the child who…

Advent 4: Saying Yes to God

By Ruth Haley Barton |

“When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and…

Advent 3: A Community of Waiting and Expectation

By Ruth Haley Barton |

“As the people were filled with expectation and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be…

Advent 2: Preparing the Way

By Ruth Haley Barton |

In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was…

Advent: Light of Our Darkness

By Ruth Haley Barton |

“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among the nations…

My Words Can’t Carry All the Praise

By Ruth Haley Barton |

Editors Note: The poems of Pastor Ted Loder have accompanied us on many Transforming Center retreats, guiding us into moments…

Transforming Worship

Transformational Worship: Encountering God in Ways that Change Us

By Rory Noland |

Editor’s Note: Rory Noland is a composer and songwriter who has joined the Transforming Center team to help us continue…


Pay attention to the soul of your leadership with a FREE series written by Ruth Haley Barton

  • 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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