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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.

Spiritual Direction (Part 1): A Vital Practice for Discerning Leaders

By Ruth Haley Barton | September 12, 2019 | 4

Spiritual direction has been a part of the Transforming Center’s ministry from the beginning. As a part of the Transforming Community experience, we strongly recommend that leaders seek out a…

Lectio Divina: Engaging the Scriptures for Spiritual Transformation

By Ruth Haley Barton | July 2, 2019 | 2

Lectio Divina (translated “divine [or sacred] reading”) is an approach to the Scriptures that sets us up to listen for the word of God spoken to us in this present…

From Desire to Discipline

By Ruth Haley Barton | November 23, 2005 | 0 Comments

Editor’s Note: The Transforming Center takes very seriously its mission to equip leaders to guide their churches in becoming spiritually…

Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership

By Ruth Haley Barton | September 23, 2005 | 0 Comments

“For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world and forfeit their soul?” —Jesus Recently, I made…

Solitude: A Place for Your Soul to Come Out

By Ruth Haley Barton | June 23, 2005 | 0 Comments

“The soul is like a wild animal—tough, resilient, resourceful, savvy, self-sufficient. It knows how to survive in hard places. But…

Discerning God’s Will Together: Discovering a Process of Leadership Discernment

By Ruth Haley Barton | February 23, 2005 | 1 Comment

It was a conversation similar to many I have had with Christian leaders. A pastor from a large church was…

Epiphany: A New Kind of Journey

By Ruth Haley Barton | January 23, 2005 | 0 Comments

Today is the day when the Christian church celebrates epiphany—the “showing forth” or “the revelation” of Christ in the world.…

The Gift of Waiting

By Ruth Haley Barton | December 23, 2004 | 0 Comments

God comes like the sun in the morning—when it is time. We must assume an attitude of waiting, accepting the…

Gratitude for Ordinary People

By Ruth Haley Barton | November 23, 2004 | 0 Comments

“And they shall name him Emmanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’” Matthew 1:23 As we emerge from Thanksgiving week…

Are You Dangerously Tired? Exploring the Symptoms and Sources of Spiritual Exhaustion in Ministry

By Ruth Haley Barton | October 23, 2004 | 10 Comments

“Because we do not rest we lose our way. Poisoned by this hypnotic belief that good things come only through…

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