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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.

Juneteenth: Celebrating the Good News of Freedom

By Transforming Center |

Where the Spirit of the Lord there is freedom. II Corinthians 3:17  Today as we mark the Juneteenth national holiday, we invite you to reflect on this documentary that expands…

A variety of different doors collaged together

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…

Spiritual Direction (Part 2): A Key Practice for Transforming Leaders

By Ruth Haley Barton |

Part One of this eReflections series can be found here. “There is a temptation to think that spiritual direction is…

Spiritual Direction (Part 1): A Key Practice for Healthy Leaders

By Ruth Haley Barton |

Part Two of this eReflections series can be found here. “The whole purpose of spiritual direction is to penetrate beneath…

A Story from Transforming Community #4 by Gilbert and Lesley Smith

Sustained by the Rhythm of Retreat

By Gilbert and Lesley Smith |

Continuing the story of Transforming Community: Transforming Community 4  (TC4) continued to impact the greater sense of community as more spouses…

A Story from Transforming Community #4 by Vincent Rife

The Desert Blooms

By Reverend Vincent Rife |

Continuing the story of Transforming Community: Transforming Community 4 (TC4)  continued to impact the greater sense of community as more spouses of…

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The Darkness of Indifference

By Ruth Haley Barton |

“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference.  The opposite…

Becoming a Transforming Church retreat

On the Road to Becoming a Transforming Church

By Ruth Haley Barton |

“Nondiscipleship is the elephant in the church.”  – Dallas Willard Oak Hills Church was founded in 1984 with seventeen people in…

becoming a transforming church

What Kind of Church Are You?

By Ruth Haley Barton |

“Eventually, someone looking for a church home will ask some variation of this question:  So what kind of church are…

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The Loneliness of Leadership

By Ruth Haley Barton |

Moses said to the Lord, “See, you have said to me, ‘Bring up this people’ but you have not let…

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