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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.

Practicing Relinquishment: The Enneagram Goes on Retreat 

By Ruth Haley Barton | October 29, 2018 | 6

“Every movement toward the humiliation of the false self, if we accept it, is a step toward freedom and inner resurrection.”  – Fr. Thomas Keating  Many of us have no…

Transforming Gift Creates Endowment Fund for Scholarships

By David Hughes | October 26, 2018 | 4

When Anjuli Seth Nayak arrived for the first retreat of her Transforming Community, she was clearly a force to be reckoned with!   Anjuli was not our typical retreatant.  She…

Retreat: Invitation to a Counter-Cultural Practice

By Ruth Haley Barton | October 10, 2018 | 14 Comments

 “I have lived too long where I am reachable.”–Rumi It is a wonderful thing to be invited—especially when the invitation…

Retreat: The Gift and Necessity of Time Away with God

By Ruth Haley Barton | September 21, 2018 | 5 Comments

 “If we don’t come apart for while, we will come apart after awhile.” –Dallas Willard Brad is a pastor whose…

Justice and the Inner Life

By Gary Haugen | September 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

In October of 2004, I gave each of my colleagues at International Justice Mission two gifts: a blank leather journal…

Leadership Lessons from the Life of Moses

Part Four: Reenvisioning the Promised Land

By Ruth Haley Barton | August 7, 2018 | 21 Comments

“We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs. We are prophets of a future not our own.” —Bishop Ken…

Leadership Lessons from the Life of Moses

Part Three: The Conundrum of Calling

By Ruth Haley Barton | June 25, 2018 | 17 Comments

“Calling is a much abused word today. In the church it can be little more than a pious euphemism for…

A Bold New Vision and $30,000 Match Opportunity

By Rob Kastens | June 1, 2018 | 1 Comment

It has been a thrilling three months since I stepped into the role of Chief Operations Officer. A bold new…

Leadership Lessons from the Life of Moses

Part Two: The Power of a Well-Timed Pause

By Ruth Haley Barton | May 10, 2018 | 9 Comments

“Spiritual leadership springs forth in grace from our very desire for God’s presence. This does not take effort or striving. …

Leadership Lessons from the Life of Moses

Part One: Coming Home to Ourselves in God’s Presence

By Ruth Haley Barton | April 19, 2018 | 14 Comments

“When I want to do good, evil is close at hand.”  ~the apostle Paul Moses was destined to be a…

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