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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.

I cannot imagine just how I did life before!

Tiptoeing Around the Edges of Burnout

By Transforming Center | December 13, 2018 | 0

My Transforming Community (TC) experience began with plenty excitement, anticipation and my soul tiptoeing around the edges of burnout. Fifteen years of pastoral ministry alongside raising a young family had…

LEADERS WHO ALLOW GOD TO WORK IN AND THROUGH THEIR LIVES "FROM THE CENTER OUT" MAKE THE GREATEST IMPACT IN THE WORLD.

Championing a new reality for the body of Christ and its leaders

By Ruth Haley Barton | December 5, 2018 | 0

Your gift creates “ripples of transformation” in our communities and beyond. When people allow God to work in and through their lives ‘from the center out’ they are leading from…

Two Years Transforming: Forever Grateful

By Transforming Center | November 21, 2018 | 1 Comment

By Nathan Albert For the last two years, I traveled to a monastery outside of Chicago every three months for…

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The Major Imperatives Within Mature Discipleship

By Ron Rolheiser, OMI | November 16, 2018 | 25 Comments

“At a certain age our lives simplify and we need have only three phrases left in our spiritual vocabulary: Thank…

Practicing Relinquishment: The Enneagram Goes on Retreat 

By Ruth Haley Barton | October 29, 2018 | 6 Comments

“Every movement toward the humiliation of the false self, if we accept it, is a step toward freedom and inner…

Transforming Gift Creates Endowment Fund for Scholarships

By David Hughes | October 26, 2018 | 4 Comments

When Anjuli Seth Nayak arrived for the first retreat of her Transforming Community, she was clearly a force to be…

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…

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