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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…


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…

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…

strengthening the soul of your leadership artwork

When Leaders Lose Their Souls

By Ruth Haley Barton | April 9, 2018 | 17 Comments

“For what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more…

Expanded Edition Now Available: Strengthen the Soul of your Team!

By Transforming Center | March 29, 2018 | 15 Comments

The expanded edition of the best selling InterVarsity Press book, Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership, includes guidance for reflecting together on the…

Lent reflections week 5

Staying Awake During Holy Week

By Ruth Haley Barton | March 26, 2018 | 7 Comments

Lectionary readings and guidance on using the lectionary Good Friday: Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Psalm 22; Hebrews 10:16-25; John 18:1-19:42 “Stay together, friends, don’t scatter and…

Join a worldwide prayer vigil on Good Friday 2018

By Ruth Haley Barton | March 16, 2018 | 14 Comments

For many years we have hosted a Stations of the Cross prayer service on Good Friday as a way of…

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