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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…

Lent reflections week 5

Lent: Dying That We Might Live

By Ruth Haley Barton | March 12, 2018 | 13 Comments

Lectionary readings and guidance on using the lectionary Fifth Sunday in Lent: Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51:1-12; Hebrews 5:5-10; John 12:20-33…

ash wednesday and Lent

Love, Lent, and Leadership: Fashioning Your Own Wilderness

By Ruth Haley Barton | February 14, 2018 | 8 Comments

Lectionary readings and guidance on using the lectionary Ash Wednesday: Joel 2:1-2, 12-17; Psalm 51:1-17; 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10; Matthew 6:1-6,…

Transforming Center Welcomes Rob Kastens as COO

By Transforming Center | January 17, 2018 | 6 Comments

The Transforming Center is thrilled to announce that, through a long and grace-filled process of discernment, Rob Kastens has agreed…

Epiphany: Who am I now?

By Transforming Center | January 5, 2018 | 8 Comments

Guidance on using the lectionary. Lectionary readings for January 7, 2018: Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12…

Merry Christmas

By Transforming Center | December 22, 2017 | 6 Comments
All the Lord is yet to do

Equipping and Empowering the Next Generation of Leaders

By Ruth Haley Barton | December 7, 2017 | 4 Comments

Dear Friend, When a few of us started meeting together fifteen years ago to attend to our own spiritual formation…

Advent: Leaders in Waiting

By Ruth Haley Barton | December 7, 2017 | 13 Comments

Lectionary Readings for the first week of Advent: Isaiah 64:1-9; Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:24-37 Click for…

Phil Jackson

What Happens After 30 Years of Being on Call 24/7/365

By Transforming Center | December 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

Phil Jackson has served full time in urban ministry to youth for thirty years. He is currently a church planter and the lead…

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