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Welcome to Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership podcast with Ruth Haley Barton. In each 30-minute episode you will discover how forging and maintaining a life-giving connection with God in the midst of leading is the best thing you bring to leadership! Visit www.transformingcenter.org for additional resources for pastors, Christian leaders, and the congregations and organizations they serve.

Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership with Ruth Haley Barton Ruth Haley Barton

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 391 Ratings

Welcome to Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership podcast with Ruth Haley Barton. In each 30-minute episode you will discover how forging and maintaining a life-giving connection with God in the midst of leading is the best thing you bring to leadership! Visit www.transformingcenter.org for additional resources for pastors, Christian leaders, and the congregations and organizations they serve.

    Season 18: Episode 4 | Are You Willing to Quit Your Job: Sabbatical for the Rest of Us

    Season 18: Episode 4 | Are You Willing to Quit Your Job: Sabbatical for the Rest of Us

    Are sabbaticals just for pastors? This week, Ruth sits down with guest Andy Crouch to talk about sabbatical from an everyman perspective. Andy has taken full responsibility for his own rhythm of regular sabbaticals by saving up and risking the need to find a new job at the end of his time away. Ruth and Andy also talk about the place of trust sabbaticals take us, the rhythms Andy sees happen when you start to take a regular sabbatical, and of course, since it’s Andy Crouch, we’re going to talk about technology

    • 40 min
    Season 18: Episode 3 | Boundaries: Protecting What is Precious

    Season 18: Episode 3 | Boundaries: Protecting What is Precious

    Inevitably, every sabbatical will meet a challenge, a place where the outside world creeps in and threatens to call you back to the work you’ve committed to set aside. When that happens, what is a leader to do? Ruth sits down with Dr. David C. Alves to discuss how to discern the necessary boundaries each individual must create for their own sabbatical, the resistance they may encounter and how congregations can help their pastors set and keep boundaries.

    Then Ruth brings back former guest Rev. Dr. Phaedra D. Blocker to discuss their shared story of a time when they had to discern together whether or not to hold firm to the boundaries Ruth and the Transforming Center board set for Ruth’s sabbatical. This period of dormancy for Ruth and the organization coincided with the national tragedy of George Floyd’s murder and the question of if and how to respond publicly was difficult to discern.

    • 48 min
    Season 18: Episode 2 | More Than a Vacation: Planning for a Meaningful Sabbatical

    Season 18: Episode 2 | More Than a Vacation: Planning for a Meaningful Sabbatical

    We have two extra special guests this week! First, Ruth sits down with Christine Lee, Priest-in-Charge of St. Peter’s Chelsea in New York City. She and Ruth discuss how Christine discerned what was most important for her sabbatical and how she responded when her plan for sabbatical coincided with a challenging time for her congregation. 

    Then, friend of the Transforming Center B.J. Woodworth joins Ruth to discuss how he structured his sabbatical in a very unique way: around brewing beer. He and Ruth discuss practically what that plan looked like and the very surprising spiritual connection he discovered to the brewing process. Ruth also shares about her own sabbatical planning process when she took her first sabbatical.

    Both guests provide real life, practical examples of what the sabbatical planning process looks like and the challenges and opportunities pastors and churches face when they embark on this journey.

    • 55 min
    Season 18: Episode 1 | When Sabbath Isn’t Enough: Embracing the Gift of Sabbatical

    Season 18: Episode 1 | When Sabbath Isn’t Enough: Embracing the Gift of Sabbatical

    Happy New Year! We are ringing in the new year by talking about sabbatical! Friend of the Transforming Center Rick McCall is back with us, and he and Ruth are sharing their experiences with sabbaticals, what ways Ruth sees it as an extension of sabbath, and why it’s so important for the church to build in sabbatical plans in pastors’ job descriptions.

    If you are a pastor or a church congregant, we think this topic of sabbatical is so important to the health and survival of churches and their leaders and the new year is a great time to start thinking about what that might look like in your organization.

    • 44 min
    Bonus: Advent 2022 Year A

    Bonus: Advent 2022 Year A

    We find ourselves again beginning a new Christian year with Advent. This year the lectionary finds us in Cycle A. In this episode Ruth helps us prepare for advent with an invitation to use this season as actual space to practice sabbath keeping. She shares some of the greater themes we find in Advent and helps connect them to what we’ve explored in our understanding of the sabbath. Finally, she closes with some reflections on a poem by David Adam.

    • 22 min
    Season 17: Episode 11 | Sabbath Journey: Do Something Before You Do Everything

    Season 17: Episode 11 | Sabbath Journey: Do Something Before You Do Everything

    We’re wrapping up our sabbath season with a solo episode. Ruth is on the mic to help us discern the something we can do to start our sabbath journey. What are your invitations and resistances? What are the obstacles you face as you attempt to “return to rest?” At the end of the episode producer Colleen and the two share what their souls each want to say to God at the end of this podcast season.

    In January we’ll continue the conversation with a short season focused on sabbatical. We have more incredible guests and practical help for you in planning and executing a sabbatical.

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
391 Ratings

391 Ratings

Justagirllookingforatribe ,

I Craft My Rhythm with Ruth

For years now, listening to this podcast has been included in my rhythms of grace for transformation. Ruth and her co hosts speak into deeper structures of my mind to bring reality and hope. I’m so thankful!

JoyEMoore ,

What a Gift

These podcast conversations have been supporting my life with God- echoing my yearnings. There is such wisdom in reclaiming our humanity from the cultural forces of efficiency and productivity- and Ruth and her guests are gently and firmly leading us to true Life. Thank you!!

cpsouthside ,

This Podcast is Amazing and so Helpful!

Ruth doesn’t know it but she has been a spiritual coach in my life for many years through this podcast and her books. It has helped me as an active and driven person/pastor with an active brain to experience solitude and silence among other things. Thank you to everyone e involved in making this podcast a reality and to Ruth for pouring into us!

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