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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 • 357 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.

    BONUS: A Conversation with Aaron Niequist about Fixed Hour Prayer and Transforming Community 18

    BONUS: A Conversation with Aaron Niequist about Fixed Hour Prayer and Transforming Community 18

    Please enjoy this bonus episode, a conversation between Ruth Haley Barton and Aaron Niequist, recorded at the Becoming A Transforming Church retreat. Ruth and Aaron discuss Aaron’s experience as both a participant and worship leader of Transforming Communities and the ways in which worship and fixed hour of prayer contributed to his journey in community.

    If you feel drawn by God to get on a new kind of journey we hope you would consider Transforming Community 18. We are still accepting applications. TC18 begins February 20-22, 2022.

    • 16 min
    Bonus: Christmastide | Epiphany

    Bonus: Christmastide | Epiphany

    We dusted off our podcasting microphones to have a conversation about Epiphany. Epiphany celebrates the coming of the Magi to the manger to visit and worship the baby Jesus. In this discussion, Ruth and members of the Transforming Center staff discuss the mystery and meaning of Jesus choosing to come to earth in such an imperfect setting, what we took from the Magi’s story and the invitation to adventure and risk that God may be giving in the new year. Ruth closes with two poems that cap off these reflections and mark the end of the Christmas season.

    • 39 min
    Season 14: Advent Week 5 | Christmastide

    Season 14: Advent Week 5 | Christmastide

    For this last episode of our Advent season, we wanted to give all our listeners an opportunity to engage with a lectionary reading through the practice of Lectio Divina. Ruth shares some thoughts on Christmas as the culmination of the Advent season and then guides listeners through a Lectio Divina reading of John 1:1-5, 14 with the help of other staff members. We invite you to listen to this in a quiet space where you can make yourself fully present to God and respond to the prompting of the Holy Spirit.

    • 16 min
    Season 14: Advent Week 4 | Saying Yes to God

    Season 14: Advent Week 4 | Saying Yes to God

    In this conversation, we discussed the prayers for and of indifference and how we are personally wrestling with them, particularly as we engage with the story of Mary and Elizabeth this week. Ruth uses another one of Drew Jackson’s poems to spark conversation about God’s practice of speaking through the disgraced and marginalized members of society.

    • 44 min
    Season 14: Advent Week 3 | A Call to Repentance

    Season 14: Advent Week 3 | A Call to Repentance

    This season we invite you to walk through Advent by engaging with the lectionary Scripture readings and listening for what God might want to say through them. In each episode, Ruth and members of the Transforming Center staff will read and reflect on the themes of Cycle C of the Revised Common Lectionary for Advent together.

    In this conversation, we discussed the invitation to repentance in this Advent season. Ruth reframes the idea of repentance as more than just confession and turning from sin but also a posture of openness towards the changing of one’s mind or ideas and the staff discusses what that stirred up in them and the hope they may or may not have in it.

    • 42 min
    Season 14: Advent Week 2 | Necessary Preparations

    Season 14: Advent Week 2 | Necessary Preparations

    In this conversation, we discuss what it looks like to “prepare” for Advent, particularly with regard to the “rough edges” that need to be smoothed to make way for the coming of Jesus and Ruth concludes with a poem called “The Waters of Insurrection.”

    • 31 min

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Hunger

This series is really giving me a hunger to take time for spiritual retreats

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Gratitude

I have been listening to this podcast since it’s inception. It is one of the only podcasts I listen to faithfully because it is filled with such wisdom and depth. In this world of much uncertainty and disillusionment around the church and leadership, I find Ruth’s voice courageous, authentic, and unique.I love that she is bold about tackling issues of the day as well as always leading us to deep spiritual practices that draw us near to God in all of it. Ruth continues to be an important mentor to me from afar through her books and podcasts. I am grateful for her voice and how she continues to deepen my intimacy with God through her work.

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Idyllic Retreat

I have been listening to this podcast and loving it for about a year at the suggestion of my wise spiritual director. I have been “dangerously tired” as RHB so accurately describes, in my work and life and so have taken a sabbath and went on a 5 day solitude retreat. To guide me I took the book Invitation to Retreat with me and listened to the podcast season about Invitation to Solitude and Silence. Having these rich guides to listen to and read in my unstructured time away gave me such an intentional and precious encounter with Gods messages, purposes and love for me. Ruth spoke of the range of emotions I was experiencing from the initial let down to return and I felt so much more sane and grounded knowing it was all normal. I got to practice and receive some deeply spiritual encounters that are healing me and drawing me back to life. Thank you. Such needed resources.

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