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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 • 416 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.

    S23 Ep 2: Beyond the Basics, Beyond the Behaviors

    S23 Ep 2: Beyond the Basics, Beyond the Behaviors

    In this episode, Ruth is joined by our guest this season, Erin Baute! Erin and Ruth discuss the three subtypes or instincts, how they show up in all of us developmentally, and why they are so important to our conversations about developing our own sense of internal safety. They also discuss what it truly means to feel safe and how people have weaponized it to detract from their own behaviors. Over on Patreon, Erin and Colleen sit down to have a conversation that delves deeper into instinct theory, how to determine your own instinct preferences, and what it means to be the “countertype” of your number.

    • 56 min
    S23 Ep1: It Was the Worst of Times: How the Enneagram Can Help Us Navigate a Troubled World

    S23 Ep1: It Was the Worst of Times: How the Enneagram Can Help Us Navigate a Troubled World

    Welcome to season 23! This season we are using the framework of the enneagram, and in particular the ways the 3 instinctual subtypes impact each enneagram number, to help people do the necessary inner work of knowing themselves and managing anxiety, triggers, and stuck patterns so that they can lead others well. This season, we are moving beyond the basics of describing each number type to look at our instincts and what motivates our behaviors. Special guest, Erin Baute, a leadership behavior strategist with over 20 years of experience in behavior change and professional development, joins us all season long to help us do this important work.



    Today, Ruth kicks off the season with a solo episode. She gives an introduction to the season ahead, an overview of how she uses the enneagram as a tool, in conjunction with the Holy Spirit, for self-examination and confession, and some guidance for interacting with the enneagram well. We conclude this episode with the Welcoming Prayer, a prayer Ruth often uses as a way to pray into the new things we discover about ourselves as we work with the enneagram.

    • 38 min
    Easter Monday | Transforming Post-Resurrection Encounters with Jesus (A Replay)

    Easter Monday | Transforming Post-Resurrection Encounters with Jesus (A Replay)

    We are revisiting last year’s Easter Monday episode because we found the reflections to still be so timely with the themes we discussed during this season of the podcast. We hope it encourages and blesses you on this Easter Monday.



    He is Risen, indeed! Happy Easter Monday, friends. Today, Ruth helps us celebrate the Risen Christ with five stories of post-resurrection encounters with Jesus. In each story she helps us consider our own invitations to transforming encounters with Jesus that God might have for us. Which story resonates most profoundly with you and what healing or transformation is God wanting to bring as you sit with God and these stories? We invite you to take some time today to listen to these stories reflectively, imagining yourself in them and to take a moment to be with Jesus right there in the biblical story as you find him there and as you find yourself there.

    • 32 min
    S22 Ep7: Walking With Jesus in His Suffering During Holy Week

    S22 Ep7: Walking With Jesus in His Suffering During Holy Week

    In this special episode, Ruth wraps up our season on suffering and the formation of hope and ushers us into the last few days of Holy Week. Holy Week allows us to practice true unity with Jesus, the “at-one-ment” she and Curt talked about this season. What does Jesus’ suffering mean for us- for our lives and our own suffering? How does it help us to make sense of our own stories? We’ve spent all season discussing how suffering can lead to true and durable hope, and how we can walk with Jesus in His suffering as a way of deep transformation for ourselves. Finally, Ruth guides us through a lectio divina practice with Romans 5:1-5, the scripture we have been sitting with all season. We encourage you to listen to this episode in a quiet setting, free from distraction, so that you can listen deeply to what the Holy Spirit might be saying to you through these verses.

    • 22 min
    S22 Ep 6: A Hope That Does Not Disappoint

    S22 Ep 6: A Hope That Does Not Disappoint

    This week concludes our conversations with Curt Thompson, MD. Ruth and Curt examine what makes for a safe community. Why is it important to experience places of tension, hurt, and repair in the community? They also discuss the meaning of a hope that does not disappoint or put to shame. And as we turn our attention to Holy Week, they wonder: What is a psychologically healthy way to understand the concept of taking up the cross? Over on Patreon, Curt leads us in a practice to help us vulnerably give ourselves away to others in a safe and psychologically healthy way.

    • 56 min
    S22 Ep 5: This is Hard! The Role of Endurance in Forming a Durable Hope

    S22 Ep 5: This is Hard! The Role of Endurance in Forming a Durable Hope

    How does endurance or perseverance fit into this process of having a durable hope formed in us? How do we know we are making progress in this endeavor? What do we do with the stories we tell ourselves about the parts of us that are unlovable or unwantable, and how does bringing those parts before a loving and safe community change us? Ruth and Curt tackle these questions and more in this week’s episode. Over on Patreon, Curt is giving us concrete ideas on how to cultivate a confessional community, a structure for being together, and tips for how to be safe members of the community.

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
416 Ratings

416 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!!

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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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