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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 • 381 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 17: Episode 4 | Shabbat: Conversation with a Jewish Rabbi

    Season 17: Episode 4 | Shabbat: Conversation with a Jewish Rabbi

    Our guest this week is Rabbi Evan Moffic, a rabbi leading a congregation in the Chicago suburbs who also teaches and writes about the Jewishness of Jesus. He and Ruth discuss the importance of the sabbath and its roots in the Jewish faith, the communal aspect of the practice, and how the activities we engage in on the sabbath can shape our “sabbath character.”

    • 44 min
    Season 17: Episode 3 | Sabbath as Resistance

    Season 17: Episode 3 | Sabbath as Resistance

    We had so much goodness in our conversations around the idea of sabbath as resistance that we decided to release them as separate episodes. In this episode, Ruth and guest Cole Arthur Riley continue the discussion with a conversation around whether or not sabbath is just for the privileged few. Cole shares how she experiences rest in honor of her ancestors who were not allowed to do so, and the two discuss the tender places sabbath can take us.

    • 42 min
    Season 17: Episode 2 | The Poetry of Sabbath

    Season 17: Episode 2 | The Poetry of Sabbath

    We continue to celebrate the launch of Ruth’s newest book, Embracing Rhythms of Work and Rest From Sabbath to Sabbatical and Back Again. This week, Ruth sits down with pastor and poet Drew Jackson to discuss the idea of sabbath as resistance. Ruth and Drew discuss how the practice of sabbath itself can be a critique of a culture that does not value human beings, and the ways sabbath has helped them to in turn resist that culture. And, of course, because of their shared love of poetry, both Ruth and Drew share poems that bring language to the beautiful gift that is sabbath.

    • 43 min
    Season 17: Episode 1 | Awakening to God’s Gift of Sabbath

    Season 17: Episode 1 | Awakening to God’s Gift of Sabbath

    We’re back! This season we are celebrating the launch of Ruth’s newest book, Embracing Rhythms of Work and Rest From Sabbath to Sabbatical and Back Again. Ruth has invited a number of friends to come on the show to discuss the themes found in her book. These episodes are for pastors and leaders who are tired and longing for new rhythms of rest and work.

    This week, Ruth has invited her friend, Pastor Rick McCall. Ruth and Rick discuss why creating a regular Sabbath practice can be so difficult; why Ruth is unabashedly addressing church leaders in her book; how Sabbath can be transformational, and more.

    • 51 min
    BONUS: A Conversation with Glenn Packiam on Being a Resilient Pastor, Challenges Facing the Church, and Cultivating A Spiritual Life

    BONUS: A Conversation with Glenn Packiam on Being a Resilient Pastor, Challenges Facing the Church, and Cultivating A Spiritual Life

    We can’t wait for you to hear this encouraging conversation between Ruth and Glenn Packiam, a pastor and author of The Resilient Pastor: Leading Your Church in a Rapidly Changing World. Glenn and Ruth shared their thoughts on why it’s so hard for pastors to prioritize their life with God, performing our spirituality vs. cultivating a spiritual life, challenges facing pastors and the church, and what we’re learning about pastors’ spirituality.

    • 42 min
    BONUS: Ask Ruth #5 Excerpt

    BONUS: Ask Ruth #5 Excerpt

    Over on Patreon, we concluded season 16 with our fifth installment of our Ask Ruth series. This episode included questions specific to this past season on Transforming Leadership: Managing Anxiety Within Our Communities with Steve Cuss. Patrons submitted questions that arose from their listening of the podcast, and Ruth provided her trademark thoughtfulness, wit and wisdom in answering them. Today, we wanted to share an excerpt from this episode with all of our podcast listeners.

    • 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
381 Ratings

381 Ratings

cgwartney ,

A Pastor’s Friend

Ruth is a pastor’s friend. This podcast is where I go to receive both challenge and encouragement.

lolzboi ,

Long time listener

I have deeply appreciated having a new way to think about my faith. I have notes scattered everywhere as I listen and replay some podcasts.
Do you have a glossary somewhere for spiritual formation terms? Soul, false-self, core longings, etc?

L O'Neill ,

Always Helpful and Hopeful

I look forward to each podcast and every new season. Ruth along with Steve and other guests are so gracious to candidly guide us through postures and practices that help me open to the transformational work God is doing – in me and for the sake of others. I often return to past podcasts when a specific aspect of my soul is longing for more. Past podcasts also work for me as companions to various writings – Ruth’s and others, and I often will read a chapter or section and then re-listen to the corresponding podcast. Somehow this helps the ‘information’ move out of my intellect in into my heart as transformational application and experience. I, like Ruth, believe that the center of whole-hearted leadership starts with the health of the leader’s soul.

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