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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 • 356 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 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
    Season 14: Advent Week 1 | The Darkness of Waiting

    Season 14: Advent Week 1 | The Darkness of Waiting

    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 wondered what it looked like to “lift your soul to God” in the midst of so many difficult realities, how we bring our anger and despair to God, and Ruth’s practice of watching for the light each day. Ruth concluded with the poem “For the Darkness of Waiting” by Janet Morely.

    • 39 min
    Advent 2021 Teaser

    Advent 2021 Teaser

    Season 14 of the podcast invites leaders to walk through Advent by engaging with the lectionary Scripture readings for the new year of the church calendar and listening for what God might want to say to us through them. In each episode, Ruth will sit down with members of the Transforming Center staff to read and reflect on the themes of Cycle C of the Revised Common Lectionary for Advent. This podcast season is designed to be a companion to this year’s updated Advent Reflections, “Come, Lord Jesus, Come: Walking Through the Advent Season Together, Year C.”

    • 11 min
    BONUS: Ask Ruth #3 Excerpt

    BONUS: Ask Ruth #3 Excerpt

    In this bonus episode, we want to share another excerpt from our most recent Ask Ruth episode.  Every month we release bonus content to our patrons through Patreon. In our Ask Ruth series, patrons get the opportunity to submit questions for Ruth to answer. Ask Ruth #3 covered questions specific to season 13 of The Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership podcast | Invitations from God. In this excerpt, you can hear Ruth share what she thinks are the most important invitations for pastors to respond to right now.

    • 6 min
    BONUS: A Conversation about Becoming a Transforming Church

    BONUS: A Conversation about Becoming a Transforming Church

    In this special bonus episode, we are sharing a conversation with Biz Gainey, a pastor and long-time Transforming Center alum, about his experience leading a Transforming Church. The Becoming a Transforming Church Retreat has equipped him and his team to foster a community that gathers around the presence of Christ for the purpose of spiritual transformation so that they can discern and do the will of God. Biz shares the practices and disciplines his church uses for spiritual formation and how they have served him and his congregation in the midst of challenges facing many churches today.

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
356 Ratings

356 Ratings

Sue Corl ,

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.

Mamasund ,

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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