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A lively dialogue with Ruth Haley Barton about forging and maintaining a life-giving connection with God in the midst of leading. Learn more at www.transformingcenter.org.

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A lively dialogue with Ruth Haley Barton about forging and maintaining a life-giving connection with God in the midst of leading. Learn more at www.transformingcenter.org.

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By PastorRusso - Sep 15 2019
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So thankful for this podcast and how God is using it in my life. Keep em coming!

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Glad to have found this again - perfect timing

iTunes Ratings

216 Ratings
Average Ratings
200
11
3
2
0

Must listen!

By PastorRusso - Sep 15 2019
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So thankful for this podcast and how God is using it in my life. Keep em coming!

Forgotten Resource

By Ragamuffin54 - Mar 14 2019
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Glad to have found this again - perfect timing

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A lively dialogue with Ruth Haley Barton about forging and maintaining a life-giving connection with God in the midst of leading. Learn more at www.transformingcenter.org.

Rank #1: Season 6: Episode 1 | Strategic Withdrawal

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Why did Ruth write another book? How does it relate to Invitation to Solitude and Silence? We start with a delicious word – invitation. Ruth moves in to define our terms and discuss how retreat has been compromised in our culture. Ruth and Steve even discuss who should go on retreat. Lets reclaim the word retreat!

Mentioned in this podcast: Invitation to Retreat, Ruth Haley Barton Transforming Community

Exploring Further: Music in Solitude Ruth Haley Barton Steve Wiens

Become a patron:  Join a growing movement of transforming leaders. We have gotten fantastic feedback about the podcast, and we would like to create even more content. We need you! Become a patron and receive exclusive bonuses and our gratitude. Learn more.

Music Credit: The intro and outro by Aaron Niequist.

Nov 21 2018

22mins

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Rank #2: Season 5: Episode 1 | Beyond Words

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In Season 5: Invitation to Solitude and Silence, Steve Wiens and Ruth Haley Barton will walk through Ruth's book by the same name. Join us for a rich conversation, and grab a copy of the book to take a deeper dive into solitude and silence. This season finds us walking with Elijah in the wilderness with a bounty on his head right after Mount Carmel and the best altar call ever. Ruth's book, Invitation to Solitude and Silence, was written 14 years ago – a lot has changed and not necessarily for the better. Distraction is an even bigger problem in our modern day. In this episode, we answer the question about what we would do if we are not scrolling in line at Chipotle. We end by beginning – beginning to practice solitude and silence.

Mentioned in this podcast:Invitation to Solitude and Silence

Exploring Further:Music in Solitude Ruth Haley Barton Steve Wiens

Become a patron:  Join a growing movement of transforming leaders. We have gotten fantastic feedback about the podcast, and we would like to create even more content. We need you! Become a patron and receive exclusive bonuses and our gratitude. Learn more on our Partreon.com page

Music Credit: The intro and outro by Aaron Niequist.

Aug 29 2018

25mins

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Rank #3: Season 7: Week 1 | Solitude: Fashioning our Own Wilderness

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We received such a great response to the practices and moments of quiet reflection that we included in our most recent episodes that we decided to do the same thing with Lent. The seasons of the church year are meant to teach us something about the spiritual life we need to learn. In fact, by entering into these seasons we experience the deeper dynamics and rhythms of the spiritual life by walking closely with Jesus and learning from him as we go. In this season of the Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership podcast, we are privileged to prepare and walk through the season of Lent together.

Mentioned in this podcast:Revised Common Lectionary

Exploring Further:Transforming Resources: Lent ResourcesTransforming CommunityRuth Haley Barton

Become a patron: Join a growing movement of transforming leaders. We have gotten fantastic feedback about the podcast, and we would like to create even more content. We need you! Become a patron during Lent and receive an e-reader version of Lent: A Season of Returning. Learn more.

Music Credit:Lent: Music in Solitude

Mar 07 2019

14mins

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Rank #4: Episode 3 | Prayer - Deepening Our Intimacy With God

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How does Ruth respond when a pastor admits they don’t know how to pray anymore? You will be surprised. This episode is for those who feel stuck in their prayer even though prayer is part of their job description. Ruth describes transitions in the life of prayer with a rich discussion of intimacy that isn’t about sex — or at least mostly not about sex. :) Ruth shares a liberating way to pray for someone when they ask, “Please pray for me.” Best of all, Ruth ends this episode by guiding you through a prayer practice. Don’t miss Episode 3 of Season 1: Sacred Rhythms in the Life of the Leader.

Mentioned in the podcast:

Sacred Rhythms, Ruth Haley Barton

Strengthening the Soul of your Leadership, Ruth Haley Barton

Transforming Center

Apr 05 2017

40mins

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Rank #5: Season 4: Episode 3 | The Practice of Paying Attention

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Don’t wait till you're headed into a collision to recognize the need to pay attention. Ruth shares a funny, but sobering example. In this episode Ruth and Steve discuss practices to help leaders pay attention to their life in leadership, and you will find encouragement in Steve's faith building experience of learning to page attention to the spirit’s leading. Get an inside look at the Transforming Center and the Spirit's leading where a lot of people where paying attention.

Mentioned in this episode:

Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership (Chapter 4)

Apr 18 2018

25mins

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Rank #6: Season 4: Episode 2 | The Place of Our Own Conversion

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Ruth and Steve jump right into the story of Moses and we learn why he is such a great guide for those who are in leadership. Ruth and Steve explore some of the common family of origin issues that tend to negatively affect a leader’s life. And Ruth will guide you in finding your own place of conversion, providing hope for leaders in and out of ministry context. Learn why solitude is a key discipline for the extroverted and introverted leader. Put down your gun. We conclude by the call to lay down your arms.

Mentioned in this episode:

Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership (Chapter 3)

The intro and outro music is “Kingdom Come” by Aaron Niequist

Apr 11 2018

26mins

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Rank #7: Season 3: Episode 1 | The Heart of Spiritual Leadership

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It is 2018 and we are excited to be back with Ruth Haley Barton and Transforming Center friend and Transforming Community (TC6) alum, Steve Wiens. In this episode Ruth and Steve dive right into the topic of pursuing God’s will together, and Ruth begins by defining the heart of spiritual leadership. Is discerning together just for the big things? Why is Jesus always healing blind people? What happens when leaders stop paying attention? What are the four types of blindness we easily fall into? These are just a few of the questions Ruth and Steve discuss. The episode ends with some awesome questions that will rock your leadership. 
 
Mentioned in this podcast:
 
Pursuing God’s Will Together: A Discernment Practice for Leadership Groups (Intro and Chapter 1)

Jan 31 2018

28mins

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Rank #8: Season 4: Episode 1 | When Leaders Lose Their Souls

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It was 10 years ago that Strengthening the Soul of your Leadership was published by InterVarsity Press. Last year we launched this podcast by the same name, and this year to celebrate the 10th anniversary InterVarsity released an expanded edition with a group experience and an assessment tool (check it out). Ruth and Steve will focus this podcast season on seeking God in the crucible of ministry. We kick off this episode by defining what the soul means and Ruth describes one of the clearest moments when she realized that she lost touch with her soul. Steve and Ruth discuss a biblical guide to help us pay attention to what is happening in our leadership and to own it. Along the way we discover why crucible is such a great word, and what and why a spiritual director is so important for a spiritual leader.

Mentioned in this episode:

Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership (Introduction and Chapters 1&2)

Spiritual Directors 

Spiritual Direction and Meditation, Thomas Merton

The intro and outro music is “Kingdom Come” by Aaron Niequist

Apr 04 2018

26mins

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Rank #9: Season 5: Episode 2 | Beginnings

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Learning to be present with God alone – where do we begin? How do we get to the point where we recognize that what needs done in our lives only God can do? We define our terms in this episode – what is silence and what is solitude? Steve is already overachieving, Ruth encourages people to begin with a much smaller amount of time in silence and solitude

Mentioned in this podcast:Invitation to Solitude and Silence, Ruth Haley BartonThe Way of the Heart, Henri Nouwen

Exploring Further:Music in Solitude Ruth Haley Barton Steve Wiens

Become a patron:  Join a growing movement of transforming leaders. We have gotten fantastic feedback about the podcast, and we would like to create even more content. We need you! Become a patron and receive exclusive bonuses and our gratitude. Learn more on our Patreon.com page.

Music Credit: The intro and outro by Aaron Niequist.

Sep 05 2018

24mins

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Rank #10: Season 6: Episode 7 | Relinquishing False Self Patterns

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We start with defining what is meant by false self patterns and where it fits into our spiritual journey. Ruth shares her perspective on the current popularity of the Enneagram right now. Just noticing is an important part of the journey of relinquishing. The good news is there are spiritual practices for each number on the enneagram and there are specific ways you can approach retreat based on your enneagram number. We end with some helpful advice on how to approach the enneagram to help you utilize it for your transformation.

Mentioned in this podcast:Invitation to Retreat,Ruth Haley BartonTransforming CommunityInvitation to a Journey: A Road Map for Spiritual Formation,  M. Robert Mulholland Jr.

Exploring Further:Music in SolitudeRuth Haley BartonSteve Wiens

Become a patron:Join a growing movement of transforming leaders. We have gotten fantastic feedback about the podcast, and we would like to create even more content. We need you! Become a patron and receive exclusive bonuses and our gratitude. Learn more.

Music Credit: The intro and outro by Aaron Niequist.

Jan 02 2019

29mins

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Rank #11: Season 6: Episode 8 | Space for Discernment

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If you have gotten this far and are still wondering if a retreat is a necessary practice, we knock it out of the park with discussing Jesus’ pattern of retreat. Jesus utilizes retreat for discernment even though he knew everything. Ruth shares three categories of discernment that can be practiced on retreat. Settle the crazy down! Don’t miss the great discussion Ruth and Steve have about discernment as a relationship instead of as a transaction.  

Mentioned in this podcast:Invitation to Retreat,Ruth Haley BartonTransforming Community

Exploring Further:Music in SolitudeRuth Haley BartonSteve Wiens

Become a patron: Join a growing movement of transforming leaders. We have gotten fantastic feedback about the podcast, and we would like to create even more content. We need you! Become a patron and receive exclusive bonuses and our gratitude. Learn more.

Music Credit: The intro and outro by Aaron Niequist.

Jan 09 2019

26mins

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Rank #12: Season 4: Episode 6 | Spiritual Rhythms in the Life of a Leader

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The story of Moses and Jethro brings us right into the topic of sane rhythms in the life of the leader. What are the signs we are dangerously tired? What is the role of technology in all that! You won’t believe what Ruth does not have on her iPhone. Everyone is dealing with pace of life issues, and Ruth has some concrete advice on how to find a way of life that works. Ruth and Steve review a variety of spiritual rhythms that are especially helpful for leaders. This episode concludes with a discussion about the rhythm of sabbath.

Mentioned in this episode:

Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership (Chapters 7&8)

Podcast Season One

May 09 2018

29mins

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Rank #13: Episode 7 | The Art and Practice of Spiritual Discernment

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Discernment is not a subjective woo-woo experience! Ruth begins episode 7 by explaining why discernment is an art AND a practice. This discussion highlights the unlikely place discernment begins, and why it is important to remember God’s wisdom is often very different than human wisdom. Steve shares his own story of discerning together with other leaders and the surprising win that resulted for his team — transformation. Circling back to an earlier episode on spiritual direction, Ruth gets clear on the role of spiritual direction in the life of a spiritual leader. Facing a big decision? Listen to episode 7 of Season 1 of Season 1: Sacred Rhythms in the Life of the Leader.

Mentioned in the podcast:

Pursuing God’s Will Together, Ruth Haley Barton

Glittering Images by Susan Howatch (Caution: contains some explicit content)

Transforming Center

May 03 2017

36mins

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Rank #14: Season 7: Ash Wednesday | Crossing the Threshold Into Lent

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We received such a great response to the practices and moments of quiet reflection that we included in our most recent episodes that we decided to do the same thing with Lent. The seasons of the church year are meant to teach us something about the spiritual life we need to learn. In fact, by entering into these seasons we experience the deeper dynamics and rhythms of the spiritual life by walking closely with Jesus and learning from him as we go. In this season of the Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership podcast, we are privileged to prepare and walk through the season of Lent together.

Mentioned in this podcast:Revised Common Lectionary

Exploring Further:Transforming Resources: Lent ResourcesTransforming CommunityRuth Haley Barton

Become a patron: Join a growing movement of transforming leaders. We have gotten fantastic feedback about the podcast, and we would like to create even more content. We need you! Become a patron during Lent and receive an e-reader version of Lent: A Season of Returning. Learn more.

Music Credit:Lent: Music in Solitude

Mar 06 2019

19mins

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Rank #15: Season 5: Episode 12 | For the Sake of Others

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Why does Ruth end a book on silence and solitude with a chapter on for sake of others? Listen to find out. Ruth describes her own journey of moving out of silence and solitude and how it transformed her interaction with teenagers. A great discussion of words and why silence and solitude are important for both introverts and extroverts, along with a strong encouragement to not make this practice legalistic. As we close this season, Ruth leaves us with a practice to help us connect with God from the place of our deepest desire. 

Mentioned in this podcast: Invitation to Solitude and Silence, Ruth Haley Barton Transforming Community

Exploring Further: Music in Solitude Ruth Haley Barton Steve Wiens

Become a patron:  Join a growing movement of transforming leaders. We have gotten fantastic feedback about the podcast, and we would like to create even more content. We need you! Become a patron and receive exclusive bonuses and our gratitude. Learn more on our Patreon.com page.

Music Credit: The intro and outro by Aaron Niequist.

Nov 14 2018

29mins

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Rank #16: Episode 9 | A Rule of Life: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation

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The final episode of Season 1: Sacred Rhythms in the Life of the Leader. Ruth and Steve wrap up season 1 with a lively discussion of how to put it all together in your own sacred rhythms. Ruth confesses her true feelings about rules before she defines a rule of life and shares why it is so important for leaders to have one. Do you put sabbath keeping in the too hard file?  Ruth did until she got run over by a car! Ruth’s final words of season 1 will launch you on a great new journey!

Mentioned in the podcast:

Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in Our Busy Lives by Wayne Mueller

Transforming Center

May 17 2017

33mins

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Rank #17: Season 4: Episode 4 | The Conundrum of Calling

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This episode begins a bit differently. Instead of starting with the biblical story (Moses) Steve dives in and turns the table on Ruth, asking her about her own calling and what it looks like right now. Steve and Ruth talk about the fatal question, and a great discussion proceeds out of understanding the difference between calling and vocation. Things heat up when Ruth and Steve discuss anger especially relevant in our current culture, and we end by looking at how to be in touch with our own limits as a leader.

Mentioned in this episode:

Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership (Chapter 5)

Apr 25 2018

27mins

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Rank #18: Season 3: Episode 2 | Beginning With Spiritual Transformation

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What is the best thing a leader brings to leadership? The answer is countercultural. Ruth makes a clear distinction between being healthy and transforming. Listen for an important question that needs to be asked first in leadership groups. A challenging question, but not hard to answer. Steve jumps in with an “asking for a friend” question that gets very practical for pastorsandleaders. Join us for episode 2 because there is no direct flight to becoming a community for discernment.
Mentioned in this episode: 
Pursuing God’s Will Together: A Discernment Practice for Leadership Groups
Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation
Sacred RhythmsDVD Curriculum
Season 1Strengthening the Soul of your LeadershipPodcast Chapter 2

Feb 07 2018

31mins

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Rank #19: Season 6: Episode 12 | In Returning and Rest You Shall Be Saved

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Ruth begins by sharing just how important the rhythm of retreat has been for her life. What is the one thing that must be present in a retreat center. Ruth shares about the lifting power of retreat and why you don’t pull up the plant to see if the roots are growing. Now it is time to show up on retreat and let God show up. We end with God's invitation to us in Isaiah 30.

Mentioned in this podcast:Invitation to Retreat,Ruth Haley BartonTransforming Community

Exploring Further:Music in SolitudeRuth Haley BartonSteve Wiens

Become a patron:Join a growing movement of transforming leaders. We have gotten fantastic feedback about the podcast, and we would like to create even more content. We need you! Become a patron and receive exclusive bonuses and our gratitude. Learn more.

Music Credit: The intro and outro by Aaron Niequist.

Feb 06 2019

20mins

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Rank #20: Bonus Episode | Lent : Returning to God with All Your Heart

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Ruth Haley Barton and Steve Wiens begin the discussion of Lent by talking about the seasons of the church calendar. Each season has unique invitations and keep us connected with Jesus’ spiritual journey while he was on earth. Lent invites us into aspects of transformation that we might not choose on our own, or even know how to choose.  They also discuss some of the unique challenges for leaders during the season of Lent. Whether you have never participated in Lent or wish to re-engage Lent in a fresh way, you will learn something new in this bonus episode of the Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership podcast.

Mentioned in the podcast: Lent: A Season of Returning, Ruth Haley Barton

Other resources for Lent:

An Invitation to Walk with Christ: Stations of the Cross Prayer Guide, Ruth Haley Barton

Transforming Center

Mar 10 2017

24mins

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