Episode 4 | Engaging the Scriptures for Transformation

April 12, 2017

What happens to a leader’s soul when s/he only engages Scripture for ministry? Steve asks for a friend. ;) What can a pastor or leader do when they are no longer encountering God in Scripture? Join us for an enlightening discussion about the practice of finding yourself in the Biblical story — especially difficult for leaders who want to “make it happen.” Ruth affirms the importance of moving from information to transformation in our approach to Scripture, and emphasizes how important it is for pastors to create space for God to surprise them through Scripture. All this and more in episode 4 of Season 1: Sacred Rhythms in the Life of the Leader.

Mentioned in the podcast:

Sacred Rhythms, Ruth Haley Barton

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Episode 3 | Prayer - Deepening Our Intimacy With God

April 5, 2017

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

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

March 10, 2017

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

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Episode 2 | A Leader’s Journey into Silence and Solitude

March 10, 2017

Do you sleep with your phone? You won’t believe who has your number! Ruth and Steve talk about the challenge of technology for leaders who desire to practice silence and solitude. They discuss the unique difficulties leaders face as they enter into solitude and silence. And you will hear more about Ruth’s own journey into solitude and silence. Are you ready to give more control to God? Listen to episode 2 in Season 1: Sacred Rhythms in the Life of the Leader.

Mentioned in the podcast:

Invitation to Solitude of Silence, Ruth Haley Barton

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Episode 1 | Invitation to Retreat/Dangerously Tired

March 10, 2017

Join us on the journey of transforming leadership! What do pastors and ministry leaders tell Ruth when they know they are safe? In the very first episode of the Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership podcast, Ruth and Steve discusses what it looks like for leaders to be dangerously tired. Are you holding a beach ball under water?  Ruth shares her first experience of noticing she was dangerously tired, which became her invitation to step away from ministry and church for a time to just be with God and God alone. Discover why desire is not a bad word, and why it is so hard for pastors and leaders to answer the question that Jesus asks us all, “What is it you want me to do for you?” There is a lot packed into Episode 1 of Season 1: Sacred Rhythms in the Life of the Leader. Download the first two episodes and a bonus episode on Lent today!  

Resources from Ruth Haley Barton related to this episode:

Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership, Ruth Haley Barton

Sacred Rhythms, Ruth Haley Barton

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