Season 3: Episode 8 | Get Set: From Decision-Making to Discernment

March 21, 2018

This episode begins with a discussion of why sailing is such a beautiful metaphor for discernment. In this episode Ruth and Steve delve into what helps groups cross the threshold from decision-making to discernment. The prayer of indifference might be new, but it is deeply biblical and Ruth explains its role in discernment. How do you recognize God’s wisdom? Ruth shares a sign she looks for in perceiving God’s wisdom. How do we stop human striving from derailing the discernment process? This episode ends with some practical advise on helping people to transition from decision-making to discernment.

Mentioned in this episode:

Pursuing God’s Will Together: A Discernment Practice for Leadership Groups (Chapters 10)

Movements in Corporate Leadership Discernment (pdf)

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Season 3: Episode 7 | Get Ready: Preparing for Discernment

March 14, 2018

We are seven episodes in and we haven’t yet talked about the practice of discerning together. Everyone knows that it doesn’t go well when you paint a room and skip the prep work. Ruth shares why the prep work is so important to corporate leadership discernment. The running joke through this season crops up again as Ruth and Steve discuss the first step in the discernment process. Ruth and Steve end this episode talking about circumcision. I am not kidding.

Mentioned in this episode:

Pursuing God’s Will Together: A Discernment Practice for Leadership Groups (Chapter 9)

Movements in Corporate Leadership Discernment (pdf)

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Season 3: Episode 6 | Values and Practices for Being Safe Together

March 7, 2018

The truth is, sadly, that many have lost faith that a community can be a safe place. How many leadership teams talk about love in the context of leadership? Ruth gives wonderful examples of the practices born out of the values important to the Transforming Center. Steve shares how it can all become derailed by our own fears, with Ruth advising on how to be an effective truth teller. The episode ends with the concept of covenant, getting clarity on its purpose and value. Learn why Ruth gets excited about covenants.

 

Mentioned in this episode:

Pursuing God’s Will Together: A Discernment Practice for Leadership Groups (Chapters 7,8)

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Season 3: Episode 5 | Values and Practices For Opening to God Together

February 28, 2018

What is the first thing that goes when a leadership team gets busy? Does community mean two hours of checking in about how the kids and grandkids are doing? Ruth and Steve have a rich conversation about values and practices that helps us live together as a leadership community. The good news is that values are always present in a leadership group, so you don't start with a blank slate. We conclude episode 5 discussing a variety of practices and values that have impacted leadership communities Ruth and Steve have belonged to.

Mentioned in this episode:

Pursuing God’s Will Together: A Discernment Practice for Leadership Groups (Chapter 6)

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Season 3: Episode 4 | Community at the Leadership Level

February 21, 2018

What is corporate leadership discernment? Ruth kicks off this episode with defining each word and leads us through the movements of corporate leadership discernment. Discover why hikers and sailors value true north over magnetic north and why conviction is much different than understanding. Ruth and Steve answer the question: Do we all need to sing Kumbaya, My Lord? Steve and Ruth discuss some of the things you lose in corporate leadership discernment, and discuss why it is important to look at the culture of your leadership team. Maybe it is time to have a real and honest conversation about your culture. In fact, don’t bother trying to discern together until you have this conversation.

Mentioned in this episode:

Pursuing God’s Will Together: A Discernment Practice for Leadership Groups Chapter 4 & 5 Becoming a Community that Practices Corporate Leadership Discernment (pdf)

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Season 3: Episode 3 | Leaders Who Are Transforming

February 14, 2018

Magical thinking not allowed in this episode… ok not in any episode. Steve leads by pondering whether the western church needs to make a confession. In this episode, Ruth and Steve go deep on five foundations of discernment. Through these foundations they uncover some hard truths – leaders struggle with believing in the goodness of God and it is really hard to be human. Ruth shares a story of how discernment can be much faster than decision-making when you have leaders who are discerning. Lots to digest in episode 3.

Mentioned in this episode:

Pursuing God’s Will Together: A Discernment Practice for Leadership Groups

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Season 3: Episode 2 | Beginning With Spiritual Transformation

February 7, 2018
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.
 
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
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Season 3: Episode 1 | The Heart of Spiritual Leadership

January 31, 2018
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. 
 
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Season 3: Teaser

January 29, 2018

Ruth's third season, Pursuing God's Will Together is set to come out on January 31st, 2018. Listen to this short episode to get a discounted rate at the next Pursuing God's Will Together retreat, as well as a sneak peek into what this season is all about. 

Click here to register for the Pursuing God's Will Together retreat with your leadership community. 

Enjoy. 

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Season 2: Episode 9 | You are Witnesses of these Things

September 13, 2017

As we conclude season two, the disciples on the Emmaus Road are so excited about what has happened in and through their encounter with Jesus on the Emmaus Road that they jump up from dinner and turn right around to go back to Jerusalem to share what has happened with the other disciples. The trauma of all they had been through has been redeemed and their spiritual journey now leads them to discern the mission Jesus has for them.  Ruth and Steve discuss the creative tension in the spiritual life between mission and formation. Steve offers us an advice freebie and Ruth brings the season to a close by highlighting how mission cannot be discerned or sustained apart from commitment to an ongoing process of spiritual transformation.

 

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