Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership with Ruth Haley Barton
Season 9: Episode 10 | Spiritual Transformation For the Sake of Others

Season 9: Episode 10 | Spiritual Transformation For the Sake of Others

May 27, 2020

What is spiritual transformation—really? How can we move from the false self to the true self in Christ? Is it possible to talk about sin without being judgmental? What is the relationship between personal spiritual formation and our mission in the world? Listen in as Robert Mulholland and Ruth Haley Barton discuss these questions and share stories of their own journeys of transformation in Christ. This is a recording from 2015 and was the last time Ruth spent with Bob before his death from cancer. We are closing this season for now, but intend to do more  "Ruth and Friends" in the future. Don't miss the announcement of what in store for Season 10 of the Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership podcast. 

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Mentioned in this podcast:
Invitation to a Journey: A Road Map for Spiritual Formation, Robert Mulholland

Exploring Further:
Transforming Community
Ruth Haley Barton
Read Ruth's tribute to M. Robert  Mulholland

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Music Credit:
New Way to Live written by Joel Hanson. I am New written by Joel Hanson and Jason Gray.

Season 9: Episode 9 | Spiritual Transformation and Psychology

Season 9: Episode 9 | Spiritual Transformation and Psychology

May 15, 2020

What happens when you record a podcast and the lawn service is working very hard outside your window? Find out on today’s podcast! We will also discuss the integration of psychology and spirituality – an important topic for spiritual leaders. Leaders can fall into the trap of over spiritualizing in order to avoid doing the hard psychological work of facing real brokenness. Ruth invites her friend Bob Watson, a licensed clinical psychologist, for a fascinating discussion. As part of their own self leadership leaders need to not just look at the spiritual aspects of their lives, but also attend to their mental health. Control, pain, drivenness, and shame are just some of the topics covered. The episode concludes with helpful guidance on how a leader can know when the thing that we are dealing with should be attended to psychologically with therapy--as part of their journey towards wholeness in Christ.

Dr. Robert Watson, PsyD, LP holds an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College and a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. Bob is licensed as a clinical psychologist in the states of Michigan and Illinois. Bob considers himself privileged to play a part in healing the “noble wounds” of those in ministry, and serves as the director of counseling at Alongside, a Christian retreat center offering professional counseling and shared community designed to help leaders and their families emerge from burnout or breakdown . Learn more Alongside by visiting their site. In addition, Bob maintains a counseling practice in Hoffman Estates, IL.

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Mentioned in this podcast:
Invitation to a Journey: A Road Map for Spiritual Formation, Robert Mulholland
The Divine Conspiracy, Dallas Willard
The Awakened Heart: Opening Yourself to the Love You Need, Gerald G. May M.D.
Will and Spirit: A Contemplative Psychology Gerald G. May M.D.

Exploring Further:
Transforming Community
Ruth Haley Barton

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Music Credit:
New Way to Live written by Joel Hanson. I am New written by Joel Hanson and Jason Gray.

Season 9: Episode 8 | Spiritual Transformation and Practice-based Faith

Season 9: Episode 8 | Spiritual Transformation and Practice-based Faith

May 6, 2020

Ruth is joined by Aaron Niequest long-time friend (alumn of TC9) who has also served as worship leader in some Transforming Community® communities. Ruth and Aaron have a rich discussion about practice based faith and worship. Since they both were raised in the Plymouth Brethren tradition, they share what they believe is the best contribution this heritage had on their spiritual formation. In discussing the role of belief in our spiritual transformation, they raise the question: Is what you believe making you a better person?

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Mentioned in this podcast:
The Eternal Current: How a Practice-Based Faith Can Save Us from Drowning, Aaron Niequist
The Divine Conspiracy
, Dallas Willard

Exploring Further:
Transforming Community
Ruth Haley Barton

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Music Credit: New Way to Live written by Joel Hanson. I am New written by Joel Hanson and Jason Gray.

Season 9: Episode 7 | Spiritual Transformation and Family Systems (Part 2)

Season 9: Episode 7 | Spiritual Transformation and Family Systems (Part 2)

April 29, 2020

Church leaders seldom crash and burn because they fail at preaching or ministering. Christian leaders often burn out because they don’t know how to manage themselves and what they’re experiencing. In the second episode of a two-part conversation we lay the groundwork for understanding how human relationships work and our part in those relationships referencing the eight concepts of family systems theory developed by Murray Bowen.  Ruth is joined by a new friend R. Robert Creech (PhD, Baylor University), an experienced pastor and seminary teacher.  Robert is the director of pastoral ministries at George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University, in Waco, Texas and is the author of several books.

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Mentioned in this podcast:
Family Systems and Congregational Life: A Map for Ministry, R. Robert Creech
The Leader's Journey: Accepting the Call to Personal and Congregational Transformation, Jim Herrington , Trisha Taylor, and R. Robert Creech
Extraordinary Relationships: A New Way of Thinking About Human Interactions, Roberta M. Gilbert

Exploring Further:
Transforming Community
Ruth Haley Barton

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Music Credit:
New Way to Live written by Joel Hanson. I am New written by Joel Hanson and Jason Gray.

Season 9: Episode 6 | Spiritual Transformation and Family Systems (Part 1)

Season 9: Episode 6 | Spiritual Transformation and Family Systems (Part 1)

April 22, 2020
Church leaders seldom crash and burn because they fail at preaching or ministering. Christian leaders often burn out because they don’t know how to manage themselves and what they’re experiencing. In the first episode of a two-part conversation we lay the groundwork for understanding how human relationships work and our part in those relationships referencing the eight concepts of family systems theory developed by Murray Bowen.  Ruth is joined by a new friend R. Robert Creech (PhD, Baylor University), an experienced pastor and seminary teacher to discuss the first three concepts.  Robert is the director of pastoral ministries at George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University, in Waco, Texas and is the author of several books.
 

You can also access podcast on Google Play or Stitcher.

Listen to other episodes from Season 9 Access past podcast seasons

Mentioned in this podcast:
Family Systems and Congregational Life: A Map for Ministry, R. Robert Creech
The Leader's Journey: Accepting the Call to Personal and Congregational Transformation, Jim Herrington , Trisha Taylor, and R. Robert Creech
Extraordinary Relationships: A New Way of Thinking About Human Interactions, Roberta M. Gilbert

Exploring Further:
Transforming Community
Ruth Haley Barton

Become a patron: Join a growing movement of transforming leaders. We’ve received fantastic feedback about the podcast, and we would like to create even more episodes. We need you! Become a patron during Lent and receive our Lent: A Season of Returning!

Music Credit:
New Way to Live written by Joel Hanson. I am New written by Joel Hanson and Jason Gray.

Season 9: BONUS EPISODE FOR GOOD FRIDAY | Experiencing the Stations of the Cross

Season 9: BONUS EPISODE FOR GOOD FRIDAY | Experiencing the Stations of the Cross

April 8, 2020

A custom of our Christian tradition is to keep vigil with Christ at different times and in different ways during Holy Week. One of the places from which we draw this custom is Jesus’ request to his disciples to keep watch while he prayed and agonized in the Garden of Gethsemane. We also know that there were those few—including Mary Magdalene, Jesus’ mother Mary, and the apostle John—who stayed near the cross and kept watch as Jesus suffered and died. Despite the horror of what was taking place, those most intimate with Jesus stayed with him to the end.

Walking and praying through the stations of the cross is one way we can keep vigil with Christ during these holy days. Traditionally, there are fourteen Stations of the Cross—most of them taken directly from Scripture, along with a few that have been passed down in Christian tradition.

This episode is based on An Invitation to Walk with Christ: Stations of the Cross Prayer Guide by Ruth Haley Barton. Special thanks to Steve Wiens for the production of the bonus episode.

Enhance your experience and pray along with us… 

SOME IDEAS TO HELP YOU PREPARE: 

  • Plan for the service to take about an hour and fifteen minutes, including a 15 minute meditation on the practice of praying the stations of the cross, along with a few simple instructions. 
  • Review the comments below to gain a sense of who you are praying with;  add your own name if you wish, letting us know where you will be praying. It is a strength and an encouragement to know we are praying with so many from around the world.
  • Consider creating a simple “altar” with a cross, a candle you can light before beginning the service,  and any other symbol you that might be meaningful to you and your family.
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  • In order to avoid awkwardness, make a decision ahead of time with your group about whether or not you will join in the singing of the hymns. Lyrics are included and we have intentionally chosen versions that are simple and easy to follow.
  • The service will conclude in an open-ended way with the extinguishing of the candle. Decide ahead of time who will do this and how your group will conclude. For example, you could agree that all will leave silently in order to spend time alone in quiet and even journaling about Jesus has said to them at each station. Or it could be that there was one station individuals want to return to and linger with for awhile.
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Exploring Further:
Transforming Resources; Lent Resources
Transforming Community
Ruth Haley Barton

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Music Credit:
Lead me to Calvary performed by Don Moen, from the album Hymns of Hope
Were you There, performed by The Vigil Project (featuring Andrea Thomas), from the album  Vigil, Series 1
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, performed by Sandra McCracken, from the album She Reads Truth: Hymns
New Way to Live 
written by Joel Hanson. I am New written by Joel Hanson and Jason Gray.

 


©Ruth Haley Barton, 2020. Adapted from An Invitation to Walk with Christ: Stations of the Cross Prayer Guide.

Season 9: BONUS EPISODE | Listening and Responding to God Amidst the COVID-19 Crisis

Season 9: BONUS EPISODE | Listening and Responding to God Amidst the COVID-19 Crisis

March 31, 2020

The enormous response to Ruth's blog post last week led to Ruth Haley Barton and Steve Wiens, pastor of Genesis Covenant Church, recording a bonus podcast episode for pastors and Christian leaders addressing the corona virus pandemic.

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Mentioned in this podcast:

That the Works of God Might be Revealed, Ruth Haley Barton
Pursuing God’s will Together, Ruth Haley Barton (for more on John 9 story)

Exploring Further:
Transforming Community
Ruth Haley Barton

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Music Credit:
New Way to Live written by Joel Hanson. I am New written by Joel Hanson and Jason Gray.


Join us for a virtual Good Friday prayer service

Join us as we keep vigil with Christ on Good Friday. We will post a recording of our Stations of the Cross Prayer Service here on Wednesday April 8, 2020 and on the Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership podcast. As much as possible, plan to pray between 12:00 -3:00 in your time zone.

Learn more about how to participate and ways to enhance your experience and pray along with us.

Season 9: Episode 5 | Transformation and Sexuality with Steve Wiens

Season 9: Episode 5 | Transformation and Sexuality with Steve Wiens

March 25, 2020
A great conversation with long-time friend Steve Wiens, pastor of Genesis Covenant Church, about sexuality and gender that will surprisingly leave you encouraged. Ruth defines spirituality, sexuality, sex, gender and asks the question: How can we redeem our sexuality?  We need to do the work of #metoo #churchtoo, but there is hope on the other side. Dallas Willard brings it home… “the opposite of lust is ______?
 

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Mentioned in this podcast:
The Holy Longing: The Search for a Christian Spirituality Ronald Rolheiser
Shining Like the Sun: Seven Mindful Practices for Rekindling Your Faith by Steve Wiens.

Exploring Further:
Transforming Community
Ruth Haley Barton

Become a patron: Join a growing movement of transforming leaders. We’ve received fantastic feedback about the podcast, and we would like to create even more episodes. We need you! Become a patron during Lent and receive our Lent: A Season of Returning!

Music Credit:
New Way to Live written by Joel Hanson. I am New written by Joel Hanson and Jason Gray.

Season 9: Episode 4 | Spiritual Transformation and Money with David Wills and Todd Harper

Season 9: Episode 4 | Spiritual Transformation and Money with David Wills and Todd Harper

March 18, 2020
A conversation for those who have money and those who feel they don’t have enough money. Our relationship with money reveals what we are placing our trust in. Sadly even in most Christian families there is a disconnect between our spiritual life and money. In episode 4 Ruth is joined by Todd Harper, President of Generous Giving and David Wills, President Emeritus of National Christian Foundation, friends and alumni of the Transforming Community experience for a revealing discussion about transformation and money.

Mentioned in this podcast:

The Soul of Money: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Life Lynne Twist
Lent: A Season of Returning Ruth Haley Barton

Exploring Further:
Transforming Community
Ruth Haley Barton

Become a patron: Join a growing movement of transforming leaders. We’ve received fantastic feedback about the podcast, and we would like to create even more episodes. We need you! Become a patron during Lent and receive our Lent: A Season of Returning!

Music Credit:
New Way to Live written by Joel Hanson. I am New written by Joel Hanson and Jason Gray.

Season 9: Episode 3 | The Struggle to Give Our Death Away with Ron Rolheiser

Season 9: Episode 3 | The Struggle to Give Our Death Away with Ron Rolheiser

March 11, 2020

The third-part of Ruth's conversation with author Fr. Ronald Rolheiser is a thought provoking discussion of  the third stage of discipleship – giving our deaths away. How can we give something deep in our passivity like Jesus did in his passion? A fascinating dialogue about dying and the spiritual journey.  Ruth shares with us what her mother taught her in her death.

This conversation is drawn from his profound and thought-provoking book, Sacred Fire: A Vision for a Deeper Human and Christian Maturity. We pray these three episodes will serve you well as you begin your Lenten journey.

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Mentioned in this podcast:
The Holy Longing: The Search for a Christian Spirituality Ronald Rolheiser
Sacred Fire: A Vision for a Deeper Human and Christian Maturity Ronald Rolheiser

Exploring Further:
Transforming Community
Ruth Haley Barton

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Music Credit:
New Way to Live written by Joel Hanson. I am New written by Joel Hanson and Jason Gray.