Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership

Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership : Seeking God in the Crucible of Ministry

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"I'm tired of helping others enjoy God-I just want to enjoy God for myself."
With this painful admission, Ruth Haley Barton invites us to an honest exploration of what happens when spiritual leaders lose track of their souls. Weaving together contemporary illustrations with penetrating insight from the life of Moses, Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership explores topics such as

responding to the dynamics of calling
facing the loneliness of leadership
leading from your authentic self
cultivating spiritual community
reenvisioning the promised land
discerning God's will together

Each chapter includes a spiritual practice to ensure your soul gets the nourishment it needs. Forging and maintaining a life-giving connection with God is the best choice you can make for yourself and for those you lead.
This expanded edition includes the popular "How Is It with Your Soul?" assessment for leaders and a flexible six- or twelve-week guided experience for groups.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 144.78 x 210.82 x 27.94mm | 417g
  • IVP Books
  • United States
  • English
  • Expanded Edition
  • 083084645X
  • 9780830846450
  • 26,276

Table of contents

Foreword by Gary A. Haugen


1. When Leaders Lose Their Souls

2. What Lies Beneath

3. The Place of Our Own Conversion

4. The Practice of Paying Attention

5. The Conundrum of Calling

6. Guiding Others on the Spiritual Journey

7. Living Within Limits

8. Spiritual Rhythms in the Life of the Leader

9. Leadership as Intercession

10. The Loneliness of Leadership

11. From Isolation to Leadership Community

12. Finding God's Will Together

13. Re-envisioning the Promised Land

Afterword by Leighton Ford

Discussion Guide

Appendix: How Is It with Your Soul?

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Review quote

At times Barton's words were a needed wake-up call and at other times they were a source of refreshment. I'm thankful for both.

--Mike Bonem, Leadership Network (, August 30, 2008
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About Ruth Haley Barton

Ruth Haley Barton (Doctor of Divinity, Northern Seminary) is founding president/CEO of the Transforming Center, a ministry dedicated to strengthening the souls of pastors and Christian leaders, and the congregations and organizations they serve. For over twenty years, she has ministered to the soul care needs of pastors and leaders based upon her conviction that the best thing we bring to to leadership is our own transforming selves. Trained at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation and the Institute for Pastoral Studies Loyola University Chicago, Ruth is a seasoned retreat leader and spiritual director. A sought-after speaker and preacher, she has served on the pastoral staff of several churches and teaches frequently at seminaries and graduate schools. Ruth is the author of numerous books and resources on the spiritual life, including Invitation to Solitude and Silence, Sacred Rhythms, Longing for More, Pursuing God's Will Together, and Life Together in Christ. She continues to share her thoughts and perspectives on soulful leadership through an online resource called eReflections as well as a podcast entitled Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership. Leighton Ford is president of Leighton Ford Ministries, which seeks to help young leaders worldwide to lead more like Jesus and more to Jesus. For many years, Ford communicated Christ around the globe through speaking, writing and media outreach, addressing millions of people in thirty-seven countries on every continent. He served from 1955 until 1985 as Associate Evangelist and later Vice President of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and was featured as the alternate speaker to Billy Graham on the Hour of Decision broadcast. He served for nearly twenty years as chairman of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization, an international body of Christian leaders. The author or co-author of numerous books, includingTransforming Leadership and The Attentive Life, Ford lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his wife Jean.
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