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


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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, and discerning God’s will together.

The author guides leaders to a place where the spiritual and ministerial meet. Her intent is to help leaders lead from a place of spiritual transformation, but to first find that place for themselves.

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.

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

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Voted John Pearson's, Top Management Book for 2009

"Many thanks for your book Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership. It is being fruitful in the lives of the folks I work with here in Tennessee. Everyone on the Young Life staff in the state of Tennessee is reading it together over the next couple of months and our staff here in Knoxville reads and discusses a chapter each week at our staff meeting. It is a true gift (and challenge) to all of us in vocational ministry."
—Jim Branch, Area Director, Young Life Knoxville

"I have received Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership and it is such a blessing. It is giving me the time to read and meditate at a pace much more conducive to processing and praying and integrating such helpful principles into my life. I am grateful for the authenticity, clarity, and insightfulness with which it is written. Your journey and insights resonate with me in very helpful ways. I am learning a pace of life and ministry that fits me and provides a sense of self awareness that is helping me better monitor my life, ministry, and walk with God.
—Jimmy Adcox, Preaching Minister Southwest Church of Christ, Jonesboro, Arkansas

"Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership is moving, inspirational, and convicting. Not since I've read Nouwen have I read anything more stirring. Thank you for writing it!"
—Glandion Carney, Chaplain, Christian Legal Society

"In a landscape littered with leadership books that tinker at the margins of what really matters, Ruth Haley Barton offers us practical guidance to the core of life-changing leadership: spiritual authenticity and health."
—Gary Haugen, President, International Justice Mission

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