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

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

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New Expanded Edition

The 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.

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.

In this deeply personal work, Ruth Haley Barton 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.

Published by InterVarsity Press


For those of us who lead, there are many fine books to hone our skills. But too few excavate our souls. Too few tell us stark truths, and serve up strong tonic, and give us hope and courage in the face of our calling’s hardships and loneliness and moments of sheer tedium. Too few teach us how to seek and find God in the maze of committee work and the darkness of criticism and the heartbreak of betrayal. This book does all that, and well. Ruth Haley Barton has kept company with Moses, a ‘pragmatic’ and ‘visionary’ leader who found that, unless God went with him, there was no place worth going. Ruth’s insights will at the very least strengthen the soul of your leadership. For some, it may make the difference in whether you finish the race at all."
– Mark Buchanan, author of The Rest of God and pastor of New Life Community Church, Duncan, British Columbia

"Ruth Haley Barton has had a huge influence on the way I walk with God and walk with others. Her books and the Transforming Community experience have helped me begin to hold the inward life and outward life together in meaningful and sustainable ways. We don’t have to choose to be either exhausted activists or isolated contemplatives, and Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership offers both biblical vision and time-tested rhythms to help us become contemplatives in action. Leadership does not require losing our souls. Thank God! This book will help you live into this good news."
– Aaron Niequist, author of The Eternal Current

"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

First edition voted John Pearson's, Top Management Book for 2009

Going Deeper

  • Our Transforming Community® experience is a natural step for pastors and Christian leaders who desire to be purposefully committed to experiencing deeper levels of spiritual transformation.
  • Learn more about bringing a congregation and/or leadership event to your church.

Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership Podcast: 

Join us for a lively dialogue with Ruth Haley Barton about forging and maintaining a life-giving connection with God in the midst of leading. Available in iTunes, Podbean, and Google Play

Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership Podcast

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