Tagged with Ruth Haley Barton

Power to drive out

Power to drive out

The power to “drive someone out” – to dismiss, to denigrate and undermine what a person brings, in one way or another – is a power that we as leaders have.  We can use that power irresponsibly when we are faced with truth that is unpleasant, inconvenient or challenges us in some way.  Because of our … Continue reading

Seeking guidance

Guidance.  It’s one of those topics that people most ask for teaching on in churches.  It’s one of those topics that no matter how long we’ve walked with God we all still deal with from time to time. We want easy answers.  We want to know what God would have us do.  We joke about … Continue reading

Picking a path and staying on it?

In ‘Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership’, Ruth Haley Barton refers to the words of a Benedictine monk concerning community.  He said that what enabled his community to stay together for so long was a commitment to stability, the choice to ‘pick a community and stay with it; pick a path and stay on it’. … Continue reading

Resting the mind

Sorry if you are hoping to hear about something else…I am actually having a Ruth Haley Barton fest over the last few weeks and it seems set to continue for a little while yet! This quotation comes from ‘Invitation to Solitude and Silence’.  For me, it’s one of those statements which, when you read them, … Continue reading

Spiritual community – part 2

Continuing my thought from the weekend… Haley Barton also says this: It is much easier to talk about community, and even try to create community for others, than it is to actually live it at the leadership level. OK, so how many of us know that’s been true of us? I try to

Spiritual community

I’ve been reading Ruth Haley Barton again.  I love her writing so much!  This chapter from ‘Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership’ which I’ve been reading relates to moving from isolation to community as a leader. Whereas team centres around a task and disbands after that task’s completion, Haley Barton suggests that spiritual community is … Continue reading


…a unique spiritual position where human beings hate to be but where the biblical God is always leading them.  It is when you have left the tried and true, but have not yet been able to replace it with anything else…It is when you are between your old comfort zone and any possible new answer…this … Continue reading

Seeing and speaking

Image: federico stevanin / FreeDigitalPhotos.net It is one thing to inspire people to visions of what the Promised Land is like; it is quite another to understand the stages of the journey between here and there so that we can guide folks through them and actually arrive at our destination. So writes Ruth Haley Barton in … Continue reading

Attending to the moment

My latest indulgence is Ruth Haley Barton’s ‘Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership’.  How have I been a Christian for a good ten years and not read this lady before?  I am savouring her writing; this is one of those books which it is probably a crime to read at my usual speed.  Reading the soul … Continue reading