Transforming Communities: Part 1

About the Episode

Ruth Haley Barton and Lisa Johnson discuss the different aspects and values of transforming communities. In this 2 part podcast, they dive into a conversation about the necessity of being involved in an authentic community and how community can open us up to becoming flourishing leaders and churches.

About Our Guest

Ruth Haley Barton has been a student, practitioner, and thought leader in the area of Christian spirituality and formation for over 20 years. When she founded the Transforming Center with a few like-minded souls in December of 2002 it was based purely on a shared desire to experience deeper levels of transformation in Christ’s presence so they could discern and do the will of God. What has happened since then surprises her every day! A seasoned spiritual director, teacher, and retreat leader, Ruth was trained at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation and the Loyola University Chicago Institute for Pastoral Studies and holds a doctor of divinity from Northern Seminary. She has served on the pastoral staff of several churches and is the author of numerous books and resources on the spiritual life.

Additional Resources

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Books mentioned in the episodes:

Life Together  by: Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership  by: Ruth Haley Barton