Guest post by Ruth Haley Barton. Barton shares how her Transforming Center® ministry assists pastors and Christian leaders in spiritual transformation. She also discusses how her new video curriculum, Sacred Rhythms, provides Christian leaders with an intentional approach for bringing spiritual transformation into your church, organization or small group.
One thing I know for sure these days is that many Christians and other spiritual seekers are longing for more in their spiritual lives. They want more than information about God; they want transformation in God’s presence. They want more than externally imposed “oughts” and “shoulds”; they want a way of life that is congruent with their heart’s deepest spiritual desires. They want more than momentary inspiration; they want to experience the spiritual disciplines that open us to God’s transforming presence.
A community simply cannot become a place of spiritual transformation unless their leaders are being transformed...
The other thing I know for sure is that many people have given up on having these longings met in their churches so they are seeking this kind of experience elsewhere. This is most unfortunate! It is why the Transforming Center® has been working in such an intentional way for the last ten years to help churches and Christian organizations become communities of authentic spiritual transformation.
Begin with Leadership Transformation
The Transforming Center's first area of focus has been to help pastors and Christian leaders experience deeper levels of transformation. A community simply cannot become a place of spiritual transformation unless their leaders are being transformed and leading from the reality of transformation in their own lives. Scores of pastors and Christian leaders are experiencing real transformation through our 2-year program Transforming Community, and they are bringing different aspects of their experiences to their ministry settings in ways that are deeply impactful.