Ruth Haley Barton on Leadership

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This morning, I was checking out Jim Martin's blog. It's one of the best around, in my humble opinion. He lists these quotes from Ruth Haley Barton:


Reflecting back on those early experiences reminds me every day that the most important thing that I can do as a leader today is to keep seeking God in the depths of my own soul–no matter what it costs.  (Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership, p. 30)


Here's another:


If there is no overflow, there may come "…moments when our leadership feels like something we "put on" like a piece of closing pulled out of the closet for a particular occasion rather than something that flows from a deep inner well fed by a pure source.  (Barton, p. 22)

I love that image, and relate to the thought. When leadership begins to become an "outfit" for us, we need to pause, and heed these words of wisdom.

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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  1. Tim,
    Thanks for the kind words regarding my blog. I appreciate the affirmation.
    I also appreciate your highlighting Ruth Haley Barton. Really important and helpful material for me and I suspect could be for many other people.

  2. Ruth Haley Barton is one of my all-time favorite authors. Her depth of insight into our spiritual nature combined with transparent reflection on her personal journey with God makes for enjoyable, yet challenging reading. 
    Have you read “Strengthing the Soul of Your Leadership?” I’m just starting it.