The breadth of Ruth Haley Barton’s study and learning in a variety of settings contributes to the strength of her teaching and writing. While she values all that she has gained from the teachers and institutions in which she has studied, this does not imply endorsement of everything taught in these environments. Ruth’s teaching and writing have been most profoundly shaped by her commitment to “examine the Scriptures to see if these things are so.” (Acts 17:11)
Even though Jesus often sought times of solace and space to be alone with God, church leaders often look at our full calendars and busy schedules with satisfaction that we are busy growing the Kingdom of God and saving souls.
I have been a pastor for over 27 years. In that time, I nearly lost my soul, burned out, and contemplated leaving the ministry. When I read Ruth Haley Barton’s book, Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership, eight years ago, I found hope that there was another way of being in ministry that was life-giving and sustainable. I fell in love with God again and became excited about ministry.
If you are looking for ways to be healthy in mind, body, and soul; if you are experiencing burn-out or stress in ministry, I encourage you to pray about attending this retreat. You will meet many pastors and ministry leaders who are experiencing the same things—and you will meet those who have fallen in love again with God and God’s church. Come and listen; come and rest; come and be renewed by the grace of God.