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Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership Retreat 2019

November 17, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - November 19, 2019 @ 1:00 pm


I’m tired of helping others enjoy God. I just want to enjoy God for myself.

With this painful admission, Ruth Haley Barton invites us to an honest exploration of what happens when spiritual leaders lose track of their souls. Weaving together contemporary illustrations with penetrating insight from the life of Moses, Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership explores topics such as:

• responding to the dynamics of calling
• facing the loneliness of leadership
• leading from your authentic self
• cultivating spiritual community
• reenvisioning the promised land
• discerning God’s will together


Ruth Haley Barton

An award-winning author, sought-after teacher and conference speaker, Ruth Haley Barton is the founder of the Transforming Center based in Wheaton, IL.

Ruth has been a student, a practitioner, a teacher and a leader in the area of Christian spirituality and spiritual formation for twenty years. A trained spiritual director and retreat leader, she is the author of numerous books and resources on the spiritual life.

Ruth holds a Doctor of Divinity from Northern Theological Seminary (Lombard, IL), along with a Bachelor of Arts from Wheaton College (IL) and Master’s studies at Loyola University Chicago Institute for Pastoral Studies. She received her training in spiritual direction through the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation (Bethesda, MD) under the guidance of Tilden Edwards, Rosemary Dougherty and Gerald May. She’s also a student of family systems theory as it relates to congregational life (Lombard Mennonite Peace Center) and has studied the Enneagram with Russ Hudson of the Enneagram Institute.

Ruth travels widely, teaching and consulting with leadership teams in the areas of leadership transformation, corporate discernment, and spiritual community.  She has served on the pastoral staff of several churches, including Willow Creek Community Church.  Ruth has taught at the Wheaton College Graduate School, Denver Seminary, Northeastern Seminary and Mars Hill Graduate School and is a senior teaching fellow for the Renovare Institute.  She has recently joined the faculty of Northern Seminary as an adjunct Professor of Spiritual Transformation.

The breadth of Ruth’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)


Who Should Attend:
• Senior Pastors/clergy
• Pastoral staff
• Elders/Council/Deacons/Vestry
• Leaders of Ministry organizations
• Denominational Executives

Retreat Location:
Green lake Conference Center
W2511 State Road 23
Green Lake, WI 54941

Co-Sponsored by:
• The Transforming Center
• South Central Synod of Wisconsin (Evangelical Lutheran Church)
• Christ Lutheran Church, DeForest, WI


Housing and Meal Reservations:

The Retreat will be held at the Green Lake Conference Center (GLCC). This facility is located on beautiful Green Lake. The central purpose of GLCC is to contribute to the building of God’s Kingdom through use as a training and retreat center. It is nestled in a lovely wooded setting on the shores of beautiful Green Lake. To learn more about the Conference Center please check out the website – http://glcc.org

A block of rooms has been reserved at GLCC for the Strengthening the Soul of Leadership Retreat. Rooms and meal charges will be paid directly to GLCC. Therefore, we ask that you call GLCC to make your reservations.

Please call: 920-294-3323 and reference booking number 13758.

It is important to make your reservation by October 16th in order to secure the discounted rate and to assure the availability of rooms.

There are 5 reasonably priced group meals. The retreat will be dismissed on Tuesday mid-day. If you wish to have lunch at GLCC on Tuesday please let GLCC know at least 2 weeks prior to the retreat (November 3rd). Room charges will be paid at the time of the reservation and meals can be paid at arrival.

There are a variety of rooms available ranging in price from $102 to $133 per night. Group meal rates will include: 2 breakfasts at $10 each; 1 lunch at $12; 2 dinners at $14 – for a total meal cost of $60.

What to bring:

Please wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes so that you can enjoy the lovely grounds comfortably. As it can be cool at night you might want to bring a jacket.


November 17, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
November 19, 2019 @ 1:00 pm


Green Lake Conference and Retreat Center
W2511 State Rd. 23
Green Lake, WI 54941 United States
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