*I'm spending some time with family this week so I thought I'd devote the blog to men and women who have influenced me in my own formation into Christlikeness. Enjoy! Ruth Haley Barton, from Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership

God is the one who initiates and guides (spiritual formation)...The soul-full leader is appropriately humbled by this realization and also relieved to not have to bear the heavy weight of responsibility for changing herself or others. The soul-full leader is faithful to the one thing he can do - create the conditions that set us up for an encounter with God in the places where we need it most. To continually seek God in the crucible of ministry no matter how hard it gets. (17)

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