Former Northern student and founder of the Transforming Center, Ruth Haley Barton, was awarded with an honorary doctorate for her years of fruitful ministry in the areas of spiritual formation and direction at this year’s commencement ceremony.  In conjunction with the conferral of this degree, Dr. Barton joins Northern Seminary’s faculty as Adjunct Professor of Spiritual Formation.

One significant result of Ruth’s addition to Northern’s faculty is the formation of a partnership between the Transforming Center and Northern Seminary.  The Transforming Center’s mission to see churches and Christian organizations become communities of authentic spiritual transformation, beginning with transformed leaders, is a perfect match for Northern’s own mission of “Equipping the Church to change the world.”

Beginning this summer, pastors and other Christian leaders who join a Transforming Community (more about these here) will also have the opportunity to apply these experiences toward a graduate Certificate or degree program through Northern Seminary.

More information about our DMin in Spiritual Transformation is available here.

More information about our Certificate in Spiritual formation is available here.

Those who wish to earn Master’s level credit for participation in a Transforming Community should email for more information.


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