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Ruth Haley Barton has been a student, a practitioner, a teacher and a leader in the area of Christian spirituality and spiritual formation for twenty years.

Ruth Haley Barton (Doctor of Divinity, Northern Seminary) speaks, teaches and provides guided experiences on spiritual formation themes and practices, spiritual leadership, cultivating community and discernment at the leadership level. She is available to work with leadership groups in teaching and consultation, as well as preaching, teaching and retreat leadership in congregational settings.

Process for requesting Ruth to speak at your event

The first step is to check our online calendar to see if Ruth is available for your event date. If it appears that your dates are open, please fill out the speaker request form; you may want to read through the speaking/teaching themes above, or check out testimonials. Once we have received your request, we will respond immediately, informing you that we have received your inquiry.

Your speaker request will become a part of our regularly scheduled meetings for discernment about priorities and scheduling. In some cases we may also follow up with further questions to help us in the discernment process. Please allow up to four weeks to receive a final decision from us via email.

You are welcome to contact us by email or phone at 630.588.8133 during regular business hours if you have questions prior to completing the speaker request form. Visit the media center to download short and long biographies and other media information.

Please know that Ruth is seeking to travel less these days in order to write, to lead Transforming Communities and also to live the kind of life she preaches about. At this time she is scheduling engagements 1 year to 18 months out, although sometimes there can be exceptions if her calendar permits.

Be advised that the fee for speaking at your event is based on the number of days required for both the speaking and travel, rather than an hourly fee for the speaking time only. Expenses will be invoiced after the event. Click here for more information regarding the discernment process.

Each of the themes below can be presented in a variety of formats—preaching and teaching, conference speaking, retreats and leadership development experiences.

Spiritual Leadership and Leadership Development

Spiritual Formation and Spiritual Disciplines - General

Spiritual Community and Transforming Church

Additional Themes Related to Published Works

Ruth is happy to tailor her teachings for your event.  You are also welcome to choose topics based on Ruth's published works.