Pursuing God's Will Together: A Discernment Practice for Leadership Groups

by Ruth Haley Barton. InterVarsity Press, 2012.

Business models and business leaders don’t necessarily make strong spiritual leaders for the church, according to Ruth Haley Barton. Barton contends that congregations are called to a different approach to decision making-one that involves spiritual discernment in community. Barton, founder of the Transforming Center and gifted author of several award-winning books (this one receiving the 2012 Logos Book Award), makes a strong case for her perspective in Pursuing God’s Will Together. Ruth writes clearly and descriptively as she outlines how to become a discerning community and how to practice discernment together. She links the importance of individual spiritual transformation through spiritual practices as a key to communities becoming discerning communities. Complete with a leaders guide, this book is best read as a team, committee or small group and discussed together. Leaders from Christian denominations across the board will greatly benefit from reading this book and putting it into practice!