Northern Welcomes New Professor & Announces Partnership

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’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.  From the website of the Transforming Center,

The Transforming Center desires to see churches and Christian organizations become communities of authentic spiritual transformation– and that begins with transforming leaders. Thus we seek to strengthen the souls of pastors and leaders, equipping them to guide their churches and organizations to become spiritually transforming communities that discern and do the will of God in their settings.

This vision 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 one of the Transforming Communities (more about these here) led by Dr. Barton through the Transforming Center 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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