• Critics: Stay Away or Draw Close to Them?

    Blog | Charles Stone | January 19, 2017

    Criticism hurts, especially the non-constructive kind. We tend to stay away from such critics. But is that the wisest choice? Should we draw close to them instead of pulling away from them?

    Murray Bowen, the father of family systems, coined the phrase “non-anxious presence.” He used this term to describe a personal quality that when a leader exhibits it, can keep a family or a group’s overall emotional reactivity and anxiety down. He and others suggest that leaders should not cut off their critics, but should actually stay connected to them in a calm way.

  • Restore the Wonder

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | January 17, 2017

    “Christians should be the most wonder-filled people in the world,” says writer Matthew Woodley. God created us to wonder. Wonder is an emotion aroused primarily by being in amazement. Wonder used as a verb is to notice, to marvel, and to be amazed. For some, the opposite may be our tendency. We are in a time crunch; we feel pressured to accomplish all that is on our plate, resulting in depression, sadness, exhaustion, or mood swings. The problem may be that we have forgotten how to wonder. Toddlers have an uncanny sense of marveling over even the smallest creature in creation.

  • What do you really know?

    Blog | Karen McGuire | January 12, 2017

    Do you ever wonder about what you know? Do you ever think that some things you think are true really might not be true? If we recognize that we don’t use our brains to peak performance every day, then some things we think are true, simply aren’t. With the advent of the internet and Google, a lot of information is readily available. It may or may not be true but it is available. If we put our trust in Google, some of what we “know” might be inaccurate or just plain wrong.

  • Leading Through Disappointment

    Blog | Robert and Lori Ferguson | January 10, 2017

    The next year will hold many triumphs and blessings. Our calendars are filling up, our mission is set, and our desire is to glorify God and lead like Jesus in all things.

    Ah yes. Give glory and honor to God, and His Son Jesus. Regardless.

    Along our leadership journey we will be confronted with disappointment. Whether it’s our disappointment or someone else’s, it doesn’t matter. Obstacles, setbacks, calamities and misfortune are a part of leading.

    We need to continue to lead forward. But how?

    5 Ways to Lead Forward

  • Phyllis

    Success Formula for 2017

    Blog | Phyllis Hennecy Hendry | January 05, 2017

    Have you been pondering what is ahead in 2017?  You may be aware of some opportunities and challenges ahead, but you know there will be unexpected ones too.

    Joshua knew that too as we read in the opening chapter of the book of Joshua where it says, After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: Moses my servant is dead.  Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them – to the Israelites.

    This verse has always made me pause. 

  • Megan Pacheco

    5-Minute Lesson on Integrity

    What Leaders Should Talk Less About but Do More of

    Blog | Megan Pacheco | January 03, 2017

    “Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us” (1 Peter 2:12 NIV, emphasis added).

    Sometimes that’s all it takes—five minutes—to learn a lesson that’ll stay with you forever.

    It takes—five minutes—to learn a lesson that’ll stay with you forever.


  • Later Is Now

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | December 29, 2016

    “You know this blood test is almost out of date. I wouldn’t be able to issue your license if it were any later.” The county clerk was chastising us for waiting until the last minute to apply for our marriage license. No matter that this was the first chance my fiancé and I were able to be in the same state before our upcoming wedding. We really didn’t need any reminders of our long separation.

    “But it isn’t out of date. And we’re here now.” I said a little testily.

  • Try building a better culture ... as best you can

    Blog | Owen Phelps | December 28, 2016

    We were in the middle of a ministry formation class when one of the participants made a point: “Leading like Jesus is a lot easier if you’re getting support from the people around you.”

    “That’s why your parents urged you to pick good friends, right?” I asked rhetorically. “And that’s why those of you who are parents are now urging your kids to do the same thing.”

    The room was full of knowing smiles punctuated by several heads moving up and down. We knew. We all knew.

  • You Are a Shining Star

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | December 20, 2016

     “Jesus was born in the town of Bethlehem, in the province of Judea, at the time when King Herod reigned. Not long after Jesus was born, magi, wise men or seers from the East, made their way from the East to Jerusalem. These wise men made inquiries.  Where is this newborn, who is the King of the Jews? When we were far away in the East we saw His star, and we have followed its glisten and gleam all this way to worship Him” (Matthew 2:1-2, VOICE).

  • Living in Great Joy

    Blog | Chelsea Arrington | December 15, 2016

    Tell me if these lyrics ring a bell:

    Joy to the world! The Lord is come.
    Let earth receive her King
    Let every heart
    Prepare Him room

    Rejoice, Rejoice

    Emmanuel shall come to thee oh Israel

    Good Christian men rejoice

    With heart and soul and voice!
    Give ye heed to what we say
    Jesus Christ is born today!