Articles | March 2015

  • Under Intense Pressure

    Devotionals | March 31, 2015

    We call the days from Palm Sunday to Easter 'Holy Week.' These eight days lead Jesus from the heights of public acclamation and through the depths of unjust judgment and suffering, culminating in glorious resurrection. What sustained Jesus through these days of intense pressure? The New Testament gives us glimpses of intimate fellowship with God and trusted friends, solitude, intense prayer, and a flow of Old Testament Scriptures through Jesus' thoughts.

  • When the Crowd Applauds

    Devotionals | March 26, 2015

    As Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, he was greeted by people who looked at Him as their conquering hero. By the end of the week, the crowds would be complicit in His crucifixion. How did Jesus maintain His equilibrium and composure in the midst of wildly changing approval ratings? He kept His eyes fixed on God, the One who had called Him, the One whom He lived to please. All things, He knew, were going according to God's plan. Where is God calling you to follow in Jesus' footsteps, living for His approval, regardless of what the crowds say or do?

  • Running Ahead or Lagging Behind

    Devotionals | March 26, 2015

    In our rush to see results, we can find ourselves outpacing God. Conversely, when the time is right for action, we might lag behind. Through the trusting relationships Jesus built with His disciples, He was able to shape them, correct them, or urge them on as needed. He does the same for us today. As leaders following Jesus, we need to keep pace both with Him and with those in our leadership spheres. Where might you be running ahead of or lagging behind Jesus and others?

  • Megan Pacheco

    Desire for Control is Killing Your Organization

    Blog | Megan Pacheco | March 26, 2015

    Letting go is never easy.

    Many parents, for example, find it difficult to loosen the reins of control on their growing children — even in the face of startling statistics on the damage inflicted by controlling parents.

    As adults, 96% of people who had controlling parents worry and ruminate over confrontations. Close to 91% are extra sensitive to criticism, while 82% become perfectionists who are rarely satisfied with themselves.

  • A Time to Speak

    Devotionals | March 23, 2015

    Peter, overwhelmed by his experience on the Mount of Transfiguration, blurted out the first thing that came to mind. His intentions were honorable, but he misunderstood the situation. How many times are we as leaders confronted with situations that we don't fully understand? We may want to acknowledge and honor those involved, or perhaps we even want to make a contribution to the conversation. Wisdom urges us to listen and observe, rather than speaking from pride or fear. Then when it is time to speak, we will know what questions to ask and how to add value to the conversation.

  • Phyllis

    Transformed Leader, Transformed Community

    Blog | Phyllis Hennecy Hendry | March 20, 2015

    Earlier this month, I was asked by Dick Kunnert, a Lead Like Jesus Master Trainer, to speak to a wonderful group of pastors in Rockford, Illinois. Representing multiple congregations from a variety of denominations, this group is united around one mission to “Transform Rockford.”

    The vision of Transform Rockford is inspiring. They aspire to offer a superior quality of life for every resident, transforming the community from within by embracing their diversity, fostering a culture of unity, interconnection, inclusion, respect and generosity. 

  • Positive change is taking place in countries where character development is valued more highly than political correctness.

    The Philippines, a predominantly Catholic country, celebrates humility and a devotion to servant leadership even among its government officials. So when history proves that Jesus is the greatest leader to follow, a country like the Philippines finds ways to share the truth with its people.

  • Ignite: A Spark in Uganda

    News | March 20, 2015

    The spark is catching fire and LLJ’s conference for a younger audience is gaining momentum in the African country of Uganda.

    2015 has turned into a busy year for Ignite, the course designed to help young people realize their influence and empower them to follow Jesus. At Ignite, high school students are trained to create a personal vision statement and develop their strengths and purpose, as well as to follow the model of leadership that Jesus demonstrated during his time on earth.

  • For the leaders of the future, training is in session. Every day they are learning, noticing, collecting information, and jotting down mental notes. Soon they will wear the suits in the state capitols, pastor the churches, invent unimaginable technology, and become the parents of our descendants.

    The youth of today will lead us into tomorrow. Now how will we prepare them?

    For Youth for Christ (YFC), a movement dedicated to raising up followers of Jesus, the role of leadership is imperative.

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