Articles | August 2016

  • If You Run

    Devotionals | August 19, 2016

    Have you ever faced a challenge so big that you were tempted to run from it? Fear invaded your thoughts when you looked at it, and you found yourself saying “there is no way I can do this.” If so, you are not alone. Moses and Gideon are just two of God’s leaders who wrestled with fear, and Abraham and Elijah wrestled with discouragement. If you struggle with either fear or discouragement, go ahead and run; just make sure you run in the right direction. If you run, run to the Father. Go quickly, fall on your knees, cast yourself on Him, and call out to Him for help.

  • Of Sheep and Shepherds

    Devotionals | August 17, 2016

    Jesus and the writers of Scripture frequently describe God’s people as sheep, sheep in need of a shepherd to watch over, care for, and protect them. Scripture also speaks of those called to be the shepherds of God’s people, shepherds who place the needs of the people above their own needs. All good leadership contains this selfless element. Men and women through the ages have devoted their lives to making a life-changing difference in the lives of others. Jesus calls us to follow Him as the good shepherd, as we lead in His name.

  • The Center of Attraction

    Devotionals | August 15, 2016

    What draws people to us as leaders? Is it a charismatic leadership persona, the power to make or break their careers, or the prestige of knowing us? These are the very things that Jesus denounced in worldly leaders. Instead, Jesus called us to emulate Him as a leader, to allow His humility and God-confidence flow from within us in obedient, God-honoring lives. Do others experience Jesus living in us, pouring out grace, forgiveness, and encouragement? Let Jesus transform your personality, perspective, and practices, so that You reflect Him as a leader.

  • A Vision of the Future

    Devotionals | August 12, 2016

    As leaders, we know how important it is to have a picture of the future we are trying to create. By envisioning it beforehand, our efforts are focused toward achieving that goal. Jesus lays out His vision of the future in His prayer in John 17. He envisioned His church as disciples living in unity with the Father, and with one another. All of this was (and is) for one purpose, that the world will know Jesus as God’s anointed one and experience His unending love. Is this your vision, too?

  • Being a Gentle Leader

    Blog | Robert and Lori Ferguson | August 11, 2016

    Gentleness isn’t the first value you’d consider pairing with leadership, is it? Sometimes we view gentleness as slightly wishy-washy or weak. But it’s really not. If you look at the definition of the value of Gentleness, you’ll discover a new perspective…

    Gentleness:  even-tempered; considerate; honorable, strength under control.

  • A Leader’s Priority

    Devotionals | August 10, 2016

    What has top priority for you as a leader? Many things might come to mind. With the weight of the world on His shoulders, Jesus’ life and practice reminds us how important it is for leaders to take time for reflection. He built time into His life to pray through challenges and decisions, and to pray for others. Like Him, we need time to read, meditate on, and pray over Scripture. What does God want to say to you if you will make time to listen?

  • It was a simple question, but one for which I did not have an immediate answer.

    During a break at a recent Lead Like Jesus Encounter, a successful California businessman asked me what I thought Jesus would do if He were in his situation.

    The businessman took a piece of paper and drew a long, straight horizontal line across it. At the far right, he wrote the names Microsoft, Oracle and Apple.

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