Articles | May 2017

  • Who Is Your Boss?

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | May 18, 2017

    I remember a few years ago I overheard my preschool son tell his sister, my elementary aged daughter, “You are not the boss of me.” There was another time, this time, I was an employee.  The woman who was my supervisor preferred the staff, those of us who were her employees - NOT call her the “boss.” She had become our supervisor, not by applying for the job or by promotion, but by default. Since no one else was qualified to take her position, she was in charge of us – her employees. And she did not like being the boss.

  • Born Again

    Devotionals | May 17, 2017

    Learning to lead like Jesus is a spiritual journey, and as such, it requires supernatural power. That power is found in a change of heart so all-encompassing that Jesus likens it to being born anew. Heart transformation is God’s work, a deep inner work initiated and sustained by His Spirit at work within us. As we give ourselves over to Him and allow God to remake us in the image of Jesus, it increasingly results in changed ways of thinking, living, and interacting with others.

  • Either Or

    Devotionals | May 15, 2017

    Jesus rejected the reigning worldview of His day, choosing to humbly serve instead of wielding authority and power, saving people instead of judging them. He chose love over hate, humility over pride, giving over receiving, and self-sacrifice over worship. He rejected wooing the masses through charismatic oratory and self-promotion, choosing instead to invest His life into a few individuals who would embody His message and His Spirit. His approach baffled many, but brought life to those who received it. For what are you giving your life? What values shape your life and leadership?

  • Reflect and Assess

    Devotionals | May 12, 2017

    Spirit-led reflection is essential for leaders who want to lead like Jesus. Jesus modeled the way for us. He regularly spent time in prayer with the Father before the day began, getting His Father’s perspective on life. As the demands of ministry increased, He spent even more time in prayer. Just before going to the cross, He took time with the Father to review His purpose and the results of His ministry. We follow His example when we prayerfully reflect on how we are living as His disciples.

  • When Your Picture Of The Future Fades

    Blog | Robert and Lori Ferguson | May 11, 2017

    As leaders, we know it’s important to have an image or picture of the future we are trying to create. This image is created in response to the question “What will the future look like if things are running as planned?”

    This applies to all aspects of life, from finishing school, to building a career or business, to even forming a family.

    When a man and woman decide to get married, they imagine their future together and can describe it in vivid detail.

  • Traveling Companions

    Devotionals | May 10, 2017

    Finding others to travel alongside us in life is typical of all of us, introvert or extrovert. Jesus had a large group of disciples who followed him, twelve of whom He named apostles, with three becoming His closest companions. Their life together consisted of getting to know Jesus, building relationships with one another, seeking God together, and serving others in His name. It resulted in a growing understanding of who Jesus was and who they were in relationship to Him, one another, and the world. Who do you travel the Lead like Jesus journey with?

  • Interactions

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | May 09, 2017

    “Wow! This is a lot of produce! Do you have a bunch of animals at your house?”

    I stared dumbfounded at the young man checking our groceries.

    “We like fresh fruits and vegetables,” I quietly but pointedly remarked.

  • Scott Kedersha is a Director of Premarital and Newly Married Ministries at Watermark Community Church in Dallas. Today he talks to us about building strong marriages while growing a career and raising a family.

    Scott is passionate about helping men and women caught up in the whirlwind of life prioritize and build strong marriages, and his message is a timely reminder to many who are trying to balance life’s priorities.

    In today’s podcast Scott addresses issues like :

  • A Straight Course

    Devotionals | May 08, 2017

    Leading like Jesus is a lifelong journey. On the way, we may at times lose our focus on the guiding principles and practices modeled by Jesus. Our desire for heart transformation may wane as we face resistance, or the pull of old habits. Pride and fear may edge out godly humility and confidence. The demands of daily life may distract us from maintaining a consistent focus on Jesus. Oddly enough, familiarity and success can also cause our focus to waver. Where are you easily distracted from the course Jesus has laid out for us as disciples? What helps you stay the course?

  • Daily Graces

    Devotionals | May 05, 2017

    We pray for God to do big things in our lives and the lives of those around us. We want to see Him act—quickly, dramatically, demonstrably. Yet God’s ways are often hidden, especially to a world that demands the miraculous. Do we have eyes to see, and hands to receive, the daily graces He offers? How aware are we of the inner working of His Spirit in us and others? How intently do we desire Him to reshape us into the image of Christ, one practice, one thought, one interaction at a time?