Articles | June 2017

  • Intentionality

    Devotionals | June 19, 2017

    What shapes you as a leader? Paul tells us to focus on what honors and exalts God in life. Jesus said that our hearts are revealed in what we do and say. The writer of Proverbs says that our hearts are the wellspring of our lives. How do we tend and care for our hearts? How do we allow God to transform our hearts? Such an essential issue shouldn’t be left to chance. Be intentional about practicing life-giving, heart-transforming habits to shape your heart, head, hands, and leadership habits

  • Shaken

    Devotionals | June 16, 2017

    Sometimes circumstances come at us so unexpectedly or with such force that we are tempted to doubt God’s sovereignty and care. The disciples experienced this when Jesus was arrested and crucified. They couldn’t imagine how these events were part of God’s plan. Their limited perspective burst wide open on Sunday when they encountered the risen Jesus. Where is your human perspective limiting your ability to trust that God is at work in your life? Look up, renew your trust in God, and lead others to do the same.

    Then all his disciples deserted him and ran away. —Mark 14:50

  • Megan Pacheco

    Three Critical Mistakes Using the DISC Assessment

    Blog | Megan Pacheco | June 15, 2017

    Even the best leadership tool, when used the wrong way, can become an obstacle. Such is the case with DISC, an incredible assessment tool used by over one million users each year.

    DISC is an online assessment that helps uncover your behavioral style. It is the most widely used behavioral model in the world and has helped millions of people improve communication, productivity, team building, leadership, and relationships at work and home.

  • Treasured Friends

    Devotionals | June 14, 2017

    Jesus frequently spent time with Mary, Martha, and Lazarus, treasuring their friendship even more as the pressure mounted and the cross drew near. He spent His last Passover privately with His disciples, sharing a meal with them, and praying for them, before withdrawing with His inner circle to pray for Himself. After the cross, it was to His close friends that He first revealed Himself. Who are the friends who support you on the journey of living, loving, and leading like Jesus?

  • Wind and Pressure

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | June 13, 2017

    The hot, oppressive weather was relentless… day and night… no relief. It was the summer of 1980, and the Tennessee humidity only added to the misery we were all feeling. States to the west of us had endured the heat for three months. We were thankful our agony had only lasted a few weeks. But everyone was spent. The sultry temperatures pressed down on us. We bent under the unbearable load.

    And then the leaves began to stir… and we turned our faces to the welcome, cool breeze. The winds of change had finally come.

  • The Work of Humility

    Devotionals | June 12, 2017

    Humility fuels God-honoring service. It transforms hearts, heads, hands, and hearts. In our hearts, we acknowledge God as the source and giver of our abilities, strength, and success. Doing so unleashes His ability to transform us from the inside out. Humble hearts lead to humble, teachable minds. The ongoing work of God within us begins to reflect itself in how we live our lives and treat others. Increasingly, we find ourselves pouring out our lives to serve people in Jesus’ name.

  • Essential Alignment

    Devotionals | June 09, 2017

    We can talk about leading like Jesus all day, but unless our words and actions match, we are deceiving ourselves and misleading others. To lead like Jesus, our words must align with our actions. While our motivation and perspective are shaped internally, the state of our hearts and minds is revealed in how we treat others. John’s gospel closes with words that point to the overwhelming activity of God poured out through Jesus. Jesus didn’t just talk about being a servant, He devoted His whole life to living as God’s servant. What about you?

  • Communicating in Styles

    Blog | Chelsea Arrington | June 08, 2017

    Mark demands details. Jennifer seems passive. Susan’s desk is never clean. Isn’t funny how we notice these things about people, but never think about why they do the things they do?

    God has certainly created us uniquely in His image. Some of us are organized and some still can’t find that report from two years ago. Maybe you find yourself at the center of the conversation or perhaps you’re observing from afar. Our personality traits and behaviors effect our daily lives and impact how we communicate and interact with those around us.

  • Role vs. Position

    Devotionals | June 07, 2017

    Jesus did not spend a lot of time pointing people to His position as a leader. He spent time investing in other people’s lives. He didn’t feel compelled to point to His authority as God’s anointed one, or shout out His identify as God incarnate. He simply used His inherent authority to serve others in God’s name. If we find ourselves routinely pointing to our position and authority as leaders, we may need to rethink our leadership perspective and agenda. Are we leading like Jesus, or leading like worldly rulers?