• Leadership or Life

    Blog | Karen McGuire | December 28, 2017

    Do you prefer to be liked and appreciated or would you rather be mistreated? Do you prefer to be understood when you speak or would you rather be misunderstood?

    Silly questions, I know. I don’t know anyone who would answer either question in the negative. Sometimes, however, it is the way we treat each other.

  • What’s On Your Plate?

    Blog | Robert and Lori Ferguson | December 26, 2017

    We do something unique at the end of every year. We call it doing our “plates”. This tradition has been a part of our life since 2000, and is now vigorously anticipated by our adult children. In fact, the discussion about the end of the year always has the question, “When are we doing our plates?”

    As parents of adults and one grandboy we’re thrilled to see an activity we began when our children were 11 and 15 still being embraced and now passed along to the next generation.

  • Grieving and Getting Through the Holidays

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | December 21, 2017

    Is there an empty place at your table this Christmas? For many, this will be their first holiday season without their loved one. It’s okay to remember them. This year, my dad is celebrating his third Christmas in heaven. We recently visited dad’s grave at the beautifully decorated Central Valley veteran’s cemetery; a moving experience to see hundreds of natural pine wreaths with their bright red bows placed lovingly in front of each white marble headstone. Dad would have loved it.

  • The Season "Forgiving"

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | December 19, 2017

    What’s wrong with me?  Why is my performance rating so low? Why can’t I lose weight? Why does this keep happening? These are questions that we often hear, and have asked myself at times, when we are going through hard times, especially in our personal or work lives.  These questions are usually asked when we are confronted with an unpleasant situation, conflict or, as often happens, we hear something unpleasant or untruthful about ourselves.

  • Holding Together

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | December 14, 2017

    I’d been numb all day. Since six o’clock that morning I’d had to hold in my emotions. The parents had searched my face, wondering if I would be that stronghold their children needed while they went to work. My fourth graders were quiet and well behaved, holding themselves together exceptionally well. I kept the conversations focused on the lessons and not what was swirling around us in the world. My face kept up the façade of confidence that all would be fine.

  • Megan Pacheco

    3 Cliche Sayings

    Evaluate Your Sources of Wisdom and Counsel

    Blog | Megan Pacheco | December 12, 2017

    My grandmother used to give me advice by tapping into her never-ending supply of “cliché” sayings. In her case, as far as I can remember, those sayings were very true and many resurface in my mind even today.

    She used to say:

    “Not everything that shines is gold.” In one simple phrase, she tried to warn me from prematurely judging people and opportunities, especially those wrapped in a shimmering cover. She wanted me to look beyond the surface.

    She also used to say:

  • 8 Ways to Bust Leadership Discouragement

    Blog | Charles Stone | December 07, 2017

    Discouragement is a universal experience for ministry leaders and the word self-defines itself…dis-courage meaning no courage. Some of the Bible’s greatest characters faced it: Moses, David, Paul, Mary the mother of Jesus, and the apostles. Nehemiah, the great Old Testament leader faced it when he led the Jews to rebuild the wall. Yet, his response offers us hope when we face it.


  • The Power of a Leadership Off-Season

    Blog | Craig McAndrews | December 05, 2017

    Baseball is not one of my favorite sports.  The game moves slowly, the season is incredibly long, and honestly, I was never good at playing it.  Yet, despite my love of every other sport, I found myself glued to the television during the recent world series.  You see, I live in Houston, Texas, and this series was about more than just baseball.  The hometown team was playing for a larger purpose; one fueled by strong team comradery and the knowledge that the city really needed a victory after Hurricane Harvey.  The dramatic win in game 7 brought an amazing sense of excitement, joy and apprec

  • Got Questions?

    God has answers! Ask Him!!

    Blog | Karen McGuire | November 30, 2017

    I tend to be curious and want to know about lots of things. I often get distracted by a topic or thought and then pursue it. Several years ago, I read a fiction book that made a reference to Charlemagne. I realized during reading that the only thing I knew about Charlemagne was that he was considered the father of modern Europe. So, my curiosity got the best of me and I bought four books on Charlemagne. One of them was written by someone who had worked for/with him. After four books, I learned all I needed and that was the end of my Charlemagne search.