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  • Phyllis

    Expectant

    Blog | Phyllis Hennecy Hendry | February 02, 2017

    It was an ordinary day. I had a 6:15 a.m. flight out of Greenville, SC.  After security and on the way to my gate, I stopped by a shop to get a bottle of water.  I went to the cashier to pay and it was at that moment that ordinary became extraordinary.  I spoke to the cashier – a small woman who was doing all she could to be polite and efficient.  I asked her, “How are you today?” There was a pause. She responded, “I’m ok.”  “Just ok?” I asked. “Yes,” she said.  The next question out of my mouth just came, unintended, bare and raw, waiting to be answered.

  • Resolutions

    When You Fall Off the Horse, Get Back on

    Blog | Owen Phelps | February 01, 2017

    We’re not even to the start of the second month of the New Year and already I have to ask: Do you still have any resolutions left to keep?

    Pardon the rude question. It’s really a matter of projecting my own weaknesses on the world. For most of my 69 years, my experience has been that I could break resolutions just as fast as I could make them.

    That’s right. Some haven’t even survived a day. Most drifted off into a thick haze before the start of February. A little research tells me I’m not alone in this regard.

  • Critics: Stay Away or Draw Close to Them?

    Blog | Charles Stone | January 19, 2017

    Criticism hurts, especially the non-constructive kind. We tend to stay away from such critics. But is that the wisest choice? Should we draw close to them instead of pulling away from them?

    Murray Bowen, the father of family systems, coined the phrase “non-anxious presence.” He used this term to describe a personal quality that when a leader exhibits it, can keep a family or a group’s overall emotional reactivity and anxiety down. He and others suggest that leaders should not cut off their critics, but should actually stay connected to them in a calm way.

  • Restore the Wonder

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | January 17, 2017

    “Christians should be the most wonder-filled people in the world,” says writer Matthew Woodley. God created us to wonder. Wonder is an emotion aroused primarily by being in amazement. Wonder used as a verb is to notice, to marvel, and to be amazed. For some, the opposite may be our tendency. We are in a time crunch; we feel pressured to accomplish all that is on our plate, resulting in depression, sadness, exhaustion, or mood swings. The problem may be that we have forgotten how to wonder. Toddlers have an uncanny sense of marveling over even the smallest creature in creation.

  • What do you really know?

    Blog | Karen McGuire | January 12, 2017

    Do you ever wonder about what you know? Do you ever think that some things you think are true really might not be true? If we recognize that we don’t use our brains to peak performance every day, then some things we think are true, simply aren’t. With the advent of the internet and Google, a lot of information is readily available. It may or may not be true but it is available. If we put our trust in Google, some of what we “know” might be inaccurate or just plain wrong.

  • Leading Through Disappointment

    Blog | Robert and Lori Ferguson | January 10, 2017

    The next year will hold many triumphs and blessings. Our calendars are filling up, our mission is set, and our desire is to glorify God and lead like Jesus in all things.

    Ah yes. Give glory and honor to God, and His Son Jesus. Regardless.

    Along our leadership journey we will be confronted with disappointment. Whether it’s our disappointment or someone else’s, it doesn’t matter. Obstacles, setbacks, calamities and misfortune are a part of leading.

    We need to continue to lead forward. But how?

    5 Ways to Lead Forward

  • Phyllis

    Success Formula for 2017

    Blog | Phyllis Hennecy Hendry | January 05, 2017

    Have you been pondering what is ahead in 2017?  You may be aware of some opportunities and challenges ahead, but you know there will be unexpected ones too.

    Joshua knew that too as we read in the opening chapter of the book of Joshua where it says, After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: Moses my servant is dead.  Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them – to the Israelites.

    This verse has always made me pause. 

  • Megan Pacheco

    5-Minute Lesson on Integrity

    What Leaders Should Talk Less About but Do More of

    Blog | Megan Pacheco | January 03, 2017

    “Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us” (1 Peter 2:12 NIV).

    Sometimes that’s all it takes—five minutes—to learn a lesson that’ll stay with you forever.

    It takes—five minutes—to learn a lesson that’ll stay with you forever.

     

  • Later Is Now

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | December 29, 2016

    “You know this blood test is almost out of date. I wouldn’t be able to issue your license if it were any later.” The county clerk was chastising us for waiting until the last minute to apply for our marriage license. No matter that this was the first chance my fiancé and I were able to be in the same state before our upcoming wedding. We really didn’t need any reminders of our long separation.

    “But it isn’t out of date. And we’re here now.” I said a little testily.

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