• Rumors and Lies

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | March 21, 2017

    “I need to ask you something, Mrs. V.” Tears threatened to brim over as his eyes searched mine.

    “My goodness! What’s wrong, Felix?” This was a young man I had had in eighth grade two years before and who was now one of my high school students. We had always had a good relationship, even a kindred spirit.

    “A kid in your second period class is telling people you call us Mexicans ‘Beaners.’ Is it true?”

  • Hopelessly Devoted

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | March 16, 2017

    I am a woman of many moods and they all require chocolate. If chocolate were prescribed for feelings, maybe dark chocolate would be given for occasional bouts of depression.  With financial trouble, possibly chewy caramel and nuts with milk chocolate, or for stress - semi-sweet chocolate with rice krispies. So many emotions and so many chocolates, so little time. But am I hopelessly devoted to chocolate? Hardly. Though today’s variety of chocolate enticements might offer me a temporary emotional escape, the chocolate hangover and extra pounds are definitely not worth the indulgence.

  • 24 Words that Define a Leader’s Job

    Blog | Charles Stone | March 07, 2017

    In this short post, I’d like to suggest 24 words that define a leader’s job.


    • Vision casting
    • Problem solving
    • Giving feedback
    • Encouraging others
    • Influencing others
    • Recruiting leaders
    • Developing people
    • Serving people
    • Communicating well
    • Listening well
    • Relationship building
    • Establishing priorities


    What’s your strongest area?

    What needs more attention?

    Where can you allow God to mold your leadership?

  • Wholehearted Leadership

    Wholehearted Leadership

    Blog | Phyllis Hennecy Hendry | March 02, 2017

    Leadership matters.  Current statistics reveal 61% of those who work for bad bosses are looking for another job while 91% of those who have a good boss enjoy going to work every day.  In the same survey, participants reported feeling controlled and manipulated by bad bosses, and the good boss tribe felt empowered.  What a difference a leader can make! 

    As followers of Jesus, our greatest job is helping people move from where they are to wherever God would have them go – and that really matters!

  • Farewell For Now

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | February 28, 2017

    October 17, 2009, I said goodbye. Pastor Paul Giesbrecht’s motorcycle accident was horrific, unexpected, tragic. It was my worst nightmare; I was the one to find him, a crumpled heap by the side of the road, less than five minutes after the crash. The worst part was the feeling of helplessness as his life slipped away from me. In the past, we’d faced many other difficulties, and I was able to fix most anything. But the fatal injuries he sustained that day won out.

  • What is Quiet about Time?

    Blog | Karen McGuire | February 23, 2017

    We live in a very busy, fast-paced time! Everything is instant gratification. I need this, and I need it now – not five minutes from now, but NOW!

    What’s more, everything that has been promoted as saving us time has actually gobbled up more time that it has saved. Take email, for example. It was said to save us time in communicating with others. Initially, a reply was expected within 24 hours. Now, if you reply in 24 minutes, everyone wants to know why you didn’t reply sooner.

  • 8 Benefits of Integrity in Life and Leadership

    Blog | Charles Stone | February 21, 2017

    8 Benefits of Integrity in Life and Leadership

    Charles Stone

    Integrity is taking a beating today.

    ·  20 baseball players potentially being suspended for doping

    ·  Lance Armstrong being stripped of all his awards for lying

    ·  The IRS apparently misusing its power

    ·  The Justice Department being accused of lying

    ·  Identity theft occurring to 1 out of 10 people

  • When To Begin A Family Vision

    Blog | Robert and Lori Ferguson | February 16, 2017

    Parenting is hard. As our children were growing up, we knew that our two were not the same - they were unique. One loved structure and having all the details listed before taking action. The other child embraced detours, and felt empowered with a loose framework filled with options. Raising these two different children called for different parenting techniques.

  • I Will Always Love You…

    But some days I may not like you!

    Blog | Kim Rider | February 14, 2017

    I love you! This all familiar phrase is probably used hundreds…maybe even thousands of times a day.  I love….my dog, my cat, my kids, my significant other, selfies, chocolate, running, football, sweet tea, binge watching….and the list goes on.  What exactly are we saying when we say we love something?