• Recalling Easter – for me a day of two resurrections

    Blog | Owen Phelps | April 27, 2017


    I Bless the Lord, my soul; all my being, bless his holy name!

    Bless the Lord, my soul; do not forget all the gifts of God,

    Who pardons all your sins, heals all your ills,

    Delivers your life from the pit, surrounds you with love and compassion,

    Fills your days with good things; your youth is renewed like the eagle's.

    - Psalm 103, 1-5


    In 2003, Easter Sunday arrived on April 20. So did my heart attack.

  • Running on Empty?

    You May Need a Leadership Revival!

    Blog | Kim Rider | April 13, 2017

    This season of the year, as Christians, we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. Let’s think about that word – resurrection.  The first thing that comes to mind is rising from the dead.  If we dig a little deeper, we find that resurrection has several different meanings.

    According to resurrection is defined as:

    1. the act of rising from the dead.

    2. the rising of Christ after His death and burial.

    3. the rising of the dead on Judgment Day.

  • From Accused to Accepted

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | April 13, 2017

    The story you are about to hear is true. The four-day conference had ended thirty minutes ago. I felt free. My feelings of spiritual relief weren’t because I was now outside the four walls of the training facility. God’s Word had cut through fear I believed about myself and my choices for my future. God gives fear as a natural response when our safety is threatened. Neil Anderson says, “Courage is not the absence of fear, but it is living by faith and doing what is right in the face of illegitimate fear objects.” I learned that behind my anxious fears loomed deceptive lies.

  • Phyllis

    What’s Love Got to Do with It?

    Blog | Phyllis Hennecy Hendry | April 04, 2017

    A radio interviewer said, “I know you teach leadership, but you talk a lot about love.  What’s love got to do with it?”  My answer was simple. “Everything.”  Love as a core value has everything to do with everything.  We continued for the next hour talking about leaders who have chosen love as their core value and the difference they make in the lives of their followers. 

    Love as a core value has everything to do with everything

  • Megan Pacheco

    3 Ways to Spot a Fear-Driven Leader

    Blog | Megan Pacheco | March 28, 2017

    All of us are motivated by something. Whether it’s money, power, control—even the feeling of being needed—we all have internal motivating factors that drive our thinking, beliefs and, ultimately, our actions.

    Fear is one of the most common, but least talked about, factors that drives leaders every day.

    It’s not talked about often because fear is actually pretty hard to spot. When we think about fear, we usually envision someone cowering in a corner paralyzed by fright.

  • 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.