• Use Me

    Devotionals | February 12, 2018

    Scripture reveals the unfolding story of God’s plan to redeem the world. From the beginning, His plan took shape in the lives of people. Abraham, Moses, David, Isaiah, Esther, Mary, and countless others led the way. The Twelve, Paul, Barnabas, Priscilla and Aquila, Timothy, Jesus’ brothers James and Jude and thousands like them carried the message. Today, He looks to you and me to live into His plan. Will you lead with humility and God-grounded confidence? Will you let Him sweep you up into His story?

  • Those Closest to You

    Devotionals | February 09, 2018

    Leading like Jesus encompasses every aspect of our lives, from family and friends to co-workers and colleagues and people in our communities. Regardless of how wide our influence extends, our greatest opportunity to influence others is with those closest to us. Jesus prayerfully chose twelve to pour His life into. Who is part of the small circle of people in your daily life? Name them one by one. Ask the Lord to pour out His Spirit and to multiply your influence in their lives so that they, too, will lead like Jesus.

  • Megan Pacheco

    What's My Leadership Bias?

    Blog | Megan Pacheco | February 08, 2018

    Terms that define the word bias include prejudice, partiality, favoritism, one-sidedness, leaning and tendency.

    We all have biases. They are major factors in our decision-making. Like an invisible force operating under the radar, our biases stealthily move to shape the way we influence and lead others, yet we don’t like to admit they even exist. Unfortunately, wherever bias rules unchecked, there is chaos, dissention, hurt and distrust. When bias is recognized and consciously set aside, however, unity, trust, forgiveness and commitment will flourish.

  • How do you survive lengthy seasons of darkness? In January of 2014, Josh Ross traveled to Barrow, Alaska, to interact with a community that experiences over sixty-five days of darkness every winter. His time there revealed how essential the principles of reentry, roots, and rhythm are to our survival and health far beyond the Arctic Circle. Josh shares these insights in his newest book, "Reentry: How Pain, Roots, and Rhythm Guide Us from Darkness to Light."

  • In the Thick of It

    Devotionals | February 07, 2018

    Every task and project has a beginning, a middle and an end. Beginnings can be exciting as we approach a new task with fresh energy and enthusiasm. Endings, often hard won, can offer a sense of accomplishment and thanksgiving for what God has done. It’s in the middle, though, that we often find ourselves in the thick of it with details and deadlines swirling around us. Every day can bring new challenges or the monotony of never-ending details. Where are you ‘in the thick of it’? How do you need God to see you through?

  • Harvard and The Holy Word

    Time Tested Leadership Principles

    Blog | Craig McAndrews | February 06, 2018

    In March of 2016, The Harvard Business Review published a paper by Sunni Giles, an organizational scientist and leadership development consultant.  In the article, Giles highlighted results from a survey of 195 leaders on the topic of leadership competencies.  The article, “The Most Important Leadership Competencies, According to Leaders Around the World”, highlighted what a group of leaders felt were important skills for future leaders to have to be successful.  As I read the article, I was curious as to how many of these competencies could be found in the Bible.  For thos

  • Wisdom to Share

    Devotionals | February 05, 2018

    One of the twelve steps of leading like Jesus calls us to carry the message of exalting God and serving others to everyone in our spheres of influence. This message is primarily communicated through our actions of obeying God and expressing His love, forgiving others in the same way God forgives us, extending God’s grace and encouragement and building community with others. As we meditate on what He is teaching us, we gain a wealth of life experience and leadership wisdom. What opportunities do you have to pass along what you are learning?

  • Journeying with Jesus

    Devotionals | February 02, 2018

    The Lead like Jesus journey transforms people from self-serving leaders to God-exalting leaders who sacrificially serve others. We don’t make this journey in an instant; it takes a lifetime of learning to steward our life and leadership roles for God’s purposes. Peter and John are examples of the difference a lifetime with Jesus makes. At the core of their transformational journeys is a love relationship with Jesus that shaped their understanding of God, who they were in relationship to Him, what they lived for and how they led. What are you learning as you journey with Jesus?

  • Prepare to Keep Control

    Blog | February 01, 2018

    Snow days in the South are celebrated like holidays.  We don’t get very many, but when we do, it’s the headline for weeks.  Grocery stores quickly run out of milk and bread, entire states shut down, and many of the major thoroughfares become parking lots.  As a result, we are faced with the “We are all stuck in the house and can’t go anywhere” blues.

    Control…or lack of it

  • Competition

    Devotionals | January 31, 2018

    Jesus never used competition or comparison as tools to motivate His followers. These methods keep the focus on the individual, not the goal. As a group, the challenge facing the disciples was great; internal stresses would only undermine their progress. In contrast to inciting the disciples to prove themselves by outperforming one other, Jesus emphasized self-sacrifice and mutual service in pursuit of their shared goal. This environment would allow each person to give their best and set the stage for collaboration.