• 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.

  • Look to Jesus

    Devotionals | January 29, 2018

    What challenges do you face today? What pressures weigh on you? Where do you need guidance or correction and redirection? Jesus knows the challenges and pressures we face. His knowledge is not a detached, objective acknowledgement of fact, but the intimate knowledge that comes from experiencing pressure and opposition in fulfilling His mission. Look to Him, talk with Him, and let Him show you the way to lead in His name.

  • God's Faithfulness

    Devotionals | January 26, 2018

    Jeremiah’s deep sorrow over Jerusalem’s destruction spills out in the book of Lamentations. In the midst of it all, Jeremiah clings to God’s name, His character. Jeremiah’s words remind us that we as leaders bear the stress and sorrow of both God and people. Following in His footsteps and the footsteps of Jesus, we look to God’s unchanging character and cling to Him in all circumstances. God’s eternal faithfulness is the bedrock of our hope as leaders.

  • Poor, Hungry, Desperate

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | January 25, 2018

    I did a lot of soul searching upon a recent re-entry from a mission trip to one of the poorest countries in the world – Uganda. Extreme poverty is defined as living on $1.25 or less a day. Almost one in three people in sub-Saharan Africa go hungry, far higher than any other region in the world, with the exception of South Asia. Yet, in many ways Africans are wealthier than billionaire Steve Jobs. And the peoples’ contentment has nothing do with whether or not their stomach is full. On the contrary, their satisfaction has to do with their focus and attitude toward their Creator.