Articles | July 2015

  • Devoted to Prayer

    Devotionals | July 31, 2015

    Prayer is not only a habit that sustains us as we lead like Jesus; prayer is one of the most important ways that we can influence others. When we pray for those we lead, we are speaking to the One who has the ability to meet them at their point of need. By praying for them, we are inviting God’s influence, His wisdom, strength, and encouragement, into their lives. Who is God prompting you to pray for? Will you join Him in the work He wants to do in shaping them to live, love, and lead like Jesus?

    Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.—Colossians 4:2

  • Megan Pacheco

    Humility is Power

    Blog | Megan Pacheco | July 30, 2015

    We often confuse humility with weakness. After all, turning the other cheek does not seem all that powerful, does it?

    When leaders choose to stand on the principles of love, compassion and integrity, many quietly label them as soft and spineless. Why? Because our modern-day ideas of strength have nothing to do with biblical principles. Too often, we commend so-called “success” that was achieved through a lack of empathy, greed, and self-centered attitudes.  

  • Thirsting for Encouragement

    Devotionals | July 29, 2015

    Where do you look for encouragement, especially in tough times when everyone is looking to you as the leader to keep a positive outlook? In times that test our faith and convictions, we need to know that we are where God has placed us, doing what He has called us to do, depending on Him every step of the way. As we seek to follow Him, He will show us the path He has for us and give us the encouragement we thirst for. Seek His face today.

  • Knowing When to Speak

    Devotionals | July 27, 2015

    A hallmark of Jesus’ leadership was that He always seemed to have the right words at the right time. He didn’t speak too much or too little, nor hold back when it was time to speak up. His words of wisdom brought light and life to His hearers. What can be said about your words?

     “For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have spoken. I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.”—John 12:49-50

  • Early Warning Signs

    Devotionals | July 24, 2015

    Are you familiar with the warning signs that fear is edging its way into your leadership? What about the signs of pride’s deadly influence? Initially, fear and pride find footholds in our hearts before corrupting our perspectives and showing up in our actions and attitudes. Comparison, competition, impatience, being overly critical, defending or promoting ourselves, isolation from others—these are telltale signs that we need to examine ourselves and seek God’s intervention. Where are fear and pride undermining your ability to lead like Jesus?

  • EGO at Center Stage
    Heather Day

    EGO at Center Stage

    Blog | Heather Day | July 23, 2015

    I’m not what you’d call an accomplished thespian, but I was cast in a few local shows throughout high school, college and early adulthood. Since my children were born, however, I’ve been on an acting hiatus…for a little more than a decade.

    Last month, I decided to dip my toe back into the theatrical pool by trying out for a community production of Mary Poppins. 

  • A Change of Focus

    Devotionals | July 22, 2015

    Think about the impact of the early church! Abandoning self-centered, worldly perspectives, they focused on living in light of Jesus’ resurrection. Through their witness, people’s lives were changed, transformed. Jesus continues to call us to create Jesus-centered communities in our homes and churches, to live as salt and light in the marketplace and the community-at-large. When we do, He is exalted through our lives and leadership. What is your focus in leading others?

  • Treasuring What God Treasures

    Devotionals | July 20, 2015

    Treasure comes in many forms, some temporary and fleeting, some lasting and eternal. Jesus spoke bluntly about the allure of earthly treasures whose pleasures and benefits pass away. He urges us to allow our hearts to be captivated by treasure that endures, to be caught up into the very life and movement of God. As we value what God values, we grow to long for more of Him and to be more like Him. Increasingly, we love people and use things, rather than loving things and using people. Where is your treasure?

  • Hurry Up, Get Busy, Do More

    Devotionals | July 17, 2015

    Being busy is often part of making things happen. But do constantly frenzied activity and full calendars necessarily mean that anything of value is being accomplished? Knowing the importance of His mission, Jesus lived purposefully rather than hurriedly. He moved from one God-ordained encounter to the next, and taught others to do the same. What can you do to make sure that hurry and busy-ness are not edging God out of your life and leadership?