Articles | October 2016

  • Guiding Values

    Devotionals | October 31, 2016

    Life provides many opportunities to make values-based choices. Conflicting values surround us, with God’s Word as one of many different voices that seek our attention and allegiance. For this reason, placing a high value on time in Scripture and in God’s presence is essential for those who want to lead like Jesus. Embracing Jesus’ estimation that loving God and loving others are to be our highest priority provides a foundation for the choices and decisions we face. How do these values guide your life and leadership?

  • A Personal Recommendation

    Devotionals | October 28, 2016

    It is common practice to look for personal recommendations before trying something new. Jesus didn’t just recommend leading by serving to His disciples, He lived it in front of them, then commissioned them to follow in His footsteps. He calls us to live humbly with our God, to confidently expect to “receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Heb. 4:16), and to live for the Father’s approval alone. He tells us that exchanging power-driven leadership for leading by serving is worth it. Do you trust His recommendation?

  • People Not Platforms

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | October 27, 2016

    "I am convinced that nothing we do is more important than hiring and developing people. At the end of the day, you bet on people, not on strategies." Lawrence Bossidy

    Successful American executives were recently asked the question: " What do you think are the top five issues that every CEO faces these days?"

    "The number one issue is talent acquisition, development and retention." says Kenneth Freeman,Allen Questrom professor and dean of Boston University School.

  • Decision Needed

    Devotionals | October 26, 2016

    As leaders, others often look for our perspective and guidance. Sometimes we can anticipate the decisions we will be called upon to make, other times they come unexpectedly, at a moment’s notice. How can we prepare ourselves to make godly decisions and offer wisdom to others? One way is to saturate our minds with God’s truth by meditating on the wisdom, life stories, and principles in Scripture. We can preface our responses with prayer and reflection that allows the Spirit to guide our thoughts and words. What practices help you offer godly wisdom to others?

  • When People Won’t Follow

    Devotionals | October 24, 2016

    Leading like Jesus does not guarantee that others will follow. This is not only our reality, but that of Jesus and His early followers. Sometimes people are so blinded by pride and fear that they cannot break free of their self-promoting and self-protecting behaviors. As leaders, our responsibility is to prayerfully seek the Lord for wisdom on how to best serve them, continuing to follow our Leader, as we speak truth in love. Jesus let people walk away when needed, and we may need to do the same.

  • In It to Win It

    Devotionals | October 21, 2016

    Leading like Jesus isn’t for leaders who are looking for a quick fix. Following Jesus as our leader requires intentionality and effort, in short, perseverance. Remembering our motivation and keeping our eyes on the goal is vital when times get tough. What is your reason for wanting to lead like Jesus? What vision of the future urges you to keep going? What goal are you working toward? Jesus’ goal was to bring life; for this, He was willing to give His life. What are you giving your life for?

  • What Would You Do?

    Blog | Karen McGuire | October 20, 2016

    If you knew you couldn’t fail and that money was no object, what would you do? All of us have heard these words at some point in our lives. Perhaps some have even taken the challenge to think what they might do if they couldn’t fail and resources were plentiful. Few have actually taken the plunge.

    If you knew you couldn’t fail and that money was no object, what would you do?

  • Solid Ground

    Devotionals | October 19, 2016

    We can be confident in adopting Jesus’ leadership philosophy. As God, Jesus knows how the universe was designed to work. He knows that in order to overcome the self-protective human tendencies toward pride and fear, humility and God-confidence are needed. Jesus demonstrated both of these qualities, a reflection of His relationship with the Father, in His own leadership. We have only to look at His lasting impact to see the confidence we can have in choosing to live God-centered lives and selflessly lead by serving others.

  • Karin Conlee: Discovering God's purpose without the pressure

    When you feel like you don't measure up

    Podcast | October 18, 2016

    In today’s podcast Karin Conlee, author of Miss Perfect 9-week study for women, has a message for all women who constantly feel like they don’t measure up.

    Karin, by all worldly standards, had it all together-good education, great circle of friends, great boyfriend and, to top it all, good looks. Life seemed to be going great, until one day she realized that her security and her success ladder were leaning against the wrong wall. Despite all the external factors, Karin found herself empty and lacking on the inside.

  • Explore a Better Understanding of Your Spouse

    Using the Biblical DISC Assessment to Enhance Your Marriage

    Blog | Robert and Lori Ferguson | October 18, 2016

    As a couple married for over 30 years, we still have differing responses to new ideas. One of us needs extra time to digest a new idea; to ponder it and process it. The other grabs hold of new ideas with joy and just runs with them.

    We’re guessing that another 10 or 20 years of marriage won’t change much in this area. Chances are, when we’re closing in on our 80’s one of us will still be analyzing an idea and the other will already be out the door, embracing a new opportunity.