Articles | January 2017

  • By What Authority

    Devotionals | January 30, 2017

    Jesus frequently found Himself in conflict with the religious and political leaders of His day. When He ignored or replaced their teaching and traditions, they bristled, challenging His right to make changes. “By what authority?” was their common rebuff. Whose authority undergirds your leadership decisions? As you set your sights on leading like Jesus, let God-confidence strengthen you to do what is right in the eyes of God, regardless of opposition.

  • Our Help

    Devotionals | January 27, 2017

    As leaders, at times we can easily fall into the trap of thinking that everything depends on us. We isolate ourselves—from God and those around us—taking a “lone wolf” approach to leadership. This stands in distinct contrast to a biblical model of leadership. God honors those who acknowledge their dependence on Him, and who seek and accept wise counsel as they approach the challenges of leadership. Wisdom is shown in acknowledging our need of God’s help, and in seeking His direction and intervention, instead of edging Him out of our leadership.

  • Different

    Devotionals | January 25, 2017

    Jesus’ leadership mandate draws a sharp line between power-based leadership and service-based leadership. It isn’t that leading like Jesus is powerless. On the contrary, leading like Jesus reflects a power greater than any power-based leader can offer. People were constantly amazed at Jesus. He radiated a spiritual authority that far-surpassed the worldly prestige and power of other leaders. Because He was here as God’s servant, the very power of God flowed through Him. His leadership model differs sharply from that of the world. What about yours?

  • Bob Phillips: Habits of Healthy Leaders

    Balancing Priorities

    Podcast | January 23, 2017

    Success often breeds self sufficiency. These are the words of Bob Phillips, Managing Chair of C-12 group in Memphis, TN. The C-12 organization provides Christian CEO’s and business owners with a safe place for sharing, learning and growing in order to incorporate faith into their businesses.

    In today’s podcast Bob walks us through keystone habits of healthy leaders. Some of the habits Bob focuses on are:

  • Walking with God

    Devotionals | January 23, 2017

    Walking with God implies that we keep pace with Him, go where He goes, and talk with Him along the way. It means we have opportunities to hear what He is thinking about and learn from Him. Sometimes it means walking into situations that we don’t understand, trusting His purposes. The first disciples walked with Jesus. Through the Spirit, we also can walk with Him. What difference will walking with Him make in your leadership today?

  • Overlooked Opportunities

    Devotionals | January 20, 2017

    Our work, career, church, and community leadership roles are often the first things that come to mind when we think about leadership. These public spheres of influence may seem to offer the most potential for pointing to Jesus as the greatest leadership role model of all time. Yet few of us would say that leaders in these settings have been the most influential in our lives. Typically, our lives have been most shaped by those with whom we have close, personal relationships—parents, family members, intimate friends.

  • Critics: Stay Away or Draw Close to Them?

    Blog | Charles Stone | January 19, 2017

    Criticism hurts, especially the non-constructive kind. We tend to stay away from such critics. But is that the wisest choice? Should we draw close to them instead of pulling away from them?

    Murray Bowen, the father of family systems, coined the phrase “non-anxious presence.” He used this term to describe a personal quality that when a leader exhibits it, can keep a family or a group’s overall emotional reactivity and anxiety down. He and others suggest that leaders should not cut off their critics, but should actually stay connected to them in a calm way.

  • Indelible Stamp

    Devotionals | January 18, 2017

    The early disciples were indelibly marked by their time with Jesus. Regardless of the opposition they faced, they could not deny Him. People might jeer, even persecute them for believing in Him and proclaiming Him as Messiah, but they could not forget nor ignore who He was and the impact of their time with Him. His life, teaching, death, and resurrection shaped their perspectives, priorities, goals, and values from that time forward.

  • Restore the Wonder

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | January 17, 2017

    “Christians should be the most wonder-filled people in the world,” says writer Matthew Woodley. God created us to wonder. Wonder is an emotion aroused primarily by being in amazement. Wonder used as a verb is to notice, to marvel, and to be amazed. For some, the opposite may be our tendency. We are in a time crunch; we feel pressured to accomplish all that is on our plate, resulting in depression, sadness, exhaustion, or mood swings. The problem may be that we have forgotten how to wonder. Toddlers have an uncanny sense of marveling over even the smallest creature in creation.