Articles | July 2017

  • When Will Won’t Do!

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | July 18, 2017

     It was June 1984, Annie and I were standing in the airport in Majorca, Spain.  We had already been married for 5 years and had lived in Clarksville, Tennessee and Frankfurt, Germany. This was the first time that we had really gotten away.  As we waited for our luggage, I reached into my pocket and pulled out my pack of cigarettes and realized that I had only one left.  I remember looking at that cigarette and thinking that Annie had never known me without a cigarette.

  • Love Alive

    Devotionals | July 17, 2017

    In 1st Corinthians 13, Paul listed characteristics of love. These vary from attitudes and motivations to behaviors and actions. We can praise God that these characteristics describe how He loves us. But Paul is writing to tell the people of God how love is to shape their interactions with one another. Leading like Jesus includes loving others like Jesus does. Who is Jesus calling you to love in His name?

  • Mind the Gap

    Devotionals | July 14, 2017

    Leading like Jesus begins with considering the state of our current leadership motivation and effectiveness. As we continue our transformational journey, we regularly make a practice of humbly examining ourselves—heart, head, hands, and habits—to discern how well our lives reflect Jesus. Wherever we discover gaps, we seek restoration with God and those we lead. Don’t let pride and fear keep you from receiving the forgiveness He offers and finding a new way forward.

  • Impulse

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | July 13, 2017

    “I’ll do it!” My husband, after our many years of marriage, wasn’t all that surprised I had volunteered to be the “weather reporter” on our NBC studio tour. It wasn’t as if I was pushing my way into the opportunity. Our tour guide kept urging our reluctant group to join in, and I wanted to help out. That’s just me. Today I have a DVD of myself waving my arms in front of a weather map while reading from the prompter. And I look quite the part too!

  • A Leader’s Speech

    Devotionals | July 12, 2017

    The words we speak reveal the state of our hearts. Our verbal responses to people and situations provide impromptu glimpses into the depths of our character. The writers of Psalms, Proverbs, and the prophets have much to say about our speech, as do Jesus and his brother James. We do well to remember who gave us our ability to speak, and to seek not only to lead like Jesus, but to speak like Jesus, honoring God and building up others.

  • Wisdom’s Child

    Devotionals | July 10, 2017

    Wisdom is one of the hallmarks of a good leader. It reveals itself outwardly in our decision-making, actions, and responses to daily situations. Wisdom also gives birth to humility, born of seeking and understanding life from God’s perspective. At some point, we realize that we do not have all the answers, we are not infallible, and we need God’s help to navigate our leadership responsibilities. An ongoing lack of humility reveals that we are not as wise as we may think. Seek God’s leadership perspective, and humbly pursue His agenda as you lead in Jesus’ name.

  • Daily Choices

    Devotionals | July 07, 2017

    Opportunities to choose between fear or God-confidence and pride or humility come each day. What may be an easy, quick choice for some, may be a hard, deliberate decision for another. It is not the ease or struggle of our choices that matters, but the choice itself. In choosing to live in humble, yet confident, dependence upon God, we honor Him, and we become more like Jesus. Our choices, even in the private places no one else sees, matter to Him, and ultimately, our daily choices shape our lives and our leadership.

  • Bob Willumsen: What Ladder Are You Climbing?

    Recognition vs. Legacy

    Podcast | July 05, 2017

    Bob Willumsen spent the first 12 years of his career in the hospital industry, working his way to the position of Chief Operating Officer of a major suburban hospital. During that tenure he also served as an operations consultant, helping hospital executive teams across the country find ways to work more effectively, producing measurable results for their organizations.

  • Demonstration of Power

    Devotionals | July 05, 2017

    The apostle Paul had a distinguished resume, and he worked tirelessly to spread the good news of Jesus throughout the Roman Empire. His letters to early churches form a significant portion of the New Testament writings. Yet Paul consistently pointed to God as the source of all that he accomplished. He insisted that it was the Spirit’s power, not his eloquence or efforts, that brought results. What fuels your leadership?