Articles | October 2017

  • Take Initiative

    Dealing with Difficult Conversations

    Blog | Owen Phelps | October 31, 2017

    It was one of those awkward moments for everyone – and especially for Jesus, who had to engage two difficult conversations in a matter of minutes.

    You’ll find the story in the 20th chapter of Matthew’s Gospel, where we meet the mother of the apostles James and John – perhaps history’s first ever pushy “stage mother.” She’s no fool. As she approaches to ask a favor, we’re told she paid him homage and then indicated she had a question to ask. He invites her to ask it.

  • Encountering Jesus

    Devotionals | October 30, 2017

    What life-changing moments have shaped your life and leadership? Was there a person or situation that shaped how you think about what it means to be a leader or what it looks like to lead others? Perhaps someone displayed a real interest in you and your potential. Perhaps someone challenged you to live differently or encouraged you to develop yourself in some way. Perhaps a moment of failure caused you to realize you needed to change. When did you hear Jesus’ call to lead by serving? What difference has encountering Jesus made in your leadership?

  • In Light of God

    Devotionals | October 27, 2017

    From a human perspective, our challenges can appear overwhelming at times. Seen in light of God’s goodness, sovereignty, and power, though, challenges can become holy ground. Scripture teaches us to enter prayer with a reverent awareness of God’s presence and character, and to bring our prayers and petitions to God, along with thanksgiving. As thanksgiving tunes our hearts to God’s worth and goodness, our hearts grow in humility and God-confidence.

  • Megan Pacheco

    What Is the Basis of Your Leadership?

    Moral Absolutes vs. Momentary Convenience

    Blog | Megan Pacheco | October 26, 2017

    When you think about it, all our decisions derive their basis from a specific “somewhere.” That “somewhere” differs from person to person, but if we look beyond the surface, the root of our leadership and decision-making will most likely stem from one of two sources.

    We make decisions that originate either from our moral compass and those moral absolutes ingrained deep inside of us, or from a sense of momentary convenience and what’s most beneficial and expedient to “me” right now.

  • Abandoning Self-Confidence

    Devotionals | October 25, 2017

    When our confidence is in ourselves, our results are limited to what we alone can accomplish. Even the highest level of human competence, wisdom, and experience pales in comparison to God’s. When our confidence is in God, we can experience God-sized, God-shaped results. As we admit our need for His intervention and ask Him to equip us to accomplish what lies before us, He does what only He can do. Where do you need to abandon self-confidence and exchange it for God-confidence?

  • 5 Leadership Lessons I Learned from my Dogs

    Blog | Charles Stone | October 24, 2017

    I love dogs. We’ve owned as many as four at one time. One currently makes her home with us. Lulu (in the picture on the left) is a combination of a cat, a rat, and a dog. She’s as quick as a cat and looks like a hybrid rat-dog. She was a stray when we took her in “for just a few days until we find her owner.” We became the owners. 


  • Jesus-like Humility

    Devotionals | October 23, 2017

    Humility has a bad reputation in many circles of leadership, even among some Christians. Yet in Jesus we see the ultimate picture of true humility as He humbles Himself to come and, at the cost of His life, serve those whose very existence depends upon Him. Jesus-like humility is characterized by selfless service and sacrificial obedience. Does your life and leadership reflect Jesus-like humility or self-exalting pride?

  • Seasons of Influence

    Devotionals | October 20, 2017

    Seasons of influence come and go. Children are with us for a short time. Friends come into our lives, some to stay, some for a season. Students complete their programs of study before moving into new seasons of life. People change jobs or move to different parts of the world. Jesus Himself was with His disciples for only a short time before His mission on earth was completed. Take advantage of the seasons of influence you currently have. Build into the lives of those God brings across your path today.

  • Steadfast

    Devotionals | October 18, 2017

    Jesus could steadfastly pursue God’s agenda despite ongoing obstacles. He overcame the devil’s testing. He persevered even when His family and disciples misunderstood His passion and plan. Neither internal disputes among the disciples nor external opposition derailed Him. He remained fixed on the goal of exalting God only through His life. His life shows us the importance of beginning our leadership at the level of our personal relationship with God, with an understanding of whose we are and who we are.