Articles | January 2018

  • Competition

    Devotionals | January 31, 2018

    Jesus never used competition or comparison as tools to motivate His followers. These methods keep the focus on the individual, not the goal. As a group, the challenge facing the disciples was great; internal stresses would only undermine their progress. In contrast to inciting the disciples to prove themselves by outperforming one other, Jesus emphasized self-sacrifice and mutual service in pursuit of their shared goal. This environment would allow each person to give their best and set the stage for collaboration.

  • Look to Jesus

    Devotionals | January 29, 2018

    What challenges do you face today? What pressures weigh on you? Where do you need guidance or correction and redirection? Jesus knows the challenges and pressures we face. His knowledge is not a detached, objective acknowledgement of fact, but the intimate knowledge that comes from experiencing pressure and opposition in fulfilling His mission. Look to Him, talk with Him, and let Him show you the way to lead in His name.

  • God's Faithfulness

    Devotionals | January 26, 2018

    Jeremiah’s deep sorrow over Jerusalem’s destruction spills out in the book of Lamentations. In the midst of it all, Jeremiah clings to God’s name, His character. Jeremiah’s words remind us that we as leaders bear the stress and sorrow of both God and people. Following in His footsteps and the footsteps of Jesus, we look to God’s unchanging character and cling to Him in all circumstances. God’s eternal faithfulness is the bedrock of our hope as leaders.

  • Poor, Hungry, Desperate

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | January 25, 2018

    I did a lot of soul searching upon a recent re-entry from a mission trip to one of the poorest countries in the world – Uganda. Extreme poverty is defined as living on $1.25 or less a day. Almost one in three people in sub-Saharan Africa go hungry, far higher than any other region in the world, with the exception of South Asia. Yet, in many ways Africans are wealthier than billionaire Steve Jobs. And the peoples’ contentment has nothing do with whether or not their stomach is full. On the contrary, their satisfaction has to do with their focus and attitude toward their Creator.

  • The Importance of Love

    Devotionals | January 24, 2018

    Love is the essence of leading like Jesus. God’s love for us, demonstrated in Jesus’ selfless coming to do for us what we could not do for ourselves, opens the way into relationship with God. As God’s love is poured out into our hearts, its selfless and redemptive power transforms us. As we practice habits that draw us closer in our relationship with God, we begin to love like He loves, to lay down our lives in pursuit of His priorities and the people He loves. Let love lead you to selflessly lead like Jesus today.

  • Live Rightly and Well

    Blog | Karen McGuire | January 23, 2018

    I have heard of an unusual number of deaths recently – young and old. Family and friends scurry around to discover the best way to say who this person was to those that matter. In obituaries, tributes, conversations, people describe who this person was to them. Sometimes those memories are painful or difficult; sometimes it’s relief after a long illness or debilitating disease. Regardless, these situations are always sad on some level.

  • Encouragement

    Devotionals | January 22, 2018

    Have you ever stopped to consider the importance of encouragement, the act of coming alongside another person? This is what the Spirit does for us as He breathes new life, hope, comfort, and guidance into our lives. This is who we are called to be, leaders who serve people by coming alongside them to help them according to their needs. Sometimes our encouragement is tangible and practical, other times it comes through words and presence. Everyone everywhere needs encouragement. Where do you need God’s encouragement? Who will you come alongside today in Jesus’ name?

  • Accountability in the workplace

    Holding your leader accountable

    Q&A | January 19, 2018

    I need tips on how to hold the "BOSS" accountable. Not morally, but just making sure that he is taking care of his part of the day to day business. Many times, I feel like I am dragging him along and am having to backtrack and check up on him.


    When you google accountability in the workplace, most of the search results pull up tips and suggestions for leaders on how to keep those they lead accountable.

  • What’s Next

    Devotionals | January 19, 2018

    “What’s next?” It’s a question we’re all familiar with. We often ask it in pursuit of achieving a goal or with a sense of accomplishment in completing a task. Conversely, it may come from a sense of confusion, failure or hopelessness. The answer may be readily apparent, or it may require reflection and critical thinking. As you pursue the answer to your ‘what’s next’ question, seek God’s perspective so that you can move forward with confidence. Where are you asking God for direction?