Articles | Courage

  • Be Determined

    Blog | Karen McGuire | August 24, 2017

    I recently lead a teaching time for a monthly call that Lead Like Jesus hosts for our leadership development facilitators. I spoke with them about Nehemiah. Years before, I had read a book by Warren Wiersbe – one of my favorite theologians – on Nehemiah and learned much about leadership.

    Here’s some background on Nehemiah. The Children of Israel were divided into two Kingdoms when Solomon’s son, Rehoboam was king in 930 BC. The two kingdoms were Israel (consisting of 10 tribes) and Judah (consisting of Judah and Benjamin).

  • Are you a Bogey or a Birdie Leader?

    Blog | Charles Stone | May 25, 2017

    I must confess that I don’t play golf. I’ve only played it once, unless you count dinosaur carpet golf our family often played while on vacation. However, several years ago my father-in-law tried to interest me in the sport. He gave me a set of nice used clubs. But, I never used them. Three years later he asked me how my game was going. Chagrined, I had to admit that I never played with them. He asked me to give them back to him (he really did). Although I don’t play the game, I know a few key terms such as birdie, bogey, and par.

  • Phyllis

    Courageous Leadership

    Blog | Phyllis Hennecy Hendry | October 06, 2016

    Have you ever had a really bad moment? A moment when you let yourself down and others who depended on you? A moment when you were not your best self? A moment that would embarrass you if others knew? Even as I type these words, I am convicted by those moments in my life.

  • Heather Day

    Shake it Off, and Take a Step Up

    Blog | Heather Day | June 16, 2016

    One of the great privileges of my adult life is to live in close proximity to my parents. My dad’s three-decade pastoral adventure led him from northwest Missouri to churches in Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Nebraska and Ohio. Now with him retired from full-time ministry, I count it a sweet and extraordinary blessing that they have permanently landed less than three miles away from my home in Bourbonnais, Illinois.

  • Megan Pacheco

    Doing the Right Thing...Even When It Hurts

    Blog | Megan Pacheco | May 10, 2016

    “It is true that integrity alone won't make you a leader, but without integrity, you will never be one.” Zig Ziglar

    In May 2005, Andy Roddick, the top seeded U.S. tennis player, was playing a match in the Rome Masters against much lower seeded Fernando Verdasco. Fernando had already lost the first set and was about to lose the second. As Fernando served for what seemed his last opportunity to save the game, the umpire called his ball out, giving the match to Roddick. By all accounts, Andy was the winner.

  • Megan Pacheco

    The Trap of Silence

    Blog | Megan Pacheco | March 29, 2016

    Have you ever been afraid to speak up, especially about a controversial issue? Whether as a friend, a spouse, or a co-worker, have you ever kept quiet because you were afraid of being labeled as “negative” or “not a team player”?

    I know I have… too many times to count. I guess you could say I chose the safety of silence over potential negative consequences.