• How Lincoln and Lead Like Jesus Saved a Friendship

    Blog | Owen Phelps | November 13, 2018

    In some versions of the Lead Like Jesus Encounter, participants are asked to discuss a story from the Civil War. In it, a Colonel Scott, one of the commanders of troops guarding the Capital from attack by Confederate forces in Northern Virginia, comes to President Lincoln to request a dear favor.

    Scott’s wife had been in Washington to help nurse him back to health from an illness. But on the way home the steamship on which she was a passenger was involved in a collision in Chesapeake Bay and she drowned.

  • 6 Dangers of Self-Appointed Leaders

    Blog | Charles Stone | November 08, 2018

    Malcolm Webber is one of my favorite authors. In one of my favorite books of his, Healthy Leaders, he draws insight from a self-appointed leader named Korah described in the Old Testament book of Numbers, chapters 16-17. I’ve paraphrased these dangers below and contrasted them with 6 qualities of true God-appointed leaders.

    Self-appointed leaders…

  • A Vision of Greater Things

    Blog | Paul Swamidass | November 01, 2018

            One of the most exhilarating moments recorded in the gospels occurred when Nathaniel met Jesus Christ; he exclaimed: “… Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” (John 1:49, ESV). Jesus’ response was timeless: “… You will see greater things than these” (John 1:50). In American slang, for emphasis, Jesus might have sounded like this: “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet!”  

  • Serving or Being Served:

    Which is Your Style?

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | October 25, 2018

    Within the past month, we have lost two iconic Americans that should cause us to pause and question our motivation as leaders, citizens, employees, church or family members.  Senator John S. McCain and Aretha Franklin are far from similar.  The differences between them are more than just racial, gender, or even geographical; however, despite their differences there are some common threads throughout their lives. 

  • Where Is Your Here?

    Blog | Karen McGuire | October 23, 2018

    You may be familiar with the phrase, “Bloom where you are planted,” which was popular several years ago. It simply meant to do the best you can wherever you happen to find yourself regardless of the circumstances. Of course, if you’ve lived any time at all, you know that is more difficult to do than to say.

  • Encouraging Other Couples

    Blog | Robert and Lori Ferguson | October 18, 2018

    We’ve been interested in encouraging husbands and wives for quite a while. From what we see in North America, our environment isn’t an easy place for couples to thrive. Marriage is hard. It takes perseverance, effort and huge helpings of grace. A little encouragement from others can go a long way, especially from a person in leadership.

    Have you ever tried to encourage couples you lead?

  • Will the Real Me Please Stand?

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | October 16, 2018

    “I am doing just fine.” I blurted. I lied to myself; I thought if I wanted the words to be true and then spoke them aloud to my concerned friend, I might convince my frozen emotions to respond appropriately. I knew the drill. I was an actress. Not on the big screen or Broadway, of course, but I expertly manipulated people and situations, putting a cheerful smile on my face to assure everyone all was well, while inside I wished I could die. I hid my real self. I was good at impersonating. On the outside, I appeared professional and appropriate to my roles.

  • Women in the Workplace

    What Would Jesus Do?

    Blog | Owen Phelps | October 11, 2018

    The rise of the #MeToo movement – and most especially the recent U.S. Senate hearings regarding the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh – has more than a few men feeling very vulnerable in the workplace, most especially about false accusations.

    I’ve heard that from men. And recently the sentiment was very publicly expressed when Donald Trump Jr., the father of three sons and two daughters, said that the #MeToo movement has him more worried for his sons than for his daughters.