• Plan to Succeed

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | May 23, 2019

    You’ve failed. Again. It’s time to reorganize. Start over. Begin again. Use a fresh approach, a new strategy. When you are discouraged, it’s probably not that you are doing the wrong thing, but you might be doing it in the wrong way. Our natural temptation is to give up on our dream. We think, “Maybe God didn’t give me this dream in the first place.” No, it’s probably just the opposite. However, it might be time to expand your vision and ask God to give you new ways of thinking.

  • Leadership Lessons from the Game of Golf

    Blog | Kim Rider | May 21, 2019

    I grew up with a father and a brother who were both avid golfers.  My father attempted to teach me the game as well.  I caught on but not to the extent that my brother did.  I played more for fun than for competition. Now that I am much older, I decided that golf would be a good hobby since my children are grown and I needed something to do with all that time that was spent raising children!  My husband and I play about once a week, weather permitting.  As I have watched and played golf over the years, I’ve seen several leadership lessons that can be learned from the game of golf.

  • Create a Spiritual Wellness Program to Avoid Plateauing

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | May 16, 2019

    Summer typically signals the end of the school year. We plan time to vacation, visit families, travel to amusement or national parks, barbeques or maybe head to the beach.  It may also be the time when our spiritual lives plateau.  Like any fitness or exercise program, we need a spiritual wellness plan to remain active and avoid plateauing. 

  • Defining Moments

    Blog | Karen McGuire | May 14, 2019

    I’ve been thinking about events in my life recently and the impact they’ve had on who I’ve become as an adult. describes a defining moment as an event which typifies or determines all subsequent related occurrences; a point at which the essential nature or character of a person, group, etc., is revealed or identified.

  • God Really Does Love Us, Warts and All

    Blog | Owen Phelps | May 09, 2019

    A couple of years ago I was leading a Ministry Formation class on leadership when someone asked me: “What is the most difficult thing about helping people to become Jesus-like leaders?”

    My brain told me I needed a moment to think about that. But my mouth blurted out an answer.

    “Getting people to realize and appreciate that God really does love them unconditionally.”

    And there it was. Out in front of God and everybody – or at least in front of the 25 or so people in the room.

  • 4 Questions to Help you Discover your Leadership Bias

    Blog | Charles Stone | May 07, 2019

    A couple of years ago 65 leaders from Southern Ontario attended our first annual Nfluence conference at West Park Church, London. It was a great time to learn from three seasoned pastors, Dr. Dom RusoSteve Adams, and myself. In one session Dom explained how to empower the next generation. One insight he shared that particularly struck me was this.

  • Megan Pacheco

    Nice Guys Finish Last

    Or Do They?

    Blog | Megan Pacheco | April 30, 2019

    “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:31-32 (ESV)

  • Operator, Can You Help Me With This Call?

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | April 25, 2019

    In 1972, inspired by his military service, Jim Croce wrote and recorded the song “Operator (That’s Not the Way It Feels).”  According to his widow, Ingrid, while at training, Croce felt disconnected from the things and people that he loved. He routinely saw lines of soldiers waiting to use the telephone, many calling about Dear John letters received. Because they did not always have telephone numbers or numbers had been changed, they relied on the help of the telephone operator to be connected.

  • Time

    Numbering Our Days

    Blog | Karen McGuire | April 23, 2019

    What was your first reaction when you read the first word? Maybe you just cringed. Maybe you thought I don’t have enough of it. Maybe you thought that time was getting away from you as your kids, grandkids and others grow taller, older, smarter.