• Megan Pacheco

    Integrity and Leadership

    How Firm is Your Foundation?

    Blog | Megan Pacheco | August 07, 2018

    “Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain? The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous… who keeps an oath even when it hurts and does not change their mind.”  Psalm 15:1-4

    If someone asked for your definition of success, what would you say? Would you be able to list the values and foundation you are leading from? And most importantly, do those values you espouse actually pass real-life tests of your integrity?

    In 2005 tennis champion Andy Roddick was playing a match against Fernando Verdasco.

  • Lead With Love

    A Formula For Living Your Faith at Work

    Blog | Craig McAndrews | August 02, 2018

    There was a time when I thought the words love and work would never be used in the same sentence. I believed business was built on intense competition, boot-strapping operating methods and a commitment to winning. I finished college and transitioned into the business world in the early 1990s. During that time, several of the largest corporate layoffs in the history of business occurred. Terms like downsizing, rightsizing, and other fancy phrases for letting people go created a work environment that lacked trust.

  • Adjust, Adapt, Overcome

    Blog | Kim Rider | July 31, 2018

    It’s easy to be happy and laid back when things are going right. It’s easy to be a leader when there aren’t any conflicts or disruptions. Unfortunately, life isn’t perfect. So, what do you when the going gets tough? Billy Ocean, a singer popular in the 1980’s, sang a song that said, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” Sometimes that is easier said than done.

  • I Will Not Run With Scissors

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | July 26, 2018

    “I can’t believe he did it anyway” I thought, “he asked my opinion, I told him – NO. I didn’t think we should get involved in a new ministry. And he did it anyway.”  It happened again. That’s right, someone I love hurt me deeply by asking my advice and then doing the opposite of what I thought was best. I was livid. My passive-aggressive self-preserving anger turned into an erupting volcano of bitterness because I was unwilling to forgive. I was wronged; felt double-crossed and believed my loved one did not deserve to be forgiven.

  • How to Pray

    Blog | Karen McGuire | July 24, 2018

    Has anyone ever asked you, “How’s your prayer life?” or “How do you pray and when?” In my early life those seemed to be more popular questions than today.

    I first realized, as a young follower of Jesus, that my prayer life was lacking.  I came across a verse in Matthew (6:7) that said in the King James Version,

                “But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they    shall be heard for their much speaking.”

  • Preventing Being Disconnected

    Blog | Robert and Lori Ferguson | July 19, 2018

    Last week we were traveling in places where our cell phones didn’t work. These small devices we rely on for communication and connection, for information, education and even amusement, were useless.

    We would reach for our cell phones constantly, almost compulsively, and each time we were startled to discover how disconnected we felt when they didn’t work. It was disconcerting. (And not in a good way, either!) To add to this experience, the telephone land line was dead and there was no Wi-Fi.

  • God's Leadership Lesson

    The Freedom to Serve

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | July 17, 2018

    In July, the citizens of the United States celebrate our freedom and independence; concepts which are taken for granted often.  We celebrate a nation founded on the principles of freedom and independence.  In the Declaration of Independence, we not only proclaim our nation free from the rule of the British Empire; we acknowledge these as profound gifts from God: 

  • You're Doing It Wrong!

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | July 12, 2018

    “Mom, what do we DO with all of this?”

    My young children whispered their overwhelmed anxiety as they took in the array of china, silver, and crystal in front of each of them. Our family had been invited to a fancy wedding reception, children included. I knew they would behave well and appropriately since we had carefully guided their table manners over the years. However, these elaborate place settings intimidated us all.

  • Megan Pacheco

    Producing or Pretending?

    Blog | Megan Pacheco | July 10, 2018

    I recently heard a thought-provoking message from one of my pastors, Miles Welch. He unpacked an important relational principle from Galatians 6, one that deals with burdens and loads.

    Miles illustrated how getting this principle wrong can negatively impact us, our family relationships, our friendships and our workplace. Today I want to look at the way this principle of burdens and loads applies to teams.

    In the first few verses of Galatians 6 we read: “Carry each other’s burdens” and “Each one should carry their own load.”

  • Leadership Transparency

    4 Ways to Build It

    Blog | Charles Stone | July 05, 2018

    Leadership transparency can build or break trust. Without trust, leadership suffers. However, when a staff, customers, or congregation trust their leaders, good things happen. Several years ago, our church made some significant changes to our governance and our church constitution. After a two-year study process, our board of elders presented the changes to our church resulting in overwhelming approval, a unanimous vote. A key reason the process went so well was because they ruthlessly practiced leadership transparency.