• Begin with a Whisper

    Blog | Robert and Lori Ferguson | December 11, 2018

    We’ve been engaged in a season of change. This constant change, though it’s mostly good, has worn at us till our positivity has begun to fray. 

    You’ve been to that crumbling edge, haven’t you?

    Not enough good sleep. A tickle that blossoms into a hacking cough. Too much fast food, and fast talking with not enough deep conversation about what’s important. The challenge of teammates who’ve misplaced the mission, the hassle of technology gone awry, and endlessly shifting expectations and reactions. It’s not all bad. Not really. But it does stretch leadership engagement.

  • Gratitude is Great Medicine

    Blog | Owen Phelps | December 06, 2018

    “In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.”

    1 Thessalonians 5:18

    Thanksgiving has come and gone. For some, the time to be grateful will come again next year. For me every day is Thanksgiving. There is a lot of empirical research that shows being constantly grateful is a better way to live.

  • Compliments or Flattery?

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | November 29, 2018

    “Let’s clap for Mom for a wonderful meal!”

    Our youngest, just a baby in the high chair, joined his older siblings for an enthusiastic acclamation of my dinner. My husband started this tradition when our oldest daughter was that little diner with a food-smeared bib. She couldn’t express with words her appreciation for the food served to her. But he knew that she had learned to “patty cake” and would quickly join in to applaud her mother.

  • Ambitiously Anticipating Advent

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | November 27, 2018

    “When can we open our presents?” my eight-year old daughter asked. “Only seven more sleeps,” I said. I’d been teaching my children to be patient through a special ‘finding the baby Jesus’ hide and seek game we played each morning before I sent them off to school. They were looking forward to opening their gifts and daily anticipated the arrival of Jesus’ birthday. Maybe you, too, are looking forward to something, as you await the arrival of company to join in your holiday festivities, school to be on break or to unwrap presents placed under the Christmas tree.

  • Leadership Lessons from Hallmark Movies

    Blog | Kim Rider | November 22, 2018

    I love Hallmark movies – especially the Christmas ones!  I call it the adult fairy tale channel. It amazes me how they can take the same, highly predictable plot and make it work in so many ways – boy & girl meet, they fall for each other, have some form of conflict, and then discover their happily ever after together. If we dig a little deeper into the plots, we can learn some valuable leadership lessons.


  • Thanksgiving

    If We Aren’t Acting, We’re Lip-Synching

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | November 20, 2018

    Thanksgiving Day is often marked with an “official” day off from work, holiday sales, annual pageants and parades, and of course, football.  But as Thanksgiving Day approaches, we need to make a distinction between the “tradition” and “the meaning of Thanksgiving.” 

  • You're Not Done Yet

    5 Ways to Mentor Others

    Blog | Robert and Lori Ferguson | November 15, 2018

    Are you finishing up your term, heading toward that magic age which society says is the finish line, or just closing a particular chapter? Are you experiencing a change in your life? Maybe your children have flown the coop, or your spouse is no longer living. Or maybe someone else has taken over a leadership role that was yours.  

    So now you think you’re done.

    Well, God sees things differently.

    As Paul stated to the Philippians, God wants to complete the good work He started in you:

  • 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…