• 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.

  • Comparing

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | October 09, 2018

    “So, do you like it?” she asked cautiously, expecting me to offer a less-than-approving comment.

    “Like it? I love it!”

    “Well, it isn’t the nicest house in town, but we worked to get it ready for you the best we could.”

    I couldn’t say enough to assure the wife of the church trustee that this three-bedroom parsonage was absolutely wonderful. Compared to the apartments and, more recently, the 60-foot trailer we’d lived in during the past five years, this was a mansion!

  • Healthy Leaders Look Like an Avocado

    Blog | Charles Stone | October 04, 2018

    I love avocados. They add a nice touch to a ham sandwich. And without them we wouldn’t enjoy guacamole with our chips. But avocados also provide a good metaphor for a healthy leader. Every leader needs a strong inner spiritual and emotional core, what I call a healthy spiritual immune system that helps us ward off leadership viruses like people pleasing, margin-less leadership, and inflexibility. Here’s how an avocado pictures a healthy leader.