• When Jesus Speaks

    Devotionals | May 13, 2015

    Whose opinion do you wait to hear before forming your own opinion? Whose voice rings loudest in your ear when you face challenging decisions? Jesus' constant call to the crowd was "Listen! Listen and understand! Find wisdom! Find life!" Why did the Hebrews who had been delivered from slavery wander for 40 years and never enter the Promised Land? Because they chose to listen to other voices instead of God's, refusing to trust His promise. Whose voice will you listen to as you step out to be a voice of influence today?

  • Living Bread, Fresh Faith

    Devotionals | May 11, 2015

    As the Hebrews wandered in the wilderness they lived on manna, which appeared each day according to God's promise and provision. Hoarding yesterday's manna did them no good, since each morning God provided what they needed to sustain them. In a similar way, we are called to trust God anew day by day, living in fresh faith, knowing that He will provide for the needs and challenges of the day ahead. Jesus is our bread from heaven who lives eternally. Humbly and confidently trust Him to provide for you today.

    I am the bread of life.—John 6:48

  • Giving Honor Where It Is Due

    Devotionals | May 08, 2015

    We are who we are because someone else has built into our lives. Jesus, certainly, but most likely there are others who have come alongside us and believed in us through the years. Not one of us is able to claim that we are self-made people. Parents, teachers, family members, friends, and associates have taught us through their words and examples, have supported and challenged us. Who do you need to thank for their influence in your life? How can you honor them by the way you live and lead?

  • Following Jesus' Custom

    Devotionals | May 04, 2015

    Can you remember a significant teacher in your life, a person without whose influence you would not be the same person? It may be someone who believed in you, who said just the right thing at the right time or challenged you when you needed it. Investing time, energy, wisdom, and skill in the lives of others, teachers trust that their work will make a life-changing difference in people's lives. Jesus invested His life in teaching others. How are you following His custom?

  • When you disagree with those who lead you
    Heather Day

    When You Disagree with Those Who Lead You (Part II)

    Blog | Heather Day | May 01, 2015

    Where two or three are gathered….. there’s sure to be conflict.

    Conflict is not inherently bad.  As I’ve heard it said before, if two leaders agree on everything, one of them is probably not needed. Whether it’s within a church, a business, or even (perhaps especially!) a marriage, strength is found when we value and explore alternate viewpoints. 

  • Heart

    Devotionals | May 01, 2015

    Where is your trust today? Is it flourishing, God-confident, ready to take on the world? Or is today one of those days when it takes a mental effort to trust that God is at work in and through you? Jesus called the crowds to trust Him, assuring them that trust in Him is well-placed. Your salvation, your relationship with God, your empowering by the Holy Spirit, your ability to live and lead in Jesus' name, all is secure when you trust Jesus.

  • Jakarta Indonesia

    In support of the growing opportunities for leadership training and development throughout Southeast Asia, Chief International Officer Jim Montgomery will travel to Indonesia and the Philippines during the month of May.

    Jim will be traveling to Jakarta, Indonesia, May 4-11 to help develop a strategy for national expansion and to train facilitators. There will also be two Encounters held during his time there — one for ministry and church leaders, and one for 50 business leaders in Jakarta.

  • An Endless Supply

    Devotionals | April 29, 2015

    What do you need today in order to lead like Jesus leads? Wisdom, grace, understanding, compassion, courage, confidence, humility, strength, patience, encouragement? Jesus found all that He needed in His Father. In relationship with the Father, Jesus could freely pour out His need in prayer, knowing that He was being heard and that His Father would answer out of His unending goodness and love. We can have that same confidence. The Father is a trustworthy confidante, and He is more than willing to lead us as we look to Him.

  • Millennials

    Today’s young people who fall into the Millennial generation (born approximately between 1980 and 2000) are receiving an education that concentrates almost entirely on developing intellectual intelligence instead of emotional intelligence. Upon graduation, many of them find themselves ill equipped for a workforce that is primarily looking for people of character.