• Life-affirming Relationships

    Devotionals | September 07, 2015

    Each season of the year brings opportunities to connect with family members and friends. Vacations, holidays, or simply day-to-day activities and weekends allow us to enjoy time with those close to us. Strong, healthy relationships allow trust to flourish, and trusting relationships create a climate that allows influence to grow. Like Jesus did with His friends and disciples, take advantage of opportunities to spend time with family and friends. Relax together. Value one another. Talk, laugh, listen, encourage, and build one another up.

  • Reflecting Reality

    Devotionals | September 04, 2015

    John’s gospel, like his letters, reflect a lifetime of knowing and serving Jesus. It is only in John’s gospel that we have the story of Jesus’ washing the disciples’ feet and Jesus’ prayer as He prepared for the cross. The depth of John’s insight and simplicity of his writing show that he has internalized the message of living, loving, and leading like Jesus. Does Jesus’ leadership perspective permeate our lives so that we, too, reveal Jesus in all we say and do?

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    Back to the Basics

    Blog | Phyllis Hennecy Hendry | September 02, 2015

     

    As we round the corner from summer into fall, vacations are behind us and school is back in session. It’s time to get back to the basics.

    My father, who spent most of his life working bi-vocationally – as a supervisor in construction projects and also pastoring – was a master at reminding me of what was most important.

  • Uncommon Courtesy

    Devotionals | September 02, 2015

    “Please” and “thank you,” “I’m sorry” and “you’re welcome” are common phrases that we teach children. Spoken from a sincere heart, these simple words have great power to build trusting relationships. How often do these words come from our lips throughout the day? Too often, we can begin to presume that we are owed the service of others, that they should simply know what we want, that we don’t need to express appreciation for little things, or that they should simply understand when we are distracted or irritable. Common courtesy is often uncommon today.  

  • Bob Pike: Trainer in the Congo

    News | September 01, 2015

    He’s believed in the heart behind Lead Like Jesus since its conception, and in June, Bob Pike risked a yellow fever vaccination to take that heart overseas.

    Bob laughs that his wife wasn’t always the biggest fan of a trip to the Congo for someone his age. “But I knew this was what the Lord wanted me to do.”

  • Nearly 2,000 pastors from 15 countries benefitted from Lead Like Jesus training during the annual International Pastors Conference held in Uyo, Nigeria on July 7-10. Participants learned how to increase their personal and organizational influence through the Encounter leadership workshop, facilitated by LLJ Chief International Officer Jim Montgomery.

    “The LLJ Encounter part of the conference was well appreciated,” says Mike Okuneye, Lead Like Jesus’ national representative for Nigeria.

  • Through a blossoming relationship between the Mid-Atlantic Baptist Network/BCMD and Lead Like Jesus, churches surrounding the U.S. capital are being trained and equipped to increase their lasting impact.

    As the network’s Team Strategist for Church Strengthening, Randy Millwood (Columbia, Maryland) serves as a leadership coach. It is his role to provide leadership development environments and training opportunities for approximately 550 autonomous Baptist churches in Maryland, Delaware, Washington D.C., Virginia, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

  • Real People, Real Problems

    Devotionals | August 31, 2015

    Jesus came into the real world, a world filled with real people who have real problems. Some days we are the ones calling others to live up to the high calling we have in Jesus, and some days we are the ones who need to hear and respond to Jesus’s call. Even as we extend grace and encouragement to others, we need it for ourselves. Don’t neglect the habit of allowing God to encourage and strengthen you through Scripture and heartfelt prayer. As we receive God’s hope and encouragement, we will be able to pass it on to others.

  • God and God Only

    Devotionals | August 28, 2015

    The temptation to please people rather than God typically stems from a desire to be well thought of by those around us, whether friends, family, coworkers, leaders, or people in general. Instead of exalting God, these people-pleasing tendencies exalt other people and our own desires. Living to exalt God alone pleases Him and ultimately serves the best interests of others, whether or not they realize it at the time. What tends to replace God as the center of your life? Keep the eyes of your heart focused on pleasing and exalting God as you lead like Jesus today.

  • We Are Accountable to God

    Blog | August 27, 2015

    Timothy McVeigh, the man convicted of the 1995 bombing that killed 168 people at a federal office building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, wrote these words before his 2001 execution: “I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.”

    McVeigh was sadly mistaken. Like everyone on earth, he was accountable to God. In Ezekiel 18:4 the Lord said, “all souls are Mine,” and in verse 20 He added, “The soul who sins shall die.”

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