• Power and Peace

    Devotionals | July 06, 2020

    Paul declares the lasting impact of Jesus’ sacrifice on the gaping religious and social divide of his day. Jesus’ offer of peace with God still stands today. He welcomes us into the new humanity that is shaped by the cross, the ultimate picture and path of reconciliation and peace.

  • Leading Dependently

    Devotionals | July 03, 2020

    Jesus never intended for us to lead in our limited human power. Instead, He sends His Spirit to empower us and testify with us. The Spirit of Truth fills us with wisdom and prompts us to serve and love as Jesus did. The Spirit is another comforter and helper, just as Jesus was. He ministers to and through us as we abide in Him and depend on Him.

  • God’s Love for People

    Devotionals | June 29, 2020

    God’s heart for the world includes all people. The vision He gave John reveals people of every nationality and language group, encompassing people groups throughout the world. In God’s eyes, all people are made in His image with God-given value and worth. Jesus came to reconcile the whole world to the Father. Look at the people around you. How do your motivations and beliefs reflect God’s love for people? Where does God want to transform your perspective to align with His?

  • Deep Concern

    Devotionals | June 26, 2020

    Nehemiah’s concern about the vulnerable state of Jerusalem and the people of Israel led him to call out to God. He identified with God’s people, confessing their sin as well as his own family’s sin. His prayer reflects his sorrow and deep concern for God’s people and his deep trust in God. What concerns cause you to call out to God?

  • The 6 Biggest Leadership Gaps Pastors Face

    Blog | Charles Stone | June 25, 2020

    In research for my third book, I discovered six fundamental weaknesses or gaps that leaders in general and pastors face particularly in some degree. These are based on insight from a perspective on how we deal with our emotions called family systems. To which leadership gap do you tend to default?

    GAP 1: EMOTIONAL REACTIVITY (low emotional restraint)

    Description: The phrase emotional reactivity self-defines itself. It’s seen in pastors who either outwardly or inwardly emotionally react to others when under stress.

  • The Importance of Humility

    Devotionals | June 24, 2020

    Humility is crucial to learning to lead like Jesus. It first requires us to admit that there might be more to leadership than we think. It involves letting Jesus expose and evaluate our leadership motivations. The beliefs that inform our leadership perspectives. How we think of the people we work with and for. Our willingness—or lack of willingness—to consider their well-being, not simply focusing on how they can benefit us. Of meeting them at their point of need rather than our own. Of treating people like Jesus treats people.

  • Shaken But Not Moved

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | June 23, 2020

    We haven’t had a break. We’ve gone from pandemic to protests. Most of us haven’t been able to gather in person for church services for several months. Children are out of school. Adults are out of jobs. Life as we knew it half a year ago is totally different now. We may be certain – we are shaken but not moved. God is moving with grace, love, and power. You and I can make a daily choice – to keep a laser focus on God’s constant presence, power, and purpose, not on what is going on around us. We can rest in the stability of an almighty God who holds the future.

  • Words to Live By

    Devotionals | June 22, 2020

    New Testament “epistles” were written to believers scattered across the ancient world. They address challenges being experienced in local churches. Explain theology. Remind believers of the value of knowing Jesus. Encourage perseverance and faith amid challenges. Exhort disciples to live today with an eye on the future God has in store for them. Their lessons and encouragement remain available to you today. Which of these do you need so you can love, live, and lead like Jesus?

  • Blessings that Empower

    Devotionals | June 19, 2020

    Consider the following blessings that are ours in Christ Jesus. The Spirit baptizes us into one body, the body of Christ, and nourishes us with God’s lifegiving power (1 Cor. 12:12-27). We have become children of God, having been adopted into the family of God (John 1:12-13, Romans 8:14-16). Jesus has prayed for us to enter the unity that He and the Father share (John 17:20-23). How do these blessings empower and influence your leadership?