• How Would Jesus Celebrate Mother’s Day

    Blog | Robert and Lori Ferguson | May 10, 2018

    Mother's Day is celebrated in many parts of the world as a day to honor mothers and motherhood.  In the United States, Canada, and Australia it is celebrated on the 2nd Sunday in May.

    One indicator of the importance of Mother’s Day is that it’s the busiest day of the year for phone calls, with an estimated 122 million phone calls made in the U.S. alone.  There’s a natural desire in most people to want to honor their mother, if it’s possible. That’s why billions of dollars are spent on buying flowers, cards, and taking Mom out to dinner.

  • Sound Learning

    Devotionals | May 09, 2018

    In a world of readily available information (true, false, or misguided), it is wise to consider the source upon which we base our decision-making and actions. The Old Testament, tested and tried for millennia, was the basis upon which Jesus based His worldview. His teaching and ministry subsequently provided the basis for the New Testament writings. The wisdom of God’s Word is available to anyone who will pay attention and allow the Spirit to teach them and shape their perspective. What shapes your worldview? What role does Scripture play in your understanding as a leader?

  • Leadership Begins on the Inside

    Blog | Owen Phelps | May 08, 2018

    Leadership is about relationships more than structure – much more. So it may seem counter-intuitive that leadership begins on the inside. But effective leadership, especially Jesus-like leadership, does begin on the inside. It starts with the leader’s motivation.

    If we don’t get the heart right, not much else can turn out good either. 

  • Reflection

    Devotionals | May 07, 2018

    No matter what role you find yourself in—family member or friend, parent, ministry leader, or corporate or organizational leader—others are observing you. Your words and actions are audible and visible reflections of your leadership motivation and values. Jesus’ trust in God to show Him what to do, where to go, when to speak, and what to say reflect His commitment to exalt God only. His example reminds us to look to God in every aspect of our leadership, also. Who will you interact with today? What will your words and actions reveal about your commitment to lead like Jesus?

  • In the Midst of It All

    Devotionals | May 04, 2018

    God is at work, always and forever. No matter what the circumstances in your life look like right now, God is working out His plan and will accomplish His purpose in the lives of those who love Him. Where do you need to hear these words today? Some of us are grieving loss, others struggle to find a way through, while others are praising and thanking God for His faithfulness. Focus on His presence. Trust Him. Thank Him. Praise Him. 

    Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. —1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

  • Are you a Grateful Leader?

    3 Key Indicators

    Blog | Charles Stone | May 03, 2018

    Jesus once performed an amazing mass healing when he healed 10 lepers all at once (Luke 17.11-19). However, what amazed Jesus most was that only one leper came back to thank him. The responses these lepers gave so astounded Jesus that Luke records three questions He asked out loud after the healing. “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?

  • A Few Simple Questions

    Devotionals | May 02, 2018

    A few simple questions can help you take inventory of where you are in your leadership journey and provide strategies for moving forward. First, “what can I celebrate?” In other words, where have you seen evidence of how God is at work in and around you? Follow this up by asking Him “what is working?” and “what isn’t working?” Finally, ask God “what do I need to start doing?” and then “what do I need to stop doing?” Let God encourage, strengthen, and redirect you to lead like Jesus today.

  • Follow His Instructions

    Devotionals | April 30, 2018

    Does it sometimes amaze you that God chooses to use people like us? Consider how little the disciples really understood as they began to lead like Jesus. They didn’t have a sophisticated theology, they just followed His instructions. Their leadership was really a matter of humble obedience and God-confidence. Wherever you are on the transformational journey of becoming a Jesus-like leader, you, too, can humble, confidently, and obediently follow Jesus’ instructions.