• Stuck

    Devotionals | July 10, 2020

    It’s easy to get stuck in our own ways of thinking, acting, and leading. Current leadership behavior may yield compliance or just enough success that we are tempted to think we know all about leadership. Yet others may be suffering consequences or have ideas that can increase effectiveness. Surely, none of us would claim that we love, live, and lead like Jesus one hundred percent of the time. Even when you think your own ways are right, do you willing seek Jesus and His guidance?

    A person may think their own ways are right, but the Lord weighs the heart. —Proverbs 21:2

  • Responding to Anger

    Devotionals | July 08, 2020

    People often react hastily or in anger, especially when difficulties fuel their anger. Yet God calls us to respond differently than the world. Scripture tells us that we are not to sin in our anger, so it must be possible. What does responding to anger like Jesus does look like? Could it be taking a moment to assess the situation? Could it be prayer to seek God and His perspective? Could it involve speaking the truth in love? What does it look like for you to respond to other people and situations in humility and God-confidence?

  • 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.