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A Teacher’s Greatest Disappointment

A certain leader took on a very promising young man to disciple in the faith. The leader’s reputation was such that if he were to let it be known that he was looking for someone to mentor, most people would drop everything to volunteer for the position. The leader poured heart and soul over that young man, but he was still a tremendous disappointment.

David GoodmanDavid Goodman

Mentoring for Kingdom Potential

Like towering trees in a dense forest, leaders in Jesus’ time were egocentric, oppressive, and in charge. They shut out much needed light for emerging leaders. Perhaps this is why Jesus never described His disciples as leaders. He didn’t want future leaders of His church to absorb those leadership values. The church’s healthy beginning was linked to Jesus’ sacrificial resolve to lead by focusing on His followers’ highest potential. Rick uses examples from the beginning of his ministry as a pastor to illustrate how experienced Christians can have a tremendous impact on younger, less mature Christians through mentoring.

Rick SessomsRick Sessoms

Caring for Your Soul in Times of Change

Water is essential to life, and in some areas of the world, humans must dig deep wells to keep water readily available. In the midst of organizational change, we desperately need to draw on our spiritual resources. How easily we do this may depend on our spiritual habits – our rhythms of life. How deep have we dug our spiritual wells?

Rick JamesRick James

A Few Thoughts About Giving Advice

Giving advice is a tricky task. A lot of times people aren’t actually searching to hear what you have to say about a given situation. They want you to listen so they can think out loud. Occasionally, someone will open up and vulnerably ask for your opinion on a situation. Here are a few suggestions to keep in mind if you find yourself in this position.

Stephen VaughnStephen Vaughn

One Life-Changing Resolution for 2017

I want to be different in the days ahead. I want to break free from some encrusted attitudes. I want to set old fears aside and know victory over behaviors that have become unhealthy habits. I want to see God “create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me.” And mostly, I want to experience the Holy Spirit’s work of “restoring in me the joy of my salvation.”

Scott RodinScott Rodin

Jesus Intentionally Built Leaders

Transformation of a caterpillar into a gorgeous butterfly is biologically amazing. Transforming fishermen, shepherds, and tax collectors into mighty men of faith and leadership was the intentional act of Jesus. The results were obvious, turning the world upside down. Such should be the results of our own discipleship. God freely gives this ability of building leaders to anyone who will answer His call.

Stan DeKovenStan DeKoven

6 Reminders for Parents of Third Culture Kids

This journey of missions and raising kids is a journey laced with grace. To communicate that grace to your kids is the biggest gift you will ever give them. Much of our past has been put into photo albums, blog posts, and memories of the heart. There is no doubt this life of pilgrimage comes with unique challenges, peculiar pains, unspoken losses – but for all those, there is always and ever Grace.

Marilyn GardnerMarilyn Gardner

10 Characteristics of Lousy Leaders

Everybody can spot qualities of lousy leadership when is it directed at them. When the disciples were arguing about who was the greatest among them, Jesus said, “Let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves. For who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves? … But I am among you as the One who serves.” (Luke 22:26-27) Michael describes ten characteristics of lousy leaders, those who are not servant-leaders.

Michael HyattMichael Hyatt

24 Charts of Leadership Styles Around The World

Growing up in three countries (South Korea, Canada and United States), I’m fascinated by how culture shapes different leadership styles. Richard D. Lewis charted 24 different leadership styles in his book “When Cultures Collide.” This is a ground-breaking book when it comes to finding clues to understanding of intercultural communication. The following leadership infographic is quite fascinating!

Paul SohnPaul Sohn

10 Ways To Lose Great Staff

When you lose a great staff member, it’s like climbing a tall staircase to nowhere. You did a lot of work in training and creating a staff culture that is productive; then, it’s gone. Jay has heard all the reasons why people leave seemingly great ministry positions. Here are ten of them.

Jay MitchellJay Mitchell

Defeating the “Kryptonite Fear” of Unhealthy Leadership

There is no reality in you that will kill this evil kind of “Kryptonite fear” (and tendency to shrink back) more than an ongoing encounter with Love Himself. He is more beautiful and kind and patient and all-knowing than you can understand and it is only a closer proximity to Him that will fuel a hotter degree of “bold” in your leadership empowering you to stand and speak against the work of the devil in these days.

Nick FranksNick Franks

Why am I Here?

Everything we do in life and leadership must flow out of being in relationship with God! Doing comes from being: Being in relationship with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit is above all, and it is out of this relationship that we do.

Doug BrownDoug Brown