Delight in the Lord

God calls us throughout scripture to delight in Him. Psalm 37:4 states: “Delight yourself in the Lord…” Job 22:26 talks about “delighting yourself in the Almighty and lifting up your face to God.” I want to pause for a moment and ask an obvious and yet essential question: Is your relationship with God best described as full of delight?

By | 2017-10-06T09:30:44+00:00 October 7th, 2017|Categories: Spiritual Growth, Personal Health and Renewal, Delight in the Lord|

Self-Care: You Can’t Give What You Don’t Possess

“Self-care” is a frequently used term today. While there is a good chance you have heard it, do you have any ideas what it means? Or better yet, do you know why is it significant for you to understand and practice in your life as a ministry leader? I asked an expert (Google) about the practices of self-care and this is what I found. One way to define self-care is: The active and powerful choice to engage in the activities that are required to gain or maintain an optimal level of overall health.[1] Along with a working definition there came thousands of suggested activities like: A leisurely walk in the park Riding a bike for exercise A stress-free activity like putting a puzzle together [...]

By | 2017-09-22T10:32:16+00:00 September 21st, 2017|Categories: Personal Health and Renewal|Tags: |

Leadership: The Power of Listening

Great leaders are great listeners. They listen more than they talk. They recognize knowledge and wisdom are not gained by talking, but by listening. As leaders it is important to accept that good communication is not a one-way street. In fact, the first rule in communication is to seek understanding before seeking to be understood. Studies show that the average person listens with only 25 percent efficiency—meaning there’s a lot we’re letting go in one ear and out the other![1] Take a moment to reflect on your leadership, how are you doing with listening? What might your co-workers say about your listening capacity? Lessons in good listening The charter text for Christian listening might be James 1:19: “Let every person be quick to hear, slow [...]

By | 2017-09-15T12:50:43+00:00 September 7th, 2017|Categories: Leadership Skills|

Faith is Not Waiting For it All to Make Sense

Is God calling you to step out in faith? Has He called you to do so in the past? What’s holding you back? If you are like me, your acts of obedience are often more like calculated risks, rather than steps of faith. Before we step out we often want answers to all of our questions. We want to fully know what we are getting ourselves into. We ask for road maps and markers that will assure us of our safety. We seek clarity, affirmation, and confidence so we aren’t caught off guard. We want guarantees and sureties before we take our first step. And while all of those desires and requests aren’t bad—in fact I am always encouraging others to seek them—the question I [...]

By | 2017-09-15T12:50:53+00:00 August 21st, 2017|Categories: Spiritual Growth|

The Holy Spirit: Our Compass in Decision-Making

Leaders are decision makers whether they want to be or not. Each day, you as a leader are making decisions that will have significant impact on the direction of your ministry or project.   Should I take the time to follow up with that networking lead I heard about? How much money should I budget here? What kind of resources should I assign there? How do I approach this struggling employee? What’s the answer to our growth struggles… and on and on.   The question is, in your leadership how are those decisions being made? What are your guiding principles? Where are you finding much needed counsel and wisdom? Whose leadership will you follow? The first choice any leader makes in decision-making is whether to [...]

By | 2017-09-15T12:51:08+00:00 August 7th, 2017|Categories: Spiritual Growth|

The Danger of Comparison

I’ve always struggled with comparing myself to others. As an insecure, skinny kid, I often found myself wishing I was as fast as my classmate Troy or as smooth as Louis. My grades were good, but not as good as Mike and Drew. I loved drama and theatre, but never got the lead role like Zach did. There was always someone bigger, better, or faster, and I typically wished I was them. As I look back now, I realize that I was young and immature. Naïve to the temptations that my identity was somehow wrapped up in the color of the ribbon I received. Certainly as I grew in my relationship with God, married the most beautiful girl in school, and was unleashed into ministry [...]

By | 2017-09-15T12:51:41+00:00 July 21st, 2017|Categories: Leadership Challenges|

Savoring Beauty in a Busy Life

Leadership is demanding and draining. Deadlines, meetings, seminars, financial resolutions, trainings… the endless list of to-do’s can be overwhelming. At the end of many days, do you find yourself exhausted, under pressure and concerned about what consequences the next major decision will bring? STOP! Take a deep breath and remind yourself that life is meant to be savored. You are surrounded by beauty; don’t let your busyness rob you of it. Let’s be honest. Most of your work can’t change, and the responsibilities won’t go anywhere. However, there is one thing that you can change, and that is your perspective, the way in which you choose to see life around you. It’s a small change with huge impact. Take a moment and pause to see [...]

By | 2017-09-15T12:51:50+00:00 July 7th, 2017|Categories: Personal Health and Renewal|

Growing in Spiritual Maturity

I remember very little from biology class. Science in general was not an area I excelled in. Outside of my 6th grade insect collection nothing in science really got me excited. But one thing my science teacher Mrs. Bevelheimer did teach me was that living things were created to grow. From people to pineapples to porcupines what starts as a cell or a seed is created with the intention to mature and grow. Growth, in the physical realm, is intrinsic to all living things. The Bible tells us that the same is true for our spiritual journey. Our faith in Jesus was not created to sit idle or remain stagnate but to mature and grow. What is spiritual maturity? Paul in Ephesians 4:14-15 says: “Then [...]

By | 2017-09-15T12:51:57+00:00 June 21st, 2017|Categories: Spiritual Growth|

Growing in Leadership: Practical Ways to Honor Others in Their Weaknesses

I have yet to meet someone who likes their weaknesses. Few people say, “I love being impatient and unskilled at multi-tasking” or “I am proud that I am unorganized, a poor speller and a huge procrastinator.” Who says that? The truth is we all have weaknesses and, deep down, I think we all wish we could rid ourselves of them. If the Bible mirrored the world’s ways it would say something like: "Blessed is strength. Blessed are the strong." Fortunately the Beatitudes in Matthew 5 reverse this and encourage us to embrace our weaknesses in order to grasp a bigger reality of God’s strength in us. If the Bible encourages us to embrace our own weaknesses and faults we must also realize that such advice [...]

By | 2017-09-15T12:52:05+00:00 June 7th, 2017|Categories: Leadership Skills|

Growing in Leadership: Honoring Others in Their Weaknesses

Years ago, in one of my first jobs, I worked for a leader that was constantly dwelling on my weaknesses and picking apart my failures. He was a Christian leader that struggled to do anything other than critic and expose my limitations. I also had reason to believe that he was talking about my weaknesses to others but not to me. It was demoralizing! I felt constantly exposed and my trust of him was really low. Even worse, as I look back now, I have come to realize that I don’t think he ever recognized this subtle pattern of destructiveness in his leadership. Most people I talk to want to be good leaders. They want to be a leader that builds and encourages their staff [...]

By | 2017-09-15T12:53:18+00:00 May 21st, 2017|Categories: Leadership Skills|