sacred space ii.

  [sacred space provides a break for the norm] “The disciplines are those activities of mind and body, purposely undertaken to bring personality and one’s total being into effective cooperation with the Spirit of God so as to reflect Kingdom life.” —Rev. John Field Spiritual disciplines need to be removed from the category of historical … Continue reading sacred space ii.

are you a safe leader?

[ are you safe ] "Own your wounding or risk inflicting it on others!" I will never forget hearing that line for the first time as I listened to a podcast from Men's Retreat session taught by John Eldredge. It resonated with me, and the years I have fought through my own wounding and pathology. … Continue reading are you a safe leader?

then what?

Then What? It is not a question whether hardship, disappointment or the unexplained will happen to those who love Jesus Christ. He told us that we would not be able to escape life. It's not if, but when, and how (John 16:33). Bad things happen to good people. Good leaders experience deep processing. The Church … Continue reading then what?

leveraging Jesus

Who is all this really about... You, or Christ? "Do you love me?" The interaction between Peter and Jesus in John 21 produced one of the penetrating of all challenges in the New Testament. Entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders alike... this same interaction could also be asked of us.  All those who stand at the crossroads … Continue reading leveraging Jesus

faith challenges, ii.

Faith Means Facing Consistent Challenges Faith Challenges, Part 2. Ran across an interesting read from Steve Pressfield, "The War of Art." In it he chronicles the worthy struggle of bringing out what lies deep within each of us, and hit me with a truth that I think all leaders need to hear. "There is no … Continue reading faith challenges, ii.

ruthless hurry

Ruthlessly... Eliminate... Hurry The promises to yourself are all now made... and even if they are not written down, desires for the New Year are now etched into our thinking. But my guess, one new discipline that did NOT make your list was the challenge to ruthlessly eliminate hurry. Awhile back, John Ortberg told the … Continue reading ruthless hurry

refining.

Some of the most important things about YOU... Come from some of your most difficult moments. Can YOU see you...   like God sees YOU? Do you hear Christ say of you, like the Father said to His Son... "This is my beloved son (or daughter) in whom I am well pleased?" Or, do your … Continue reading refining.

why the good ones fall? [podcast]

Why Do Good Leaders Fail? [ Podcast #5 ] I can remember where I was when I heard the news that he had fallen because of issues of character. I had heard him speak, bought his books, respected his ministry, and he was well known in my area. He was a "role model" for me … Continue reading why the good ones fall? [podcast]

faith challenge, i.

How do you spell FAITH?  How about R-I-S-K.  (John Wimber) The farther you go in your journey with Christ, the less risk you may take in your faith. Its often because the farther you go, the more you have at stake. Yet the very essence of following God and leading His people, requires faith— vision … Continue reading faith challenge, i.

don’t waste crisis.

It is inevitable (at some point) that questions related to the "why" of the unwanted pain and circumstances will confront issues of sovereignty and God's right to be God. When it/they do, those moments sometimes become defining moments where God shapes character. The unexpected and the unexplained can be some of the most difficult moments … Continue reading don’t waste crisis.

the defended leader

What is a Defended Leader or Person? A defended leader/person is someone who has fortified himself or herself around their own set of ideals, assumptions and beliefs to the exclusion of input or change. Few (if any) are able to influence or challenge. If you are defended, you are "walled off" from outside influence and … Continue reading the defended leader

true. [ authentic leadership > 5-of-5 ]

authentic leaders are true. They live their lives more surrendered to the message and the mission of Christ, at the end then in the beginning. We conclude our FIVE-PART series on AUTHENTIC LEADERSHIP with the clarity of the CROSS, the message that the authentic life only comes as one accepts Jesus Christ as Savior and … Continue reading true. [ authentic leadership > 5-of-5 ]

guided. [ authentic leadership > 4-of-5 ]

In the early years, I know I often times led out of my desire to please others. People, and their opinions, tossed me about in the storms of leading. I did not want that to be the case, but God was using those experiences to shape me and my leadership. As I experienced the ups-and-downs … Continue reading guided. [ authentic leadership > 4-of-5 ]

safe. [ authentic leadership > 3-of-5 ]

Are You a safe leader? One thing I learned early on was that if I was going to create environments that were safe enough for people to breakthrough and be transformed... I first must be a safe-leader. In a climbing expedition, the guide challenges those they lead to go to new places. Those who follow … Continue reading safe. [ authentic leadership > 3-of-5 ]