What to Do When Those You Lead Argue and Complain

I’ve been reading through the book of Exodus again.  When I look at all that Moses went through as a leader, it tends to make me feel a bit better about my own challenges. This time as I read I paid close attention to every time the Israelites grumbled against or quarreled with Moses in […]

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#OC15 Assessment Key & Notes

I had the great privilege this past week to speak at The Orange Conference.  What a fun, energizing and inspiring few days! For those of you who were there, here is the key to the assessment you took: The Extraordinary Leader Assessment ♦ = Heart Ο = Soul ★ = Mind ✖ = Strength   Here are […]

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#OC15 Assessment Key & Notes

I had the great privilege this past week to speak at The Orange Conference.  What a fun, energizing and inspiring few days! For those of you who were there, here is the key to the assessment you took: The Extraordinary Leader Assessment ♦ = Heart Ο = Soul ★ = Mind ✖ = Strength   Here are […]

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Teams That Thrive

I love great teams.  I love building great teams.  I love building teams of great leaders. I echo John Maxwell… “everything rises or fall on leadership.”  The power of leadership through teams is exponential. Ryan T. Hartwig and Warren Bird have recently written this great book: Teams That Thrive: Five Disciplines of Collaborative Church Leadership […]

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I Am Not the Light

I’ve always wanted to be a star – to shine – to be known. I dream great dreams.  I want to accomplish great things.  It seems it’s who I am. Others have affirmed this too.  I’ve been told, “You were born to shine.” “You will change the world.” But my heartfelt dreams and these well-intentioned […]

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But First…

I like to think I’m obedient. But I’m most obedient when I trust an outcome.  I’m obedient when I understand and can see the big picture. In our #LentChallenge reading for today, Jesus is teaching about the cost of following him. Luke 9:59, 61 (emphasis added) He said to another man, “Follow me.” But he […]

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Lonely Places

Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. Luke 5:16 Jesus work on Earth was being noticed.  People were flocking to him for healing.  They were eager to hear his teaching.  His influence was growing. And yet, he “often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” This is both convicting and freeing. As the pace of […]

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#LentChallenge Day 12

I don’t want my life to be hard.  I naturally gravitate toward comfort.  Sometimes I expect if I’m doing everything right my life will be pain free.  Sorrow is something I fiercely avoid. I realize that thinking is inconsistent with some of my core beliefs but it is amazing how pain avoidance sits at a […]

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#LentChallenge

The new year comes roaring in and before I know it all my well-intentioned plans are sidelined.  As February begins I wonder what happened to my commitment to breathe deeper, to revel in scripture more, to Sabbath well and sit with God more frequently.  It happens E V E R Y year. For the last […]

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