How Well Is Your Marriage Surviving The Pressure?

How Well Is Your Marriage Surviving The Pressure?

by Carey Nieuwhof How’s your marriage? Really? I’ve been fortunate to be married to my wife Toni for over 22 years. And we’re experiencing more joy and satisfaction in our marriage than we’ve ever had. But we almost didn’t make it. There’s a lot of pressure on marriages and families today. We’ve felt it. Intensely. Life and leadership put a lot of strain on a marriage. Add kids and jobs into the mix and the pressure sometimes can get ultra intense. I wish I could say I have an ideal marriage,... Read More
There Will Be Giants—Keep Going!

There Will Be Giants—Keep Going!

by Leslie Galema I invite you back in time to a just a few years ago when I was peaking in the coward department. I was a nervous wreck! I was afraid that I had missed my calling, that I had misunderstood God and that there was no room for someone like me in ministry. That was fear. Fear is a dirty rotten, no good scoundrel. Fear whispers in our ears, “Who do you think YOU are to speak with any authority on God’s Word?” Fear was right! Who was I? I spent most days laying on my couch feeling... Read More
How Do You Know When It’s Time To Leave?

How Do You Know When It’s Time To Leave?

by Carey Nieuwhof Leaders, by definition, deal with change on a constant basis. They react to change, they lead others through change, and they engineer change, all with the intent of bringing about a better future. In short, leaders have to be hardy because leading change takes perseverance and patience. But what if God is calling you on to something else before the change has been carried out? (After all, some are called to sow, some to cultivate, and others to reap.) How do you know when... Read More
Rebooting Your Spiritual Growth

Rebooting Your Spiritual Growth

Imagine it’s Sunday night. You’ve poured your heart and soul into every detail of the weekend. From the worship to the teaching and all of the million little pieces that make up weekend services at your church. You’ve encouraged the single mom who shared her current struggles. You’ve prayed with the family who just lost a loved one. You’ve celebrated with a student who just graduated. By all outward appearances, the weekend was a success. So, why do you feel empty? And far from God? And... Read More
Are You The Problem?

Are You The Problem?

by Joy Bowen Crickets. I’m not talking about the kind that keeps you up at night when you are out camping in the woods with friends and family. I’m talking about the crickets that sometimes virtually chirp in the deafening silence of team meetings. Maybe you’ve heard them too? Nothing is more uncomfortable, is there? A question is asked. No one answers. (Bueler? . . . Bueler?) The topic dies a quick death and you all move on to the next awkwardly silent moment. If you are the one leading these... Read More