3 Steps to Growing Personally This Summer

3 Steps to Growing Personally This Summer

I have this coral bark maple tree in my front yard. Every spring it has amazing, fiery red branches of new growth. Contrasted with its bright green leaves, it’s the most beautiful thing to see out of my office window. From the time I was in college, God used the image of a tree to remind me of what growth can look like in my life. As leaders, we all share a desire to grow in our leadership. Some might have a greater drive for it than others, but I’d suggest there isn’t anyone reading this post... Read More
A Closer Look at What Happened

A Closer Look at What Happened

It’s been another year. Another 12 months. Another 365 days. 525,600 minutes. Now it’s time to measure the year! (Yes, I love the play, Rent). A year can go by so quickly and we can lose the things we planned in January of 2017 to accomplish by December 2017. However, before we rush into goals for 2018, let’s take a minute and a closer look at what happened last year. Whether good, bad, or somewhere in between, knowing what happened in the past gives important insight to the future. Let’s... Read More
3 Tips for Finding a Personal Mentor

3 Tips for Finding a Personal Mentor

If you’ve never had a personal mentor, you may not realize how much you could benefit from one. If you’ve had one in the past but not at the moment, you’re probably on the hunt. And if you currently have one, you’re already ahead of the curve and reaping the benefits. For the majority of us, mentoring is mostly informal through books, podcasts, emails and the like. The people we seek to learn from or emulate are men and women that we’ll never meet outside of a live event or book signing. Or... Read More
Top Leaders Remain Teachable

Top Leaders Remain Teachable

We have all had the volunteer or parent over the years who seemingly pushed against every little thing we would want to do, right? In my early ministry years, I had a lot of pushback from a particular volunteer. It would frustrate me that she acted as if she knew more than I did. After all, I was the leader . . . I was the one with all the answers, right? I would often think she was intentionally difficult and purposely creating problems. After some time and a ton of arguing with God, I... Read More
4 Tips For Finishing The Year Strong

4 Tips For Finishing The Year Strong

by Joy Bowen Let’s take a trip down memory lane, shall we? Remember back in January how we discussed setting goals for the New Year? You were excited, ambitious, specific . . . you were full of hope that this year would be amazing. So, how are you doing? We have 60 days left in this year before we go through the process again. I don’t know about you but typically this time of year is when I am tempted to throw in the towel, enjoy the approaching holiday season and just start over in the New... Read More