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Leader, Drop Your Net

Remember when you “left your net?”

At once they left their nets and followed him” (Matt. 4:20, NIV).

A curious thing has been happening with me lately. I have begun to pick up my net again. 

Let me explain. I am soon turning forty. This represents almost nineteen years since God first invited me to drop my net and follow him into vocational ministry. I remember the moment like it was yesterday. I walked away from a corporate career to take a youth pastor role in a church that boasted just three teenagers in their youth group. This response of saying yes to Jesus instantly reduced my salary by 60%. 

Dropping my net created the need to navigate the dismay of loved ones who had invested in my education to boost my corporate career. My “yes” to Jesus also meant relocating to a tiny two traffic light city in a county – seemingly a land that time had forgotten. Yet, I did it all with a smile. In saying “yes” to Jesus I was full of hope, expectation, passion to change the world and a resolve to endure whatever would come my way.

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Flying in Formation

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How’s your team?

Teams are critical to accomplish the mission God has called us to: a collection of people with shared passion and vision; a variety of skills, gifts and abilities; energy to propel us forward. There’s nothing better than a team flying in formation.

Yet, good teams don’t just happen. In the midst of purposeful work and rolling schedules, thinking about how to intentionally develop your teams can get pushed aside and eventually lead to breakdown in relationships, communication and effectiveness.

Don’t despair. We have a great resource to share with you; one that can help you lead your team to new heights. “Flying in Formation” provides almost two hours of training with a PowerPoint presentation and handbook for personal and team development – all this is free for you to access and use with your team. Continue Reading

The Power of a Single Question

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“What’s your greatest temptation?”

This question came to mind while praying for someone I was mentoring. Whether this question or another, great questions provide possibilities for awareness, growth and transformation. Specifically around the temptation question, I was convicted that this question is worth personal reflection for all Christ-followers and particularly critical for leaders.

Why the Temptation Question?
Scripture teaches that the enemy of God tempts God’s children. Remember his question to Eve in the garden, “Did God really say…?” (see Gen. 3). His tempting approach with Adam and Eve twisted truth, created confusion and communicated false promises. Continue Reading

3 Ways to Sleep Sounder

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Endless studies powerfully demonstrate that our sleep, both the quality and quantity, is incredibly important to our health and everyday effectiveness.

There are many practical tips and helpful techniques to help us sleep, but we shouldn’t forget that there are also some important spiritual realities:

  • First, we are designed by God to require sleep.
  • Second, sleep is a reminder that we are not God. He doesn’t need to slumber or sleep (Psalm 121:4), but we need to sleep.
  • Third, when we sleep we are forced to relinquish control. In this act, we have the opportunity to choose to trust God to watch over all the pieces of our lives. As David wrote in Psalm 4:8, “In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.”

To help you with the spiritual side of sleep, here are three questions that I seek to use each night before seeking rest: Continue Reading

Don’t Miss the Forest for the Trees!

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Have you ever missed the proverbial forest for the trees?

It’s easy to do. We can get so caught up in the moment, the emotion, the complexity, the idea or the details that we lose the broader perspective of what’s really important.

This is a very real hazard in my leadership. As an organizational leader who seeks to develop other leaders, I can easily get lost in the “trees” of leadership. Everyday seems to bring a new leadership challenge that can be all consuming. Continue Reading

Feeling the Love? Discover Your True Valentine

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Experience our newest resource Who Am I? A Devotional Journey For You To Soar In Your Identity In Christ (Sharon Simmonds) with the following excerpt. Available for purchase here

MY BROTHER LIKES TO TEASE ME ABOUT A TIME WHEN WE WERE CHILDREN. Our father was disciplining my brother for something he had done. I was in the background, observing and clearly calculating that I did not want this to happen to me. In an act of self-preservation, I chimed in, “Was I a good girl, Daddy?” I haven’t lived that down!

My childhood story highlights a little girl’s desire to please her dad. However, at a deeper level, I think it had much more to do with one of my core human needs—to know that I was loved. Continue Reading

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