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The Great Tension

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Leading More Like Jesus

This special 25th anniversary article, written by Arrow leader Kirk Giles, describes the tension of leading effective ministry and seeking first the Kingdom of God. Think about ways you could incorporate this resource into conversation with your board or leadership team, and share it with them.

As leaders, we believe in what we do – we believe that people will be in a better place if they experience our ministry. This belief drives us to do more, reach more, and be more effective. Every leader I have ever met has the passion and desire to grow the reach and impact of their ministry efforts and programs.

With this desire to accomplish more, there is a perceived need to hire more staff or get more volunteers, or raise more money. One day, we may wake up to the reality that we are leading a machine that needs to be constantly fed and maintained. Our focus may become how to make sure our organization or program survives, is maintained, or is taken to the next level of growth.

There is nothing inherently wrong with this reality, unless we have lost sight of what Jesus said we are truly to be seeking. Continue Reading

25 Years of Leadership Lessons

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25 Years of Leadership Lessons, A Reflection

A few weeks ago I had the honor and privilege to moderate a discussion titled, 25 Years of Leadership Lessons. I was joined by Dr. Leighton Ford, Dr. Carson Pue, and Dr. Steve Brown. These three men have given their lives to leadership development and to the advancement of Christ’s kingdom.

To be honest, moderating this discussion was a great challenge. These men have spent countless hours developing thousands of Christian leaders around the world. Their depth of insight and knowledge just flowed from every point that was made. There were many times I did not want to move the conversation forward due to the richness being shared. As each leader shared around three main topics, there was one reality that united each of their stories – these men exist for one reason alone: to advance the kingdom of Jesus!

Far too many leaders today are seeking to build their own empires. During this webinar, I had the chance to sit with three men that were centrally focused on advancing the kingdom of God. They were humble, gentle, and full of the Spirit of God. They sought no praise and, if praise came, they deflected it back to Jesus.

I am thankful for my time with these three leaders. I am thankful for this webinar and for many leaders who will be able to gain wisdom from these leaders reflecting on their 25 Years of Leadership Lessons.

May many more leaders seek to be led more by Jesus, lead more like Jesus, and lead more to Jesus because of this webinar.

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You can read more about these leaders, former presidents and current president of Arrow Leadership, at our website. This webinar was hosted by Arrow Leadership in conjunction with its 25th Anniversary; you can listen to the Webinar here.


For Sharpening Leaders,

Taylor Williams, Director of Leader Engagement


New Release – Leading Together

NOTE: For a limited time we’re offering “Leading Together – Community” at a special introductory price – click here to buy today and save $60 off the regular price.

Use introductory code: LEADING60 when purchasing the product to save $60.

READ MORE HERE, to see what leaders are saying about this resource.

Teach Me To Abide

This special 25th anniversary article, written by Arrow leader Dr. Jody Cross, is a freeing reminder that being led more by Jesus is the true starting point for life and leadership. Who could you encourage by sharing this article?

Years ago I saw a sign on a car belonging to a Christian that said “Make it happen.” That phrase is appealing to Christian leaders. Many of us are driven and all of us want to make a difference in the world for Jesus. There are many times in my walk when I have tried to achieve and succeed in my own strength. I’d like to be powerful enough to make great things happen (that reminds me of Simon the Magician in Acts 8). This manner of living is really all about self-glory. Is it any wonder God in His mercy confronts the “make it happen-ness” in us? Continue Reading

Leading Together

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New Release – Leading Together

Leading Together

Designed with principles and practices from Arrow’s 25 years of leadership development experience, Leading Together is an intentional one-year leadership development journey for leaders to be led more by Jesus, to lead more like Jesus, and to lead more too Jesus.

One hallmark of the Arrow Leadership Program is the belief that transformation often happens best in the context of a special type of community. Leading Together captures this value with a an emphasis on a safe, but not soft, community – where leaders can be real and know that everyone is ‘for’ them. In this small group context, leaders will develop together as they focus on the five integral pillars of Leading Together: learning exchange, scripture meditation and memorization, peer consulting, rhythm of life leadership plan, and peer mentoring.

For a limited time we’re offering “Leading Together – Community” at a special introductory price – click here to buy today and save $60 off the regular price.

Use introductory code: LEADING60 when purchasing the product to save $60.

Here’s what leaders are saying…

I am so grateful for the year I got to spend as a part a Leading Together Community. It was powerful for several reasons. I found that it was encouraging, challenging and inspiring to meet monthly with Christian leaders from a range of backgrounds and experiences; I work in Christian education, but I got to know and learn from pastors, social workers, not-for-profit directors, and more. This diversity gave me a new perspective both on my work and my role as a leader, and it showed me the wide range of God’s work through leaders in my region. I am also grateful for the community that we very quickly became as we met together.

Two things stick out to me regarding the content of the programme. First, the readings. Truths from some of the books and articles have become an important part of my understanding of God’s love for me, his plan for me, and my role in that plan. Second, peer consulting. Hearing wisdom, insight and great questions from peers for each other was an incredible way to learn. The peer consulting questions are ones I have since gone back to when I have needed to make an important decision. 

I’m so grateful that I got to be a part of this community, and I would recommend it to any Christian leader looking for community, accountability, and a place to ‘dig in’ to leadership and life with God.”Cheryl Webb

Download a preview of Leading Together

Remember, for a limited time we’re offering “Leading Together – Community” at a special introductory price – click here to buy today and save $60 off the regular price.

For Sharpening Leaders,

The Arrow Team

Greg Jones – Arrow Story

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Arrow’s Vision is to see: Christian leaders equipped to influence every sphere of society, impact every nation, and reach every person for Jesus. In celebrating Arrow Leadership’s 25th year, we’ve asked Arrow leaders – from class 1 to present – to share their insights on being “led more by, leading more like and leading more to Jesus”. Enjoy. 

Here’s Greg Jones, an Associate Executive Minister of the Convention of Atlantic Baptist Churches and an Arrow Leader from Class 28, to briefly share his Arrow Story:

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Partnership and Prayer

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Since Arrow Leadership was launched 25 years ago, “leading more to Jesus” has been central to our purpose. This special 25th anniversary article, written by Arrow leader Monica Kay, is an inspiring reminder of the importance of prayer. Who can you encourage by sharing this article?

Barnabas Family Ministries, Keats Island, British Columbia
Barnabas, Keats Island, BC

Sometimes the greatest lesson at Arrow is one you already know, but have forgotten or neglected. At my second residential, I was at Barnabas watching the bald eagles soar, preparing my heart to hear from the Lord. Dr. Dave Overholt leading our lesson on, “The Leader As Ambassador.” He began by encouraging us to be 10% more “friendly,” reminding us that we are in partnership with God and His work.

I love spending time with my neighbors, Frisbee team, and other friends. It is not always easy, as my husband and I are different from them with our faith and ministry careers. Many friends are quite closed, but I did have one British neighbour who seemed more open. I wasn’t sure where “Bridgette” was spiritually, but she seemed to accept me for who I was. I could tell her my Jesus stories – even the intense ones… Bridgette was becoming one of my dearest friends. Continue Reading