This past weekend I ran my first ever Half Marathon - a full 13.1 miles! It was something I had been training for several months, and a significant milestone in my preparation to run a full Marathon. Nearing the end of the race I was carefully eying those around me as my real competitors. With … [Read more...] about The Danger of Comparison
Jesus has called every Christian to be a leader in some sense. We are called to stand firm in the truth of God, and to be a witness for God even if no one else is. This takes a spirit-led resolve to step out from the "do whatever everyone else is doing" mentality of the crowd. It takes … [Read more...] about The Nature of Christian Leadership
This summer, fifteen of the college students involved in the EN Campus Ministries chapters at FSU and FAMU took the opportunity to develop in their leadership by working through Book One of Habitudes:Images that Develop Leadership Habits and Attitudes. This was a powerful time of character … [Read more...] about Developing Campus Leaders with Habitudes
Have you ever said to yourself, "I'm too young to really do anything about _______ ."? (Fill in the blank with whatever you think the biggest problem is.) That's exactly what generations of young people have said as they went back to doing whatever the rest of the crowd was doing. This "herd … [Read more...] about Too Young to Make a Difference?
An ancient Hebrew proverb with particular relevance for leaders says, "Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds" (Proverbs 27:3). Good leaders care for the needs of those in their charge. According to Tom Rath and Barry Conchie, authors of Strength … [Read more...] about What Followers Need from Their Leaders
In a recent Pastors.com article entitled The Seduction of Ambition Lance Witt writes this insightful paragraph: A healthy soul keeps us both energized and glued together. It seems to me that we are reaping the results of a generation in the church that has been too much about ambition. And the … [Read more...] about The Seduction of Ambition
I recently read this statement from Chic-Fil A founder Truett Cathy regarding Core Values and long term success. He says: "My attitude regarding the distant future is to do the best we can every day and take advantage of unexpected opportunities. The combination will lead us to success. I don't … [Read more...] about Truett Cathy on Long Term Success
Harvest Institute is a five day journey of training and transformation in an intense, interactive setting. I encourage any and every college student who will listen to go to the Harvest Institute this summer! The value that you get for the relatively small investment of time and money is … [Read more...] about Harvest Institute 2009
Everyone likes a quality event! There are people all around, there is exctement in the air and music. Events can do much, but we need the process (which is often not nearly as exciting) just as much. Dr. Tim Elmore and his organization Growing Leaders do a great job of explaining the roles of the … [Read more...] about The Event and The Process
I have heard it said that people these days have shorter attention spans than they did 40 or 50 years ago. Mostly this is attributed to our increasingly entertainment oriented American culture. Andy Stanley, senior pastor of North Point church in the Atlanta area says this, 'There is this myth … [Read more...] about The Myth of Short Attention Spans
Do we need faith or deeds?... Should I go to work or love my wife?... Should a person repent or be baptized? These questions are all similar to the question I posed in my last post. I asked, "Do people need more information about God or more revelation from God?" I'm about to say something really … [Read more...] about Revelation or Information? – YES!
Steven Furtick, lead pastor of Elevation Church in Charlotte, N.C. recently had a post on his blog, titled "If you think something good..." I thought his thoughts excellent and worth repeating, so I have copied it and posted it here below... I especially don't feel bad about it since he confesses … [Read more...] about If you think something good…