Few of us would deny that our world is in the midst of a reformation – a radical change in values and dividing polarities. Whether it’s the tension between relativism and fundamentalism, liberty and security, justice and mercy, love and truth, or diversity and unity – these are the paradoxes of our time. These tensions … Continue reading Whole Leader Reformation
“Every generation sees the young people emerging into adulthood as a barbarian invasion. They feel untamable and chaotic.” Ken Wytsma, Founder, Justice Conference It’s been said that we are living and working in an age of change. We see this in the national conversation around politics and religion. We feel this in our businesses and … Continue reading Generational Diversity
Do you feel pressed for time, caught up in the swirl and white water toxicity of a never ending work culture? It doesn’t have to be that way. Words like rest, alone, a quiet place, and sacred space can and need to be operative realities for how we practice our leadership. For example, when Jesus … Continue reading Sacred Space
When someone asks me what I’ve learned as a CEO of two ministries, I quote Bobby Clinton’s The Making of a Leader (NavPress, 2012): “Leadership flows from being.” For good or ill, who I am is how I lead. Many of the leaders Clinton studied lived the narrative known as “The Hero’s Journey,” in which … Continue reading Canopies of Restoration
If I asked you what you believed was the greatest threat to your faith-based organization how would you answer? Would your greatest concern be financial—how will you raise the money to sustain operations? Would your fear be more driven by the political realm as you see federal, state, county and municipal governing bodies across the … Continue reading Underground Fires of Conflict
Laughter. The sound emanated from the mobile phone speaker, filling my office. This was the eighth phone conversation and the eighth response of incredulous laughter. Though I hadn’t expected it, I knew I had earned this response to my proposal. I was proposing an organization-wide rest and renewal study. I called strategic team-leaders in my … Continue reading Real Rest. Really?
I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:5) My mother had two green thumbs. She could plant any seed, water it and a plant would grow. She said the seed would open … Continue reading Rooted in Christ
I was standing on the front porch of a ranch house in southern Oklahoma when the director of the leadership retreat approached. He said, “We’ll start soon. Everybody is here but one.” I was there to facilitate the group and I nodded my head in agreement. He continued, “The last one just called. She made … Continue reading Sleeping Giants