There’s no doubt that 2020 has not been a typical year for any of us. I’m one of those people who actually likes change, and often bring it on myself. But when that change lasts for months on end, I too, begin to feel that strain and toll: emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually. Earlier this … Continue reading Staying Connected
Is your leadership style depleting your energy and preventing you from stewarding your followers well? If you are a leader like me, you are incredibly detailed, thorough, cautious, and a recovering perfectionist-a-holic. The DiSC personality profile labels my personality as a “C” which means a conscientious personality. A conscientious leader is often concerned that the … Continue reading Building T.R.U.S.T.
The manager had just informed us she had resigned. As an aspiring Millennial leader, I was excited about the possibility of filling her role, but there were dangers ahead. Was I ready for this role? I was fired from my last job for not progressing through a required leadership development book on pace and for … Continue reading Humbly Seeking Feedback
I want to be a full participant in God’s transforming work in this world. Many factors influence the effectiveness and endurance of my efforts, one of which is my overall health and well-being. In my travels through life, I’ve seen my fair share of situations where effectiveness and endurance were sidetracked due to half-hearted effort, … Continue reading Are You Weary or Well?
My husband, Todd, and I moved to Mexico in 1997 with our savings account, hoping to meet orphans, learn Spanish, and follow a call to make a difference. Twenty-plus years later, Back2Back is in nine locations around the world, managing an annual budget of $11 million dollars. The learning curve between there and here has … Continue reading Sizing Up
My football coach barked, “Hey Walker, number 31, get your helmet on—you’re going in.” And just like that, I was in the game. Was I nervous? Yes. Was my heart beating out of my chest? You bet. Was I prepared? Absolutely – because my coach got me ready, and I was equipped for action. The … Continue reading Equipped for Action
If you had asked me ten years ago if I would be working for a small nonprofit raising money to help families, I would have laughed and replied, “Never in a million years!” For 23 years, I had been a stay-at-home mom—passionate about raising and teaching my seven children to be part of the next … Continue reading An Unlikely Fundraiser
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
Just a couple of years ago, whenever I represented Haven Ministries at local gatherings, it was not uncommon for people to say, “I’ve never heard of you.” This was frustrating. I would think of our long track record and all the press releases. I would recall our countless fundraisers and constant advertising. Then I would … Continue reading Business Partnerships
My first job out of college was as a development director for a Christian school. I honestly didn’t even know what a development director was when I applied for the position, but quickly fell in love with how the role combined two passions God had been stirring in me throughout my college years: ministry and … Continue reading Ride the Wave