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
The most important aspect of a vision for an organization is that it evokes passion and hope. The two most important stakeholder groups who must resonate with this desired image of the future are those who work in the organization to achieve the vision and those who financially support the organization. The key to ensuring … Continue reading My Lesson in Dreaming BIG!
These are a few comments that have been left on our organization’s social media in the past month. “I have major FOMO. TFW you just mistakenly poured orange juice in your coffee instead of creamer and all your friends are at MOPS and you aren’t. AWHFY?” “Say Bible. Do you like this video I made?” … Continue reading The New Rules of Communication
When it comes to encouraging generosity among donors, I believe that we must first be generous before we can teach and ask others to be generous. One of the most important Scriptures to follow is Matt. 6:31-33. “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ … Continue reading Faithful Stewards