leadership

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How Conflict Can be a Good Thing

Conflict is the key ingredient to every compelling story. Without it, there’s no plot. This ingredient captivates the audience’s attention. The more impossible the situation, the more difficult it is to put the book down or turn the movie off. Why is this so? Human curiosity? Our tendency to relate with the protagonist? Or maybe […]

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Recovering the Lost Art of Contemplation

Are you a contemplative leader? Do you see yourself as a leader at all? If you are a follower of Christ, you have been re-created as a leader! Embracing your identity as a leader involves growing in qualities that increase your influence. One of these is qualities is contemplation. In 10 Qualities of Influential Christians, Amber Riggs writes, Christian […]

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The Business of Worship: Why Church Administration isn’t Boring

Few things are worth packing four children under the age of 10 into a vehicle and driving 2,058 miles across the country…and then back. Amazingly, for my family, four riveting days of  – wait for it – church business meetings happens to be one of them. We have this belief that church business meetings are unique – […]

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4 Ways Active Listening Increases Your Influence

Everyone wants a boss who is an active listener. These sorts are a rare commodity, but when you come by one you feel like you’ve hit the career jackpot. The active listening boss is one who invites conversation. He asks for constructive feedback. She wants to know your ideas. He cares about your personal life. […]

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Why You Should Care About Theology

For years, the word “theology” made my spiritual stomach churn. It was like putting the Bible on a lab table to be dissected like a dead, formaldehyde soaked frog, its cells being torn apart until they no longer resembled the organs and ligaments that had once made the frog bound with life. Then I transferred to a Christian university. And […]

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10 Qualities of Influential Christians

All Christians have the capacity to influence the people around us to live in such a way that reflects Jesus’ heart for the world. It doesn’t matter how wide your circle of influence is – how many friends, kids, Facebook acquaintances, or twitter followers you have, how large your church or community is, or how many work […]