6 Leadership Lessons From Being a Father — Eric Geiger
Though I have an immense amount of growing to do as a leader, the Lord has used the experience of parenting to develop me. Here are 6 leadership lessons from being a father.
- Lead each one differently.
Though my two girls essentially receive the same nurture, the Lord has created both of them very unique. Their personalities, communication styles, and motivations are different. If I parent each the same way, I won’t parent each of them best. In the same way, leaders who view themselves as servants of their teams are willing to lead people differently because each person on the team is different. To lead each person the same is to ignore the unique gifting, personality, and experience of those on the team.
When the Wages of Sin Is a Grandbaby — Kim Ransleben
Her weeping came ahead of her presence, causing my heart to pound. As a mom of three, it wasn’t the first time a crying child had entered our bedroom hours after we thought they’d gone to sleep. My mind went racing through the evening, then over to her to find the trouble, so I could do what I’d done so many times: soothe the hurt, ease the fear, or comfort her in sickness. The familiar words tumbled quickly from me, “Baby, what’s wrong?” But I had absolutely no context for what she’d say next.
2 Ways to Overcome Your Weakness — Daniel Im
There was a time in my life where I dreaded the thought of meeting new people. It’s not that I was a germaphobe or had anthropophobia (the fear of people), it was just that I preferred to spend time with people I knew, rather than do the small talk mingling thing.
This first came to light when I started pastoring. I remember, it was a weekday morning and I needed coffee (and no, I don’t have an addiction). I was at the office and could’ve easily walked a few steps into the kitchen and made my own pot, but I soon realized that it was the day that all the mom’s met in the basement of the church for fellowship. That only meant one thing: free coffee + cream puffs + ton of desserts.
3 Sins of Refusing to Rest — Jenni Catron
Have you ever noticed that of the 10 Commandments, God gives the most description to this one? Four verses devoted to explaining why we need to rest. No other commandment is given this much dwelling time.
But even with the extra explanation, I still violate this one the most.
I believe the inability to honor the Sabbath is a leader’s greatest danger.
Fight Back With God — Patricia Raybon
At my black church in Denver, the parking lot is packed. It’s late, 9 p.m., but tonight is no ordinary service.
The night after nine Charleston church members were slaughtered by a lone gunman, my African Methodist Episcopal church hosts a citywide prayer vigil.
The event draws in people from many faiths. Sikhs in turbans. Jews in yarmulkes. Roman Catholics in clerical collars. The mayor’s Native American aide-de-camp. Somber politicians wearing nametags and shaking hands.