When Sin Affects a Family by Deb Douglas
Today I want to share a post from a wonderful woman of God who recently passed into eternity. Deb Douglas, who was a wife, mother, and grandmother, shares how we can love others even when sin invades and life gets messy. I pray you are encouraged, strengthened and filled with hope after reading these words of wisdom.
Families disappear. We see them at church every Sunday, at events, in the community, and then we realize we haven’t seen them for weeks. We hear rumors. Rebellious child. Problems. Messiness. What happens when a child becomes a prodigal and the parents out of shame or frustration slip away into becoming prodigals also?
Navigating Transitions in Life by Matt Brown
Here is a phrase that may not come easily: “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” In this post, Matt Brown gives four truths to hold onto while navigating through transitions in life. Let’s face it, transitions can be difficult. But, take courage and hope no matter what type of transition is ahead and let this give you help to work through them smoother than before.
“It can be deeply unsettling when you move on from a job or opportunity that you have invested your heart and soul into. Transition is inevitable. Nowadays, the younger generation is experiencing vocational transition at a much quicker rate than past generations, and with it, they know this sense of loss well.”
4 Ways to Spot an Interested Leader by Eric Geiger
Hopefully, our teams are full of many different types of personalities. After all, a team is not the same person multiplied, it is multiple people coming together for one purpose. In this post, Eric Geiger gives four ways to spot someone on our teams who are genuinely interested and not focused on being interesting.
“In his famous work, Good to Great, Jim Collins coined the phrase “level five leader.” The leaders Collins wrote about were ones who were fiercely and boldly committed to the mission of those they led but simultaneously humble. Humility and boldness can and must coexist in a leader’s life. Collins described the level five leaders as being interested, not focused on being interesting.
Living With Financial Integrity by Ryan Rice
Financial integrity stretches across every platform in life whether it be at church, home or work, we have a responsibility to be truthful and do what is right. Eyes are on us from our families, employees and the public so it matters how we handle our finances. It also matters how we handle the mistakes we have made with them. In this post by Ryan Rice, you will read of multiple ways to improve your integrity and how to work through difficulties when you fall short.
“I am thankful for the grace of God that extends to us even when we struggle in areas like this. His grace extends even to our small or big character flaws. As the Lord reveals these areas that need work, let us come to Him with gratitude and ask for help, living as men of integrity both morally and financially.”
Organizing Selectively by Mike Bonem
Here is a fantastic outlook on leading with chaos. This post is an excerpt from Mike Bonem’s new book, Thriving in the Second Chair: Ten Practices for Robust Ministry (When You’re Not in Charge).
“To organize or not to organize? That is the question.” While this may be a bad take-off on Shakespeare, it’s a key issue for second chair leaders. One possible response to this question is, “Don’t bother with it.” After all, churches and ministries will always be somewhat chaotic. They are relatively small entities (compared to corporations) in rapidly changing environments, and they rely on volunteers. Besides, some chaos is good because it leads to creativity and innovation that can stimulate needed changes.