May 2007

Confident Living

An excerpt from Leading with Confidence, a downloadable resource from

Paul's entire reason for confidence is rooted in the character of God himself - not what Paul did or didn't see going on around him. He's absolutely certain of one thing: God is in control. Period.

This, of course, is a great mystery to us. How does God take into ...

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Famished for God

Elizabeth Gilbert, a regular columnist for GQ magazine, has written a new book -

Eat, Play, Love - that traces the spiritual quest of a modern, educated, well-employed American. When I picked it up, I couldn't put it down. As a woman, a Christian, and an anthropologist, I recommend it.

Like Liz, a lot of our friends and colleagues want a richer spiritual experience, ...

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Marriage vs. Ministry?

When I went into full-time ministry, I feared my children would resent church if I gave too much time or energy to it. I had stayed home for 11 years and when my youngest son Trent was in kindergarten, I decided to move into vocational ministry. I began a leadership role at Willow Creek Community Church outside of Chicago. It was a challenging transition, but surprisingly, ...

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Knowing Who God Is

When God chose to speak to Moses out of the burning bush, it was for a specific purpose. He had a plan for Moses' life, and he was about to tell Moses exactly how to start carrying it out. Once Moses had properly positioned himself to hear from God, the Lord spoke: "I am sending you to Pharoah to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt" (Exodus 3:10).


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Reading List

Dive into the following books to see what others have contributed to the ongoing discussion on women in leadership. Whether you agree with the authors' perspectives or not, these reads are guaranteed to incite thoughtful discussion on topics like women's ministry, gender and identity, spiritual growth, and motherhood. We hope you will walk away challenged to grow ...

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A Leadership Check-Up

There are many ways to think about leadership: having a clear vision of what needs to be done. Acting authoritatively. Establishing a clear-cut strategy. Setting the right course and charging ahead (you hope with followers in tow!).

After reading the book, Finding Our Way: Leadership in Uncertain Times by Margaret Wheatley, I was impressed by her alternative set of leadership ...

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Food for Thought

In "Women and the Church," a new downloadable resource from, Jill Briscoe shares this:

"I accept headship as a biblical concept. I also accept equality as another biblical concept. And just as I cannot bring predestination and free will together, I cannot bring headship and equality together, but I embrace them both. And sometimes ...

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Leading with Low Expectations

A few weeks ago, I caught a segment on one of the morning news shows in which they featured the happiest country in the world, according to some new study. The country? Denmark. The reason? It is a country of low expectations. No lie. That was the reason given. Happy-enough looking Danes were interviewed and offered their support for this claim. They didn't really dream ...

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The Heart of a Servant Leader

"Don't just do what you have to do to get by, but work heartily, as Christ's servants doing what God wants you to do. And work with a smile on your face, always keeping in mind that no matter who happens to be giving the orders, you're really serving God."–Ephesians 6:6 (The Message)

The heart is the very seat of our soul, our emotions, and our ...

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3 Temptations of Leadership, Part 3

In previous posts, I mentioned Henri Nouwen's book In the Name of Jesus, in which Nouwen used the story of Jesus' temptation in the desert (Matthew 4:1-11) to show how we as leaders are tempted, and how we must embrace Christ's attitude of humility and service to others.

I've already written about Nouwen's descriptions of Jesus' first second temptations: ...

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