Failing in Public

July 21, 2018By Deidra Riggs

Through the years, I have learned that some of what we call “failure” is really just growth, or transition, or a lesson being learned. It is the act of discovering something new about ourselves and the world, or entering in to a new season, or becoming more fully alive.

Asking Good Questions and Living a Compelling Life

June 10, 2018By Tim Yee

Jesus had a way of using questions to help people see better… Leaders become good at asking questions that help others see barriers in their lives and in their world. But leaders more importantly need to live a compelling life that forces people to ask the right kinds of questions, challenging assumptions and leading people to make choices for a better life revolving around Christ.

Revolutionary Communicator: Asking Questions

June 9, 2018By Tim Yee

When a blind beggar cries out to Jesus for mercy, Jesus decides to ask the man what he wants. Isn’t it obvious? A blind beggar obviously needs to be healed! But Jesus respects the man by not assuming, but instead asking an empowering question that allows for the one in need to express his desire. Just this one observation of Jesus’s leadership speaks volumes to how we should engage with those we serve.

Focusing on a Few

October 29, 2017By Tim Yee

When you focus on a few, there are going to be some who are disappointed that they weren’t chosen. But good leadership isn’t driven by pleasing people… If we study Jesus’s leadership, we will see that his investment in a few key people was a core strategy for his short three-year ministry.

Disappointing Your Followers

October 28, 2017By Tim Yee

Why does [Jesus] leave when there is so much momentum in Capernaum? At the very start of Jesus’s ministry, he is disappointing followers by not doing what they want and not meeting legitimate needs… Apparently the greatest leader to ever walk planet Earth understood that fulfilling his calling perfectly would leave many people disappointed.

Transformational Leadership is Clear and Empowering… to Future Leaders

October 8, 2017By Breon Wells

The purpose of leadership is to mobilize people and resources towards a determined goal. Transformational leadership, however, is about cultivating future leaders who can carry on the mission for generations to come. Transformational leaders look at their core group of followers and are able to discern the future leaders that lie within. This is what Jesus was doing when he called out the twelve disciples.

The Seventh Station: Jesus Takes Up His Cross

April 6, 2017By Mark D. Roberts

Jesus had said this would happen. For quite some time he had predicted his suffering and death.

In the final events of his life, Jesus seemed to be orchestrating events that might otherwise have been out of his control.

So, though the crucifixion of Jesus is horrendous from one point of view, it is also wondrous from another perspective.

The Curious Ending of Mark

March 28, 2017By Mark D. Roberts

The ending of the Gospel of Mark presents multiple mysteries. Most English Bibles print several options for the concluding verses of Mark 16, usually with notes that explain the curious manuscript evidence. The oldest manuscripts of Mark end with verse 8, the last words being: “because they were afraid” (ephobounto gar in Greek). The women who had been the first witnesses of the empty tomb and who had been told of the resurrection of Jesus by an angel kept the news to themselves out of fear.

Having Courage Like Joseph of Arimathea

March 27, 2017By Mark D. Roberts

The example of Joseph reminds us that there are times when we must act courageously in our faithfulness to Christ. Like Joseph, we may even have to risk our reputation or position if we’re going to acknowledge Jesus as our Lord.