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A New Definition of Leadership

Influence Magazine

What is leadership? John Maxwell’s definition is the most common answer: “Leadership is influence.” That’s true to an extent, but it’s also too simple because it’s leader-centric, as if influence flowed only one way. In their new book, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, Jeff Eggers, and Jason Mangone identify three myths people believe about leaders, and offer a more complex definition of leadership. Somewhat ironically for a book that criticizes leader-centricity, Leaders reaches its conclusions by examining the lives of 13 leaders. 

First up is Robert E. Lee, the “Marble Man” of the Confederacy, who profoundly illustrates the distance between the myths and realities of leadership…

The Myth of Balance

Influence Magazine

If you are in leadership in any church or ministry organization, regardless of size, you have experienced the strain of obligations pulling you in multiple directions at once.

You have people to care for, projects to finish, content to create, problems to solve, events to plan, positions to fill, reports to write, vision to cast, leaders to develop … and that’s just what you need to get done today. You also have a date with your spouse, a parent-teacher conference, your son’s football game, a pet to take to the vet — oh, and the faucet is leaking.

At times, it can seem like the call of ministry and the needs of your family are at odds…


Finding Purpose in the Darkness

Proverbs 31 Ministries

It doesn’t feel like a very Christian thing to say. To admit we still have moments when we feel a bit suspicious of God while we’re clinging to the promises of God.

But can I be completely honest with you? I have wrestled with these feelings.

And I don’t think I’m the only one.

So many of us are standing in our churches on Sunday morning with…

5 Practices to Prioritize Peace

Article from Fuller Youth Institute 

Mindfulness. It’s not always something those who are in ministry are noted for around this time of year. And let’s be honest: Parents have been known to be a little distracted too. After all, someone needs to remember to defrost the turkey, send the invites, deck the halls, and make sure every kid gets to practice on time. Meanwhile at church there are bulletins to proofread, a wealth of new problems with the sound…


5 Signs the Enemy (Not God) is Winning in your Life and Leadership

Article from

Only the crazy people believe in evil and an actual Enemy, right?

Well, that’s kind of what I used to think too.

As a young Christian, I believed that what the scriptures taught about evil was accurate, but accurate in a this happened thousands of years ago kind of way. And most people who talked about evil today were, well, a little off balance or just didn’t understand science well enough…

The power of talk in a digital age

Article from Fuller Youth Institute 

“Someday, someday soon, but certainly not now, I’d like to learn to have a conversation.”[1]

This is just one of a number of eye-opening statements made by high school and college-aged students in the new book by renowned MIT sociologist Sherry Turkle, Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age. Turkle provides a sprawling and insightful analysis of how digital media are reshaping our lives as individuals, in relationships, and as a broader society. But unlike other…


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