Light at the End of the Dark Night

St. John of the Cross, a Carmelite priest from Spain coined the phrase the “Dark Night of the Soul”. It is a poignant metaphor used to describe a phase in a person’s spiritual journey which is marked by a sense of loneliness and desolation. Desolation can simply be defined as a lack of the felt […]

Peacemakers vs Peacekeeping: Dealing with Conflict

Do you cringe at the thought of conflict? Do you often go to great lengths to avoid conflict at all costs? Do you tend to appease when you probably should confront? You may be a peacekeeper. There is a difference between the peacemaker and the peacekeeper. Peacekeepers will go to great lengths to avoid or […]

The difference between Coaching and Spiritual Direction?

What an excellent question and while volumes have been written on Spiritual Direction and life coaching, it is important to understand the two are not the same thing as if Coaching is  a more contemporary term for Spiritual Direction. Christian Life Coaching can be an incredible tool in the real life of everyday people, but […]

Relationship as a Value Proposition

Many of us in our respective businesses are well aware of our competition.  We may have similar products and services which serve the same function or meet the same need.  We may even utilize similar equipment and technology to do so.  So the challenge is how can we create an edge in the minds of […]

Prayer for Busy People

It’s a no-brainer to say life can be incredibly fast paced and busy for many people! There are more demands for our time than time in a day, and yet we strive to do it all, aware that many things fall through the cracks. Time with God, (prayer) can be one of those things that fall […]

Posing: a Pastor’s Problem

” I desire relationship not your posing.” – Timothy Warren It is happening all around us.  In fact, maybe you have felt it happening within you?  The shaking of what we thought we understood it was to be an authentic pastor or a minister.  You have been faithful leader, worked hard and been what you […]

How Meaning Inspires Overcoming

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing; the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” – Dr. Viktor Frankl Viktor Frankl, the founder of Logo-therapy (aka Meaning Therapy) was interned in a Nazi concentration camp as a laborer.    The living […]

12 Traits of Inspired Leadership

“The authority by which the Christian leader leads is not power but love, not force but example, not coercion but reasoned persuasion. Leaders have power, but power is safe only in the hands of those who humble themselves to serve.” – John Stott Inspired Leadership flows from a growing maturity on the part of the […]

Compassion in Leadership

As we continue in our Character of Leadership Series, we will explore the trait of compassion.  Compassion is our ability as people and as leaders to see the world through the eyes of another, to understand what motivates and inspires others, what gives them joy and what weighs heavy on them. Not empathy, sympathy, kindness […]

Self Assessment Tool: JoHari Window

The JoHari Window was designed by Joseph Luft and Harrington Ingham in 1955 and is a great tool to help leaders understand who they are as people and to identify their strengths and weaknesses. The JoHari Window is a powerful tool to assists leaders in understanding their weaknesses are often apparent to other by their actions, regardless of […]