• When Ministry Knocks You Down

    And Getting Back Up

    Blog | Charles Stone | November 05, 2020

    If you’re a pastor, a missionary, or serve in a church, you can’t avoid discouragement, disappointment, and hurt from ministry. The Bible even uses the not-so-complimentary metaphor “sheep” to describe those we serve. And sheep get dirty and smelly and often kick and bite. Sometimes those sheep in the church do the same to their shepherds. So when you get kicked, forgotten, disrespected, ignored, mistreated, gossiped about, or misunderstood, how do you move forward?

  • If Only

    Blog | Karen McGuire | October 29, 2020

    How many times in life have you uttered those words – if only! If only I had a better job, if only I made better grades, if only my teacher liked me, if only, if only, if only ….

    We wish and wish that things were different, better, less stressful, easier, etc. It seems that IF ONLY this one thing would go my way then life would improve, at least in whatever way we want at that moment.

    Often we find, after time has passed that if our IF ONLY wish had come true, life would be more complicated, difficult and less pleasing. Hindsight, as they say, is 20/20!

  • Everyday Shuffle

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | October 15, 2020

    “Don’t merely wait for better days, you must make them," said Pastor Chuck Swindoll. Easier said than done. Can I ask you a personal question? Are you tired of plodding through life? We won’t initiate change until we are “sick and tired of being sick and tired.” Sometimes life seems so regular. Our next steps appear somewhat obvious. We may be bored or feel worn out as we run our routine into the ground.

  • Generosity Across Ethnic or Racial Barriers

    Blog | Paul Swamidass | October 14, 2020

    The “good Samaritan” parable

    The phrase “Good Samaritan” refers to one of the most popular parables of Jesus Christ in the Bible. This parable describes a stranger helping another stranger in critical need of help. When Jesus was asked, “Who is my neighbor,” Jesus coined the “Good Samaritan” parable as His reply to this question. 

  • Types and Factions

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | October 08, 2020

    “And here fresh from her performance in Dark of the Moon is our own Christine, type cast as the “Dark Witch!”

    A burst of laughter erupted from the high school students I knew so well. The thought I would be considered a true “Dark Witch” was beyond them. They had known me for years and would never believe I could change so drastically after just a few months away at college. This joke, coming from my beloved drama teacher, produced my expected response of mock indignation.

  • Do You Problem Solve Too Much?

    Blog | Charles Stone | October 06, 2020

    Good leaders help team members solve their own problems with their own insight. Average leaders tend to solve their team members’ problems, thus truncating their opportunity to grow themselves. So, how do we help our team members learn to problem solve on their own? In this post I begin with a story and then suggest ways to problem solve in a balanced way.


  • The Grace Choice

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | September 29, 2020

    To give grace or not to give grace? That is the question. I am not talking about whether you should pray at a restaurant in public. I am referring to Jesus' example to serve others through sacrificing ourselves. "But Sheryl," you might say, "we don't have a choice about offering grace to others or not, the Bible says we have to give grace."

  • Celebrate

    Blog | Karen McGuire | September 24, 2020

    You may be wondering what in the world we have to celebrate during 2020! With COVID, economic uncertainty and more, it can seem that there is little to celebrate. I would like to suggest that celebrating even the small things can change our minds, our hearts and our countenance.

    As children, we may remember looking forward to our birthdays, Christmas and other family celebrations throughout each year. As adults, we may have participated in planning, executing and cleaning up celebrations with family, friends, colleagues or others.