• Knowing When to Speak

    Devotionals | July 19, 2021

    A hallmark of Jesus’ leadership was that He always seemed to have the right words at the right time. He didn’t speak too much or too little, nor hold back when it was time to speak up. His words of wisdom brought light and life to His hearers. What can be said about your words?

     “For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have spoken. I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.”—John 12:49-50

  • A Helper When We Fall

    Devotionals | July 16, 2021

    As God’s people, we are not to live lives characterized by sin. Our lives are to be characterized by knowing Jesus Christ, the righteous one. Yet sin is a reality in this fallen world, and at times we will succumb to temptation. Perhaps we are prone to failing to lead in humility and God-grounded confidence. Perhaps we forego words of encouragement and loving correction, choosing instead to speak harsh words of judgment that stem from our own pride or fear.

  • A Change of Focus

    Devotionals | July 14, 2021

    Think about the impact of the early church! Abandoning self-centered, worldly perspectives, they focused on living in light of Jesus’ resurrection. Through their witness, people’s lives were changed, transformed. Jesus continues to call us to create Jesus-centered communities in our homes and churches, to live as salt and light in the marketplace and the community-at-large. When we do, He is exalted through our lives and leadership. What is your focus in leading others?

  • Buoys and Leadership

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | July 13, 2021

    “Just circle around like you always do so I can drop a ski.”

    My dad shouted back: “I can’t swing the boat over there anymore because of the buoy!”

    I squinted at the water surface to the left of our dock. Sure enough there was a floating metal object put there by our new neighbor. Apparently he didn’t want to spend the money for a boat hoist and decided to sink a buoy line to tie up his boat. However, there was no boat currently attached, and the buoy was small enough and far enough from the shore to be easily missed by any passing boat or by a water skier like me.

  • Treasuring What God Treasures

    Devotionals | July 12, 2021

    Treasure comes in many forms, some temporary and fleeting, some lasting and eternal. Jesus spoke bluntly about the allure of earthly treasures whose pleasures and benefits pass away. He urges us to allow our hearts to be captivated by treasure that endures, to be caught up into the very life and movement of God. As we value what God values, we grow to long for more of Him and to be more like Him. Increasingly, we love people and use things, rather than loving things and using people. Where is your treasure?

  • Words of Encouragement

    Devotionals | July 09, 2021

    Encouragement is a universal need in the world. Whoever we meet, wherever we go, during good times and bad times, task-specific and personal encouragement always reaps powerful leadership dividends. Wise leaders know this. They take personal responsibility for motivating and encouraging those they lead. Sometimes people need words of affirmation, knowing that we understand and believe in them. Other times, they may need us to give instruction or to help them solve problems. Whatever the need, effective leaders discern the best way and time to encourage others. Who will you speak to today?

  • Stop, Look, and Listen!

    Devotionals | July 08, 2021

    Jesus often called His disciples to open their eyes and see the possibilities in front of them. Still today He calls us to stop pursuing our own agendas, look at the situation around us, and humbly listen to realign ourselves with His purpose and ways. Whether we are navigating planned change, unexpected opportunities, or dealing with spur-of-the-moment crises, Jesus-like leaders set their hearts on following Him. Where is God calling you to stop, look, and listen?

  • My vocational call is a pastor. But I also write books. I’ve written six with a seventh coming this fall (intersects Jesus’ teaching principles with the neuroscience of teaching). To improve my writing, a few years ago was a part of a coaching group led by a really smart book marketer, Chad Cannon. I also attended an intense 1-day session on book marketing he led several years ago.  It was an amazing day I spent with him and eight bright and talented creatives. Our focus was not on leadership.