Catalyst 2013: Tim Elmore on Growing the Next Generation of Leaders

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People love people who go first.With that pithy remark, Tim Elmore set the tone for the Catalyst 2013 lab session in Atlanta entitled “Marching Off the Map: A Compass to Help the Next Generation Navigate New Technology and Spirituality.”Tim Elmore, founder and President of Growing Leaders and author of Habitudes for the Journey: Images That Form Leadership Habits and Attitudes, noted that we have to adjust to a new reality thanks to technology and the way the next generation, Generation i … [Read more...]

Catalyst 2013: Doing Bad by Doing Good with Peter Greer, Tyler Wigg-Stevenson, and Bethany Hoang

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Just enjoyed another Catalyst 2013 Lab session in Atlanta, this one with Bethany Hoang, Tyler Wigg-Stevenson, and Peter Greer. [See my recent interview with Peter here.] Their session was cleverly titled “Fad, Fatigue, or Fidelity? Doing Good and Living our Calling for the Long Haul.”It’s topic I’ve written a bit about as I’ve uncovered my own identity as someone called to equip Christians to think, live, and lead with abundant faith. [See my Interview with Brad Lomenick on The Catalyst Leade … [Read more...]

Dr Henry Cloud Opens Catlayst 2013 on Identity

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Dr. Henry Cloud kicked off the opening session of Catalyst 2013 Labs with a session inspired by his new book Boundaries for Leaders. Dr. Cloud challenged Catalyst leaders to honestly acknowledge the reality gap that exists between what we know about leadership and what we actually experience in the real world of daily leadership struggles.  As Christian leaders, we know our identity is in Christ. We believe that proposition. But how do we truly understand our identity?  All too often we mi … [Read more...]

The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good: Interview with Peter Greer (Part 2)

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My recent interview continues with Peter Greer. Peter is president and CEO of HOPE International, a global nonprofit focused on Christ-centered job creation, savings mobilization, and financial training.  He is also the author of the new book The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good. You can hear Peter speaking in a lab session at the Catalyst conference in Atlanta October 2-4, 2013.  Bill: Your chapter on Jesus as that 3 AM friend and your own candid sharing of shortcomings in that area of accoun … [Read more...]

The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good: Interview with Peter Greer of HOPE International

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Privileged to feature a recent interview with Peter Greer. Peter is president and CEO of HOPE International, a global nonprofit focused on Christ-centered job creation, savings mobilization, and financial training.  He is also the author of the new book The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good. You can hear Peter speaking in a lab session at the Catalyst conference in Atlanta October 2-4, 2013.  Bill:  Can you tell me a little bit about HOPE International, a brief version about what you do for those w … [Read more...]

Leadership Lesson from Obama and the Syria “Red Line”

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It's called an ultimatum. Usually frustrated people make them. It's what President Obama gave to Syria when he said the use of chemical weapons would be crossing a "red line." The goal of the cruise missile strikes the United States is planning to carry out in Syria is to restore the smudged “red line” that President Obama drew a year ago against the use of poison gas. (The New York Times)I've seen it a lot from teachers, parents (myself included), and leaders of all sorts. We get frustra … [Read more...]

I’m Bored. There’s Nothing to Do in Atlanta

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I almost laughed right then and there when the Subway sandwich artist said it.My lovely bride and I were exploring options in Atlanta last fall during the Catalyst conference and had stopped for a quick bite. Because we were considering moving to Atlanta at the time, we asked the man with the disposable gloves what he thought of Atlanta."There's nothing to do in Atlanta," he replied, matter-0f-factly. Had I been eating, I would have choked on a mouthful salami and banana peppers. Here he … [Read more...]

6 Tips to Disciple a Student’s Heart and Create Your Dream Classroom

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Pleased to feature a guest post by my friend Linda Kardamis as I travel. Linda is a gifted teacher and writer passionate about helping teachers be more effective in Christian education. She blogs at Teach 4 the Heart and can followed on Twitter and Facebook. This post contains an excerpt from her new e-book Create Your Dream Classroom. Visit her site now for a chance to get a copy of it for free! Sometimes classroom discipline deals with the little things – talking in class, being tardy, or not … [Read more...]


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