To All Those Who Just Want to Quit


I returned from my mission to Guam the other day full of energy, ideas, and the faith to make them happen.Within a day, I had lost it all and just wanted to quit. Fear grabbed me by the hair, gripped me firmly in a headlock, and proceeded to pummel my confidence with repeated blows. Within hours, I was a bloody and faithless mess. Finally, when fear had finished for the day, it dumped me and left my future as good as dead and buried.It was all I could do to clutch the side of the bed … [Read more...]

Special Post on “The Leadership Test” for my Equip Leadership friends in Guam

Run Away

Today's post is intended specifically for my friends in Guam to supplement my opening session on "The Leadership Test." Often when attending a conference, it can be a challenge to writie it all down if you're actually paying attention. So I am sharing a few things I plan to reference tonight to make it easy to follow up for further growth. Of course, I welcome communication directly via social media or e-mail: if I can be of further assistance during my stay on this … [Read more...]

Confessions of a Pastor’s Wife: What She Really Wants

Shannon Milholland

While I am equipping ministry leaders in Guam, I'm privileged to feature a post from my friend Shannon Milholland here at FaithWalkers. Shannon is a morning runner, an afternoon carpooler and all-day lover of Jesus.She is the voice of Jesus & My Orange Juice, a fresh-squeezed oasis for ordinary living. Shannon finds joy among piles of laundry and miles of carpools and delights in leading others to this place of contentment in life, through the written and spoken word.Connect with her … [Read more...]

Book Review: “The Catalyst Leader” by Brad Lomenick


Essential.The Catalyst Leader: 8 Essentials for Becoming a Change Maker by Brad Lomenick, CEO of Catalyst, releases this coming Tuesday, April 16, 2013, from Thomas Nelson Publishers. And I can think of no better word to describe it than what it claims to be.Essential. Here’s Why In The Catalyst Leader, Brad pulls back the curtain on the inner working of Catalyst to reveal the eight essentials that have made Catalyst the premier leadership conference provider for young leaders today. Bu … [Read more...]

12 Questions Every New Leader Should Ask: Guest Post with Catalyst

Congratulations! You made it! You're the new leader. Now what?I know you're supposed to always look like you know what you're doing but -- truth be told -- new leaders often don't even know where to start. They drift around for a month or so, smiling a lot, ordering new stationery while they act as if they've got it covered.I came across this all-too-familiar scenario recently while coaching a young executive at a non-profit. He had been moved unexpectedly....Read the rest of 12 … [Read more...]

How Going to Sleep Earlier Can Transform your Morning Prayer Time

I confess. I slept in today.Of course, it is Saturday, so I don't feel all that bad.Recently, I had some back pain that was just annoying enough to keep me from falling asleep. Combine that with the usual stuff that can tempt all of us to keep thinking every night long after we should have stopped -- and each of us can easily find ourselves waking up long after we should have been spending focused time in prayer.Aargh! Er -- I meant, Amen.I'm sure you've had one of those … [Read more...]

Chicago Teachers Strike: What is the Answer?

"I'll be bloodied and you'll be bloodied, but at least you'll know not to bully me again." ~ Jay Rehak, Chicago teacher Source: Chicago Tribune Much fuss is being made about the need for teachers in classrooms in Chicago as they strike today, creating chaos city-wide. But with teachers who make comments like the one above, I'm thinking the students may be better off outside of their classrooms.I expect such immaturity from students -- elementary students, that is -- but not from … [Read more...]

Forsakin’ Akin and His Bacon: When It’s Wrong to Be Right

Is it ever wrong to be right? Let's hope Todd Akin thinks so. And soon. I'm ready to be forsakin' Akin -- and his bacon.One of the most challenging things a leader can do is quit when he thinks his interpretation to be the right one. Todd Akin thinks his explanation of his offensive comments about "legitimate rape" are sufficient to dispel calls for him to call off his campaign for the US Senate.But it really doesn't matter what he thinks.Tim Dalrymple has much better rhymes about baco … [Read more...]