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Our Work – Blessed by God By Andrea Leigh Capuyan

God’s Blessings on a Steward’s Good Work Work at a fevered pitch in search of approval and good results is the temptation of even the steward leader. The rat race beckons. And we rationalize. We are responsible. We are accountable. It’s all on our shoulders. As stewards, we can place ourselves in a bind –…

Are You Engaged in Faith-based Fundraising? By Wes Willmer

Faith-based and Ministry-focused Fundraising for Nonprofits   In Growing Givers’ Hearts: Treating Fundraising as Ministry  (Jossey-Bass), authors Tom Jeavons and Rebekah Basinger compare and contrast how a faith-based, ministry-focused model of raising resources is very different from a secular approach focused strictly on the bottom line. They concluded that it all boils down to values,…

How to be a Hospitable Communicator By Terry A. Smith

3 Ways to Be a Hospitable Communicator I truly believe that, as hospitable leaders, we should view ourselves as both guests and hosts. That might seem a little confusing, so let me explain. I often take this approach when I’m speaking. As a speaker, I’m a host because I’m welcoming people into this space of…

A Heart to Reflect Jesus By Phyllis Hennecy Hendry

Do you have a heart that longs to reflect Jesus? I don’t know about you, but my heart is racing to think about reflecting Jesus. And at this minute, I am running to the Father just as Jesus did. It’s the only way. We can’t do this on our own. Jesus modeled connection to the…

Mentoring Next Generation Leaders by Dr. Tim Elmore

There is an art to mentoring next generation leaders. I just got off the phone with a business friend who was sharing about next generation leaders. He and I chuckled over an interview he’d just conducted with a recent college graduate. The candidate was a bright and overconfident female who told him in the midst…

I Am Still Becoming By Alex McElroy

Becoming is a process. It is not always clear what something is becoming until it has already become. Recently, my daughter has been learning about life cycles in school. She was enthralled each day to report back the progress – the egg became larvae (caterpillar), then it entered the pupa stage (chrysalis), and finally the…

Seeing the Reflection of God By Larry Gadbaugh

The Weird and Wonderful Reflection of God My son and I had bounced out to our local grocery store to pick up a few items. As usual we encountered fellow shoppers with bedhead hair, profanity-laced sweatshirts, PJs, face and body piercings, and outfits designed to display as many of their tattoos as possible. My hometown’s unofficial…

Text Message Fundraising By Amy Sewell

Text messages for fundraising – what every nonprofit needs to know! Text messaging is the one method of communication out there that stands alone with a 95% open rate. As mailboxes, inboxes, and social feeds get more complex and crowded this platform brings new hope. Their unique ability to get a message right in front…

Fully Persuaded By Rich Stearns

Learning to Live this Life Fully Persuaded What does it mean to be fully persuaded that God will do all he promises to do? In a moving presentation at The Outcomes Conference 2018, Rich Stearns, shared a story and his testimony of how he became fully persuaded. It’s been a year since Rich officially transitioned…

How to Prepare for Future Success by Howard Rich

Stewards educate, equip, and empower others for future success. A test for a leader is how well she prepared her organization and people for success after she is no longer around.  A thoughtful leader will make sure she has a well thought-out and strategically implemented exit plan.  As much as we want to believe we…

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