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Hearing God in an Odd Convergence R. Scott Rodin

Convergence of Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday From the Heart of a Steward Today represents an interesting convergence of two days. I love Valentine’s Day. I mark the Day with gifts and words conveying my love for Linda each year. It is a warm and bright day amid a dark and dreary season. So, I…

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The Power of Remembering By R. Scott Rodin

Remembering What Mattered Most As the year draws to an end, we have a once-a-year opportunity to look back over the previous 12 months and remember, relive, (and possibly try to forget) the events that shaped our journey that was 2022. We do this in different ways. Perhaps some of us will go to our…

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Defining The “Main Thing” By R. Scott Rodin

The Importance of Knowing Your Main Thing “The Main Thing is to Keep the Main Thing the Main Thing” was a saying framed in the entry of a church I recently visited—good words, easy to say but hard to do. I’d propose that leaders’ first step is defining our ‘main thing.’ Perhaps it’s more accurate…

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Discover If You Are a Steward Leader By R. Scott Rodin

Now There is a Way to Know And Grow as a Steward Leader Christian Leadership Alliance focuses every Wednesday on thoughtful blog posts on the life and work of the steward leader. My colleagues and I have been filling this space with our best thoughts and ideas for a good number of years now. We…

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The Challenge We Share By R. Scott Rodin

The Common Challenges of Every Leader It may seem presumptuous to propose that there is one challenge to leadership that is so universally experienced that it is consistently at the top of the list of reasons leaders struggle and fail. But a recent experience has moved me deeply and convinced me that there may be…

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Holy Week Perspective of Leadership By R. Scott Rodin

Three Moments for a Holy Week Reflection Amid this Holy Week, I invite you to listen to the words of Jesus in his High Priestly Prayer recorded in John 17. Before his final days leading to Calvary, Jesus prays to His Father on our behalf. Here are three reflections for us as leaders as we meditate on our Savior’s…

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Prayer for Steward Leaders and Boards By R. Scott Rodin

An Exercise of Prayer for Steward Leaders and Steward Boards I grew up in a highly liturgical church, and I still love the planned intentionality of moving through prayer, reading, and response rituals. I love liturgy. We wrote a liturgy to support our Steward Declaration, and I hope you will consider using it as part…

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The Steward Declaration By R. Scott Rodin

Tomorrow is the Launch of The Steward Declaration Tomorrow is the official launch of The Steward Declaration, and it comes to you with an invitation for you to take a stand. A Fiery Furnace Daniel’s chapter 3 has the familiar story of Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego, and the fiery furnace. When this is often preached or…

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Serenity Now By R. Scott Rodin

A Search for Serenity Borrowing from a ‘Seinfeld’ episode, I want serenity and Iliket it now. Let me start this blog with a confession. I am writing this as much to myself as to you. I struggle to find God’s promised “peace that passes all understanding.” I am fighting a spirit of discouragement over the…

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What’s Your Reputation By R. Scott Rodin

When Our Reputation Becomes a Stumbling Block Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God but made himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant and coming in the likeness of men.…

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