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How a Jar of Dirt Can Save America By Scott Rodin

What will you do with a jar of dirt? What will we learn from a jar of dirt when It’s difficult to enter 2023 without some sense of foreboding? We seem to be living in an unrelenting tension between our firm conviction that God is on the throne, and the evidence of a nation that…

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Enough is Enough: A Thanksgiving Prayer By Scott Rodin

Finding The Way Back to Thanksgiving Thanksgiving week has become a most peculiar season in American life. I love this day, it’s my favorite holiday of the year. But each year when it comes around, I find myself saddened by the disjointed nature of the activities of the week that seem contradictory at best and…

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The Path to Leadership Failure By R. Scott Rodin

Time to Assess if You are on the Path to Leadership Failure Every day we hear stories of leadership failure. Some are national in scope, some regional, some in our own communities. Whether it’s a moral failing, an ethical compromise, poor decision making or just pure burnout, it’s likely each of you reading this blog…

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The Investment of Time By Scott Rodin

An Eternal Perspective on Time Invested As we use these last days of 2021 to look back on how we invested our time in 2021 and look ahead to all that the new year might bring, I want to encourage us to assess our lives, our work, and our moment in history from an eternal…

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Thanks for Nothing! By Scott Rodin

When Jesus Gave Thanks for… Nothing! Giving thanks is a practice often found throughout the Bible. We are likely all familiar with the story of Jesus’ feeding of the 5,000. However, there is a short phrase embedded in the story that is remarkable, and challenging! When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming…

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The Greater Mission By Scott Rodin

The Greater Mission and Mission Statements For the past 20+ years I have been helping organizations write or revise their mission statements. Used properly, mission statements are both an anchor point and a guide. By clearly articulating who we are, what we do, and why we do it, our mission statement speaks both internally by…

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Discover Words That Inspire By Scott Rodin

Words That Inspire Leaders Writing blogs on leadership always presents the challenge of articulating new ways and words to inspire and equip leaders. These blogs are meant to share unique angles on leadership practices that can inform and encourage our readers for today’s challenges. Recently, however, I’ve found myself reflecting on words of advice from…

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The Journey Center of the Path By Scott Rodin

A Steward’s Journey: Leading from the Center of the Path In my work through The Steward’s Journey, we equip leaders for the journey of becoming steward leaders through a process of understanding and embracing seven keys. The third of those keys reads as follows: Steward leaders are secure in their identities in Jesus Christ. They…

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One Simple Question By Scott Rodin

A Simple Question in a Complicated Age   Let me start with the one simple question, “Where are you, right now with Christ?” Looking Back This is the final CLA blog for 2020. What can we say about it all? It would be tempting to do a retrospective of the year and try to reflect…

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Stewarding What’s Broke By Scott Rodin

Stewarding What’s Broke in Times of Chaos   There is an old adage that says, “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” I would encourage leaders of Christian nonprofits to consider a different version of that saying, “If it’s broke, don’t fix it.” What do I mean by that? In working with a large number…

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