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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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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 the first step for leaders is to define our ‘main thing’.…

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The Challenge We Share By R. Scott Rodin

The Common Challenge 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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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 Myth of God Driven-ness By R. Scott Rodin

So what is driving your driven-ness? Perhaps today it’s time to assess your God driven-ness and how you approach what you believe you are called to do. What do people get for all the toil and anxious striving with which they labor under the sun? All their days their work is grief and pain; even…

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Holy Week Perspective of Leadership By R. Scott Rodin

Three Moments for a Holy Week Reflection In the midst of 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…

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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 high liturgical church and I still love the planned intentionality of moving through the rituals of prayer, reading, and response. I love liturgy. We wrote a liturgy to support our Steward Declaration and I hope you will consider using it…

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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 In Daniel chapter 3 we have the familiar story of Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego, and the fiery furnace. Most often when this…

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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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