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How Small Groups Can Help People Affected by Mental Illness

Most people don’t talk much about mental illness. And because of this silence, many of us have the misconception that mental illness is something rare, something that happens to unusual people at the margins of society. We couldn’t be more wrong. Every year in the United States, more than 20 percent of adults suffer from […]

Your Most Important Leadership Strategy

So you have a shelf full of leadership books, and you’ve read them all. You’re looking forward to the next leadership conference, where you will seek ideas, inspiration, and some networking opportunities. You’ve taken several assessments to understand both your strengths and your weaknesses. You’re open to feedback, you’ve learned to delegate to others, and […]

Guest Post: Become a More Resilient Leader

I hope you’ll enjoy this post from my friend Amy Jackson (you can learn more about her and her work at the end of this post). Amy is an editor, a writer, and a leader of leaders. If you’re a woman in church leadership, you’ll want to check out WomenLeaders.com, one of the websites she […]

Hope and a Future on The Last Frontier

Alaska is a place of breathtaking beauty and for some, heartbreaking everyday realities. It’s a place of extremes in weather, politics, wealth, and the human relationship with land and sea. Often romanticized as a spot where people can discover themselves and their place in the world, for some it is a place of hopelessness and […]

The Church Doesn’t Need Any More Leaders

Depending on who’s providing the definition, a leader is… – “the person who leads or commands a group, organization, or country“; – “a person who leads“; – “the person who convinces other people to follow“; or – something more complicated. Here’s something a leader is not: a description of your true mission in life. I […]

Guest Post: Finding Home

I’d like to introduce you to my friend Helen Cottee, a fellow coach and leader whose post I suspect will resonate with many of you. You can read about her work at the end of this post. In the meantime, enjoy this piece of her story and the encouragement she has for you.   February […]

10 Reasons Every Leader Should Hire a Coach

As a coach, I love to work with creative leaders who are ready for something new, helping them amplify their inner strength so they can own their purpose, move forward, and live true. So when it comes to recommending coaching, my biases are clear. So is my expertise. From my own experience, I know how […]

Why Young Leaders Need Mentors

You’ve got leadership gifts, and you’re in a position to use them. You’re educated, creative, savvy, and influential. You have everything you need for world-changing ministry, right? Not so fast. You need to slow down and get a mentor. Mentoring may feel like a recent fad, but it’s actually a very old concept. The word […]

Guest Post: Be Still

Feel like you need a break? Maybe it’s time to practice solitude. That’s the advice in this post from my friend Lisa O’Brien (you can read more about her and her work with leaders at the end of this post). Lisa is a passionate leadership coach and spiritual director. Enjoy her wisdom and practical ideas […]

Here’s One of the Best Things Churches Can Do for People with Mental Illness

“Please don’t tell anyone,” she pleaded. “They won’t let me serve anymore.” I could tell that this woman, who had just “confessed” to me that she faced a serious struggle with depression, was regretting her disclosure. When she’d realized I was a safe person to talk with, she had told me about her mental health […]

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