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4 Helpful Disciplines to Reach Your Ultimate Goals

4 Helpful Disciplines to Reach Your Ultimate Goals

“To achieve a goal you have never achieved before; you must start doing things you have never done before.” Jim StewartI grew up hiking and camping in the sandstone canyons of the Four Corners area of the Southwest United States. The Grand Canyon - Monument Valley – and I can say with some pride, across the Rainbow Bridge before Lake Powell’s waters came up that far.One thing that always frustrated me on those hikes was having a tough climb and work hard to reach the “top,” only to see we had ar ...Read more »
How Can Your Ministry Do Better Than Just "Getting By"?

How Can Your Ministry Do Better Than Just "Getting By"?

“The prayer of thanksgiving, it is said, is directed more toward God, even if it is in connection with gifts which he has given us. But the question is . . .whether it is a prayer of hope or of little faith?”—Henri J.M. Nouwen, With Open HandsA Board of Little FaithI recently met with board whose mission has served in their area for over 80 years. They were overwhelmed with the new challenges taxing their facilities, and more opportunities of ministry presenting them than they could handle. Yet, ...Read more »
When I Give, I Want You to Listen to Me

When I Give, I Want You to Listen to Me

“For a lasting partnership, it is important to have clarity of goals, communicated concisely, and then regular updates on what really happened.Without goals up front and then clear communications on the results, how will supporters know if our mission is in line with their passions and calling? How else will we know the impact we’re having together?”Peter Greer – author of The Giver and The GiftListen To Your DonorsRecently, I talked with a General Director of a 70 year old ministry about the or ...Read more »
Crisis Meets Opportunity for Christian Higher Education

Crisis Meets Opportunity for Christian Higher Education

The Crisis Recent rulings by the Supreme Court and administrative edicts from the Department of Education, Environmental Protection Agency, Health and Human Services, Internal Revenue Service, and just about every other agency in government defy not only history, but logic itself. We are truly baffled. Christian educators are asking “What is our future? How do we respond?” With many Liberal Arts and State Universities enslaved to the idea of moral relativism, which denies any obje ...Read more »
You Hear Me, But Are You Listening?

You Hear Me, But Are You Listening?

The other day I watched one of my favorite Katharine Hepburn and John Wayne movies. Growing up in the home of missionaries to the Navajo nation, this movie has always been somewhat personal to me. In Rooster Cogburn, Miss Eula Goodnight was in “Indian Territory” as a missionary when outlaws attacked their mission. When she eventually meets Federal Marshal Rooster Cogburn, she clearly has trouble with his misguided and worldly ways. At one point, she quotes an old nursery rhyme: A wise old owl sa ...Read more »
Connecting is a Choice

Connecting is a Choice

Your Development Director just handed you a list of names. A quick scan down the list makes you cringe. These are donors to your ministry that need to be contacted personally—by you. A few on the list have the potential to make significant contributions. But getting out of the office to meet folks is way out of your comfort zone. After all, you have an organization to run, right? There is a Jewish proverb that says “The wise do at once what the fool does at last.” John C. Ma ...Read more »
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