In Recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Today is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It is my practice on this day each year to listen to his “I Have a Dream” speech. You are invited to join me by clicking here. I also like to reflect on some of his quotes. May you do so as well and pass on the message of love, justice, equality, …

Time to Change

During the beginning of a new year, we often think about making changes… maybe not exactly like the song, “Time to Change” by the Brady Bunch, but they capture the idea, “When it’s time to change, you’ve got to rearrange who you are into what you’re gonna be.” For a dose of the Brady Bunch song, click here.This season of …

Resolutions

Whatever our hopes and dreams for the coming year, may they be with the realization and resolve that “it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13 RSV).This “good pleasure” of God was foretold by Isaiah and proclaimed by John the Baptist. It is a picture …

Who Am I?

Until I am measured I am not known, Yet you miss me so much When I have flown. Who am I? (For the answer, scroll down to the end of the article.)It’s the week of transition. Christmas is past. The New Year is ahead. For many, this is a time of reflection and evaluation; a good time for asking a …

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Lend a Hand… Give an Assist… Be Blessed

We are thankful to have you as a friend of Church Leadership Center! As you are aware, CLC is privileged to equip lay leaders and pastoral candidates for greater effectiveness in the churches that they currently serve, as well as in planting new churches. CLC uniquely trains leaders according to their calling and gifts… one leader at a time. Leaders …

From Strength to Strength

Leaders “go from strength to strength” (Psalm 84:7). That is, through God’s grace and supportive mentors and friends, leaders grow stronger and stronger.*Usually, if we are on a long walk or run, we go from strength to weakness. We start the hike fresh and in good order. But, if the path is rough and the sun is hot; we stop, take …

Zoom Zoom Zoom

Leaders are men and women on the go… Zoomers.  Sometimes they go “zoom, zoom, zoom.” Other times you will see them “zooming.”A Mazda commercial says, “Zoom, zoom, zoom. All children know it. Some adults remember it. One car company refuses to outgrow it. Zoom, zoom, zoom.” See the video for yourself by clicking here. Leaders are always itching to zoom …

Anticipation, Anticipation…

The words of the Carly Simon song are “Anticipation, anticipation is makin’ me late, is keepin’ me waitin’.” The lyrics were written while she was waiting for a date with Cat Stevens. Anticipation was released in 1971. It was also used as the sound track for a Heinz ketchup commercial in 1979. For the original release, click here, and here …

Grow Up!

Thanksgiving season is when we celebrate the harvest. However, there would be no harvest without growth. Or, as Jesus said it, “The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head” (Mark 4:28).Growth is a foundational premise of leadership development. The following devotional is a mildly-modified version from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening …

Keeping Everyone Happy

NOT! It can’t be done. You shouldn’t try.Have you read the children’s book, If You Give A Mouse A Cookie? The story begins with… If you give a mouse a cookie, he’s going to ask for a glass of milk. When you give him the milk, he’ll probably ask you for a straw. When he’s finished, he’ll ask for a …