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Thanks for visiting our website! Picture of the Month: sharing the word in Pilanqui, Ibarra, Ecuador; a view of part of the crowd, two baptisms. [Click picture to enlarge.]

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Ministry is always a team effort--Jan and I have shared the work of ministry and missions for 48+ years! Countless others have encouraged us, supported us, loved us, and prayed for us. In addition to the customary "Brother Bob," I am also known as dad and papaw. My favorite breakfast is huevos fritos, frijoles, and tortillas, with a good hot sauce and a cup of quality coffee! My greatest joy in life is being part of the kingdom; my #1 priority is to advance "kingdom things" and help develop authentic "kingdom people." I seek to serve and share the good news about Jesus everywhere I go, helping people find Jesus and helping people mature in Jesus. One of the greatest blessings of my life is to be loved by countless people around the world!

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Archive for the ‘Leadership’ Category

Stars to Steer By: Leadership Principle

Friday, August 8th, 2014

“You can’t talk your way out of something that you behaved yourself into.” –Steven Covey

Stars to Steer By: Leadership

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Of the major, basic competencies of a leader, the first is the willingness, ability, and self-discipline to listen.
–Peter Drucker

Reflecting on Leadership and Change

Friday, November 29th, 2013

In today’s rapidly changing world, it is not enough that leaders develop loyal employees who will keep doing what they have always done. Leaders must lead by demonstrating the flexibility that can escape “the way things have always been done around here.” It is almost certain that “the way things have been done” and the “way things are done” will be insufficient in the future. Those organizations that want to serve “on the cutting edge” doing everything possible to fulfill their missions will be those organizations whose leaders can question the status quo, leaders who can dream, share, demonstrate, and encourage a future that resonates with new realities and new possibilities.

Stars to Steer By: Leadership and Intention

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Our intentions tend to be much more real to us than our actions, and this can lead to a great deal of misunderstanding with other people, to whom our actions tend to be much more real than our intentions. –E.F. Schumacher

Stars to Steer By: Leadership and Communication

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Today–a quotation and a few personal reflections.

The art of communication is the language of leadership. –James C. Humes

Many movie buffs can complete the quotation: “What we have here is a lack of communication.” Said another way, “What we don’t have here is communication.”
In my work with churches and in my work in Christian higher education, we are constantly talking about and working on communication. More accurately, most of the time we are talking about and working on how to handle miscommunication. The failure to communicate and the problems that come with miscommunication hinder the mission of any organization. Good communication is a key to success in every part of life.

Point people in any organization have the incredible responsibility of communicating the mission, vision, and values. These must be communicated again and again, both to those who should already know and to those who do not know. These must be communicated to employees, supporters, leaders, and donors. If these are not communicated, it is unlikely the organization will flourish.
Communication is an important part of “public relations.” The story has to be told. The vision must be cast, the dream shared, the results published. This is a major purpose of public relations and is part of the job of the primary point person. Failure to communicate will dry up funding. Lack of communication will cause supporters, even those intensely interested, to lose interest.

Is it not amazing that many organizations—churches, universities, mission works, and other church-related groups—fail to tell their story?

Stars to Steer By: Spiritual Leadership

Friday, November 1st, 2013

Three “stars”…
My thoughts about the imperative of God’s purpose for spiritual leadership, Sanders on the importance of paying the price through commitment and perseverance, and Greenleaf on the role of faith.

Effective biblical spiritual leadership begins with a clear understanding of God’s plan and purpose. It is impossible for spiritual leaders to please God without honoring God’s purpose. Spiritual leadership involves helping God’s people participate in God’s eternal plan.

No one need aspire to leadership in the work of God who is not prepared to pay a price greater than his contemporaries and colleagues are willing to pay. True leadership always exacts a heavy toll on the whole man, and the more effective the leadership is, the higher the price to be paid. –J. Oswald Sanders

Their main leadership problem seemed to be that they did not believe their own stuff–not as it applies to the institutional affairs of their churches. They are able, conscientious persons, but they lack the kind of faith that anyone who would lead anything in a significant way must have. –Robert K. Greenleaf

Stars to Steer By: Leadership

Friday, October 25th, 2013

There are many people who can talk about leadership, theorize about leadership, and debate over leadership, but very few people are doing and living leadership. –Tony Evans

He who thinketh he leadeth and hath no one following him is only taking a walk. –John Maxwell

The leadership crisis of our times is without precedent. –Robert K. Greenleaf

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