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Maybe this is why your dreams aren’t coming to life

Maybe this is why your dreams aren’t coming to life

I can't tell you the number of people I meet who say, “I've got this dream burning in my chest.” Then I bump into them a year or two later, and ask, “how's that dream coming along?” only to find out they haven’t done a thing. Nada. Ideas are free, but actions will...

Choosing fun this summer

Choosing fun this summer

It snowed 18 inches at my house in late May. Needless to say, I’m excited for this summer to be here. But if I’m not careful it’s gonna fly by. This summer has the same amount of hours as any other summer, but I want to savor each moment before it’s gone. I work...

Why engaging Social Media can help you leverage your cause

Why engaging Social Media can help you leverage your cause

For better or worse we are in the digital age. I believe it’s for the better! A lot of Americans spend time on social media. A lot. 79 percent of the U.S population has at least one social media profile they regularly engage. What that means for you and I is this; It...

What does it take to lead in this complex age?

What does it take to lead in this complex age?

What does it take to lead well in this complex age? A lot. I recently asked this on Facebook and I got a pile of great answers. Nearly every answer pointed below the surface of the leader. No one mentioned more education or more compelling keynotes. I don’t sense...

What’s next for the Briggs family

What’s next for the Briggs family

It’s been a disorienting season. I’m trying to get my bearings. I’ve been sensing distance and release from some of the things I’ve been part of for a long time. Like every human I have a complicated relationship with change. I described change in this post as “a...

The beautiful bummer called change

The beautiful bummer called change

As the end of my second grade school year came to a close I was convinced of just one thing; I would never make it in third grade. Those were the big kids. It was SO much harder. I wasn’t cut out for third grade. As the freedom of summer approached the next three...

My reflections on The Phoenix Fill-Up. A guest post from Aaron Shamp

My reflections on The Phoenix Fill-Up. A guest post from Aaron Shamp

My reflections on The Phoenix Fill-Up A guest post from Aaron Shamp      When was the last time you really felt spoiled?  If you're a ministry leader you likely haven't experienced it in a while. We spend our days and months blessing others and being poured out for a...

Five questions for every young leader to ask

Five questions for every young leader to ask

A leader once told me “every great fall is preceded by a series of small missteps.” These words became real to me as I saw four of the pastors on our staff experience moral failures in the first two years of vocational ministry. They all exited the ministry. I...

The right way to pick a leader’s brain by Alan Briggs

The right way to pick a leader’s brain by Alan Briggs

Let me guess; you admire a leader and want to get together with them to “pick their brain”. You want to extract their best info, insider secrets and tips on how to get where they are. It’s a sound plan, but here’s the problem; dozens of others want to pick their brain...

What does it take to write a book? by Alan Briggs

What does it take to write a book? by Alan Briggs

I recently read this for a friend at his book release party... There are few art forms lonelier than writing a book. Writing a book is a marathon on a cold, dark night. You can see your breath and your feet slide across the ice from time to time. Your light grows dim...