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Touching the beautiful legacy of Eugene Peterson by Alan Briggs

  Today friends and family gathered at a small church building in Kalispell, Montana to honor the life of Eugene Peterson. His body rested in a simple wooden box with a cross laid on top. There were stories of lives altered, hymns and many readings from the pages...

Dear pastor, you are loved, by Alan Briggs

I immediately felt sick to my stomach. Another messy issue with a church leader flooded my social media feed. It was smeared all over major media networks. Another black eye for the Church. I read the comments below the article and cringed. I thought of the pain the...

The stuff no one ever told you about growth by Alan Briggs

You’re starting to turn the corner.  You’re exercising more, sleeping more, putting down your phone more.  You’re dedicating regular time to your side hustle.  You’re finally closing your laptop and taking a sabbath. You’re feeling healthy and motivated.  Stress...

Life Change Starts Here by Julie Briggs

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”  Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain)   I love to sing. I’ve loved it since I was little. I took every opportunity to join the school choir or sing at church, but I hate...

Ten things every human needs to know about pastors by Alan Briggs

There’s been a lot of talk about pastors in recent days. Blogs, posts, tweets and major media outlets have been abuzz about the challenges of the pastoral vocation. I lead in several spheres, but one of those has been pastor. For twelve years I have experienced the...

What’s your next growth step as a leader? by Alan Briggs

Every season I seek out people who can help me learn and grow. They're ahead of me in their journey. They're doing something I want to do, and they want to help me take ground as a leader. Last spring I walked through an intense coaching process to clarify who I am,...

Why teams matter. And why I joined Stay Forth by Jonathan Collier

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!         Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 Teams are everywhere... Think about it....

The Antagonism Antidote by Zach Meerkreebs

I had a friend growing up who was kind of a bully. He was accidentally insensitive and aggressive. He shut down conversations and added his fair share of awkward moments. I was left with one choice; stop inviting him into certain situations.  For the last few years I...

Four questions that are changing my life by Alan Briggs

"HOW ARE YOU?" I hate this question. If I'm honest I usually have no idea how I'm doing. WHICH AREA OF LIFE ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? You have a perfect morning with your family and transition into a hard announcement at work. You book your next vacation and an hour...

Is abundant life a unicorn for leaders? by Alan Briggs

What’s your burnout plan?  I’m serious.  If you set out to burnout how would you do it?  Pick your poison; the slow fade, physical exhaustion ending in spiritual depletion or a public moral crash.  None of us ever plan to burn out. Yet many end up here. It’s obvious...