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Leadership Wake

In his book, Integrity, Henry Cloud reminds us that every leader leaves behind a kind of wake, just like a boat leaves a wake as it moves through the water. The question is what kind of wake, or legacy, are we creating day by day. Cloud asks of those people whom we lead, “Would people say their experiences with us have left them better off for our having ‘moved through their lives,’ or would they say that it has left them  ...

Blog, LifeQuest Church

LifeQuest Flashback- January 2005

I became the part-time volunteer Children’s Ministry Director in October 2004. January 2005 found KidzQuest busting at the seams in our storefront building at 801 North Scott. As we continued to grow, I remember wondering how we could fit any more kids in the tiny room where they were meeting. Along with being crowded in the halls as people walked through a long hallway to reach the auditorium, the kids room was so packed we could barely  ...

Blog, Leadership

Spotting a Leader

Looking for a new leader? I recently read an article talking about the difference between the skill of performance and the skill of leading the performance, two entirely different skills. The most gifted athletes aren’t always the best coaches and the best violinist isn’t always the best conductor. Nor will the best teacher necessarily make the best head of the department. So how do you determine whether a person is capable of learning how  ...

Blog, Family

Building Family through the Generations

For as long as I can remember, we had elderly relatives living with us while I was growing up. My Mom took care of my Great Grandmother for 6 years, my Great Aunt for 13 years, and both of my Grandmothers for a total of 15 years. Born in 1873 (as well as she could recollect) my Great Grandma Mary Lovelady, loved to tell stories. I fondly recall the story of when she was working in the cotton fields of northeastern Oklahoma and looked up at  ...