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The Art of Listening

How do you listen? I recently read that the skill which is most necessary to be an effective leader is ‘listening.’ In fact, some are so bold to say that you can’t become a great leader, until you are a great listener – which is often hard to do because most of the time our thoughts are consumed with our own agendas. Listening shows we really care about the person. Whether it is listening to a friend, co-worker or  ...


Heading To Uganda in 2012

It is 5:30 am and the little courtyard in the slum comes alive as a mother starts her charcoal stove and heats water to make porridge, something to fill the stomach on a damp morning in Kampala. By 6:30 her son is drinking his millet porridge quite eagerly. Slowly daylight moves in as people begin another day of searching through the heaps of trash for something to eat. This is common to most of the 30 million who call Uganda their  ...

Leadership, LifeQuest Church, Ministry

Leadership Junkie

I admit it – I am a leadership junkie! Whenever I have a moment to sit down with a book, I gravitate toward a book about leadership. I love learning about how to better lead others. Some might argue that they aren’t leaders, but the truth is we are ALL leading someone because leadership is influence. Lately I have found the best time for me to read is when I’m at the gym on the treadmill. John Maxwell is one of my  ...

Leadership, Ministry

Life Change

Several years ago Dan and I were able to lead a team of people on a mission trip to the Word of Life Bible institute in Belem, Brazil. While every mission trip is life changing, some become the cornerstones of changing life direction. Brazil was that kind of trip. Working under the leadership of missionary, Gary Parker, his intense passion for lost people along the Amazon River began to stir a fire in our hearts. He talked about the time his  ...

Blog, Faith, Leadership, Life, Ministry

A Blessing of Second Chances

A couple of weeks ago I shared the story of the lady we took in during the big snowstorm. Having lived in her car for the past few months, she hugged me with tears in her eyes as we showed her upstairs to her room because she got to have a hot shower and a warm bed to sleep in. Dan and I decided to let her stay with us for awhile and help her get back on her feet. She expressed gratitude for getting a chance to start over – to get a  ...

Blog, Faith, Life, LifeQuest Church, Ministry

Homeless in Winter

A couple of weeks ago after church I was able to pray with someone who was going through some pretty tough struggles. As I spent time in conversation, I learned she didn’t have a job and was living out of her car. It’s easy to say the words, “God will work everything out,” (and I do know that He will) but that’s hard to hear when it’s the dead of winter and you are staying in laundry mats until they close  ...

Blog, LifeQuest Church, Ministry

LifeQuest Staff

Spent 9 hours today sitting around the table with our church staff. We evaluated, planned and dreamed about what God has in store for LifeQuest Church in 2011. Every week this group of people spends hours preparing for the weekend worship experience, following up with guests, volunteers, life groups and more. Under the leadership of Pastor Chris, we seek to help those in need and keep things running smoothly throughout the week. We are all  ...