3 Ways to Fight Back With Joy

September 14, 2021 ...

Long before the pandemic, I faced a brutal battle with cancer. Tortured alive by more than a year of treatment, joy felt out of reach. But somewhere along the way, I discovered that more than whimsy, joy is a weapon we use to fight life’s battles. Here are three ways you can begin to fight …

Recalibrating Churches and Leadership

September 6, 2021 ...

Some of the changes in churches are ephemeral. For example, we are already seeing how the streaming, digital worship service has been transitioned from critical to supplemental at best. Likewise, we have seen a significant decline in digital small groups as churches regather in-person. Still, some changes are long-lasting. They will likely change the shape …

Recovering From a Year in the Wilderness

September 6, 2021 ...

As a ministry leader, after all you have been through, if you feel drained, if you feel numb, even if you feel like a failure — it’s OK. That’s actually a very normal and human reaction to the kinds of pressures and stresses you’ve had to weather over the past year. And undoubtedly, the pressures …

Jo Anne Lyon | Leading Well in Times of Crisis

May 15, 2020 ...

In Today’s Conversation hosted by Walter Kim, Jo Anne shares how to lead well — in different contexts and especially in times of crisis. You’ll learn: How to meaningfully employ courage and risk in leadership; How God used Jo Anne’s passions to step into new levels of influence; What she learned about women and men …

Pastor, Scholar and Thought Leader

February 21, 2020 ...

God used a conversation in a parking lot after watching Star Wars to plant the seeds of the gospel in Walter. A couple of years later, he had an unexpectedly charismatic conversion at a Korean-American Presbyterian conference. This was followed by years of discipleship in white, midwestern evangelicalism, which then ripened in the international reformed …

NAE Inauguration Ceremony to Install Walter Kim, Honor Roy Taylor

February 19, 2020 ...

“Walter Kim has been a steady and faithful voice for decades,” said Ed Stetzer, executive director of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College. “Evangelicals can be confident of his leadership and his wisdom. His bridge-building, humble and thoughtful approach exemplifies the kind of leader that evangelicals need now.” Kim serves as pastor for leadership …

Five Mistakes to Avoid in Leadership Transitions

February 18, 2020 ...

Here are five mistakes that boards should work very hard to avoid: 1. Delegating Succession Planning to the CEO Selecting the right leader is the most important responsibility of the board, and it should never be delegated to the incumbent leader. As competent as any leader may be, organizations benefit from new thought. The CEO’s …

On Becoming the Pastor

February 13, 2020 ...

Bob Russell served as senior pastor of Southeast Christian Church for 40 years before retiring in 2006 and passing the baton to you. Under Bob’s leadership, the church grew from 120 members to one of the largest churches in America, with 18,000 people attending each weekend. What was it like to succeed someone who was …

Know When to Quit

February 10, 2020 ...

No one asked him to retire; he decided on his own that it was time. “This is not the first time Gretzky has considered retiring; he talked about it in 1991 and 1993. But each time he has proved too talented; even last year, he led the league in assists. But this year [1999] Gretzky …

A Biblical Model for Leadership Succession

February 6, 2020 ...

In these narratives a midrashic approach (a 2nd-century Jewish interpretation) will discover a variety of “principles,” and one might list them and draw the requisite conclusions. For example, the story of David’s family and the harem-conspiracy conflict that erupted after his death could suggest to the midrashist that before a succession event, the organization needs …