142: Spiritual Direction

In today’s world it’s becoming increasingly difficult to make space and give our attention and energy into organic relationships. Into deep, face to face connecting with people. Spiritual Direction relationships help to stir up conversations that are prayerful, authentic, meaningful, and encourage us in our discipleship to Jesus and our service to others. Bill and Kristi share an example of a chance encounter that turned into an organic spiritual direction conversation.

Reasons Why Christian Leaders Fail

In Dr. Bobby Clinton’s study of 3,500 leaders for Christ, it was found that only one-third of leaders finished well.  Many drop out (usually due to burnout). Some have a moral failing. The majority plateau (fade into a slow fail). In the Bible this same pattern holds true. Out of 49 leaders featured in the Bible, only 13 of…

The Blessing of Emotions

Emotions get a bad rap in many of our Christian circles today. They’re vulnerable and get broken. They’re messy and don’t look right. We prefer thinking, analysis, doctrine, and three steps to a better life. “Believe and do what’s right,” is the typical message for how to follow Jesus and grow spiritually. “Emotions are the…

The Wounded Healer as a Spiritual Guide (Henri Nouwen)

Henri Nouwen in his book The Wounded Healer laments that most Christian leaders are not prepared to be spiritual leaders for hurting people. “Our service will not be perceived as authentic,” Nouwen warns, “unless it comes from a heart wounded by the suffering about which we speak. Thus, nothing can be written about ministry without a deeper understanding of…