On Mission Together

Posted by Crystal Martin in Healthy Leaders
Two-year-old Esther with bare feet, pigtails, a floral onesie, and a huge grin stretched across her face came thundering around a church corner, her mom scurrying to keep up. Both mom and daughter were weary yet enjoying the pros of the conference life of an XA family. A dad and preschool son, bachelors for the week while mom is marching to her marketplace call, stand a few inches apart in a perfect unison stance with smiles and sleepy eyes after…

Don’t Let Happiness Dictate Your Level of Obedience

Posted by Jeff Alexander in Healthy Leaders
When I first talked to my dad about pursuing seminary and obeying God’s call into ministry instead of going to law school, his words to me were, “Obey God in whatever He tells you to do. If he tells you to sit on a curb for Him, then do that.” Coming out of seminary, I recall turning down a well-paying, secure position at Evangel Temple to move to Montana as a Campus Missionary-in-Training (CMIT). Earthly wisdom would have been to…

Limits

Posted by Mike Amiot in Healthy Leaders
A couple years back, I had the opportunity to ride on the track where they hold the famous Daytona 500. It is amazing to see the incredible banking and to try and grasp how fast these cars go. I have watched many a NASCAR race where cars blew their engines around these types of tracks. Evidently, you cannot run a car at 9300 RPM for 4.5 hours without the chance of blowing an engine. It is clear in racing there…

Fully Funded

Posted by Jeff Alexander in Healthy Leaders
Look carefully and see if you can find Gregg Glutting and/or Jeff Alexander. Gregg Glutting, Chi Alpha National Support Raising Specialist, and I had the privilege of participating in the Full Sail Support Raising Leaders Conference. The goal of the conference was to help shape culture, build infrastructure, elevate training, and multiply coaching within organizations to see all future and veteran staff fully funded in their ministries, so we can all send more missionaries to the field and keep more…

Soul Care for the Family

Posted by Lindsay Banton in Healthy Leaders
When Gil and I moved to Connecticut to pioneer Chi Alpha at the University of Connecticut, we quickly realized the stark change in culture. We were no longer one Christian family among many. Instantly, we became the odd bird out—a ministry family, driving a minivan, looking for new friends, and unfamiliar with the area. Even the church we attended did not have any families with young kids at the time. We felt drier and lonelier as the months passed. Without…

Continuing Education

Posted by Chothiakadavil Robinson in Healthy Leaders
Growing up I was always interested in learning. If the learning was structured and geared toward a goal, I found it to be driving, thrilling, and achievable. Growing up in India, education is culturally very significant. Your future prospect of a “good life” depends heavily on your educational pursuits, so the expectation is not that you just graduate from high school or college, but graduate with distinction and pursue education as far as you can. When I first came to…

Money: Tackling the Taboo Topic

Posted by Pete Bullette in Healthy Leaders
I have a confession. I hate talking about money. Don’t misunderstand me—I don’t hate talking about money in general. I don’t hate talking to students about money and teaching them how to be wise and generous stewards of their money. I can do that without a problem. After all, I majored in accounting when I was in college! I hate talking about my money. (I know it isn’t really my money; I am a steward. But bear with me for…

Last Minute Honey Balsamic Chicken Sandwiches

Posted by Tracy Herman in Healthy Leaders
I love meal planning. Well, I don’t necessarily love the actual work of meal planning, but I love having the plan. And the work ahead of time makes the plan possible. I also love to-do lists, especially when I get to check things off the list! It’s a sensation of accomplishment and productivity. Do you ever complete a task that isn’t on your list and then put it on the list just so you can check it off? I’m going…

Coaching and Self-Development

Posted by Mike Olejarz in Healthy Leaders
Tom Brady, quarterback of the New England Patriots, is possibly the Greatest of All Time (GOAT). His development over the past eighteen seasons has been aided by coaches, all designed to maximize his performance. Tom has directly benefited from a head coach, offensive coordinator, and strength, flexibility, nutrition, and throwing coaches who have focused their efforts into making Tom better each day. Of course, Tom’s willingness to be coached up has contributed to the stellar career he has forged and…

Living Out of the Wrong Identity

Posted by Jeff Alexander in Healthy Leaders
As a high school tennis player, I remember the pressure and tightness I would feel on a second serve with the game on the line. The pressure and fear of a double fault could result in me tightening up and not being able to execute the well-practiced second serve. In sports, even the best athletes can tighten up with the game on the line. Instead of competing to win, the fear of losing can begin to dominate, e.g., an NBA…

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