Why Character Trumps Accomplishment


by Amber Mann Riggs A few times each week, I make an elaborate plan to sabotage myself. The assassination of my own character is often an inevitable result. I call it a to-do list. Part written, part mental, it becomes the mighty standard of all measuring sticks. After all, if achieving a goal is intricately tied to our capacity to 1) break a long-term goal into a short term goal and 2) work a little each day on a short term goal, then letting a task fall through the cracks is tantamount to inevitable long-term failure. It seems that every day, I have to take [...]

Why Character Trumps Accomplishment2023-09-07T14:40:49-06:00

How Conflict Can be a Good Thing


by Caitlin Meadows Conflict is the key ingredient to every compelling story. Without it, there’s no plot. This ingredient captivates the audience’s attention. The more impossible the situation, the more difficult it is to put the book down or turn the movie off. Why is this so? Human curiosity? Our tendency to relate with the protagonist? Or maybe its our familiarity with the tendency to face obstacles? Even though it is a common fact of life, conflict is widely viewed negatively as something to avoid. As influential Christian communicators facing conflict, the questions to ask ourselves are: 1.) What is the [...]

How Conflict Can be a Good Thing2023-09-07T14:33:15-06:00

Leadership Essentials: Inside Artios Christian College


by Caitlin Meadows There are essentials to every recipe that lay the foundation for the dish. While some ingredients can easily be substituted, these essential ingredients cannot be replaced and should not be left out. Case in point: The first time my husband Adam and I hung out, I decided I wanted to impress him with my delicious chocolate chip cookies. We were at my brother’s house and it was a spontaneous idea so I didn’t give myself time to go to the store first. Confidently I got going with the recipe from memory. Eggs? Check. Sugar and brown sugar? Check [...]

Leadership Essentials: Inside Artios Christian College2023-09-07T14:26:28-06:00

Leadership Essentials: The Next Generation Leader


by Artios Magazine Have you ever read seven books in just five weeks? Some of you avid readers out there are saying “Yes, easily!” The other affirmative responses are coming from former students of Artios Christian College‘s introductory course, LEA111 (Essentials of Vibrant Leadership). Over the five weeks of this course, students are required to read seven different books all on Christian leadership! Thankfully, each book is compelling and insightful making the reading enjoyable. One of these assigned books is Andy Stanley’s Next Generation Leader: 5 Essentials for Those Who Will Shape the Future. This particular book comes with an essay assignment in [...]

Leadership Essentials: The Next Generation Leader2023-09-07T14:10:15-06:00

Is Relational Leadership That Big of a Deal?


by Caitlin Meadows Standing in my next class’ doorway to hide from the wind, I first interacted with someone who would leave a tremendous impact on my life. As a senior in high school I rarely interacted with the freshman. However, since our private Christian school was small and I’m a people watcher, I was aware of them. Little freshman Anna was always smiling. She’d often come into the office during my T.A. period and have all the office staff laughing as she waited for a band-aid or something one of her teacher’s needed. At 14 years old, she was already [...]

Is Relational Leadership That Big of a Deal?2023-09-07T13:57:55-06:00

Myths of Personality and Leadership


by Mary Meadows Our lives are profoundly shaped by personality. It is the driving force behind our habits, social interactions, and inner psychology. Merriam-Webster defines personality as “the complex characteristics that distinguishes an individual or a nation or a group; especially: the totality of an individual’s behavioral and emotional characteristics.” Personality defines us emotionally, psychologically, and even physically. Personality is “reflected in our brain pathways, neurotransmitters, and remote corners of our nervous system.”¹ In her book Quiet, Susan Cain writes “Our lives are shaped as profoundly by personality as by gender or race. And the single most important aspect of personality—the ‘north [...]

Myths of Personality and Leadership2023-09-07T13:50:57-06:00

Quiet Influence: 6 Tips for the Introverted Leader


by Mary Meadows Hi, my name is Mary, and I am an introvert. I am also a leader. If you had asked me what leadership meant 5 years ago, I might have glanced up from a book and said that leaders are people “in charge” who tell others what to do. At this point, if our conversation wasn’t already over, I would have reopened my book and returned to the fictional world between its pages. What is Leadership? My definition of leadership has since gone through a radical change. It began when I took some extra credit leadership courses in college. [...]

Quiet Influence: 6 Tips for the Introverted Leader2023-08-30T15:34:01-06:00

12 Ways to Reduce Your Leadership Impact


by Chip Hinds My intention is to become a vibrant leader as a vibrant member of a vibrant church. To do this requires the practice of the best leadership principles. I’ve often learned the most important leadership principles through the experience of doing the wrong things. I’d like to share some of those lessons I’ve learned the hard way. So, if you want to reduce your leadership impact, here are twelve ways to do it.[ref]Just for the sake of clarity: this list outlines what NOT to do. It is a parody of how a vibrant 21st Christian should really lead. C. [...]

12 Ways to Reduce Your Leadership Impact2023-08-30T15:11:11-06:00

Why Your Church Needs a Team of Leaders


by Amber Mann Riggs   Dry Rot was a destitute place. The people there were hungry. All that hunger led to stealing. And stealing led to suspicion, and suspicion led to…well, you get the picture. But outside of Dry Rot, there were hundreds of acres of farmland. One day, the man who had inherited the land passed through the town and realized he had enough farmland to get rid of Dry Rot’s hunger problem for good. He only had a few hours to spend there, for he was on a very long journey, but he quickly purchased a book on farming, [...]

Why Your Church Needs a Team of Leaders2023-08-30T15:07:12-06:00

Ministry—”the Baptist Way”: Fresh Leadership Insights from an Unlikely Source


by Whaid Rose By the time Jesus began His public ministry, Judaism had morphed into a legalistic system of do’s and don’ts. Its purveyors were far more concerned about external performance than a personal relationship with God. For this reason, Jesus needed someone who would penetrate that system in preparing the way for His new ministry of truth and grace. God provided such a person in the man we know in Scripture as John the Baptist. In announcing his birth, the angel declared, “As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, saying: “The voice of [...]

Ministry—”the Baptist Way”: Fresh Leadership Insights from an Unlikely Source2023-08-29T14:58:44-06:00

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