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Myths of Personality and Leadership

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 ...

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How to Set SMARTER Goals for the New Year

It’s that time of year again. A time when many of your friends and family talk about the resolutions they’ve made for the new year. According to some estimates, more than 40 percent of Americans set New Year’s Resolutions. That’s roughly 130 million people setting goals! Perhaps you’ve made some resolutions yourself. Maybe there’s some weight you want to lose, ...

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The Leadership Conversation: Why Should We Study Culture?

Culture is complex. Not only does the term encompass everything that makes up a unique society, but culture is constantly changing and evolving. In the previous Artios Leadership Conversation, Israel Steinmetz and Amber Mann Riggs (co-directors of Artios Christian College) established that, as Christians, we should care about our culture. Whether we like to admit it or not, culture shapes us ...

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Our Collective Image-Bearing Mission: Do You Accept?

“What is your calling?” If we were visiting over tea, what would your gut response be? Would you think for a while before answering, or would the words drip freely from your mouth? Embedded within humanity is this deep-felt desire to not only know that our lives have meaning but also experience the peace of mind that we are indeed living ...

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It’s Not Okay for Kids to be Bored in Church

I baptized my three oldest kids earlier this year. It’s incredible to watch them worship together with the local body of Christ they’ve become a part of. I love worshipping with my kids. Whether at home or with our church, there’s something awesome about joining them in song to our Creator and Redeemer. Last week in service I held my ...

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5 Simple Ways to Increase Sabbath School Attendance

Most Sabbath School teachers share a common frustration: low attendance. They feel like their congregation would benefit from Sabbath School class, but fewer than half of those who attend the worship service show up for class. Here are five tips for attracting more people to class: 1. Let Teachers Teach Many church classrooms consist of a discussion facilitator lobbing questions ...

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A Vision for Christian Education in the Local Church

You see that three year old who can’t sit still during the sermon? The one whose daddy had to take him out of the worship gathering three times last week because he was being disruptive? Yeah…that one. Well, in 15 years he will be 18, graduating from high school and youth group. What if I told you that 18 year ...

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