Life+Leadership

Leadership Essentials: Communication and Clarity

One of the most practical qualities of a leader is his or her ability to effectively communicate. Effective communication is particularly an essential ingredient in everyday Christian leadership. This quality requires intentionality. More concisely, it requires clarity. In Artios Christian College‘s introductory course Essentials of Vibrant Leadership (LEA11), students study several books on Christian leadership as they explore the essential ...

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Leadership Essentials: Character and Spiritual Leadership

Can you imagine a church leader who lacks personal character? Who gossips, who lies, or who cannot be trusted to keep his promises? Can you imagine a church leader who is unfaithful to his wife, to his family, to his church and to his God? Unfortunately, one need not imagine such a church leader. Church leaders who actually have done ...

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Leadership Essentials: Christ-Centered Character

We all remember the childhood game Follow the Leader. Whatever the leader does, you do. Wherever the leader goes, you go. We all understand leadership from an early age. We experience all kinds of leadership examples in our lives especially in the form of Christian leadership. While there are a number of characteristics vital to Christian leadership, none are more ...

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Leadership Essentials: Inside Artios Christian College

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 ...

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How to Avoid Small Talk (And Why You Should)

Does anyone really like small talk? “Hi! How are you?” “I’m well, thanks! How are you?” “I’m good!” And with that, social etiquette deems both individuals free to part ways. We make small talk countless times throughout each week. On auto-pilot we ask about the other person’s well being. No second thought must be given to their answer. We generally ...

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How a Debt-Free Grad Did College the Proverbs 22:7 Way

Proverbs 22:7 encourages debt-free living. The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender.” But what about student loan debt? For those wanting to earn a degree, student loans seem like the only real option. However, with the national student loan debt at $1.4 trillion, the number of student loan skeptics are growing, too. ...

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Student Loan Debt is Not an Exception to the Biblical Rule

Student loan debt is often deemed the “good kind” of debt. It’s referred to as an investment in the future. For many students, its a means to an end. But what about the Christian student? Is student loan debt an exception to the biblical rule? Before we get to answering this question, let’s take a closer look at the current ...

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Why Stewardship is Relevant for 21st Century Christians

Do you ever think about how rich you are? In our “Subscribe & Save”, free 2-day shipping world of Amazon Prime, we are prone to focus our attention on what we don’t have yet  rather than all that we do. The concept of stewardship, even among Jesus-followers, is mostly neglected. As a member of civilized society, I’m guessing you own the ...

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Serving Jesus Even When Your Eyes Reflect Poop

Is this what I’m destined to become? Recoiling with disgust at the abject prospect, I now eyed these women with cynical wariness. Yes, they seemed normal. And up to that moment, they had triumphed as beautiful, intelligent, thoughtful, interesting pillars of womanhood. But now, all of this faded in the shadow of their complete obsession with potty-training. Trapped in a conversation circle in which these women wielded complete control, ...

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How to Fold Laundry… As Unto Jesus

I just abandoned my laundry basket. It’s over half-full of warm, clean clothes. The rest are folded on the couch. Normally I don’t leave chores half-finished. My perfectionism usually won’t allow it. But, the writer in me has the ability to usurp the perfectionist in me. When inspiration strikes, I drop what I’m doing and let the words pour out ...

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