The Dalai Lama’s Bodyguard

  Dawa Singya Bhutia (center) was a soldier, trained in Kung Fu and bodyguard to the Dalai Lama. Though a Buddhist his whole life, he told me he was an angry man inside. Drinking and smoking would calm his unrest more than his Buddhism would. Fights and trouble followed Dawa wherever he went. Then he…

Is My Life-Giving-Life?

I heard one of our staff members, Betty Blake Churchill, say the phrase “Life-Giving-Life.” The more I sit with the phrase, the more I see the message of Jesus in it.  Really it sums up what Jesus came to do, but it also sums up what it means to follow him.  So that’s a great question…

Developing Not Dumping

Ken Blanchard describes most delegation that happens as “seagull management.”  The leader or parent – or whoever’s delegating some responsibility – flies in, dumps a load for the person to deal with, then flies out.  It happens consistently in church leadership, management, and with parenting. A small group leader knows she should develop others to…

Jesus Was Homeless

A few weeks ago, Charles (our Exec. Pastor) and I went to Branson, Missouri. I was blown away! I never could have dreamed we’d have a Gateway Campus in Branson. What Branson demonstrates is what God can do through a few people who follow the Leader. Bryan and Amy Stallings had only been married four…